Footlighter’s season begins with ‘Hair’

The rock musical, “Hair”, with book and lyrics by James Rado and Gerome Ragni and music by Galt MacDermot,  won a Grammy for Best Score from an Original Cast Album in 1969, then 40 years later its 2009 revival won both the Tony and the Drama Desk Award for Best Revival of a Musical.

“Hair” tells the story of Vietnam-era youths in New York City’s East Village who band together as a Tribe. They are a New York contingent of flower children.  They question authority and the society in which they live, as well as the war in Asia. They seek to find a new way, they yearn to change the world.   The Tribe awkwardly but exuberantly creates their own rites of passage through the confusion around them. With themes of alienation and civil disobedience, “Hair” illustrates the ’60s generation’s search for meaning through various “be-ins,” “love-ins” and protests.

Join the latest generation of flower children for a 2017 Be-In at Footlighters Theater this September.  Opening Night is Friday, Sept. 8; the show runs for four weekends (8:00pm Friday & Saturday nights, 2:00pm on Sundays).  Tickets are available NOW at www.FootlightersTheater.com.

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Directed by Danielle Lachall with Music Direction by Marie Anderson Pautler and Choreography by Katrina Brown, “Hair” opens Friday, September 8 at 8:00pm with additional shows Saturday, September 9  at 8:00pm and Sunday, September 10 at 2:00pm.  The production returns to run for three additional weekends through Saturday, September 30.  Tickets are just $18 per person (due to adult content, the show is not recommended for children).  Group discounts are available for parties of 15 or more.  Tickets are available in advance (recommended to insure your seat) at www.footlighterstheater.com or at the door.

The theater is located at 58 Main Avenue in Berwyn, PA 19312, just two blocks from the Berwyn Train station (Paoli/Thorndale line).  On-street parking is available, and patrons also have access to the church parking lot across the street.  An assortment of excellent restaurants are within walking distance of the theater.

 

September brings ‘Steel Magnolias’

Spotlight Theatre will present “Steel Magnolias” by Robert Harling, directed by Jessica Stinson, Sept. 15-30.  This is the beloved story of six Southern women of diverse ages and experiences who share bonds of friendship that see them through life’s many moments of comedy and tragedy.

Sep. 15, 16, 22, 23, 24*, 28, 30, 2017

Evenings at 8 PM – Tickets $15.00

*Matinee at 2 PM – Tickets $12.00

Spotlight Theatre is at 129 Park Avenue, Swarthmore, Pa. For tickets, visit spotlighttheatrepa.org.

 

 

Next for Hedgerow Theatre: ‘Storyboard: Treasure Island’

Hedgerow Theatre continues its storyboard series with “Storyboard: Treasure Island” adapted from Robert Louis Stevenson’s novel. With the storyboard series, actors read from the script to bring the many characters of the story to life while orginal art by Phoebe and David Titus is projected onto the screen behind them.

Artistic Director Jared Reed has adapted the classic pirate tale for the series. The story features hero Jim Hawkins, a 14-year-old boy longing for adventure, and the infamous Long John Silver, the most infamous hero-villain of all time.

Performances are Sept. 1-17: Fridays at 7:30 p.m., Saturdays at 4 and 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. All tickets are $2.

Hedgerow Theatre is at 64 Rose Valley Road, Media.

For tickets, visit www.hedgerowtheatre.org.

‘All My Sons’ opens season at Colonial Playhouse

Colonial Playhouse opens the 2017/18 season Sept. 22-Oct. 7 with Arthur Miller’s classic “All My Sons.”

An American masterpiece, All My Sons examines the relationships between fathers and sons, the price men pay for the American Dream, the moral and emotional scars of war, and human struggle for moral and legal conscience.  A family drama that established Arthur Miller as a leading voice in the American theater, All My Sons takes the audience to a startling and heartbreaking conclusion.

Cast:

Joe Keller – Lou Wheeler

Kate Keller – Loretta Lucy Miller

Chris Keller – Kevin Towell

Ann Deever – Sandra Lawler

George Deever – Charles Hoffmann

Jim Bayliss – Stephen Kelly

Sue Bayliss – Cathy Fallon

Frank Lubey – Benjamin Kerr

Lydia Lubey – Ally Batot

Bert – Daniel Boyd

Colonial Playhouse is at 522 W. Magnolia Ave., Aldan, PA 19018

For more information and to purchase tickets online, visit colonialplayhouse.net

It’s ‘1984’ in September at Barnstormers

Barnstormers Theatre in Ridley Park presents “1984” Sept. 15-23.  Based on the iconic novel by George Orwell, “1984” is the story of Winston Smith, a cog in the giant machine state of Oceania. Physically and mentally under the omnipresent eye of Big Brother, Winston has been caught struggling for scraps of love and freedom in a world awash with distrust and violence. With the brutal “help” of four Party Members, Winston is forced to confess his Thought crimes before an unseen inquisitor, and the audience — which acts as a silent witness to his torture. A ferocious and provocative adaptation of one of the most prescient works of literature of the last century.

Performances are Sept. 15-16; 21-23 @ 8 p.m. and Sept. 17 @ 2 p.m.

Call 610-461-9969 reservations or reserve online at www.barnstormerstheater.com.

Wilma Theatre announces 2017/18 season

The Wilma Theater is pleased to announce its upcoming 2017/18 Season.  All performances will take place at the newly renovated Wilma at Aurora. From the stage to the lobby, the 2017/18 Season ushers in a new era of the Wilma that is nothing short of transformative.

BLOOD WEDDING
by Federico García Lorca, translated by Nahuel Telleria
directed by Csaba Horváth

October 25 – November 19, 2017
On the morning of her wedding day, a young Bride is visited by a headstrong former lover, reigniting a family blood feud that has been simmering for years. Their isolated village is a pent-up powder keg of fury and desire, and when they escape together, all that repression is released — to destructive ends. Acclaimed Hungarian director-choreographer Csaba Horváth leads the Wilma’s HotHouse Company of actors in a production combining athletic ensemble theater with Lorca’s fiery language. Magical realism at its richest and most tragic, this reimagining of the Spanish classic is a searing investigation of passion in the Wilma’s signature style.

PASSING STRANGE
book and lyrics by Stew, music by Stew and Heidi Rodewald
directed by Tea Alagić

January 10 – February 18, 2018
In this major revival of Stew and Heidi Rodewald’s Tony Award-winning musical, a rebellious young black man journeys to Europe in search of something “real.” Music takes center stage as we travel from gospel-soaked South Central LA through psychedelic Amsterdam to militant Berlin and back. “Passing Strange” is a rowdy salve for turbulent times: a young punk screaming in defiance of the void, with an onstage band that “might play all night.”

PASSAGE
A World Premiere by Christopher Chen
directed by Blanka Zizka

April 18 – May 13, 2018

Imagine you’re in an exotic new country; mysterious, picturesque—and occupied by your nation.
Now imagine you are a distinguished doctor, but you can’t get a cab to stop for you.
Now you’re in a cave so dark, so quiet, you lose track of who you are.
Suddenly, there’s a sound and –

Welcome to “Passage,” a fantasia on E.M. Forster’s “A Passage to India” that uses the theater’s most primal evocative powers to examine the thorniest and most essential questions of our time. This World Premiere is a perfect vehicle for the Wilma HotHouse Company’s passion and transformative prowess.

 

Special Events
The Wilma will hold Lobby Talks after each performance, and audiences are invited to stay, have a drink, and share their thoughts with cast members and Wilma staff. Audiences will also be able to take advantage of networking and social events like Beer Tasting Night and Young Friends Night, among others. The new full-service café in our lobby will host several additional arts events throughout the season.

Wilma WynTix

With the 2017/18 season, The Wilma Theater will continue the bold initiative to make theater affordable and available with Wilma WynTix. Season ticket buyers will be able to receive WynTix pricing with a full three-play season package at $75 or a preview package at $66. Students and theater industry member packages are only $30.

This initiative is based on the belief that artistic encounters are meant to be experienced by all; that arts organizations have a responsibility and a desire to reach more deeply into Philadelphia communities; that the makeup of Wilma audiences can and should more accurately reflect these communities; and that Wilma productions will continue to represent a range of voices, viewpoints, and styles. Wilma WynTix is a ticket subsidy program made possible by a generous grant from the Wyncote Foundation at the recommendation of Leonard C. Haas.

Season ticket holders will continue to enjoy the same exchange privileges and restaurant discount benefits. Packages are available by calling 215-546-7824, visiting The Wilma Theater box office located at 265 South Broad Street in Philadelphia, or online at wilmatheater.org.

Philadelphia Theatre Company 2017-2018 season

Philadelphia Theatre Company announced  the starting lineup of the organization’s 2017-2018 season, including the Philadelphia premieres of two plays, a concert series of pre-Broadway musicals, knife-edge comic theater, a musical parody of The Game of Thrones, and sing-a-long holiday programming for family audiences. Early access tickets are available only through PTC’s innovative new Membership Program. Additional programming for the Suzanne Roberts Theatre will be announced as dates are confirmed, including live music, improv, theatrical luminaries, and a preview of the  2018-19 season.

The season is book-ended by two Philadelphia premieres.  Wrestling Jerusalem, a play written and performed by Aaron Davidman and directed by Michael John Garcés, running from October 18 – November 5. Set in America, Israel and Palestine, the play sheds light on one of the most entrenched conflicts of our time. Wrestling Jerusalem follows one man’s personal story as he grapples with the complexities of identity and history, and was recently nominated for a Dora Award, Canada’s top theatre honor.

Following an acclaimed run in New York City, Small Mouth Sounds, by 2016 Outer Critics Award-winner Bess Wohl, is a unique and compassionate new play that asks how we address life’s biggest questions when words fail us.  Six runaways from city life embark on a silent retreat.  As these strangers confront internal demons both profound and absurd, their vows of silence collide with the achingly human need to connect.  Directed by Tony-nominated and Obie Award winner Rachel Chavkin (Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812), the play runs March 15 through April 1.

“After surveying our audiences, we found that they overwhelmingly support us continuing the work that has distinguished PTC for 43 years – with exciting playwrights, terrific writing and excellent performances. We’ll retain the high-quality they expect, but add new and fun options that will appeal to people who have not yet experienced PTC,” said Producing Artistic Director Paige Price.

PTC presents The Mad Ones: An Intimate Evening with Kait Kerrigan and Brian Lowdermilk on Monday, October 23. A one-night only concert version before its NYC opening in November, this exciting new musical by two Philadelphians offers a contemporary and compelling score from one of theatre’s most exciting songwriting teams.  The Mad Ones was selected for the 2016 National Alliance for Musical Theatre Festival and the team received the 2006 Larson Award and 2004-2005 Dramatists Guild Fellowship.

Mike Daisey returns to PTC on the one year anniversary of our presidential election with two provocative new monologues performed in repertory (November 9-11). In This Is Not Normal, Daisey illuminates the fever gripping all of us, and how quickly that fever becomes fascism. The End of Journalism explores how journalism in America ended, peeling back layers of “real” and “fake” news to find the darkly hilarious truth about the world we’ve made. Daisey is hailed as the pre-eminent monologist in the American theater today.

A Dream Is A Wish: Princess Concert, on Sunday, December 17, offers family entertainment for young audiences. An enchanted performance starring iconic princesses, this holiday program features a sing-along of such favorite songs as Let It Go, Part of Your World, Something There, A Whole New World and I See The Light.  The event will include a pre-performance tea.

A hilarious send-up, and guilty pleasure, Musical Thrones: A Parody, coming to PTC on February 9-10, is written and composed by Jon and Al Kaplan. Musical Thrones brings to life the beloved and be-hated characters of the most talked about show on television, journeying through all seven seasons of the Emmy Award-winning HBO series.

Tickets may be purchased by calling PTC Audience Services at 215.985.0420, or by going online to philatheatreco.org.

‘Legally Blonde Jr.’ at Steel River Playhouse

“Legally Blonde Jr.” is coming to Steel River Playhouse August 25 – 27. This hit show follows the adventures of a sorority girl named Elle Woods — a Gemini with a double Capricorn moon — who tries to win her ex-boyfriend back by earning a Harvard law degree.

The best area teen talent will blow you away, so get ready to think pink and have a blast with Elle and this amazing cast a characters. Director and Choreographer, Chelsea Barnett and Musical Director, Stephen Fisher, along with the first rate cast, starring Jocelyn Shank as Elle Woods and Jason Scansaroli as Emmett Forrest, will bring the Jr. rendition of the 2007 Broadway hit to life this August at Steel River Playhouse!

Get your ticket online at www.steelriver.org or so contact the box office at 610-970-1199. There are only four performances, don’t miss this hit show on Friday, August 25 at 7 pm, Saturday, August 26 at 2 pm & 7 pm, Sunday, August 27 at 2 pm.

 

‘Godspell’ showcases Media Theatre’s students through Aug. 27

“Godspell” is at The Media Theatre August 4 – 27, with a youthful cast, a live band, and a new vision for the classic musical. The musical was the first major musical theatre offering from three-time Grammy and Academy Award winner, Stephen Schwartz (Wicked, Pippin, Children of Eden), and it took the world by storm.
The Media Theatre’s production is directed by Roger Ricker with music direction by Ben Kapilow, and will have, at its core, a new vision for the two-act musical as it is performed by children, teenagers, and adults.
“Godspell” is on stage at The Media Theatre Aug. 4-27, with performances on Fridays at 7pm, Saturdays at 2pm and 7pm, and Sundays at 3pm. For tickets, call 610-891-0100 or visit mediatheatre.org

‘Snake in the Grass’ at Playcrafters

“Snake in the Grass’ by Alan Ayckbourne is the story of a troubled woman who returns home to help her spinster sister deal with a blackmailing nurse. How did their father actually die? Layer on layer of mystery will grip the audience from the first minute to the shocking conclusion.

Cast:

ANNABEL CHESTER – Lisa Gazzillo

ALICE MOODY – Teri Maxwell

MIRIAM CHESTER – Ann Kashishian

Performances: Aug 17, 18, 19, 25, 26, 27*, 31, Sept 1, 2

*August 27 performance is a 3 p.m. matinee.  All other performances start at 8 p.m.

Playcrafters is at 2011 Store Rd., Skippack, PA 19474. Call 610- 584-4005 for tickets or visit http://www.playcrafters.org.