How To Catch Creation

March 22 – April 14, 2019

Tu. 7pm – W. 1/7pm – Th. 8pm – F. 8pm – Sat. 2/8pm – Sun. 3pm

Kilroys List 2017

Written by Christina Anderson

Run Time: 2 hrs 15 mins with one intermission
Recommended for ages 14+

Single Tickets on sale June 1, 2018

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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.

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The new season will conclude with the start of a new direction for Philadelphia Theatre Company. Starting this season, Price is commiting to producing one work from The Kilroy List every year moving forward. The Kilroys are a group of playwrights and producers in Los Angeles “who are done talking about gender parity and are taking action.” They are “committed to ending the systemic underrepresentation of female and trans playwrights in the American theater.” Each year, The Kilroys release a list of recommended, unproduced shows as a tool for producers to use when looking for new works and voices.

The first choice from the Kilroys’ List is the World Premiere production of Christina Anderson’s How To Catch Creation. This inspirational story will run March 22 to April 14, 2019.  In the mid-1960s, a black, queer, feminist writer’s life is changed when her girlfriend tells her some unexpected news. Fifty 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.

Price saw a reading of this work at the Goodman Theatre’s New Stages Series in Chicago. “I sought out plays that were on the Kilroy List and was delighted that the show that so moved me in Chicago was on the list,” said Price. “The show touched me, drawing a connection between generations, and drawing contrasts to the world in the 1960s and today, especially through the lens of a feminist queer writer. This writer also made choices that impacted the lives of others forever, so it fits the theme that has emerged this season.”

Price added, “This play is for the PTC loyalists and those in the theatre community who told me time and again that they loved when PTC was a leading producer of new work. I wanted to make a bold choice in my inaugural year here.”

Meet the Playwright: Christina Anderson

Christina Anderson

Christina Anderson  Christina’s work has appeared at The Public Theatre, Yale Repertory Theatre, Penumbra Theatre Company, Playwrights Horizons, and other theaters in the United States and Canada.  Awards and honors: Inaugural Harper Lee Award for Playwriting, two PONY nominations, three Susan Smith Blackburn nominations, and Woursell Prize Finalist. Christina obtained her B.A. from Brown University and an M.F.A. from the Yale School of Drama’s Playwriting Program. She’s a resident playwright at New Dramatists, Epic Theatre Ensemble, and a DNAWORKS Ensemble member. Currently, she’s the interim Head of Playwriting at Brown University.

Illustration by Christina Mastrull