The Return of The Terrence McNally New Play Award
In 2021, PTC will present a virtual reading of work by the 2021 Terrence McNally New Play Award winner. During its first iteration, the Terrence McNally New Play Award recognized new plays that celebrated themes central to McNally’s work; social justice, queer rights, and the transformative power of art. The McNally Award will, as reimagined, will follow the original spirit of the awards, but this year will be awarded to a Philadelphia playwright. The McNally Award promises to further the Company’s commitment to artists, developmental theatre, and equitable opportunities for years to come.
The Tattooed Lady
The Tattooed Lady, a developing new musical from Max Vernon and Erin Courtney, along with director Ellie Heyman, won a 2020 Project grant from The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage. Read more HERE.
The Tattooed Lady will be introduced to our audiences in a 30-minute mini-documentary called “The Tattooed Lady: Make Your Mark.” This mini-doc reveals what it’s like for a creative team to make a new musical during “pandemic times.” Featuring a mix of behind the scenes collaboration, musical segments from Joe’s Pub, and other surprises from Philly artists, this teaser will make its mark on audiences, and show you why we were so excited to commission these artists.
The story of The Tattooed Lady highlights one of sideshow’s biggest stars, Ida Gibson, in a moving, fantastical tale that reveals the ultimate bond between mother and daughter. Featuring a parade of beguiling characters with both visible and invisible marks, the musical celebrates the resilience of women whose choices have the potential to liberate them. The Tattooed Lady is a musical meditation on beauty, perversity, shattering of taboos, and a woman’s right to control her body and choose her destiny.
The Tattooed Lady will be Philadelphia Theatre Company’s first commission under Artistic Director Paige Price’s leadership. Here’s the show page.
Jeffrey Page Experience
This season welcomes Jeffrey L. Page as PTC’s new Resident Artist. Page will select and direct a fully-virtual experience of his choosing during the 2020-21 Season.
Page—an opera and theatre director as well as choreographer —was the first African American to be named Marcus Institute Fellow for Opera Directing at the Juilliard School and has been nominated for an Emmy. After appearing in the original Broadway cast of Fela!, his credits include directing and choreographing the Tokyo production of the musical Memphis. He has been a featured choreographer on “So You Think You Can Dance” and was on Beyoncé’s creative team for 12 years—winning him an MTV Video Music Award. Currently, he is a Lecturer at Harvard University and is collaborating as co-director and choreographer with Diane Paulus and the American Repertory Theatre at Harvard to mount the upcoming Broadway production of 1776.
See & Be Scene
See & Be Scene showcases selections from several plays and musicals under consideration for future seasons. Typically presented in a staged reading format, the event will move online and to the spring for the 2020-21 Season. This season’s See & Be Scene will again invite audience members to complete surveys in response to the excerpts presented throughout the event. New this season, the Company is exploring ways to use the See & Be Scene platform to highlight some of the discoveries made from the scripts submitted for the McNally New Play Award, and to include more artists from the community in the selection process.
PTC will also host a series of digital conversations with Artistic Director Paige Price, Resident Artist Jeffrey Page and other artistic influencers from across the city and country in response to social, economic and artistic themes that have emerged during the current pause in production. His commitment to facilitating crucial and inventive civil discourse and elevating voices most affected by systemic racism and a corrupt criminal justice system—considered alongside his experience as a performer, teacher, and researcher—make these conversations one of the most exciting elements of the 2020-21 Season.
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Previously this season…
Sarah DeLappe’s The Wolves: A Virtual ‘Staging’
Sarah DeLappe’s Pulitzer-nominated The Wolves concluded its run December 20th. (Read: How ‘Wolves’ and ‘Heroes’ Are Saving Pandemic Theater – Jesse Green, New York Times). This lauded play, which won the 2017 Obie Award for Best Ensemble and was named ‘Best of the Decade’ by The Hollywood Reporter, follows nine young women from a variety of backgrounds, training together on a competitive high school soccer team. With just a few weeks to go until nationals, the pressure is on.
Taking place across nine weekend practice sessions, the pack of warriors at the heart of The Wolves push and train for their games while navigating a growing understanding of their complicated world. A coming-of-age story that tackles everything from Harry Potter to the Khmer Rouge and from ambition to abortion, The Wolves is about life, love, and loss on and off the Astroturf. READ MORE…
Sinclair Lewis: It Can’t Happen Here – October 13-November 8, 2020 EXTENDED TO NOV 13TH!
By Tony Taccone and Bennett S. Cohen, adapted from the novel by Sinclair Lewis
Sound design and music by Paul James Prendergast
Directed by Lisa Peterson
In 1935, Sinclair Lewis wrote It Can’t Happen Here, a novel that imagines the rise of fascism in America and reads like it was ripped out of today’s headlines. Shortly after, Lewis wrote a play by the same name for the Federal Theatre Project. Lewis’s ability to imagine what had seemed unimaginable and then suddenly became very real showed a remarkable understanding of the power of the darkest forces in our country.
PTC joined 100 theatres across the nation in presenting the Berkeley Rep production for free, as a way to use our theatrical tools and collective reach to get out the vote. READ MORE…
Here’s the broadcast link to YouTube. Available through 11.13.20