Everything is Wonderful


Philadelphia Premiere!

by Chelsea Marcantel
Directed by Noah Himmelstein
Scenic Design by Daniel Ettinger
Costume Design by Janus Stefanowicz
Lighting Design by Cory Pattak
Sound Design and Original Music Composition
by Pornchanok Kanchansabanca

February 14 – March 8, 2020
Two hours 20 minutes with an intermission

Honorary Producers
Linda & David Glickstein || Laura & Richard Steel

An Amish couple exhibits an act of unfathomable forgiveness after their two sons are killed in a car accident. Upholding the tenets of their faith, they take in Eric, the wayward young driver of the car. But the accident brings home their eldest daughter, Miri, who was excommunicated five years earlier, and Eric’s presence cracks open the family’s secret history. As the family struggles to cling to their way of life, they are forced to find a way forward inside their insular community, practicing mercy and forgiveness to heal the wounds of the past.

“A perceptive, character-rich drama about forgiveness…” – The Washington Post

Read the New York Times article about the show HERE.

*The Kilroys List Honorable Mention 2015 and 2016




Chelsea is an LA-based writer, director, and collaborator. Reared by Cajuns in southwest Louisiana, Chelsea has lived and made theatre among the tribes of the Midwest, Appalachia, the Mid-Atlantic, and now the West Coast. In 2016, she completed a Lila Acheson Wallace American Playwrights Fellowship at The Juilliard School. Her plays include Airness, Everything Is Wonderful, Ladyish, Devour, and Tiny Houses. They have been produced around the United States and Canada.  Chelsea is an avid self-producer, an enthusiastic member of The Writers Guild of America and The Dramatists Guild, and a newly-minted Kilroy. www.chelseamarcantel.com (she/her)

Andrew Lippa’s I Am Harvey Milk (Lincoln Center with Kristin Chenoweth; also San Francisco with Laura Benanti, Los Angeles and Denver: NY Magazine, LA Magazine Critic’s Picks, Playbill’s Unforgettable Experience of the Year); I Am Anne Hutchinson (Strathmore with Chenoweth, Washington Post: “Best of the Year.”); The Costume (Inner Voices/The Barrow Group); The Forgotten Woman (Bay Street Theatre); Los Otros; The Book of Joseph; and An Inspector Calls (Everyman Theatre). Additional directing: New York Philharmonic; Lincoln Center American Songbook; Weston Playhouse; Goodspeed; Westport Playhouse; American Opera Projects; Fredericia Teater (Denmark). Teaching artist: Broadway Dreams Foundation, Wooran Foundation (Seoul), Fordham, NYU. Asst. Director: Golden Boy (LCT, Broadway). Associate Artistic Director: Everyman Theatre.  Upcoming: NY premieres by Michael John LaChiusa and Karen Hartman. Grad of Emerson College. (he/him)


Lucky Gretzinger (Abram) Lucky is thrilled to be making his Philadelphia Theatre Company debut, reprising a role he originated in the show’s world premiere at Contemporary American Theatre Festival. An NYC-based actor, singer and songwriter, Lucky’s favorite roles include “Antipholus of Syracuse” in The Comedy of Errors and “Guildenstern” in Hamlet, both at the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival, and “Nick” in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? at North Carolina Stage Company. www.luckygretzinger.com (he/him)

J. Hernandez (Eric) J. is hugely overjoyed to be returning to PTC this for this year’s season. J. was last seen at PTC as Oscar Sweat. Other companies he’s worked for in town include Lantern Theatre Company, Arden Theatre Co, InterAct Theatre Co, Quintessence Theatre Group, Delaware Shakespeare, Philadelphia Artists Collective, Simpatico Theatre, Hedgerow Theatre, and Commonwealth Classic Theatre. To add to his list of works, J. is also Haas Award nominee and multiple Barrymore nominee. Incredibly huge thanks to Paige Price, everyone at PTC, Mandy y mi familia. Siempre resistir. (he/him)

Stephanie Hodge (Ruth) Stephanie joins PTC for the first time as she settles in to her second year in this splendid city. Philadelphia: The Sea Voyage, ’Tis Pity She’s a Whore (Philadelphia Artists’ Collective); The Game of Love and Chance (Hedgerow Theatre Company); Twelfth Night at the Powel, Regional: Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival. BA: DeSales University. www.Stephanie-Hodge.com (she/her)

Katie Kleiger (Miri) Philadelphia Theatre Company debut. Off-Broadway: Ring Twice for Miranda (New York City Center); The Fall (Soho Playhouse). Regional: The Wolves (Helen Hayes Best Ensemble), The Effect (Studio Theatre); Book of Will, Miss Bennet (Round House Theatre); Juno & The Paycock, Blue Stockings (Guthrie Theatre), Proof, Importance of Being Earnest, Dancing at Lughnasa (Everyman Theatre – Company Member). Training: University of Minnesota/Guthrie BFA Actor Training Program. (she/her)

Blair Sams (Esther) Blair has appeared on Broadway and extensively in regional theaters across the country, including South Coast Rep, Yale Rep, A.R.T, Huntington Theatre Company and Kansas City Rep among many others. Her television credits include roles on “Chicago P.D.,” “The Americans,” “Boardwalk Empire,” “The Following,” “Law & Order: SVU,” “’Ed,” and “The Guardian.” She most recently finished working with Jon Stewart on his upcoming film, Irresistible. A recent transplant to the Philly area along with her husband and son, Blair couldn’t be more thrilled to be working on this beautiful play at PTC. (she/her)

William Zielinski (Jacob) William is thrilled to be returning to PTC where he last appeared in Hand To God. Recent theatre includes: Three Sisters (Harbor Stage), Sweat (People’s Light), Hapgood (Lantern Theatre), and West Side Story (Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival). Film and TV: The Lovely Bones, The Immortal Jellyfish, Dead Man Down, “Do No Harm,” “Flikken Maastricht” (Dutch TV), “Mare Of Easttown,” “Dispatches From Elsewhere,” “The Wire” and “Shot in the Heart.” He is an eight-time Barrymore nominee, and was a member of four Barrymore-winning ensembles. He splits his time between Philadelphia and Amsterdam. (he/him)