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.

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.

brownsville song (b-side for tray): Sunday, May 17 (after the 3pm performance) Join us for an on-stage conversation with playwright, Kimber Lee.


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!

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!

brownsville song (b-side for tray): Tuesday, May 12  Join us for a very special Special Topics, “A Community of Survival: Turning Tragedy to Advocacy and Hope” moderated by Reggie Shuford, the Executive Director of the PA ACLU (post-show)

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Guest Moderator:

Reggie Shuford joined the ACLU of Pennsylvania as executive director in September 2011. Prior to joining the ACLU-PA, he served as the director of law and policy at the Equal Justice Society (EJS), a national strategy group based in San Francisco, heightening consciousness on race in the law and popular discourse. From 1995-2010, Reggie served as senior staff counsel in the national ACLU’s Racial Justice Program. During his tenure, he helped to pioneer legal challenges to racial profiling practices nationwide. He was the ACLU’s chief litigator in challenges to racial profiling, leading national litigation efforts and consulting with ACLU state affiliates and others in cases of “driving while black or brown,” airport profiling, and profiling related to the war on terror. The author of articles related to reclaiming the 14th Amendment, racial profiling, affirmative action, and the mass incarceration of African-Americans, among others, Reggie is a graduate of the University of North Carolina School of Law in Chapel Hill, where he was his graduating class president and the recent recipient of the Law School’s Distinguished Alumnus Award. Reggie is also a graduate of the Georgetown Nonprofit Management Executive Certificate Program and has been a Wasserstein Public Interest Fellow at Harvard Law School.


Shira Goodman is CeaseFirePA’s Executive Director. She has extensive experience in the nonprofit world and joined the organization following ten years as a public policy advocate working for better courts in Pennsylvania and a career in labor law. She is involved in the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and American Bar Associations, and serves on the board of the Legal Intelligencer and several community nonprofits.

Dorothy Johnson-Speight, MHS, LPC is the Founder and Executive Director of Mothers In Charge, Inc (MIC). She is a highly regarded leader, advocate, speaker, guest radio/television commentator and a clarion voice against the war to end senseless acts of violent crime. Her work, though rooted in Philadelphia, has led to national appearances and presentations across the United States and abroad.

Keith Bailey is the Director of Interpersonal Violence Prevention Programs for Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR). His role with the organization is to directly oversee their violence prevention and restorative justice programs.


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brownsville song (b-side for tray) – Hiding Place by John Edgar Wideman
MURDER FOR TWO – Malicious Masquerade by Alan Cupp

Audio Description:

brownsville song (b-side for tray): Saturday, May 16 (2pm performance)

Open Captioning:

brownsville song (b-side for tray): Saturday, May 23 (2pm performance)