Fall 2017 Season
Created by Joshuah D. Simpson | Directed by Ethan Abrams | Part of the 2017 Fringe Festival (www.fringearts.com for tickets)
It Takes One is a deeper look into one of Stephen Sondheim’s most revered pieces, Into the Woods. This solo piece asks what happens when we step back to realize that we all are each and every character in Into the Woods; from the Narrators opening line, to Cinderella’s final note, the writers of this show managed to created these stock characters that have a thinly veiled layer of complexity as to forewarn us against an array of our own desires. It Takes One dives in between the lines of the show to talk about the greater level of identity politics as presented through the words of Sondheim and Lapine.
Arts Bank Cabaret
Performances: September 8-10 | Sept 8 7:30pm, Sept 9 2pm, Sept 9 7:30pm, Sept 10 2pm
These Terrible Things
Devised with The Berserker Residents | Part of the 2017 Fringe Festival (www.fringearts.com for tickets)
The Berserker Residents, Philly’s alt-comedy theater company, will research and develop their next show, These Terrible Things, for the 2017 FringeArts Festival. Student-creators will work alongside the company in crafting this new comedy skewering regional theatre-making, testing the audience-performer relationship, and ultimately shining light on the literal and figurative people we overlook the most – those who work behind-the-scenes. In addition to performing, students will be asked to discover the play through improvisation, prompt-driven creation, and traditional comedy playwriting.
Caplan Studio Theater
Performances: September 14-23 | Sept 14 7:30pm, Sept 15 7:30pm, Sept 16 2pm, Sept 16 7:30pm, Sept 21 7:30pm, Sept 22 7:30pm, Sept 23 2pm, Sept 23 7:30pm
Tickets available through FringeArts.
Directed by Kathryn MacMillan
The Bourgeois Gentleman satirizes the pretensions of a social climber whose affectations are absurd to everyone but himself.
Arts Bank Theater, 601 South Broad St., Philadelphia PA 19147
Performances: October 5-8 | October 5 7:30pm, October 6 7:30pm, October 7 2pm, October 7 7:30pm, October 8 2pm
Directed by Matt Decker
American Idiot takes Green Day™’s chart-topping 2005 punk rock album and brings it vibrantly to life. American Idiot follows a young anti-hero, Johnny, the self-proclaimed “Jesus of Suburbia”, and his two buddies, Will and Tunny, as they attempt to break out of their mind-numbing, aimless suburban existence.
Arts Bank Theater
Performances: November 9-19 | November 9 7:30pm, November 10 7:30pm, November 11 2pm, November 11 7:30pm, November 12 2pm, November 16 7:30pm, November 17 7:30pm, November 18 2pm, November 18 7:30pm, November 19 2pm
The Hunchback of Notre Dame
Directed by Nicholas Wainwright
Music by Alan Menken | Lyrics by Stephen Schwartz | Book by Peter Parnell Based on the Victor Hugo novel and songs from the Disney film
Feared and hated by all, Quasimodo, the deformed bell ringer, is looked after by Frollo, the controlling archdeacon of Notre-Dame de Paris. In the streets, the annual Feast of Fools brings forward more than even Frollo could imagine as he finds himself- joined by the captain of the guard, Phoebus, and Quasimodo- enthralled by a beautiful gypsy Esmeralda. Chaos ensues as we truly discover what makes a monster, and what makes a man. On sing the bells of Notre Dame.
Caplan Studio Theater
Performances: December 7-10 | December 7 7:30pm, December 8 7:30pm, December 9 2pm, December 9 7:30pm, December 10 2pm
- A new musical by Michael R Jackson
- Acedia by Taj Rauch
Dates to be determined and announced
THE BOURGEOIS GENTLEMAN is presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, INC.
AMERICAN IDIOT and THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME are presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI. www.MTIShows.com