City Theatre is developing a community-centered world premiere production celebrating the narratives of immigrant and refugee populations in Pittsburgh.
City Theatre's project will culminate in a large-scale, community-centered world premiere production celebrating the narratives of immigrant and refugee populations in Pittsburgh. The play will be developed through a year-long interview and engagement process with immigrant and refugee individuals, supported through partnerships with agencies already working closely with these populations. At its heart, this piece will be an exploration of a quintessentially American story, highlighting how Pittsburgh is a city of immigrants - past, present, and future.
Originally slated as the culminating production of the current season, Building Bridges is now postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic. City Theatre was able to pivot and move certain project activities online, allowing continued collaboration with community partners and the artistic team. City has hosted a story circle each month since June, continuing interviews with immigrant communities and individuals including Farooq Al-Said from 1Hood Media, ARYSE, a Turkish women's support group organized by JFCS, and Literacy Pittsburgh.
Playwright James McManus uses these story circles as inspiration and recently completed the first draft of the script. Stay tuned!