An extension of City’s annual Momentum Festival, this newly launched reading series highlights our dedication to supporting new plays at all stages of development, as well as sharing the work of America’s hottest writers with our community. All readings will be followed by post-show discussions, allowing audiences to engage firsthand with the new play development process.

As part of City’s commitment to empowering Pittsburgh’s next generation of theater artists, senior theater students from Point Park University will participate in the series as staged directions readers and producing assistants. City is thrilled to partner with Point Park to offer these outstanding students the chance to engage with professional theater artists and learn more about the professional new play development process.”

The Momentum Reading Series is free and open to the public, though space may be limited.



Thursday, January 10th at 7:00pm

Hurricane Colleen

By Tammy Ryan

Directed by Sheila McKenna

In life, Colleen was a force of nature. Six months after her death from cancer, her sisters Maggie and Rosemary rent a beach house in Florida to scatter her ashes, only to find themselves and their respective partners trapped in much more literal storm. Filled with humor and heart, Hurricane Colleen explores grief, family, and the nature of America’s shifting cultural and environmental climates, leaving the sisters to battle storms outside and in.


Monday, December 10th at 8:00pm

We Are Among Us

By Stephen Belber
Directed by Adrienne Campbell-Holt

Join us for a staged reading of Stephen Belber’s We Are Among Us that will have its World Premiere at City Theatre in May 2019!

With her military contractor career firmly behind her, single mother Laura finally has her son front-and-center in her life. But when a reporter appears demanding answers to a covered-up, decade-old story from her time in Afghanistan, the murky events of a single night resurface, revealing untold truths and painful consequences. From the writer of the Tony Award-nominated play Match comes a world premiere that investigates the personal cost of war and what it means to survive.


Thursday, September 20th at 7 p.m.

PerKup Elkhorn

By Isaac Gomez

Directed by Marc Masterson

Welcome to PerKup Elkhorn, the best coffee shop around in a quaint Wisconsin town. Owner Lori and her pal Vicki are testing out the market for cold brew and debating swinging by the local RibFest with Vicki’s’ husband Jeff and their recently returned childhood friend, Eric. Something shifts when newcomer Pedro visits the shop to use the wifi and touch base with his job in Chicago. The ensuing encounter will forever alter these five interwoven lives in this searing portrait of present day America.



Support for the Momentum Reading Series provided by The Opportunity Fund.