Sunday, February 21, 2016

Just in Time for Easter City Theatre Stages "Sister's Easter Catechism: Will My Bunny Go to Heaven?"

Kimberly Richards in "Sister's Easter Catechism" now at City Theatre

         City Theatre hopes you are not planning to give up laughter for Lent. Kimberly Richards returns as the unforgettable Sister in Maripat Donovan’s spring edition of the Late Nite Catechism series: Sister’s Easter Catechism: Will My Bunny Go To Heaven? This limited-engagement, Pittsburgh premiere City Event is more fun than an egg hunt and more ham than Easter dinner, running February 17-March 20, in the Lester Hamburg Studio.
            Celebrate the Easter season with Sister as she answers the time-worn questions of the season like “Why isn’t Easter the same day every year like Christmas?” and “Will My Bunny Go To Heaven?” Part pageant, and wHOLY hysterical, this latest of the sinfully funny Late Nite Catechism series unearths the origins of Easter… bunnies, eggs, bonnets, baskets, and, of course, those yummy Peeps. Classroom participation is a must, so don’t forget to wear your Easter bonnet and join Sister for this seasonal treat!
    Since 2005, the Late Nite Catechism series has entertained audiences in Pittsburgh with its hilarious and educational take on the Catholic faith. In that time, Ms. Richards has collected nearly $369,000 for Catholic motherhouses through post-show donations and by punishing wayward audience members, whose venial sins include arriving late, chewing gum, and wearing low-cut blouses.
    Kimberly Richards brings Sister's Easter Catechism: Will My Bunny Go to Heaven? to City Theatre, where she has given 761 performances (but who’s counting!) as Sister since 2005. Born in Green Tree at St. Clair Memorial Hospital, and baptized at St. Margaret of Scotland, Ms. Richards grew up in Oakland, California, graduating from Holy Names High.
    Richards launched her versatile career over 40 years ago — actress, aerialist, choreographer, comedienne, dancer, director, illusionist. Her experience includes a USO tour of Asia, and hanging from a rope at 60 feet without a net at Circus Circus for two years. Her acting credits include two of San Francisco’s longest running hits, Bar None and Beyond Therapy, as well as dozens of other productions.             
    Richards has won an Outstanding Performance Award, two Drama-Logue awards, and three Dean Goodman Choice awards. In 2012, she originated the role of Barbara in the North American premiere of the one-woman play Big Pants and Botox, and performs it across the US and Canada. Her directing credits include Waiting for Godot, The Trip to Bountiful, and numerous other plays. In 2009, she directed the world premiere of Pulp Scripture, which swept the San Francisco Fringe Festival, winning eight awards including “Best New Comedy.” Her most recent choreography credits include the San Francisco Playhouse production of Abe Lincoln’s Big Gay Dance Party (with Tom Segal), winning Best New Play of the 2009 New York International Fringe Festival.
     In other SFP work, Richards won the Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle Award of “Best Choreography” for My Fair Lady in 2012, and has since received multiple award nominations for three other SFP musicals: Into the Woods, Promises, Promises, and Company! Since 2001, she has regularly toured the continent starring as Sister in all seven hit installments of the one-woman Late Nite Catechism comedy series.
SISTER’S EASTER CATECHISM: WILL MY BUNNY GO TO HEAVEN?
PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE: February 17-March 20, 2016
Wednesdays at 7:00 p.m.
Thursdays and Fridays at 8:00 p.m.
Saturdays and Sundays at 2:00 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.
ACCESSIBLE PERFORMANCE DATES
Audio Description and Open Captioning: Sunday, March 13 at 2:00 p.m.
WHERE: City Theatre, 1300 Bingham Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15203 (South Side)
BOX OFFICE:
412.431.CITY (2489) or citytheatrecompany.org
TICKETS:
$45

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