PTC’s Top Ten Special Moments of 2015

PTC Invites You to Join US as We Countdown towards the New Year!

2015 was a year of many successes for PTC. While we have too many to list here, we would like to close out the year by sharing what we consider to be our top 10 moments for the year that was 2015…

Ten Special Moments at PTC in 2015 Worth Celebrating

Home Sweet Home! The best part of our year was repurchasing our home the Suzanne Roberts Theatre! Our heartfelt thanks goes to Suzanne Roberts and the Roberts Family as well as other community donors!



Playwright Ayad Akhtar of our Barrymore Recommended production of Disgraced joined us for an American Playwrights in Context interview with Dr. Fariha I. Khan thanks to our partners at Intercultural Journeys.

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Ayad Akhtar and Dr. Fariha I. Khan


Students take over the Suzanne Roberts Theatre! On March 17th and 19th, 182 students participated in Philly Reality, our annual multi-school festival celebrating work created, performed and designed by students.

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Philly Reality students CAPA 12th grade performing their 10 minute play, “Into the Woods”


Bill Irwin preformed his new project On Beckett on December 14th thanks to a generous grant from the Laura Pels International Foundation for Theater.  It is always so wonderful to have Bill return to PTC.

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Bill Irwin and Executive Producing Director Sara Garonzik clowning around at the Artists Circle reception hosted by Howard and Vesna Sacks with Bill following his performance


James Ijames was awarded the Terrence McNally New Play Award this October for his new play White.  Producer Tom Kirdahy representing Terrence McNally celebrated the occasion by blessing the stage with a kiss, just as McNally did at the Suzanne Roberts Theatre opening in 2007.

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(Left) Tom Kirdahy kissing the stage;  (Right) Award Winner James Ijames (left) with Actors Ben Pelteson, Joniece Abbott Pratt, Maia DeSanti (right)


Theatre Masters PTC’s new series of onstage interviews with notable theatre artists, launched with Bill Irwin, Billy Porter, and Anna Deavere Smith last winter and spring.

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Billy Porter being interviewed by John Kenrick


What a Night!  PTC’s 40th Anniversary Gala honoring David L. Cohen was our most successful gala to date!


Governor Ed Rendell, David L. Cohen, and Board President Elliot Schwartz on stage at the 40th Anniversary Gala


Pej Vahdat posted a selfie on Instagram with students following the student matinee of Disgraced. Such a great moment!

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The Barrymore Award for Best Lighting Design went to Russell Champa for his gorgeous work on our production of brownsville song (b-side for tray).



PTC lets the dogs out!  We partnered with Tri-state Basset Hound Rescue to create an adoption event in the lobby during the December 19th matinee performance of Ken Ludwig’s Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery.

















Actor Ron Menzel (Sherlock Holmes) cuddles up with the sweetest hounds in all of Baskerville!

There you have it!

10 moments in 2015 worth celebrating and all of them
made possible by our family of donors.

We thank you for taking this journey with us, and we guarantee that 2016 will be equally thrilling! We have some extraordinary productions waiting in the wings as well as award winning educations programs for Philadelphia students.

But we cannot deliver any of it without the
vital support from donors and ticket buyers like YOU!

Make a contribution to our Annual Fund today!

Thank you again for your commitment to PTC.
We look forward to seeing you in the New Year!


*All donations must be made by December 31,2015 by 11:59PM in order to count towards the 2015 tax year.
Donations can be made online through our secure website or by calling 215-985-1400 x117.

Another way to give:  **IRA Rollover Gifts are also acceptable.  Recently, legislation allowing the IRA charitable rollover has been permanently reinstated, making it possible for individuals 70½ years of age or older to make distributions from individual retirement accounts (IRAs) directly to Philadelphia Theatre Company. Without incurring federal income tax, these gifts are counted toward the required minimum distribution.   To make a transfer, contact your IRA administrator for instructions and notify Philadelphia Theatre Company of your plans.

**Rules and regulations apply to IRA Rollover distributions;
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