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.
Although the full production of the Building Bridges project has been 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 continued to host story circles, conducting 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 used these story circles as inspiration for the script, fully completed and now titled The Rivers Don’t Know.
City Theatre has a series of script workshops and developmental readings scheduled for the spring.
The National Endowment for the Arts has supported this project with a $25,000 grant. Read more here.