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Reopening to audiences after 18 months due to the Covid-19 pandemic, City Theatre will fully produce six plays, live and in-person. The season features collaborations with local and national theater companies, community partners, and first-time and returning artists.

2021-2022 Season

5-Play Subscription Season
Live from the Edge by Universes
An Untitled New Play by Justin Timberlake by Matt Schatz (World Premiere Musical)
The Medium by SITI Company
Paradise Blue by Dominque Morisseau
The Garbologists by Lindsay Joelle (World Premiere)

Plus Special Events
The Rivers Don’t Know by James McManus (World Premiere)
2021 Young Playwrights Festival
2022 Momentum Festival


City Theatre will (re)open with a message of collaboration, premieres, and a timely revival

by Sharon Eberson, PGH in the Round

City Theatre’s new season: Garbologists, immigration and a Justin Timberlake musical?

by Tyler Dague, Pittsburgh Post Gazette 
Associate Artistic Director, Clare Drobot on The Confluence WESA

City Theatre’s New Season Features Spoken Word, McLuhan on Media, Justin Timberlake, and More

By Mike Vargo

by Shirley McMarlin

Interview: Live from the Edge, Marc Masterson
Saturday Light Brigade

‘Live from the Edge’ is a Universe of music at City Theatre

Lacretia Wimbley, Pittsburgh Post Gazette

Live From the Edge at City Theatre

by Bob Hoover, onStage Pittsburgh

“Live From the Edge” created and performed by UNIVERSES at City Theatre
-The Pittsburgh Tatler

Live from the Edge on Pittsburgh Today Live

The lure of Justin Timberlake is just the ticket for ‘Untitled,’ premiering at City Theatre

by Sharon Eberson

Review: An Untitled New Play By Justin Timberlake at City Theatre

OnStage Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh arts groups have returned to indoor shows, but not all patrons have followed

BWW Review: AN UNTITLED NEW PLAY BY JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE at City Theatre and THE THANKSGIVING PLAY at Arcade Comedy Theater Sing the Praises of the Dramaturge
by Greg Kerestan

Exploring the World Premier Musical Now Getting a Run at City Theatre

by Pittsburgh Owl Scribe

Pittsburgh’s People of the Year 2021: Theater

by Pittsburgh City Paper

Pittsburgh theater’s best shows live and online in 2020 and ’21

by Sharon Eberson & Christopher Rawson

Pittsburgh’s City Theatre revisits 25-year-old play exploring media, technology
by Shirley McMarlin

Winners Announced For The BroadwayWorld 2021 Pittsburgh Awards

Review: ‘The Medium’ takes a wild ride through the mind of Marshall McLuhan

by Sharon Eberson, OnStage Pittsburgh

Preview: Jazz artist Theron Brown composes music for City Theatre’s ‘Paradise Blue

by Sharon Eberson, onStage Pittsburgh

City Theater’s ‘Paradise Blue’ Finds the Right Note

By Dr. Tiffany Raymond, PhD
onStage Pittsburgh

Paradise Blue examines “wrath of gentrification” with jazz-infused production

Biases trashed in Jewish playwright’s ‘The Garbologists

by Toby Tabachnick, Pittsburgh Jewish Chronicle

Five Pittsburgh Arts Groups Join Forces to Share a Director for Equity and Inclusion

by Sharon Eberson, onStage Pittsburgh

City Theatre Closes Their Season with the Premiere of ‘The Garbologists’ and Momentum ’22

by Sharon Eberson, onStage Pittsburgh


Created and Performed by Universes

October 9 – 31, 2021  
Redefining what theater is and who it speaks to, Live from the Edge is a unique performance event that tracks the evolution of language from childhood rhymes and community rituals to poetry and theater, hip-hop, gospel, latin jazz and down home blues. 


Book, Music, and Lyrics by Matt Schatz

Directed by Reginald L. Douglas
Music Directed by Douglas Levine
A World Premiere Co-Production with Pittsburgh CLO
November 27 – December 19, 2021
Meet Beth, an idealistic literary manager at a non-profit theater who wants to change the world by discovering unsung writers and plays that matter, but her tone-deaf boss instead chooses a “pop superstar” to write the “hit” that will keep the theater from going out of business. In a co-production with Pittsburgh CLO, Matt Schatz returns to City Theatre (The Burdens, City Theatre 2019) with a hilarious new musical about the battle of art versus commerce.


Created and Performed by SITI Company

Conceived and directed by Anne Bogart
January 22 – February 13, 2022
Based on the writings and theories of Marshall McLuhan, The Medium explores the effect of media and emerging technologies on our perceptions, our psyches, and our personal lives.


by Dominque Morisseau

Directed by Kent Gash
March 12 – April 3, 2022
Returning to City Theatre for a third time, Dominique Morisseau (Pipeline, Sunset Baby) takes us to a gentrifying Detroit for a haunting drama laced with jazz and intrigue. It’s 1949 and club-owner and trumpeter Blue must choose between escaping his demons and the human cost of leaving the only home he’s ever known.


by Lindsay Joelle

Directed by Monteze Freeland
A World Premiere
April 30 – May 22, 2022
An unconventional buddy comedy follows first-time sanitation worker Marlowe and lifer Danny in the cab of a nineteen-ton garbage truck In New York City. Tasked with picking up what the world has discarded, they learn that some things are easier to toss than others.