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City Theatre presents Love Alone

Opening City Theatre’s 10th anniversary season, the Austin premiere play Love Alone by Deborah Salem Smith pulls no punches as it lays bare the emotions of two families after a routine medical procedure goes tragically wrong. The New York Times calls Love Alone a, “lucid, deeply nuanced and fearless work.” The Boston Globe calls it “…first rate…a gleaming gem.” And The Providence Journal says Love Alone is “thought-provoking, well-written, and just darn good theater.” The show runs three weekends October 2 – 18, 2015.

Even as I speak, for lack of love alone. It well may be that in a difficult hour, I might be driven to sell your love for peace. It well may be. I do not think I would.

Edna St. Vincent Millay, Love Alone

Love Alone is a lovingly drawn portrait of how we grieve and how we heal. When Helen’s lesbian partner of twenty years dies unexpectedly, she and her daughter want answers. Confused by the hospital’s silence around the death, a lawsuit transforms the lives of both the patient’s family and the doctor charged with her care. The bold and emotional story tracks the fallout as two households navigate uncharted waters of loss, anger, humor, and longing on their path to healing. This powerful, deeply fearless work of how we grieve and how we heal speaks to an essential truth: when faced with terrible tragedy — your own life and the lives of those around you — are worth saving.

It can’t be explained. We’re doctors, not God.

Dr. Becca Neal, Love Alone

In 2014, playwright Deborah Salem Smith was awarded a New Play Commission by Trinity Repertory. Her play Love Alone received an Edgerton Foundation New American Play Award as well as an Honorable Mention by the Jane Chambers Playwriting Award. It was also a finalist for the Independent Reviewers of New England Award for Best New Play of 2013. Smith’s previous honors include an Emerging American Artist Fulbright for playwriting and her work has been recognized by a National Mellon Fellowship in the Humanities, a Bray Visiting Scholar/Creative Artists Fellowship, a MacDowell Fellowship, a Major Hopwood Award, as well as writing and visual arts prizes from the University of Michigan and Princeton University. Her other plays include: Faithful Cheaters, Some Things Are Private, Good Business, and Boots on the Ground.

CTC’s production is directed by Artistic Director Andy Berkovsky and lead by City Theatre acclaimed actors Dawn Erin (Macbeth, Agnes of God, The Miracle Worker) and Samantha Brewer (Rabbit Hole, Jimmy Dean, Of Mice and Men.) Also performing is the talented company of Gabriel Diehl, Jesselyn Parks, Gabriel Smith, and Phoebe Moore.

The City Theatre Company is excited to be celebrating its 10th anniversary season of live theatre entertainment in Austin. CTC is an Austin-based, not-for-profit arts organization and is sponsored in part by the Austin Creative Alliance and the Austin Cultural Arts Division. Founded in 2006, the company has been recognized by the Austin Critics Table Awards, the B. Iden Payne Awards, the Central Texas Excellence in Theatre Awards, Austin Live Theatre, and has twice been voted “Best Theatre Company” by Austin American-Statesman’s Austin 360.

CTC is dedicated in providing quality theatrical experiences and entertainment for Austin artists and its community and continues the commitment to making productions accessible for everyone. CTC offers its discount ticket program with $10 Thursday seats and $12 student seats for any show. The ticket discount is available throughout the 2015-16 summer season.

Tickets start at $10 and are available online through Brown Paper Tickets. You can also make reservations requests online. All general and guaranteed reserved Seats not purchased or claimed five minutes before curtain will be released. Students tickets are available for any show for $12. Discounted tickets for groups of 10 or more are available, call 512-524-2870 or email

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