Courtesy City Theatre Company.

City Theatre Company

September 12
1 – 4 p.m.

Backstage Block Party
Backstage Block Party

Pittsburgh’s contemporary theatre scene is thriving and one of the hottest tickets this month is the Backstage Block Party setting up shop at City Theatre this Saturday afternoon.

Rock the Bingham Street block, get a sneak peek at City Theatre’s upcoming season of premieres, tour the production spaces where all of the on-stage magic happens and more. Block partiers will play interactive theatre games, enjoy behind-the-scenes access to the local company, indulge in local fare and vie for door prizes.

A first-of-its-kind event for the South Side company, the free block party—which is open to all ages—will include a food truck roundup with Mission Mahi Tacos, PGH Halal and Sugar and Spice, seasonal beer tastings from Penn Brewery and music from DJs.

Attendees will also be treated to a special preview of City Theatre’s dynamic 2015-2016 season featuring local and national talents, five Pittsburgh premieres and one world premiere. Taking audiences from Dublin to Brooklyn, and from WWII to the blogosphere, the company’s 41st season boasts a diverse selection of storytellers and plays, including Connor McPherson’s The Night Alive, Dominique Morisseau’s Sunset Baby, Keith Reddin’s Some Brighter Distance, Laura Eason’s Sex with Strangers, Anna Ziegler’s The Last Match and Benjamin Scheuer’s The Lion.

Running October 10th through June 5th, the upcoming season also features the limited engagement special presentation of Sister’s Easter Catechism: Will My Bunny Go To Heaven? Written by Maripat Donovan and starring Kimberly Richards, the latest installment of this wildly popular series will make its Pittsburgh debut just in time for the Easter holiday season.

While the Backstage Block Party is a free unticketed, free event, City Theatre encourages attendees to RSVP via their Facebook event page.

Jennifer BaronArts & Entertainment / Jobs Editor

Jennifer has worked at the Mattress Factory, Brooklyn Museum of Art and Dahesh Museum of Art and is co-author of Pittsburgh Signs Project: 250 Signs of Western Pennsylvania. She also is co-coordinator of Handmade Arcade. Musically, she is in a band called The Garment District and is a founding member of Brooklyn's The Ladybug Transistor.