2017/18 Season!

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2017-18 SHOWS

“Ruggedly Jewish”
Kathleen Turner’s “Finding My Voice”
Kerrigan & Lowdermilk’s “The Mad Ones”
“Wrestling Jerusalem”
Mike Daisey’s “This is Not Normal” and “The End of Journalism”
See and Be Scene
UCB Tour Co
“A Dream is a Wish: Princess Holiday Concert”
“Musical Thrones: A Parody of Ice and Fire”
“The Summer Club: A Big Band Valentine’s Day”
“Small Mouth Sounds”

 

 

Past Shows This Season

 

 

September 15 & 16, 2017

Public Radio’s Bob Garfield, co-host of On the Media, asks, “Who am I?” A crazy-quilt, hilarious odyssey, Ruggedly Jewish is a search for self: the characters Garfield has chronicled throughout his career; the American self, the suddenly-emerging threatened self, and his own baffled self – a secular Jew.

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About Bob Garfield: For the past 17 years, Bob has co-hosted the Peabody Award-winning public radio program on the media, cleverly titled On the Media. He is the creator of the Audible Channels program The Genius Dialogues and was founding co-host of Slate’s Lexicon Valley. Bob has been a columnist or contributing editor for the Washington Post Magazine, MediaPost, The Guardian, Advertising Age, Civilization and the op-ed page of USA Today. He has also written for The New York Times, Playboy, Atlantic, Sports Illustrated, Wired and the Mainichi Shimbun and been employed variously by ABC, CBS, CNBC and the defunct FNN as an on-air analyst. As a lecturer and panelist, he has appeared in 37 countries on six continents. He wrote a shitty episode of a short-lived NBC sitcom, Sweet Surrender, and co-wrote a song recorded by Willie Nelson. (Long story.) Bob is the NYT worst-selling author of five books, including his comic mob thriller Bedfellows, which is somewhat comic and somewhat thrilling. He has a play and a couple of movie scripts in his drawer he’d love for you to read. Bob is the founding director of the annual Media Future Summit, recent visiting lecturer at the University of Pennsylvania’s Annenberg School for Communication and a senior fellow at SEI Center for Advanced Studies in Management at Penn’s Wharton School. (Photo Michael Albans)

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September 25, 2017

For one night, acclaimed film, television, and stage actress Kathleen Turner brings her trademark husky voice to the American songbook, interwoven with personal anecdotes. She will perform classic songs with her band, led by Mark Janas, including but not limited to “Since I Fell For You,” “I’d Rather Be Sailing,” “On My Way To You,” and “On The Street Where You Live.” Finding My Voice is presented in an intimate cabaret setting on the PTC stage.
This program is supported by James Nederlander, Jr., Corey and Jessica Brunish, and Elizabeth Ireland McCann.

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October 23, 2017

Listen Up – Philly’s own musical theatre writing team of Kait Kerrigan and Brian Lowdermilk are with us for an intimate one-night-only “look and listen” preview of The Mad Ones, their new musical scheduled to hit 59E59 Theaters in NYC beginning November 7!

Kerrigan and Lowdermilk (on piano) will be joined by rising stars in show biz Krystina Alabado and Emma Hunton, as well as Philly’s own Zachary Altman, to perform selections from The Mad Ones and their other works, including The Bad Years, Republic, and Henry & Mudge.

ABOUT THE MAD ONES: Samantha Brown balances on the edge of her future, car keys in hand. Will she take the dare of her impetuous best friend and chart a new path? When every choice feels like life and death, how do you turn the key?

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October 18 – November 5, 2017

This acclaimed solo show is a personal story that grapples with the complexities of identity, history and social justice.

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November 9 – 11, 2017

Mike Daisey returns to PTC on the one year anniversary of our presidential election with two provocative new monologues performed in repertory. In This is Not Normal, Daisey illuminates the fever gripping all of us, and how quickly that fever becomes fascism. The End of Journalism explores how journalism in America ended, peeling back layers of “real” and “fake” news to find the darkly hilarious truth about the world we’ve made. Daisey is hailed as the pre-eminent monologist in the American theater today.

November 11 @ 6pm: free panel discussion about the new normal in arts journalism today, moderated by playwright Jackie Goldfinger, featuring Michael Riedel, New York Post columnist and author of Razzle Dazzle: The Battle for Broadway; John Timpane, Media and Fine Arts Editor for the Philadelphia InquirerJohn Moore, Senior Arts Journalist for Denver Center for the Performing Arts; Chris Jones, Chief Theatre Critic for the Chicago Tribune; and Wendy Rosenfield, Editor-in-Chief for the Broad Street Review.

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Michael Riedel

Michael Riedel (Theater Columnist, New York Post) is an American journalist and broadcaster. He is the host of “On the Town With Michael Riedel” on AM970 in New York City, and former co-host (with Susan Haskins) of the weekly talk show Theater Talk on PBS. His best-selling book Razzle Dazzle: The Battle for Broadway won the 2015 Marfield Prize for arts writing and is widely considered to be the successor to The Season, William Goldman’s classic 1967 book about Broadway. Riedel is at work on a new book about Broadway for Simon and Schuster to be published in 2019. Riedel’s skewering of Broadway shows and personalities in his column have made him a controversial and often feared figure on the New York theater scene. He has been called “the enfant terrible of the New York press.” In view of his notorious reputation as a theater columnist, Riedel was referred to as a “Napoleonic little Nazi” in the premiere episode of the NBC musical drama Smash on February 6, 2012. He later made cameo appearances as himself on several episodes of the show. Riedel appears frequently on the “Imus in the Morning” program, “The Mark Simone Show,” “The Mike Gallagher Show” and Fox News’ “Red Eye.”

John Timpane

John Timpane (Theater Critic/ Books Editor/ Fine Arts Reporter, The Philadelphia Inquirer) His beat includes theater, books, social media, dance, art, museums, and classical music. From 1997 to 2008 he was the Commentary page editor. Books include (with Nancy H. Packer) Writing Worth Reading (NY: St. Martin, 1994), It Could Be Verse (Berkeley, Calif.: Ten Speed, 1995), (with Maureen Watts and the Poetry Center of Cal State San Francisco) Poetry for Dummies, and (with Roland Reisley) Usonia, N.Y.: Building a Community with Frank Lloyd Wright (NY: Princeton Architectural Press, 2000), plus a poetry chapbook, Burning Bush (Ontario, Canada: Judith Fitzgerald/Cranberry Tree, 2011). His poetry and essays have appeared in Sequoia, North of Oxford, Cleaver, Apiary, Painted Bride Quarterly, The Philadelphia Review of Books, The Wild River Review, The Rathalla Review, Per Contra, Vocabula Review, and elsewhere.. His e-mail band, Car Radio Dog, is about to release its third CD, Kennel of Love. He is spouse to Maria-Christina Keller, copy manager of Scientific American, and they are parents of Pilar and Conor.

John Moore

John Moore (Senior Arts Journalist for Denver Center for the Performing Arts) was named one of the 12 most influential theater critics in the United States by American Theatre Magazine in 2011. He wrote more than 3,000 theater reviews, feature stories, columns and breaking news stories for The Denver Post, winning numerous awards from the Society of Professional Journalists, Best of the West, Colorado Press Association, Society of Black Journalists, Denver Press Club, and more. During that time, John’s online innovations created a new model for how daily newspapers might cover theater in the digital era, including video podcasts, blogs, script samples, photo galleries and an unprecedented website dedicated exclusively to Colorado high-school theater. The Chicago Tribune’s Chris Jones wrote at the time that The Denver Post’s multimedia theater coverage might be the best in the nation. In 2012, John took a groundbreaking position as the Denver Center for the Performing Arts’ Senior Arts Journalist, where he oversees a new online media outlet covering local arts and culture. Through his innovative partnership with the DCPA, John continues to cover the entire Colorado theatre community as the only remaining full-time theatre journalist in the state. His coverage can be found on the DCPA’s NewsCenter at MyDenverCenter.Org. In 2016, John wrote a full-length play called Waiting for Obama that was selected for full production at the New York International Fringe Festival. John is also the founder of the Denver Actors Fund, a nonprofit that in three years has distributed more than $134,000 to local theatre artists in medical need. For his work in journalism and in the community, John has won three Westword “Best of Denver Awards.” The Colorado Theatre Guild inaugurated its Journalistic Excellence in the Arts Award in his honor. Westword named him Denver’s best arts blogger, and he received the Distinguished Service Award from the Alliance of Community Theatres. John is a graduate of the University of Colorado at Boulder. Before covering theater, he was a deputy sports editor at The Denver Post, Raleigh News & Observer, Dallas Times-Herald and at Frank Deford’s The National Sports Daily in New York. Follow him on Twitter @moorejohn.

Chris Jones

Chris Jones (Chief Theater Critic/ Sunday culture columnist, Chicago Tribune) His reviews of theater, performance, circus and comedy for the newspaper number in the thousands, and his Sunday column explores all aspects of culture and its relationship with American life and ideas. He also serves as a critic for WBBM-Ch. 2. He is the author of Bigger, Brighter, Louder: 150 years of Chicago Theater, published by the University of Chicago Press. Prior to joining the full-time staff of the Tribune in 2002, Jones served for many years as a critic for Variety, and his work has also appeared in the Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, The Washington Post and American Theatre Magazine. Jones has twice served on the drama committee of the Pulitzer Prizes. He has a doctorate from Ohio State University.

Wendy Rosenfield

Wendy Rosenfield (Editor-in-Chief, Broad Street Review) is a Philadelphia-based freelance writer, and has written features and theater reviews for the Philadelphia Inquirer since 2006. She was theater critic for Philadelphia Weekly from 1995 to 2001. She serves on the Executive Committee of the American Theatre Critics Association, was a participant in the Bennington Writer’s Workshop, a 2008 NEA/USC Fellow in Theater and Musical Theater, and is a frequent guest critic for the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival’s Region II National Critics Institute. She also served as a judge for the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, and 2016 Simon Rockower Awards for Jewish Journalism. She received her B.A. from Bennington College and her M.L.A. from the University of Pennsylvania. Her work has appeared in and on many arts- and culture-related print and online magazines. She was proofreader to a swami, publications editor for the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, runs very slowly, and taunts her fear of heights by climbing a different Colorado 14er every summer. Follow her on Twitter @WendyRosenfield.

Jackie Goldfinger (Moderator)

Jacqueline Goldfinger (Moderator) is a playwright, dramaturg and teaching artist. Her plays include Bottle Fly (currently nominated for the Blackburn Prize, Wilma Theatre’s HotHouse, Yaddo Residency, PlayPenn), Babel (current NNPN Commission, Smith Prize for Political Theatre), The Arsonists (Kennedy Center Page-to-Stage, La MaMa International Writers Workshop, Sewanee Writers Conference, Disquiet/Lisbon, Kenyon Playwrights Conference, Perseverance Theatre, Azuka Theatre, Capital Stage, Know Theatre, Benchmark Theatre, Blackburn Prize nomination), Click (currently nominated for the Weissberger Award, Theatre Exile’s X-hibition Series, Emerson Stage Residency, Drama League Residency, McNally Award Commendation), Skin & Bone (Azuka Theatre, Bloomsberg Theatre Ensemble, Orlando Shakespeare PlayFest, Arden Theatre’s Writers Room, Philadelphia Critics Award Best New Play), Slip/Shot (Seattle Public, Flashpoint Theatre, PlayPenn, The Lark, Barrymore Award Outstanding New Play), The Oath (Manhattan Theatre Works, Acadiana Rep, Last Frontier Writers Conference), and The Terrible Girls (Azuka Theatre, NYC International Fringe Festival, San Diego Playwrights Collective). She has worked on public art projects with FringeArts/Reading Terminal Market, Missing Bolts/After Orlando, and the PAFA. Her work has been supported by The Audrey Residency at New Georges, Independence Foundation Fellowship, New Perspectives Workshop, among others. Being a teaching artist is deeply rooted in her practice. She works with a wide range of educational organizations including University of Pennsylvania, McCarter Theatre, and Philadelphia Young Playwrights. She is also a Kennedy Center-American College Theatre Festival traveling mentor. As a dramaturg she has worked with companies including Native Voices, University of the Arts, and Philadelphia Theatre Company. She is represented by Abrams Artists Agency. Read more about her work online at www.jacquelinegoldfinger.com.

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November 13, 2017 – 7pm

A one-time opportunity for PTC’s past subscribers and new members to preview scenes from plays being considered for the 2018-19 season. In a staged-reading showcase, an exciting group of actors will present scenes from plays like A Small Fire by Adam Bock and How to Catch Creation by Christina Anderson, the musical Fly By Night by Will Connolly, Michael Mitnick, and Kim Rosenstock, and some new works, too! Tell us what you liked and why during post-event cocktails and conversation with Producing Artistic Director Paige Price.

The Evening Line-Up

The Folks at Home

The Folks at Home

by R. Eric Thomas
Directed by Jarrod Markman

Roger and Brandon, an interracial black couple living in South Philadelphia, are doing the best they can. Their mortgage is late, Roger’s been laid off for months, and there might be a ghost in the attic. It’s a lot. When Brandon’s mom and Roger’s parents fall on even harder financial times and are forced to move in with the struggling couple, the blended family must figure out how to share space and how to survive. The Folks at Home is a sharp and heartfelt political comedy in the style of Norman Lear’s classic sitcoms of the 70s and 80s.

— featuring —

Melanye Finister (Pamela)
Johnnie Hobbs (Vernon)
Kristen Norine (Alice)
Brendan Norton (Brandon)
Brandon Pierce (Roger)
Blair Sams (Maureen)

The Anatomy of Love

The Anatomy of Love

by Ted Malawer
Directed by Matthew Decker

An explosive drama about two parents struggling over the gender transition of their seven-year-old daughter. Laura and Danny Bradford are called to Samantha’s school by her teacher, Ms. Spencer, because of an emergency: Samantha has bitten another child. Accusations fly about the source of Samantha’s behavior, but Ms. Spencer identifies that there may be a new chapter beginning in Samantha’s life that will shake the Bradfords to the core.

— featuring —

Trey Lyford (Danny)
Karen Peakes (Laura)

If I Forget

If I Forget

by Steven Levenson, 2017 Tony Award Winner for Best Book of a Musical for Dear Evan Hansen
Directed by Jill Harrison

In the final months before 9/11, liberal Jewish studies professor Michael Fischer has reunited with his two sisters to celebrate their father’s 75th birthday. Each deeply invested in their own version of family history, the siblings clash over everything from Michael’s controversial scholarly work to the mounting pressures of caring for an ailing parent. As destructive secrets and long-held resentments bubble to the surface, the three negotiate—with biting humor and razor-sharp insight—how much of the past they’re willing to sacrifice for a chance at a new beginning. If I Forget tells a powerful tale of a family and a culture at odds with itself.

— featuring —

Kevin Bergen (Michael)
Kristen Norine (Sharon)

Smokey Joe’s Café

Smokey Joe’s Café

with songs by Jerry Lieber and Mike Stoller
Directed by Matthew Decker

Music Director/Pianist: Amanda Morton

In the full musical revue, 39 pop standards, including rock and roll and rhythm and blues songs written by songwriters Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, are presented by the cast in various combinations, with no dialogue. There are novelty songs (“Charlie Brown”), romantic ballads (“Spanish Harlem”), and infectious melodies (“There Goes My Baby”). Please note: for this performance, there is one singer and songs may vary.

A Small Fire

A Small Fire

by Adam Bock
Directed by Kathryn MacMillan

A Small Fire follows John and Emily Bridges, a long-married couple whose happy, middle-class lives are upended when Emily is overcome by a mysterious disease. As this indomitable woman’s senses are slowly stripped away—smell, taste, sight—she finds herself suddenly and completely dependent on the husband whose endless devotions she had always taken for granted, and their lives transform in ways neither could have imagined.

— featuring —

Taysha Canales (Jenny)
Melanye Finister (Emily)
Leonard Haas (John)

How to Catch Creation

How to Catch Creation

by Christina Anderson
Directed by Jordan Fein

In the mid-1960s, a black, queer, feminist writer’s life is changed when her girlfriend tells her some unexpected news. 50 years later, the reverberations of that moment still echo in the lives of four individuals in the rapidly changing city of San Francisco. Christina Anderson’s stunning and complex examination of the universal act of creation—creation of life, of family, of art—spans space and time to inspire a new generation of makers and lovers.

— featuring —

Taysha Canales (Natalie)
Kimberly Fairbanks (G.K.)
Brandon Pierce (Stokes)
Steven Wright (Griffin)

Fly by Night

Fly by Night

A musical by Kim Rosenstock, Will Connolly, and Michael Mitnick
Directed by Bill Fennelly

Music director/Pianist: Amanda Morton

A star-crossed prophecy. A lot of music. Just not a lot of light. In this comic rock-fable, a melancholy sandwich maker’s humdrum life is intersected by two entrancing sisters. A sweeping ode to young love set against the backdrop of the Northeast blackout of 1965, Fly By Night is a tale about making your way and discovering hope in a world beset by darkness.

— featuring —

Ben Dibble (Narrator)
Kristen Norine (Daphne)
Brendan Norton (Harold)
Kristin Stokes (Miriam)

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December 1 & 2, 2017

The UCB Touring Company brings the best improv comedians from the legendary Upright Citizens Brigade Theatres to new audiences all around the country. This flagship touring show is a 90-minute, unscripted and totally improvised performance. Four improvisers at the top of their game perform a high-energy, surprising and hilarious show that has never been seen before and will never be seen again. Click here for more info.

Improv Your Life, an improv comedy workshop hosted by Bobbi Block of Tongue & Groove Spontaneous Theater. 

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This workshop is designed to create a comfortable environment in which anyone can explore improv and its applications. Attendees will playfully learn the skills that improv performers use, and how to apply those skills offstage.  The core principals of improv include:  active listening,  releasing internal scripts (quieting that voice inside your head!),  comfort with the unknown, releasing fear of making a mistake, flexibility in the face of disruption, and being present (in the moment). No experience necessary. From Accountants to Artists: the Improv-curious are all encouraged to attend!

Class size limited to 40 people. Free admission with purchase of UCB Tour Co ticket. Call Audience Services at 215.985.0420 to reserve your space!

Bobbi Block is the Producing Artistic Director of Tongue & Groove Spontaneous Theater (tongue-groove.com), and the creator of the Actors’ Improv™ approach. She co-founded ComedySportz Philadelphia and was their Education Director for 15 years. Bobbi facilitates Applied Improv programs for executives in businesses around the world, teaching authentic communication skills for leaders and teams (bobbiblock.com). She currently teaches Improv at Temple and Drexel Universities, and has taught Improv at the University of the Arts, Villanova, and the University of Otago in New Zealand. She has traveled the world teaching and directing unscripted theater.

A Very Funny Happy Hour!

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Join our guest hosts, Bobbi Block from Tongue and Groove; Don Montrey from Comedy Sportz; and Greg Maughan from Philly Improv Theater for a Very Funny Happy Hour in our lobby before the 8PM show! Everyone who attends and has a UCB show ticket will be entered to win free classes and tickets to future shows at Tongue and Groove, Comedy Sportz and PHIT Comedy! Show at 8PM, drawings are after the show.

  

 

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What Is The UPRIGHT CITIZENS BRIGADE?

Trust us, you know them

The UCB Theatre – founded by Amy Poehler, Matt Besser, Ian Roberts, and Matt Walsh – has been home to some of the biggest stars in comedy today. From TV shows like Broad City, Saturday Night Live, Silicon Valley, Veep, and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, to films such as Bridesmaids, The Hangover, and The Heat, as well as the writing rooms of Key and Peele, The Daily Show, Inside Amy Schumer, among others. With theatres and Training Centers in New York City and Los Angeles, UCB continues to foster the next generations of comedy.

MEET THE CAST

Andy Bustillos

Andy Bustillos is an improviser/actor/writer/moron who has been studying at UCB since 2010. He is a host of B.Y.O.T. at UCB East, part of the UCB touring company, on the Lloyd Team Camp and can be seen in commercials for Comcast, Taco Bell, Delta, and Trojan Condoms as well as the Hulu Show Deadbeat, on HBO’s Girls unless he gets cut, The OA, Divorce, and was recently chosen as an actor for NBC’s 2015 Scene Showcase. Also he is nice. Follow him on Twitter and Tumblr.

Sebastian Conelli

Sebastian Conelli performs with the Law Firm every Friday at 10:30 at UCB Chelsea, The Friday Night Show every Friday at 8:30 at The Magnet Theater, and is an actor on UCB Digital Team, The Council. Sebastian was a former member of Harold Team’s Slamball and The Enemy (2014 UCBNY Cagematch Champions). Sebastian has been in videos for IFC, Nicktoons, CH2, Above Average and Late Night with Seth Meyers. If you see his mother please tell her he is a good man.

Alex Song

Alex Song is a writer, actor, and comedian based in New York. She has written for shows including NBC’s The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, HBO’s Night of Too Many Stars, and truTV’s Comedy Knockout. As an actor, Alex has appeared on MTV’s Girl Code, The Chris Gethard Show, IFC, Funny or Die, and more, and can be seen in the upcoming Netflix movie, The Week Of. At UCB, she performs on Harold Night and co-hosts Asian AF, and has been on Maude Night and the UCB Touring Company. Other UCB credits include The Terry Withers Mysteries, Simon’s Street, and Way Past Your Bedtime. Alex is a proud alum of NYU sketch team Hammerkatz and improv team Dangerbox. Follow her on Twitter or check out her website.

Molly Thomas

Molly Thomas is an improvisor, actor and writer based in New York City. Current UCB Shows: Higgins: The Instagram Show, We Know How You Die!, and the Lady Jam! Previous UCB shows: Sherlock & Cookies, Hotspur, the Jam at UCB East as well as the sketch show “Standards & Practices”. Recently, Molly performed We Know How You Die! in DC at the Woolly Mammoth Theatre. She starred Off-Broadway in the world premiere of Beau Willimon’s play Breathing Time. Molly has been featured in videos on Late Night with Seth Meyers, The President Show, Above Average, UCBComedy, Nickelodeon and MTV. Molly studied Theatre and English at Indiana University. She studied acting, set building, ticket taking, bathroom maintenance, and snow shoveling at Jeff Daniels’ Purple Rose Theatre Company.

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December 17, 2017 – 3:15pm

Once upon a time, our doors opened wide to introduce the joy of live theatre to the youngest new audiences with music, princesses, and a party. A Dream Is a Wish: Princess Holiday Concert is a live concert sing-along, featuring nine Princesses including Princess Sofia, Cinderella, and others. Cinderella is having a holiday celebration with her friends and the youngest, Princess Sofia, wants to learn from the other Princesses how to be the best she can be as she grows up! They teach her that even though life will present obstacles, everyone’s path is different, and if she is true to herself, she will find her way. A Dream Is a Wish features over 15 holiday and popular movie-musical songs, including the titular song, “A Dream Is A Wish,” “Let It Go,” “Jingle Bells,” “Winter Wonderland,” and “When Will My Life Begin.”  The show is 60 minutes long.

Every ticket includes a post-show Princess Meet-and Greet reception and photo-op with holiday cookies and apple cider! Costumes are encouraged!

Note: This production will be a relaxed performance that welcomes children with autism or sensory or emotional sensitivities. Download the social story.

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What is a Relaxed Performance?

Philadelphia Theatre Company is committed to making theatre engagement accessible to all people with all abilities. In addition to offering access to individuals with visual and hearing impairments, we are now piloting our relaxed performances. Often called “Sensory Performances,” relaxed performances make gentle production modifications and offer resources and support for patrons with autism or sensory sensitivities. Research shows these modifications also benefit individuals with anxiety, dementia, epilepsy, or other cognitive and physical differences.

Sensory-friendly/Relaxed performances are designed to create a performing arts experience that welcomes patrons with autism or sensory sensitivities. They aim to remove the “hidden social rules” present in cultural events.  

Accommodations for these performances include:

  • Flexible house rules: audience members are free to talk or move during the show
  • Designated Quiet areas within the lobby
  • House lights remain on at a low level in the theater during the performance
  • Guidance and sensory supports (fidgets, noise cancelling headphones) available in the lobby
  • PTC staff is trained to accommodate patrons’ unique needs
  • A reduction of strobes and lighting focused on the audience
  • Lower sound levels, especially for jarring sounds

Patrons will also have access to resource materials, like social stories, which prep for the experience of going to the theater and introduce the characters and plot of the production. Download the story here.

FAQs

Can a patron talk or sing during the performance? Yes. In fact, singing along to this performance is encouraged!

Can a patron sit or stand in the aisle? Yes!

Can a patron stand up and dance in the aisle? Yes!

Are there spaces where a patron can walk around if movement is needed? Yes, we can designate space around your seats or offer the lobby space which has monitors to view the show.

Are patrons permitted to enter and exit the theater as needed throughout the performance? Yes, house lights will be up for visibility and staff will be positioned around the theater to offer guidance and support.

Are seats general admission or reserved? We offer reserved seating, but can be flexible in accommodating needs. We can block off seats to allow for space and movement, we can move seats based on your preferences, etc.

Can I come to the theater early to do a walk-thru? Yes, we would love to offer you the opportunity to “Meet your Seat.” Please call Education to set up a walk through of the space and experience.

How can I pick up my tickets? We can mail them to you, you can pick them up at box office, or if that feels overwhelming, we can arrange to have someone meet you out front with your tickets.

Is there a refund policy? If you have to leave early or for some reason are unable to attend, we offer a relaxed refund policy. Please talk to our Audience Services Manager for more information.

Is Philadelphia Theatre Company qualified to hold relaxed performances? Yes, we have received specialized consulting and training from Dr. Ideishi, a renowned occupational therapist who has developed relaxed performances for organizations all over the country. For more information about our training, please contact Education.

Is there an intermission? No, but you are welcome to take breaks as needed.

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February 9 & 10, 2018

Sail into Westeros for the musical send-up of a century! Musical Thrones: A Parody of Ice and Fire is a giddy and raucous parody of the Emmy Award-winning HBO show, Game of Thrones. Sing and dance along with Daenerys, her dragons, and many other beloved and be-hated characters as they engage in savagery, sex, and earth-shattering plot twists in the Seven Kingdoms.

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February 14, 2018 – 7:00pm

This Valentine’s Day, The Summer Club Big Band delivers a cool evening of live entertainment you’ll never forget! Head back to an era when clubs were hot, everyone dressed up, and martinis came straight up. Get ready to dance in your seat with a 17-piece swing band fronted by Philadelphia favorite Jeffrey Coon, a crazy-talented cast of musicians and singers, and a 22-song set list. You’ll fall in love all over again!

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Meet The Gang

Jeffrey Coon

Jeffrey Coon has been a professional actor and singer based in the Philadelphia area since 1993. Called by Philadelphia Weekly, “one of Philadelphia’s most talented and vocally gifted musical performers,” Jeff has appeared in over 100 professional productions and been nominated for 10 Barrymore Awards, winning once. He appears frequently at Walnut Street Theatre and Arden Theatre Company in Philadelphia, and has performed nationally with Philadelphia Theatre Company, The Kennedy Center, The Prince Music Theatre, Houston’s Theatre Under the Stars, and Seattle’s 5th Avenue Theatre, among others. He has performed as ‘Jean Valjean’ in Les Miserables, ‘Harold Hill’ in The Music Man, ‘Che’ in Evita, and ‘Gaston’ in Beauty and the Beast, in addition to numerous other notable roles. Many thanks to all of the Summer Clubbers and the Independence Foundation who have been so supportive of this show and the people in it. Love to P, J, and J as always. www.jeffreycoon.com.

JP Dunphy

JP Dunphy is proud to be a member of this extraordinary show with such amazingly talented colleagues! A Villanova, PA resident, he has recently been seen in Media Theatre’s production of Beauty and the Beast, Hello, Dolly!, Ghost, Les Miserables, The Addams Family, and Sunset Boulevard as ‘Manfred.’ Favorite roles include ‘Frankie’ in Forever Plaid and ‘Corny Collins’ in Hairspray. Other regional works include Mame, Annie, Rent, Jekyll & Hyde, The Who’s Tommy, Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, and Spamalot. Proud member of SAG/AFTRA/AEA.

Michael Philip O'Brien

Michael Philip O’Brien is a native Philadelphian and graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. He is a four-time Barrymore Award Nominee, winning the award for Outstanding Leading Actor in a Musical in 2009. New York Credits: The York Theatre, Greenwich Street Theatre, and Jazz at Lincoln Center. Regional Credits: Walnut Street Theatre, Theatre Under The Stars, NJPAC, Milwaukee Rep., The Arden, Prince Music Theatre, Bristol Riverside, and many more. Michael is also the Co-founder and Producing Artistic Director of 11th Hour Theatre Company, Philadelphia’s Boutique Musical Theatre Company. Now celebrating it’s 11th Anniversary Season, 11th Hour has received over 30 Barrymore Award Nominations and produced 16 musicals, including 9 Philadelphia Premieres. www.11thhourtheatrecompany.org

Fran Prisco

Fran Prisco, a Philadelphia native and resident, has developed a reputation as one of his hometown’s favorite performers! His resume boasts 30 productions at the Walnut Street Theatre, which includes two Barrymore Award nominations. He also has performed for most of Philly’s excellent theatre companies including: The Arden, The Wilma, Philadelphia Theatre Co., 1812 Productions, 11th Hour, and Delaware Theatre Co., among others. Previously, he’s had the honor of returning to his college campus to portray ‘Ali Hakim’ in Oklahoma! for the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival. His performing career has taken him all over the country, including on two National Tours of Forever Plaid and a six-month gig in Denver, CO for a production of My Way: A Musical Tribute to Frank Sinatra. He is also a respected cabaret artist. Cabarets he has created and performed include A Tribute to Johnnie Ray and An Evening of Break Up Songs For Stupid Valentine’s Day!

Rebecca Robbins

Rebecca Robbins is honored to be performing with The Summer Club this Valentine’s Day. Most recently Rebecca was seen as ‘Grace Farrell’ in Annie and also played the title role in Souvenir, A Fantasia on the Life of Florence Foster Jenkins at the Walnut Street Theatre. Prior to that she toured North America for almost two years with The Phantom of The Opera where, along with playing her roles as ‘Madame Firmin’ and ‘The Confidante,’ she frequently played opera diva ‘Carlotta Guidicelli’ at theatres across the country, including The Kennedy Center, San Francisco’s Orpheum Theatre, and Toronto’s Princess of Wales Theatre. Before joining the tour, Rebecca was a member of the Broadway company of The Phantom of The Opera, playing the Majestic Theatre for almost 3 years. Other Broadway/Off-Broadway credits include A Tale of Two Cities, My Fair Lady (NY Philharmonic), The Pajama GameFiorelloFanny, Music in the Air and The New Moon (City Center Encores!), as well as Wallace Shawn’s world premier play, The Music Teacher (The New Group). She has also been seen in numerous regional productions including 16 shows at the Walnut Street Theatre. In New York City, she has performed at such legendary venues as The Friars Club, Birdland, Sardi’s, and The Metropolitan Room. Rebecca is an alumna of the Curtis Institute of Music and holds a BA in music from the University of Charleston. She is a proud cancer survivor and an avid Philadelphia Eagles fan. For more info, visit www.rebeccarobbins.com.

Larry Lees (Music Director) is a composer, lyricist, arranger, orchestrator, and conductor working primarily in the Philadelphia and New York City areas. Major works include the original musicals: Jonestown, 16 Days, and the forthcoming Wonder Pig; as well as the operatic work, Obesa Cantavit: The True Tale of a Music Legend and the Sandwich Who Loved Her. Additionally, he has written incidental music for several plays, including The Magic of Mrs. Crowling (2007 Innovative Theatre Award nomination), The Colonel’s Holiday, The Blood Brothers Present…, and The Birth, Adoption and Death of Dorothy Dutchess. Apart from his theatrical works, Larry’s compositions and arrangements have been featured in some of NYC’s most renowned music venues including 54 Below, Birdland, Joe’s Pub, and The Metropolitan Room. In recent years, Larry has had the pleasure to be welcomed into the world of the circus, having created original scores for several seasons with the world-famous Circus Vargas, contributing original songs to the acclaimed clown duo Steve and Ryan, and now serving as the resident composer for Venardos Circus Productions. Among other things, he was the conductor and orchestrator for We Tell The Story: The Songs of Ahrens and Flaherty (Lucille Lortel Theatre), and recently completed a return NY engagement of Carole Bufford’s cabaret hit, Speak Easy, which he co-created, orchestrated, and conducted — and which featured the talents of the legendary Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks. Visit www.larrylees.com for more information.

March 13 – April 1, 2018

Following an acclaimed run in New York City, Small Mouth Sounds, a unique and compassionate new play written by Bess Wohl (Pretty Filthy) and directed by Rachel Chavkin (Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812), asks how we address life’s biggest questions when words fail us. The New York Times, New York Magazine, AND Time Out NY Critics’ Pick is coming to Philadelphia for the first time! In the overwhelming quiet of the woods, six runaways from city life embark on a silent retreat. As these strangers confront internal demons both profound and absurd, their vows of silence collide with the achingly human need to connect. Be ready to take a deep breath.