It’s been a minute.
You may have noticed that we have been relatively quiet at Philadelphia Theatre Company. During the last several weeks, we took our time to navigate through the first stages of the health and economic crisis and to thoughtfully strategize about our future.
At last, I was all set to bring good news to you about the projects we’re developing, and give you a heads up about upcoming events.
However, I must first address the anguish that we are witnessing in our country and right here in Philadelphia. We want to acknowledge the pain of the Black American community that seeks justice for the death of George Floyd and countless others. Black Lives Matter. PTC directed donations to BLM-Philly during our June 8th broadcast of Stars in the House and you will also find a link to their site on this home page.
We want you to know that Philadelphia Theatre Company will emerge from this crisis with stability and strength (and we will look a little different, too). We are committed to our mission and to the people we serve. But we must acknowledge the long history of systemic racism and trauma that is the root cause of injustice.
I am available for conversation–about what we’re doing, what we’ve done, how we’ve failed and also what actions we are taking. In the coming weeks and months we will release these actions publicly, preferring to post them when they are, in fact, in place.
If you are looking for paths to information and action, you will find some here.
Thank you for your patience and commitment as we seek a creative path through this time.
As a result of careful planning PTC will be in a very strong position to come back – when we can. If we’ve learned anything recently, it is that making plans is tricky. So we are playing the long game, and that means that we are not going to be announcing a season, or dates, until we can do so with certainty. We know you understand that if there’s one thing in short supply right now, it is certainty. (watch our video message HERE)
We do have a “season” in mind that we are eager to produce, and are considering all the ways that we might offer it to you, whether it’s live or digital, or a mixture of both. We see an opportunity for innovation as well as an expansion in the ways we define theatre and art in this moment; in how art can reach households that may have heretofore been excluded. We will be revealing those initiatives in the coming months, but we can tell you that they are focused on directing resources to artists.
Communities across the world are having to work together now, by being apart. We will do our best to find inventive and imaginative ways of reaching out to you with artistic messages that continue to make you feel connected to us. We believe that that is our job – artists can lift up our communities and we pledge to keep on doing just that.
We look forward to opening the doors once again.
Thank you for all your support this season.
Producing Artistic Director
PS – Your ongoing support of PTC is deeply appreciated and absolutely vital as we continue our mission to serve the audiences and artists of Philadelphia. If you wish to donate, please click here. Thank you.