PHILADELPHIA: Philadelphia Theatre Company has announced its 46th season, which will take place virtually until it is safe to return to the company’s Suzanne Roberts Theatre. The company is also offering the entire season under a pay-what-you-can model.
Said managing director Emily Zeck in a statement, “2020 is teaching us to be way more flexible than we even thought possible, and along with programming we’re applying the spirit of flexibility to pricing.”
The season will include two virtual mainstage productions. One will be The Wolves, by Sarah DeLappe, a Pulitzer Prize finalist about a dedicated group of young women who play for an indoor soccer team. The other will be a yet to be announced production chosen and directed by PTC resident artist Jeffrey Page.
The season will also include It Can’t Happen Here (Oct. 13), by Tony Taccone and Bennett S. Cohen and adapted from the novel by Sinclair Lewis, presented as a radio play. This production, with sound design by Paul James Prendergast and direction from Lisa Peterson, is presented by Berkeley Rep and will be streamed for free by 75 theatres across the country.
PTC’s season will also include virtual readings of The Tattooed Lady by Max Vernon and Erin Courtney, and selections from the playwright who wins the 2021 McNally Award.
See & Be Scene, which showcases selections from plays and musicals under consideration for future seasons, will return for the upcoming season and have primarily BIPOC community members participating in the curation efforts for the event.
Finally, Page is set to host a series of digital conversations with artistic director Paige Price and other artists from around the country to discuss social, economic, and artistic themes that have emerged during the pandemic.
Dates and more information will be announced at a later time.
Philadelphia Theatre Company, founded in 1974, strives to balance its Philadelphia roots with a national point of view to present contemporary theatre focused on the American experience.
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