City Theatre

Essential Pittsburgh
2:42 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

New Musical 'Smart Blonde' Follows the Life of Judy Holliday

William Holden and Judy Holliday in the film "Born Yesterday," for which Holliday won an Academy Award. Although the film portrays her as a ditzy blonde, in real life she had a genius IQ.
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Actress Judy Holliday played the dumb blonde in many films but in real life she had a genius IQ and outsmarted Senators engaged in a communist witch hunt. We'll talk with playwright Willy Holtzman and artistic director Tracy Brigden about creating the musical "Smart Blonde" based on the life of Judy Holliday and the world premiere production at the City Theatre.

Education
3:30 am
Thu October 2, 2014

Young Playwrights Team Up With Pros At City Theatre Fest

Young playwrights Joseph Bornes (far right) and Michelle Do (second from right) and the actors in their plays answer audience questions. The pair are two of the winners of City Theatre's Young Playwrights Contest.
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While many kids spent the summer swimming, playing video games or going to camp, six area kids spent theirs working with theater professionals to produce plays they’d written.

City Theatre’s Young Playwright’s contest takes six works from middle and high school students in Western Pennsylvania and northern West Virginia. The contest is in its 15th year, and this year’s selections were whittled down from more than 300 submissions.

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Arts & Culture
4:06 pm
Tue October 1, 2013

Six Students Picked For Young Playwrights Festival

Move over August Wilson, there’s a new playwright in town — actually, there are six.

Western Pennsylvania middle and high school students will see their work come to life on stage this weekend as part of 14th annual Young Playwrights Festival.

City Theatre receives more than 200 scripts a year from aspiring playwrights, and a literary committee whittles that number down to three middle school plays and three high school plays.

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