How To Catch Creation

March 22 – April 14, 2019

Tue. 6:30pm * Wed. 1pm & 7pm * Thur. 7pm * Fri. 8pm * Sat. 2 & 8pm * Sun. 3pm

Kilroys List 2017
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Written by Christina Anderson
Directed by Nataki Garrett

Scenic Design by Jason Sherwood
Costume Design by Ivania Stack
Lighting Design by Xavier Pierce
Sound Design by Curtis Craig

Honorary Executive Producers:
Rhonda & David L. Cohen

Honorary Producers:
Dr. Peter Arger in memory of Donald S. Wilf
FS Investments 

[email protected] New Play Initiative supported by The CHG Charitable Trust

From the acclaimed Kilroy’s List, a gender parity initiative to increase representation for women and trans playwrights, How to Catch Creation is Christina Anderson’s stunning play that follows four artists and intellectuals in San Francisco who are struggling to nurture creative impulses and establish a legacy in both their professional and personal lives. When one discovers the works of a black queer feminist writer from a bygone era, their lives begin to intersect in unexpected ways. In this bold, imaginative play, Christina Anderson, “a gifted playwright you want to pay attention to” (Variety), dissects the universal act of creation—creation of life, of family, of art—to inspire the dreamers and idealists in us all.

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The new season will conclude with the start of a new direction for Philadelphia Theatre Company. Starting this season, Price is commiting to producing one work from The Kilroy List every year moving forward. The Kilroys are a group of playwrights and producers in Los Angeles “who are done talking about gender parity and are taking action.” They are “committed to ending the systemic underrepresentation of female and trans playwrights in the American theater.” Each year, The Kilroys release a list of recommended, unproduced shows as a tool for producers to use when looking for new works and voices.

The first choice from the Kilroys’ List is the World Premiere production of Christina Anderson’s How To Catch Creation. This inspirational story will run March 22 to April 14, 2019.  In the mid-1960s, a black, queer, feminist writer’s life is changed when her girlfriend tells her some unexpected news. Fifty years later, the reverberations of that moment still echo in the lives of four individuals in the rapidly changing city of San Francisco. Christina Anderson’s stunning and complex examination of the universal act of creation—creation of life, of family, of art—spans space and time to inspire a new generation of makers and lovers.

Price saw a reading of this work at the Goodman Theatre’s New Stages Series in Chicago. “I sought out plays that were on the Kilroy List and was delighted that the show that so moved me in Chicago was on the list,” said Price. “The show touched me, drawing a connection between generations, and drawing contrasts to the world in the 1960s and today, especially through the lens of a feminist queer writer. This writer also made choices that impacted the lives of others forever, so it fits the theme that has emerged this season.”

Price added, “This play is for the PTC loyalists and those in the theatre community who told me time and again that they loved when PTC was a leading producer of new work. I wanted to make a bold choice in my inaugural year here.”

Produced in Association with Baltimore Center Stage
Michael Ross, Executive Director
Stephanie Ybarra, Artistic Director

Run Time: 2 hrs 35 mins including one intermission
Recommended for ages 14+

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Meet the Playwright: Christina Anderson

Christina Anderson

Christina Anderson  Christina’s work has appeared at The Public Theatre, Yale Repertory Theatre, Penumbra Theatre Company, Playwrights Horizons, and other theaters in the United States and Canada.  Awards and honors: Inaugural Harper Lee Award for Playwriting, two PONY nominations, three Susan Smith Blackburn nominations, and Woursell Prize Finalist. Christina obtained her B.A. from Brown University and an M.F.A. from the Yale School of Drama’s Playwriting Program. She’s a resident playwright at New Dramatists, Epic Theatre Ensemble, and a DNAWORKS Ensemble member. Currently, she’s the interim Head of Playwriting at Brown University.

Meet the Director: Nataki Garrett

Nataki Garrett

Philadelphia Theatre Company: debut. Regional—CalShakes: Everybody; Ford’s Theatre: Jefferson’s Garden; Steppenwolf: BLKS; DCPA: Smart People; Mixed Blood Theater Company: An Octaroon (also at Woolly Mammoth), Katori Hall’s Pussy Valley; Skylight Theater: Bulrusher; Ubuntu Theater: Hurt Village; Mo’Olelo Performing Arts Company: Hoodoo Love. Upcoming productions include OSF, Dallas Theater Center, and Baltimore Center Stage. Professional—Co-Artistic Director of Blank The Dog Productions (BTD) a LA/NYC-based ensemble theater company, which is celebrating its 11th year and is dedicated to developing and fostering new work, deconstructions and world premieres by emerging, adventurous and experimental artists. In addition to originating and developing The Carolyn Bryant Project, BTD produced Strom Thurmond is Not a Racist by Thomas Bradshaw; Week #29 Of 365 Plays/Days by Suzan-Lori Parks; Machinal by Sophie Treadwell; Ugly from the Front written and performed by Amanda Gunderson premiered at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival; and Dino by Brian Buckley. Other—Theater Communications Group Board of Directors; former acting artistic director of the Denver Center for the Performing Arts; previous associate artistic director of CalArts Center for New Performance (CNP); former associate dean and co-head of Undergraduate Acting for CalArts School of Theater. Company member at Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company; recipient of the NEA/TCG Career Development Program for Directors, and a member of SDC. Awards and Affiliations—In 2008 Garrett received a NAACP Theatre Award nomination for Best Director for Black Women State of the Union: An Evening of Plays by Black Women. Her production of Neighbors by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins received several Ovation nominations and was winner of the Garland Award for Best Ensemble. She has worked internationally in Bellagio, Italy; Edinburgh, Scotland; Paris, France; and in Rwanda and Uganda. Her work can be heard on the radio through LA Theatre Works audio theater collection and for NPR, recorded live at the Skirball Cultural Arts Center.

Meet the Actors:

Tiffani Barbour

Tiffani is excited to be making her Philadelphia Theatre Company debut. As a former University of the Arts student she has been awaiting this opportunity and she is happy to be a part of this beautiful play. She is a native of Baltimore, MD and is proud to have begun her acting career at the Arena Players Inc. Her credits include Mamma Mia! (National Tour and North Shore Music Theater), Fame (European Tour) and Hit The Wall (Barrow Street). TV/Film: “The Leftovers,” “Law and Order,” “The Education of Max Bickford,” “The Bedford Diaries” and “Rabbit” (Sundance selection Short Film). Thanks to Nicolosi & Co and love to my Mom.

Jonathan Bangs

Jonathan Bangs (Stokes) is a recent graduate of the California Institute of the Arts. The youngest of four, he’s always been the entertainer of the bunch. Only a few years into his professional career, he’s been involved in various productions at The Kennedy Center, A.C.T., Shakespeare Center, Boston Court, Boise Contemporary Theatre, Idaho Shakespeare Company, Speakeasy Society, and WLACC. When he isn’t on stage fulfilling his passion of stepping into characters . . . most likely Jonathan is making music with his production company 55thdiVISIION. He is forever grateful for the opportunity to be working Christina Anderson’s brilliant piece How To Catch Creation.

Shauna Miles

Shauna Miles (Natalie) New York (selected): Radio City Christmas Spectacular. Off-Broadway: No. 11 (Blue & White) (The Play Company). Regional (selected): A Christmas Carol (Hartford Stage); The Ashes Under Gait City, One Night (Contemporary American Theater Festival); The Miracle Worker (Syracuse Stage); Well (Denver Center); The Amen Corner (Huntington Theatre Company); Witness Uganda (Workshop) (Boston Court Theatre). Film: Bachelorette; Flatbush Luck. Television (selected): The Good Wife; Luke Cage; Law & Order: SVU; The Following; Elementary. Education: MFA, National Theatre Conservatory at The Denver Center for Performing Arts; BFA, Boston University College of Fine Arts. Awards: ACTF/Kennedy Center’s Irene Ryan Award, Region I; Williamstown Theatre Festival Bill Everett Scholarship.

Shayna Small

Shayna Small (Riley) Shayna Small is thrilled to be making her Philadelphia Theatre Company debut! New York credits include: Parable of the Sower (The Public), Just Right Just Now (Lesser America). Regional: Buddy, The Buddy Holly Musical (GLC for the Performing Arts), Intimate Apparel (Bay Street Theater), The Colored Museum and K.I.S.S.I.N.G. (The Huntington) Just Right, Just Now (Lesser America). Her work as a vocalist has taken her to SNL, Joe’s Pub, Lincoln Center, The Apollo, Rockwood Stage, Les Poisson Rouge, The Kennedy Center, The Kimmel Center, and the Pittsburgh Jazz Festival. She received her BFA in drama at The Juilliard School.

Lindsay Smiling

Lindsay Smiling (Griffin) is thrilled to return to the Philadelphia Theatre Company where he was last seen in Hillary and Clinton. Regional credits include The Wilma Theater, Arden Theatre Company, Walnut Street Theatre, Syracuse Stage, People’s Light and Theatre Co., Pittsburgh Public, Two River Theatre, Victory Gardens, ACT, Dorset Theater Festival, Human Race Theatre, Pennsylvania Shakespeare Fest., Illinois Shakespeare Fest., Arkansas Shakespeare Theater, Mixed Blood Theater, and Bristol Riverside Theatre. Lindsay is a member of the Wilma Theater’s HotHouse company and an Adjunct Professor at Temple University.

Stephanie Weeks

Stephanie Weeks (Tami) has performed at many award-winning regional theaters and Off-Broadway. Favorite roles include Target Margin Theater’s production of Mourning Becomes Electra (Christine, New York Times Critics Pick), Ruined (Salima), and The Crucible (Tituba), Animal Farm ( Old Major, Boxer) Film: Ex-Doofus (dir: Melvin Van Peebles, Tribeca Film Festival) and Rosy (2017)TV- Upcoming: Tales Of The City for Netflix starring Laura Linney. Training: London Academy of Music and Drama; MFA: American Conservatory Theater.

Illustration by Christina Mastrull