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2018 Artists’ Statement by a Lincoln student participating in Philly Reality:
“The word theatre comes from the Greeks. It means the seeing place. It is the place people come to see the truth about life and the Social Situation.” – Stella Adler
We can relate to this quote because that is exactly what theatre is, a platform where we can showcase social issues that we feel are important. This is exactly what we did with “That Night.” Every one of us are so diverse especially with our ideas and skills and that makes our drama club so special. We all love theatre and acting and that passion most of us have helps create a superb performance. We incorporated everyone’s ideas into a perfect script based on what we believe is significant to display on stage. In our play we exhibit issues such as racism, abuse, sexual harassment, LGBT issues, and bullying. We felt that these issues can often be overlooked so we wanted to open people’s eyes because many teens and even adults go through this every day. We hope we accomplished our mission and uncovered these real social problems in a theatrical way. Performing is such a great way to express ourselves, and it is an honor to perform our show especially since most of us are so ardent about theatre.

The Philly Reality Residency has been the most comprehensive and in-depth element of PTC’s education programming.  It included 36 classroom workshops, study units for four PTC productions as well as the unique opportunity for students to create a piece of theatre from the ground up on a fully equipped, professional stage.  Philly Reality was the only program of its kind in Philadelphia, giving students the opportunity to work closely on all artistic, production and technical elements of a live theatre performance.  The main goal of this program was to help students learn that theatre is a vehicle for communication they can use beyond the classroom and the stage.  Philly Reality does not simply give students scripts but provides them tools with which to write their own 10-minute play.  Students also develop the production elements to support the text.  With help from teaching artists and technical artists in sound and lighting, students apply design elements of their own creation to their pieces.  The residency ends with student performances at the SRT.  Overseen by PTC’s professional production staff, students participate as actors, directors, designers, and front-of-house staff, making Philly Reality a truly student-run production.  We are immensely proud of this program and hope to reignite the program or something like it next season.