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After a two-year hiatus due to COVID-19, City Theatre is thrilled to announce the return of the Momentum Festival of New Plays at Different Stages (Momentum ‘22). To be held in-person on its South Side campus from May 16 – 21, 2022, the festival features public readings of three new plays in progress as well as a playwright’s “open mic.” The festival overlaps the final week of the mainstage production, The Garbologist by Lindsay Joelle, a co-world premiere production that was developed at the Momentum Festival in 2019. 

KEYWORD: WANDER by Clare Drobot

May 20 - 7:00PM

A young woman attempts to peel back the layers of her family’s secrets after discovering that her grandparents were Holocaust survivors who hid their identity and raised her father in the Catholic Church. A reimagining of events left unspoken, Keyword: Wander is an exploration of the lives we inherit.


All public performances are free, but registration is required.



May 21 - 3:00PM

Presented in Collaboration with Project-Y

In this immersive piece, yoga teacher Jillian plans to take the audience through an amazing, incredible, fantastic one hour yoga journey. But the past couple years have been tough, am I right? As Jillian tries to teach again in our changed world, the shiny, happy yoga teacher tries to keep the class, and herself, from completely imploding. Audiences: join Jillian as she leads you through a yoga class – or is it a play? – you’ll never forget. Feel free to bring your mat or watch from your seat! Yoga encouraged but not required.

If you would like to actively participate in the yoga class, please select the VIP seating options. Limited availabilty.
If you do NOT wish to engage in interactive theatre, select the General Admission seating.


May 19 - 7:30PM

Join us for a Playwrights Open Mic! A collaboration between City Theatre and the Dramatists Guild, Pittsburgh Region, this annual event features playwrights based in the greater Pittsburgh area reading excerpts of their work aloud. Hosted by Regional Representative TJ Young!

DEPENDENCY by Ty Greenwood

May 21 - 7:00PM

When High School seniors DeShawn and TT meet at a party in the bathroom, the two begin to form an unusual bond that involves heavy drug use and exploration. As their senior year continues the two become closer and dependent on each other in ways that aren’t healthy, ultimately making them realize they need help. Dependency is the inaugural recipient of support from the Kemp Powers Fund for Black Playwrights.

Dependency contains mature language, depiction of drug use and description of sexual assault and suicide that some may find unsettling. As sensitivities vary from individual to individual, we encourage you to contact the box office at with any content questions. The show is recommended for ages 18 and up.