Momentum Festival

Momentum Festival artwork

New Plays at Different Stages

 

We’re so excited to partner with City of Asylum to bring our annual Momentum Festival online! City Theatre closes each season with the Momentum Festival: New Plays at Different Stages, which brings some of the most exciting playwrights in the country to Pittsburgh for a weekend of workshops, readings, and artist panels. While we have had to cancel the in person festival, we are thrilled to be collaborating with long-time partner City of Asylum on a new collective online endeavor. The Show Must Go On(line) Pittsburgh, a project of City of Asylum, is our region’s first shared programming channel.

The Show Must Go On(line) Pittsburgh, a project of City of Asylum, is our region’s first shared programming channel. It is a collaborative daily webcast that unites and streams programs created by Pittsburgh’s arts organizations. By bringing these creative forces together, The Show Must Go On(line) provides free access to high quality programs to connect artists and audiences and continue to build community around the arts.

Digital Momentum will take place over the course of May and June, showcasing four works in development.

All programs are free but registration is required.

Wednesday, May 6th, 7:00pm
Momentum Festival Announcement
City Theatre closes each season with the Momentum Festival: New Plays at Different Stages, which brings some of the most exciting playwrights in the country to Pittsburgh for a weekend of workshops, readings, and artist panels. Due to COVID-19, the Momentum Festival is being moved online in partnership with City of Asylum. The first episode features Artistic Director Marc Masterson, Managing Director James McNeel, and other festival artists giving a sneak peek into this year’s festival and what it means to bring it online.

Wednesday, May 13th 7:00pm
Life-Changing Magic
By Olivia O’Connor
Directed by Monteze Freeland
Each year the festival features a work by an alumni of the company’s Young Playwrights Festival. This year’s artist is Olivia O’Connor a winning playwright from 2006 and 2007.
About the play:
Has a book ever changed your life? After receiving unsettling news, Vallerie turns to Marie Kondo’s wisdom to understand what sparks joy in her life. This launches her on an epic journey, leaving behind her husband of many years and grown children as she travels to Japan and beyond in this exploration of the things we truly need.

Wednesday, May 20th 7:00pm
Bat Kitty
By Amy Staats
Directed by Marti Lyons
Kelly has had better years. Unable to assert herself at work, dumped by her boyfriend, and staring down her mid 30s, she’s reached a breaking point. Until a small bat faced kitten with animal magnetism to spare stumbles into her life. Suddenly things are happening for Kelly and Bat Kitty, but are they all for the best? Don’t miss this laugh-out-loud funny look at the dark side of internet stardom.

Wednesday, June 17th 7:00pm
Galileo’s Daughter
by Jessica Dickey
Directed by Kel Haney
A writer travels to Italy in search of letters written between Galileo Galilei and his oldest daughter. She discovers a great deal more in this time-bending meditation on faith, love, and the power of truth.

 

History: 

City Theatre closes each season with the Momentum Festival: New Plays at Different Stages, which brings some of the most exciting playwrights in the country to Pittsburgh for a weekend of workshops, readings, and artist panels.

Launched in 2003 by Artistic Director Tracy Brigden, Momentum is at the heart of City’s mission to lead the new play development conversation on both a national and local level. Since its inception, the program has provided developmental support to more than fifty writers including Adam Rapp, Steven Dietz, Daniel Beatty, Anna Ziegler, Keith Bunin, Michelle Lowe, Keith Reddin, Michael Hollinger, Sharon Washington, and many more.

Momentum offers uniquely designed workshops and readings that focus on preparing scripts for production. Many scripts developed through the festival have continued on to premiere on City’s stages. The festival affords audiences and industry professionals the opportunity to not only see new works in progress, but to actively participate in the page to stage process.

 

All events are free and open to the public, but a reservation is required.