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City Theatre Stirs Things Up to Completes 50th Anniversary Season Lineup 

2024-25 will include DNAWORKS’ The Real James Bond … Was Dominican’

City Theatre kicked off the month of May by completing the lineup for 2024-25, the South Side company’s 50th anniversary season. Added to the five-play subscription series is DNAWORKS’ production of The Real James Bond … Was Dominican, to be performed in the Lillie Theatre in January and February  2025. 

DNAWORKS is described on its website as being “dedicated to dialogue and healing through the arts, focusing on identity, heritage, culture and liberation.” The arts and service organization was founded in New York City in 2006 by Daniel Banks and Adam W. McKinney, with a focus on “Global Majority and LGBTQQ2SPIAA+ voices and experiences to create more complex representations of identity, culture, class and heritage through theater, dance, film, writing and art installation.”

Christopher Rivas is playwright and performer of The Real James Bond … Was Dominican, a production of DNAWORKS, coming to City Theatre in 2025.

The Real James Bond … Was Dominican, written and performed by Christopher Rivas, is described as “the story of Chris, a Dominican teenager  growing up in Queens, discovering that the real-life figure of diplomat, race car driver, and international man of mystery, Porfirio Rubirosa, was an uncredited inspiration for a certain iconic  secret agent.”

Rivas’ work covers a range genres, including acting on the Fox series Call Me Kat, opposite Mayim Bialik. He also is author of the books “Brown Enough” (Row House Publishing) and “You’re a Good Swimmer,” a children’s book due this year, and host and executive producer of two podcasts with SiriusXM’s Stitcher: “Brown Enough” and “Rubirosa,” a 10-episode documentary-style investigation of  Porfirio Rubirosa, who is believed  to be the inspiration for Ian Fleming’s James Bond character.

The Real James Bond … Was Dominican has been performed in theaters from New York City to Los Angeles; Texas to Boston, and now, said director and developer Banks, DNAWORKS is “thrilled” to bring it to “our new home city.” Of the collaboration, he said, “I have known about the company for over two decades and have such admiration for their work. I noted on my first visit what a loyal and engaged  audience City Theatre has and so look forward to hearing their stories in the post-show Community Story Circles that we lead.” 

“We’re looking forward to partnering with DNAWORKS to bring this fast-paced  exploration of self-discovery to Pittsburgh,” co-artistic directors Clare Drobot and Monteze Freeland said in a statement. “The stellar production will feature live music and expand upon City’s  commitment to community building, inviting audiences directly into conversation and fellowship  as part of this unique collaboration.” 

For tickets and details about the City Theatre 2024-25 season, visit

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