2018-19 Mainstage Season

SALT PEPPER KETCHUP by Josh Wilder: (Sept 27 – Oct 14, 2018) – A layer of bulletproof glass won’t protect Superstar Chinese Take-Out from the gentrification consuming the Point Breeze neighborhood in South Philly. When a trendy food co-op opens nearby, the Wus and their customers initially see it as a hipster annoyance, but as tensions mount they begin to recognize the intrusion as an act of war.

TO MY UNBORN CHILD: A LOVE LETTER FROM FRED HAMPTON by Richard Bradford: (Feb 8 – 10, 2019) – Murdered by Chicago Police at 21 as he lay by his pregnant lover, visionary Black Panther Fred Hampton preached a humane, compassionate revolution against racist brutality, child hunger, poverty, and capitalism. His critical voice for justice comes alive again in Rich Bradford’s play about change, love, and legacy.

BICYCLE FACE by Hannah Van Sciver: (Feb 15 – 17, 2019) – Set in Philadelphia and framed by a feminist theory class taught one hundred and fifty years in the future, Bicycle Face is a multidisciplinary, multimedia theatrical joyride through the feminist movement and its unlikely relationship with the bicycle. The show employs live music, projections, and puppetry as it navigates the ever-changing landscape of feminism, censorship, and cycling.

MORIR SONYANDO by Erlina Ortiz: (May 2 – May 19, 2019) – Genesis left her past behind long ago. But her mother’s release from prison forces them both to confront long-buried pain – and to wonder if they can ever become a family again. Erlina Ortiz’s play lovingly illuminates the blood ties that break and bind people.

And introducing Theatre for Young Audiences, a new program, beginning this season with:
THE REAL LIFE ADVENTURES OF JIMMY DE LAS ROSAS by Ricardo Gamboa: (Nov 1 – 3, 2018) – This staged reading follows telekinetic thirteen-year-old Jimmy as he struggles to save his neighborhood from a rash of disappearances.

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