Peter DeLaurier in "Heroes" at the Lantern Theater Company. He will return in the coming season as the Librarian in "Underneath the Lintel." (Photo by Mark Garvin)

Lantern Theater Season to Feature New Play About Oscar Wilde

Artistic director Charles McMahon contributes a new work about the iconic author. Also on the roster are plays by Naomi Iizuka, Anna Ziegler and Glen Berger.

PHILADELPHIA: Lantern Theater Company has announced its 2015–16 season, which will include works by Anna Ziegler, Glen Berger and Naomi Iizuka, as well as a new play by its own artistic director.

“We are very excited to continue our tradition of presenting classic, modern and original works that authentically and intimately explore the human spirit,” said Lantern’s artistic director Charles McMahon in a statement.

Ziegler’s Photograph 51 (Sept. 10–Oct. 11) opens the season in a production directed by Kathryn MacMillan. The play follows scientist Rosalind Frankline in London in 1953 as she struggles to break into the male-dominated field and discover the science behind DNA.

MacMillan will also direct Berger’s Underneath the Lintel (An Impressive Presentation of Lovely Evidences) (Nov. 5–Dec. 6), which originally ran at the Lantern in 2003. Peter DeLaurier reprises his role as the Librarian, who must solve the mystery behind an impressively overdue library book that has just been returned.

A new play by artistic director McMahon kicks off the new year. Oscar Wilde: From the Depths (Jan. 14–Feb. 14, 2016) finds the author at the end of his literary career, imagining characters from his stories and personal life to help him find meaning in himself. M. Craig Getting will direct. McMahon will also direct the next offering, a revival of Shakespeare’s As You Like It (March 10–April 10, 2016).

Iizuka’s 36 Views, directed by Peter DeLaurier, will conclude the season. Iizuka’s play explores Eastern and Western artistic traditions in a story about an art dealer who encounters a rare Japanese pillow book, which takes him on a mysterious journey.

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