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City Theatre completes 2012-13 lineup

| Monday, April 16, 2012, 5:20 p.m.

Titles and performance dates are now in place for all six plays in City Theatre's 2012-13 season.

The six-pack of world premieres and contemporary works will take audiences from 18th-century Massachusetts to present-day Manhattan with dramas, comedies and a musical, as well as an intriguing verbal portrait of the people who call the South Side Home.

The season begins with Jordan Harrison's "Maple and Vine," (Oct. 13 to Nov. 4, main stage). The fantasy, which was added to the season only recently, is about a community perpetually and willfully stuck in the mid-1950s. Katha and Ryu happily exchange their hectic Manhattan lifestyles for this retro community. But their comfort level takes a dive when they're faced with the loss of their civil liberties.

"The play is a striking portrait of American life, then and now, and the juxtaposition of the two worlds has profound and ironic resonance on our current national debate in this election year," says Tracy Brigden, City Theatre's artistic director.

Also new to the previously announced season plans are:

• "Little Gem" (March 30 to May 5, 2013, Hamburg Studio), Elaine Murphy's Irish comedy about life, death and "getting on with it." It revolves around three generations of middle-class Irish women.

• "Abigail/1702" (May 4 to 26, 2013, main stage). Playwright Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa offers a second look at the world of Arthur Miller's landmark play "The Crucible." Set in 1702, a decade after the Salem witch trials, the manipulative accuser and chief witness, Abigail Williams, is living in a new town, with a new name and a new life.

Performance dates are now available for the trio of shows previously announced:

• "South Side Stories" (Nov. 10 to Dec. 16, Hamburg Studio), the world premiere of South Side resident Tami Dixon's one-woman show.

• "Seminar" (Jan.19 to Feb. 10, main stage), a comedy set in Manhattan about four aspiring young novelists who meet weekly for a writing seminar with a literary superstar known for his brutal criticism.

• "Breath and Imagination: The Story of Roland Hayes," (March 9 to 31, main stage), a co-production with Hartford Stage written by Daniel Beaty. The musical follows African-American classical singer Roland Hayes from the dirt roads of Georgia to the concert halls of Europe.

Six-play subscriptions are on sale from $157.50 to $180.

Single-ticket prices will range from $35 to $55 when they go on sale in September.

Details: 412-431-2489 or www.citytheatrecompany.org

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