City Theatre’s Mainstage

Through May 25
Various times

From an unlikely hotel hookup to an impromptu house call, random encounters and stormy relationships unfold in the comedy  comedy Hope and Gravity. Celebrating an Opening Night performance on Friday, May 9th, the world premiere of Hope and Gravity marks the close of the South Side-based company’s 39th season and also playwright and Pennsylvania native Michael Hollinger’s return to City Theatre, where his plays Opus and Incorruptible premiered, and where his work Red Herring was also produced.

Directed by City Theatre’s own Tracy Brigden, the kinetic new work features dynamic interconnected stories woven together in jigsaw puzzle-like play. Theater-goers will be drawn in as a random event unexpectedly sets off both profound and comic consequences within the lives of nine characters.

Hope and Gravity features Robin Abramson, John Feltch, Rebecca Harris, Daniel Krell and Federico Rodriguez. The creative team includes Anne Mundell (scenic), Robert C.T. Steele (costume), Andrew David Ostrowski (lighting), Eric Shimelonis (original music), Joe Pino (sound) and Calleri Casting (casting).

Born in Lancaster, PA, Hollinger is associate professor of Theatre at Villanova University and an alumnus of New Dramatists. Author of numerous full-length plays that have been produced around the US, Hollinger has also written films for PBS. Among his numerous awards are a Steinberg New Play Citation from the American Theatre Critics Association, a Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award and four Barrymore Awards. Hollinger is currently playwright in residence at Arden Theatre Company in Philadelphia, which will premiere his next play in 2015.

Jennifer Baron

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...