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Building Bridges: A Community-Centered New Work of Immigrant Stories

City Theatre is developing a community-centered world premiere production celebrating the narratives of immigrant and refugee populations in Pittsburgh.

Grantee

City Theatre Company

Grant Amount

$225,000

Project

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.

Progress

In December, City Theatre welcomed Michael John Garcés, director, and James McManus, playwright, for their first artist residency. During their visit, Michael and Jim conducted three story circles with participants from City’s partner organizations Literacy Pittsburgh, All for All, Global Minds, and ARYSE; learned to make pierogis at St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Church; dove headfirst into the Heinz History Center’s Detre Archives; and viewed an exhibit at Pittsburgh Glass Center. These artists will return to Pittsburgh to gather more research and interview more Pittsburghers in advance of writing a developing a first draft of a script. The resulting play will have its world premiere at City Theatre in 2021.

Partners