PEP Events

Our FREE Patron Enrichment Programming (PEP) gives the audience a chance to see behind-the-scenes of each production as well as discover more about the themes and issues contained in each production.

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Our post-show MTA events allow the audience to learn about the process of each production with an onstage Q&A session with the cast.

DETROIT – 10/16 and 10/30
OUTSIDE MULLINGAR –  12/4 and 12/18
MOTHERS AND SONS– 2/12 and 2/26
brownsville song (b-side for tray) – 5/7 and 5/28
MURDER FOR TWO – 6/11 and 6/25

American Playwrights in Context (APIC) and American Theatre in Context (ATIC)*

This season, in honor of our 40th anniversary, we have expanded this speaker series to include a greater variety of panels featuring a range of different theatre artists. Like the onstage interviews with our season playwrights in our APIC series, these post-show events, ATIC, allow audiences to meet and learn about directors, designers, and other theater-makers!. Our past APIC series writers have included Edward Albee, Lynn Nottage, Bruce Graham, Anna Deavere Smith, Terrence McNally, composer John Kander, director/choreographer Susan Stroman, Neil LaBute, Theresa Rebeck, Amy Herzog, and Christopher Durang, among others.

MOTHERS AND SONS: 2/15 post-show Join us for an on-stage conversation with playwright, Terrence McNally.

*Look out for our individual show postcards for the date and time of each APIC and ATIC event.


Join a member of PTC’s staff for a post-matinee backstage tour of the set. Learn how the set was conceived and built, and how the crew runs the show!

DETROIT – 10/25
brownsville song (b-side for tray)– 5/16


Every season, we schedule panel talks with thought-leaders who expand and discuss the ideas and issues raised by each mainstage production. Catch the onstage conversation immediately following the 6:30pm performance!

DETROIT – 10/21 “Little Boxes Made of Ticky Tacky: The Life of a Suburban Development” with guest moderator, Lawrence Levy, Executive Dean of the National Center for Suburban Studies. Special Topics Panelists: Aaron WunschThomas J. Sugrue, and Anne Shlay

Lawrence Levy Bio

During his 35 years as a reporter, editorial writer, columnist and PBS talk show host, Lawrence Levy won many of journalism’s top awards, including Pulitzer Finalist, for in-depth works on suburban politics, education, taxation, housing and other key issues. As a journalist, he was known for his blending of national trends and local perspectives and has covered six presidential campaigns. In his leadership role at the NCSS, he has worked with Academic Director Christopher Niedt to give it a truly national profile. He works especially close with Hofstra’s strong academic community to shape an innovative agenda for suburban study, including a new Sustainability Studies degree, forge alliances with other institutions, not-for-profit groups and government agencies and promote the study of the suburbs nationwide. Levy is a member of a Brookings Institution advisory panel and was a keynote speaker at Brookings 2008 Metro Policy Summit in Washington, DC. Levy also led a collaboration between Hofstra and Boston College to create a first-in-the nation suburban ecology initiative, and another alliance between Hofstra and Cornell to sponsor the Local Government Leadership Institute. Before joining Hofstra, he was Senior Editorial Writer and Chief Political Columnist for Newsday, and remains involved in the world of journalism and politics. Levy has been a guest contributor to, the New York, covering the 2008 presidential campaign from a suburban perspective. He also writes a regular column on politics for the Albany Times Union, and appears regularly on local and national television.

MOTHERS AND SONS – 2/17 ”Loud, Proud, and Legal: 50 Years of LGBT Activism in Philadelphia” with guest moderator, Dr. Lance Wahlert, Assistant Professor, Department of Medical Ethics & Health Policy, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania.

Dr. Lance Wahlert

Dr. Lance Wahlert, Assistant Professor, Department of Medical Ethics & Health Policy, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania

Lance Wahlert is Assistant Professor of Medical Ethics & Health Policy and Director of the Master of Bioethics (MBE) program in the Perelman School of Medicine. Wahlert is also Core Research and Teaching Faculty Member in the Department of Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies in the School of Arts & Sciences, and regularly teaches in the departments of English and History and Sociology of Science. After receiving his B.A. in English and History of Medicine at the Johns Hopkins University, he earned an M.A. in Irish poetics from Johns Hopkins, an M.Sc. in History of Science from Imperial College London, and a Ph.D. in English from the University of Pennsylvania.

Wahlert’s scholarly interests include narrative medicine, clinical ethics, the history of LGBTQ medicine, disability theory, cinema studies, and Irish and Norwegian literature. Accordingly, he has held residential fellowships at the Wellcome Centre for the History of Medicine (London), Trinity College Dublin, Queen’s University Belfast, the University of Oslo, King’s College London, the British Film Institute, and the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science. In the fall of 2013, he served as Visiting Assistant Professor of Clinical Ethics at the Cleveland Clinic, serving as a specialist in medical humanities and LGBT health.

Having been funded by the National Institutes of Health and the Pew Foundation, Wahlert’s scholarship has been featured in publications including Bioethics, the American Journal of Bioethics, the Cambridge Quarterly of Health Care Ethics, the Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine, and The Hastings Center Report. He has also served as guest editor of three special issues of academic journals dedicated to the intersections of bioethics, queer theory, disability studies, and the history of medicine: “Bioethics, Sexuality, and Gender Identity” for the Journal of Bioethical Inquiry (fall 2012); “Queer in the Clinic” for the Journal of Medical Humanities (fall 2013); and “Mapping Queer Bioethics: Space, Place, and Locality” for the Journal of Homosexuality (fall 2014).

At Penn, Wahlert is Faculty Fellow at Gregory College House in Penn’s residential college system; serves on the faculty advisory board of the LGBT Center; and is also the Perelman School of Medicine’s faculty advisor for the Minor in Bioethics in the undergraduate College.

brownsville song (b-side for tray) – 5/12 “A Community of Survival: Turning Tragedy to Advocacy and Hope”


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DETROIT – Music for Torching by A.M. Homes
OUTSIDE MULLINGAR –  That They May Face the Rising Sun by John McGahern
MOTHERS AND SONS – The Blackwater Lightship by Colm Toibin
brownsville song (b-side for tray) – Hiding Place by John Edgar Wideman
MURDER FOR TWO – Malicious Masquerade by Alan Cupp

Audio Description:

Detroit 10/25 Outside Mullingar 12/13 Mothers and Sons 2/21 brownsville song 5/16 (all mats)

Open Captioning:

Detroit 11/1 Outside Mullingar 12/20 Mothers and Sons 2/28 brownsville song 5/23 (all mats)