2024 – 2025 Season

City Theatre Announces 50th Season!



POTUS Or, Behind Every Great Dumbass Are Seven Women Trying to Keep Him Alive

by Selina Fillinger

Directed by: TBA
Main Stage

Pittsburgh Premiere

September 21 – October 13, 2024

An uproariously funny, feminist satire lands in time for election season! A crude comment, a problematic paramour, and an unfortunate medical mess turn a PR nightmare into a global crisis – and it’s all dumped upon the seven women responsible for keeping the president presidential. This comedy is classified for mature eyes only!


The Wickhams: Christmas at Pemberley

by Lauren Gunderson and Margot Melcon

Directed by Kyle Haden
Main Stage

Pittsburgh Premiere
November 20 – December 22, 2024

The Darcys and Bennets return to City Theatre in a delightful companion piece to last season’s Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley. As the events of Miss Bennett unfold upstairs, the house staff below have their own holiday scandals as Mr. Wickham – the uninvited husband of Lydia and sworn enemy of Mr. Darcy – appears in the middle of the night. The Wickhams is a charming holiday tale that celebrates forgiving and forthrightness in the season of giving.


TBA – Show 3

Lillie Theatre
January 18 – February 16, 2025


Birthday Candles

By Noah Haidle

Directed by Marc Masterson

Main Stage
Pittsburgh Premiere
March 8 – 30, 2025

Another year. Another cake. Another goldfish. An inquisitive, hilarious and heartwarming play (and Broadway hit), Birthday Candles examines one woman’s life – one birthday at a time – and asks where our place in the universe is, and what would you risk for the perfect gift? Join Ernestine as she takes us through a century of ordinarily extraordinary moments and dreams in this work hailed as “epic and beautifully written” (NY Daily News).


King James

By Rajiv Joseph

Directed by Monteze Freeland

Main Stage
Pittsburgh Premiere
April 19 – May 11, 2025

Basketball legend LeBron James is the undeclared king of Cleveland, Ohio. Taking place over twelve years, from LeBron’s rookie season through the 2016 NBA Championship, King James is a buddy comedy that tracks the unlikely friendship of two super fans and examines the bonds that sports can create in an “intensely watchable and astutely observed” (The New York Times) new play.



City Rewinds: 50 Years of New Plays

Monday evenings throughout the season: September 30, November 18, January 27,
February 24, and April 7
City Theatre digs into its production archives and solicits feedback from audience members to curate a decade-by-decade retrospective of its most-remembered plays. Patrons will have the opportunity to revisit and experience a staged reading of a script (and artists) from each organizational era. A special “City Rewinds” subscription takes attendees on a magical “playback” tour of seminal works from the organization’s first 50 years.

Ghosted: Tales from Carson Street

Conceived and Created by Clare Drobot & Monteze Freeland

Lillie Theatre

October 24 – November 2, 2024

Nothing prepares you for fall more than a good ghost story as City Theatre crafts a unique evening of original tales, live music, libations, and Halloween treats. Price includes a cocktail/mocktail and just the right amount of shock-inducing guest stars and surprises for the season. Find your scary on the South Side this autumn.

Sister Strikes Again: Late Nite Catechism 2
by Maripat Donovan
Lillie Theatre
June 5 – 29, 2025

Kimberly Richards returns as “Sister” 20 years after her City Theatre debut! It’s up to Sister to save the souls of those assembled – aka the audience! Beginning with an overview of heaven and hell as a Catholic version of Chutes and Ladders and moving onto her proclamation of new sins for the new millennium, Sister is never hesitant to tell us where we’ve gone wrong. No one is excused from Sister’s firm belief that ‘sometimes we feel guilty because we are guilty’.

Young Playwrights Festival
written by local middle and high school students
Lillie Theatre
October 8 – 20, 2024 (public performances, October 19 & 20)

City Theatre’s signature arts education program returns for its 25th anniversary festival, featuring professional actors, directors, and designers as they bring to full production the words of six area middle and high school students whose works have been selected by a national committee reviewing submissions to the Young Playwrights Contest.



Young Playwrights at 25

Honoring 25 years of City Theatre’s long-running in-school education program, the Young Playwrights Contest and Festival, a “class reunion” will take place during the 2024 run of the Festival on Friday, October 18, 2024, inviting alums, students, parents, and other partners together again. Details to follow.

The 50th Anniversary Benefit Weekend

City Theatre will culminate its 2024-25 season and mark 50 years of history with a weekend-long celebration featuring a unique gala and concert experience embedded across the organization’s South Side campus. Save the date for May 16-17, 2025.