Black Theatre Night

7pm, Friday, Nov 3, 2023

Philadelphia Theatre Company will be hosting our first affinity night of the season, Black Theatre Night, on November 3, at 7pm at the Suzanne Roberts Theatre on the Avenue of the Arts. It offers a free performance for the vibrant Black community of Philadelphia. Tickets for this event are not for sale and attendance is by invitation only.

PTC is starting the new season with a bold and extraordinary show, Macbeth in Stride, a dazzling theatrical event created and performed by Obie Award-winning artist Whitney White. Macbeth in Stride examines what it means to be an ambitious Black woman through the lens of one of Shakespeare’s most iconic characters. This 90-minute rock musical uses pop, gospel, and R&B to trace the fatalistic arc of Lady Macbeth while lifting contemporary Black female power, femininity, and desire. It also features PTC’s artistic directors, Taibi Magar and Tyler Dobrowsky, as the directors of this spectacular show. 

Want a sneak peek, check out the Macbeth in Stride’s official trailerlearn more about the cast!

Curious to learn more about the inspiration behind Black Theatre Night? 

Black theatre performances, which originated in 2019 with Jeremy O. Harris’ Broadway hit Slave Play, have since spread to theaters in Boston, London, D.C, and now Philadelphia. As Jeremy O. Harris states, “It’s not a ‘blacks only’ theatre performance; it’s an affinity night for black audience members to rectify the decades of exclusion from theaters in their communities. This is not segregation but an attempt at radically integrating a theatre-going audience that is underserved.”

The Black Theatre Night marks the beginning of several initiatives at PTC, starting in our 2022-23 season, aimed at creating a truly inclusive and radically welcoming space for our diverse audiences. While we recognize that we have a long way to go, we are committed to addressing any barriers that may have limited access to our space for historically marginalized communities. As we continue on this journey, we are excited to celebrate the rich diversity of our audiences and to work towards creating a more equitable and representative space for all.

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Invited Organizations: PECO, Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disAbility Services & Engaging Males of Color, Theatre in the X, Black Theatre Alliance of Philadelphia, BlackStar Film Festival, Philadelphia Alumnae Chapter Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Omega Omega Chapter, J&B Press LLC, School District of Philadelphia, The Womens Coalition for Empowerment Inc, Sawubona Creativity Project, The Fletch & Co., TreeHouse Books, Mitchell & Mitchell Wines, BVP coffee, Honeysuckle Provisions, Black History Untold, Resolve Philly.