PTC’s Top 10 Favorite Moments of 2016

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Each year is a gift, and 2016 was a year of many successes for Philadelphia Theatre Company. 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 favorite moments for the year that was 2016…

Ten Favorite Moments at PTC in 2016 Worth Celebrating

We kicked off 2016 with Exit Strategy by Ike Holter! This production received four Barrymore Award Nominations, and after its run with co-producer Primary Stages in New York, it received the Off-Broadway Alliance Award for Best New Play.

Exit Strategy

(Pictured left to right: Aimé Donna Kelly, Rey Lucas, and Christina Nieves. Photo by Mark Garvin.)

Anna Deavere Smith presented a work-in-progress, one-night-only performance of her PTC-commissioned new play, Notes form the Field: Doing Time in Education, funded by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and Wyncote Foundation. The finished production of Notes from the Field is now running at New York’s Second Stage off-Broadway and has made The New York Times’ “Best of Theatre 2016” list. (Look for it later at Philadelphia Theatre Company.)


(Left to right: Councilwoman Helen Gym, Penn’s Dean of Graduate School of Education Pam Grossman, Consultant Kelly Woodland, and Anna Deavere Smith in a post-show audience call-to-action event overseen by the Penn Project for Civic Engagement.)

Students who participated in PTC’s award-winning education program took over the Suzanne Roberts Theatre! On March 15th and 17th, 163 students played a role on stage or behind the scenes in Philly Reality, our annual multi-school festival celebrating work created, performed, and designed exclusively by students.

Philly Reality

(Teen Council Member Yvonne Reynolds leads other students from multiple schools in the Philly Reality 2016 finale performance.)

Theatre Masters: On February 29,  actress Kathleen Turner returned to PTC for a Theatre Master’s interview conducted by Margaret Engel. In 2010, Ms. Turner starred in PTC’s most successful production to date, Red Hot Patriot: The Kick-Ass Wit of Molly Ivins, written by Margaret Engel & Allison Engel.

PTC_Turner_072Another Theatre Master – star of film, television, and stage, and Philadelphia resident David Morse – was interviewed by Howard Sherman for his Theatre Master’s interview on March 21.

David Morse

(Above: Kathleen Turner. Below: David Morse.)

PTC Literary Manager/Dramaturg Carrie Chapter conducted an American Playwrights in Context Interview with with celebrated playwright of Hillary and Clinton, Lucas Hnath, whose newest work, A Doll’s House, Part 2, opens on Broadway this Spring.

Lucas Hnath

(Left: Lucas Hnath. Right: PTC Dramaturg/Literary Manager Carrie Chapter.)

What a Night! PTC’s 2016 Gala honoring dedicated philanthropist Carole Haas Gravagno, and long-time supporter Blank Rome, LLP at the Hyatt at the Bellevue was a great success! PTC’s Teen Council performed their own version of Beyoncé’s “Formation” with lyrics about PTC’s Education Program. Of course, they received a standing ovation!


carole haas(Above: PTC Teen Council at the 2016 Gala. Below: Honoree Carole H. Gravangno with husband Emilio and Gala Chairs Karen and Shel Thompson.)

Theatre Philadelphia honored PTC’s Executive Producing Director Sara Garonzik with the Barrymore Lifetime Achievement Award on October 24.


(PTC Staff. Left to right: PTC Director of Institutional Advancement Gina Range, Graphic Designer & Marketing Coordinator Christina Mastrull, Literary Manager/Dramaturg Carrie Chapter, Executive Producing Director Sara Garonzik, Development Manager Jessica Pasquariello, Production General Manager Bridget Cook, Audience Services Coordinator Alexander Rioh, Development Associate Colleen Gill, Rental Manager Vince Karlen. Photo by Matthew J. Photography.)

Joined by the Mummers from the Polish American String Band, PTC opened its 10th Season at the Suzanne Roberts Theatre with Theatre Exile’s production of Rizzo by Bruce Graham, directed by Joe Canuso, and based on the best-selling book Rizzo: The Last Big Man in Big City America by Sal Paolantonio.


(Center: Director Joe Canuso, PTC Executive Producing Director Sara Garonzik, Playwright Bruce Grahm, and author and ESPN Correspondent Sal Paolantonio. Photo by Linda Johnson.)

In response to the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando, Florida this June, PTC partnered with University of the Arts, Missing Bolts Productions, and NoPassport Theatre Alliance & Press to present After Orlando on November 21, a night of 17 staged readings by 17 different playwrights—all of whom created imagined glimpses into the lives of those affected by the events of that tragic night.  All proceeds raised from the readings were donated to the Pulse of Orlando Fund.

after orlando

We closed our 2016 with Found, a truly fun and beautiful musical that reminded us all to be a good friend, to stay true to ourselves, and, most of all, to STAY WEIRD! Here is a collection of notes left to us by our Found Audience members. Enjoy!


(Left to right: Orville Mendoza, Molly Pope, Alysha Deslorieux, Andrew Call, Graham Stevens, F. Michael Haynie, Juwan Crawley, Christina Anthony, Sandy Rustin, Erica Henningsen. Photo by Mark Garvin.)

There you have it!

10 moments in 2016 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 2017 will be equally thrilling, educational, theatrical, and thought-provoking!

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!


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