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Next up its Agatha Christie at her murderous best! And Then There Were None tells the story of ten strangers who are lured by a mysterious host for a relaxing weekend at a remote island resort. Once the guests have arrived there is a suspicious death. The guests are trapped. The host accuses each person, via a recording, of having escaped justice for a past murder. Unable to leave the island, the guests begin to share their darkest secrets…until they begin to fall, one by one! The ever dwindling party rushes to unmask the hidden killer in their midst. Who is the murderer? Who is next? Agatha Christie's And Then There Were None will keep you guessing right up until the very end.
Our holiday tradition continues! The creative team behind Aladdin: A Musical Panto put their signature touch on the adventures of young Arthur as he discovers what it means to become a king. With their magic and hilarious antics, Merlin and the Dame of the Lake guide our hero on a quest to save the land from the dreaded Red Dragon.
In 1993, Canadian photojournalist Paul Watson took a Pulitzer Prize-winning photograph of a dead American soldier being dragged through the streets of Mogadishu. As he took the picture, Watson believes he heard the soldier say to him: "If you do this, I will own you forever." Playwright Dan O'Brien was finishing a residency in Princeton when he heard Paul Watson telling this story on Fresh Air in 2007. Also obsessed by the idea of hauntings, Dan reached out to Paul and the two formed an unusual relationship spanning time and continents. The Body of an American is the story of their friendship; one conducted primarily by e-mail but eventually leading them to a meeting inside the Arctic Circle. The roles of Dan and Paul are shared by two actors, who also play over twenty other characters that the men encounter. A contemporary war story encompassing personal and global histories that's told in strikingly theatrical fashion, The Body of an American breaks boundaries of convention in both content and form.
Every year, families take a break from the busy holiday season and come together to watch A Christmas Carol live on stage at Walnut Street Theatre. Filled with laughter, whimsical spirits and original music, this Philadelphia tradition brings joy and magic to children and adults across the region.
Audiences are transported back to 1840's London, where they meet Ebenezer Scrooge, a bitter old man who can no longer feel joy or affection, even for his family. This grumpy old miser's response to holiday cheer is "Bah, Humbug." On one remarkable Christmas Eve, he is visited by the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future. With their help, Scrooge experiences the magic and merriment of the season, inspiring him to change his miserly ways. He truly learns what the holiday season is all about: family, generosity and love.
Academy award nominees David Strathairn and Mary McDonnell will join longtime People's Light company members in Emily Mann's acclaimed adaptation of Chekhov's masterwork. A bankrupt matriarch and her brother are offered a lucrative scheme to save their family estate in this comedy-drama of timeless, bittersweet beauty. "Mann's elegant yet spare adaptation reminds theatergoers that the century old play is an apt choice for the new millennium" (Variety).
This year marks our 22nd annual presentation of the classic Dickens tale about the transformation of Ebenezer Scrooge from miser to man who honors Christmas in his heart, as adapted by internationally known playwright Nagle Jackson. The production features a large multi-generational cast and traditional carols, and our 1840s grist-mill theatre is the perfect setting for the story written in 1843. Come find out why this has become a Delaware Valley holiday tradition.
Sometimes the high grass and golden fields of Ballybeg, Ireland can be unforgiving to the five unmarried Mundy sisters. Brian Friel's poetic and heartwarming masterpiece invokes Irish tribal dancing that awakens the sisters' long buried desires, vanishing dreams, and a last chance at happiness in the summer of 1936.
When one man's quest to do right is at odds with the interests of his community, ethics are pitted against economics. Join us for Henrik Ibsen's explosive drama, An Enemy of the People. Ringing with contemporary resonance as headlines debate the thin line between whistleblower and traitor, this play asks us just what is best for the common good. Our protagonist Dr. Stockmann discovers a possible toxic contamination endangering the town's sole industry. His brother, the Mayor, launches a counter attack that threatens to tear their community—and family—apart. Sometimes "the strongest man in the world is the man who stands most alone."
Admit it. Shakespeare's comedies are stupid. Like Twelfth Night. Everybody knows it needs robots. Well, now it's got 'em! We have gender confusion, needlessly cruel drunks, and cyborgs. It's the play Queen Elizabeth I never wanted you to see!
Charles Dickens' classic coming-of-age novel springs to life on the Arden stage! As a boy, Pip has three encounters that will change his life: with the escaped convict Magwitch, with the bewitching and cold Estella, and with the unhinged Miss Havisham. When Pip comes into an unexpected fortune, he begins the life of a gentleman, though his past is not so easily left behind. Six actors play over 40 characters bringing this Victorian classic alive in a riveting tale of class, ambition, and love.
In this modern retelling of The Scarlet Letter, a homeless mother of five lives with her kids on the edge of society. Hester's children bring her great joy, but as she seeks out a better life for them, her community derails her at every turn, as the play builds to its shocking conclusion. This play is part of Theatre Horizon's End Homelessness Project; please contact us if you want to help.
The Scottish company, Visible Fictions, arrives at People's Light with "a blazing reputation that's hard to ignore" (The Guardian) in this "sly, silly, sophisticated, and altogether winning take on an ancient Greek myth." (The New York Times) Jason's uncle isn't exactly lovable. He's murdered his brother (the king) and stolen the crown. No one dares stand up to him until now. Banished as a baby, Jason is BACK, ready to claim his rightful throne. Two actors with boundless energy and numerous action figures tell the tale of Jason and his crew as they journey to the other side of the world to find the Golden Fleece and bring it home.
Liberace! is a moving and highly entertaining tribute to "Mr. Showmanship," the man who epitomized charm, glitz, and glamour. On a stage set reminiscent of his celebrated TV program, we re-live the highs and lows of Liberace's famed life. Who was the real person behind the persona, one of the most talented and acclaimed performers of the 20th century? Interwoven with a piano score that spans classical music from Chopin to Chopsticks and Rachmaninoff to Ragtime, Liberace! will have you cheering the life of this unique American icon.
The title says it all! It's A Life in the Theatre. In this behind-the-scenes comedy, Robert, an older experienced performer and John, a newcomer to the stage, share both a dressing room and the spotlight. The play gives us a glimpse into the complex relationship that develops as the torch is passed from one generation to the next – a passing that wavers from love and mutual respect to impatience and resentment. Pulitzer Prize-winner David Mamet's A Life in the Theatre is a delightful theatrical experience for anyone who loves the world of Broadway.
A World Priemere! Based on the controversial trial and a series of interviews, Curio presents the ground breaking new play about the Reverend Frank Schaefer, who was defrocked and then, on appeal, refrocked for officiating his son's same-sex wedding, shaking the very foundation of the United Methodist Church.
In 1882, the flamboyant, dashing, young Oscar Wilde created a sensation, touring the United States on an extensive lecture tour. While visiting Philadelphia, he planned one side trip, crossing the Delaware to Camden to meet with America's own Great Grey Poet, Walt Whitman. Join us on Mickle Street and spend an afternoon with two great writers – one at the dawn of his career, the other enjoying his quiet fame. Over a glass of elderberry wine, two great men discuss man's most aesthetical existence and discover a common sense of beauty.
In this unique thriller that has playgoers gripping their seats, Sir Charles Jasper is an eccentric who delves into the mystical. He is due to inherit two million pounds on his fortieth birthday and plans to celebrate the occasion with a party on the stage of the St. James' Theater, supposedly haunted because of several mysterious deaths years ago. The merriment is interrupted by Maurice, the Sir Charles's hitherto missing nephew and the recipient of the legacy in the event of his death. Maurice, who claims to be a novelist, induces his uncle to write what he claims to be a chapter for his new book. It is too late when it dawns on Sir Charles that he is writing a suicide note for he has just drained a fatal drink concocted by the nephew. In the third act, the birthday guests employ subtle and ingenious tactics to force Maurice to confess.
Champagne and laughter will explode with Noël Coward's timeless comedy Private Lives. Glamorous, rich and reckless, Elyot and Amanda have been divorced from each other for five years. Now both are honeymooning with their new spouses in the South of France. When by chance they meet again across adjoining hotel balconies, their romantic feelings for each other are immediately rekindled. Without a care for scandal, new partners or memories of what drove them apart in the first place, they hurl themselves headlong into love and lust. Private Lives is a dazzling, witty masterpiece and considered to be one of the greatest comedies ever written.
On a quiet night in Lou's South Philadelphia bar, two lonely spirits arrive at a shared crossroad. This funny, wise, and tender love story from the author of Mr. Hart and Mr. Brown is a later-in-life portrait of friendship and taking the next step. "Bruce Graham demonstrates a rare talent for writing older than his own experience" (Windy City Times). The cast will feature People's Light Company Members Marcia Saunders and Tom Teti, along with Scott Greer.
Under-employed Scottie has a dream of making it big. Together with his unwilling wife and dim-witted best friend, he plans his own meteoric rise to fame on the coattails of "The Great One" himself.
Lou, a man dying of kidney failure, asks his estranged daughter Raina to give him one of hers, and she must decide if she can put her anger aside long enough to save his life. When Raina meets Jarrell, a young man with whom there is an instant connection, sparks fly and secrets are revealed as they grapple with the issues of forgiveness, inheritance and family. Under the Skin explores the question: what does it mean to give a part of yourself to someone else?