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Touchstone's annual showcase performance of exceptional, original plays written by Lehigh Valley students during the theatre's Young Playwrights' Lab. At the Festival, celebrate the creative spark that burns within these students, as you witness their words brought to life in truly Touchstone style, with a slew of professional and community artists. Then, help us foster that spark at the Gala, where monies raised support the Young Playwrights' Lab in the following school year. Festivities are held at Zoellner Arts Center.
Join us before the show for a family friendly preshow party with snacks, basket raffle, and a chance to meet the playwrights!
American Canvas tells the fascinating story of Philadelphia painter Thomas Eakins through his personal relationships and in the subjects he so carefully studied and rendered – all taking place in a country fresh from war, on the cusp of a new age of industry, and in the middle of a shift in social attitudes.
The chill of winter is in the air as Keith Baker and the BRT Concert Band, along with fabulous entertainers, take the stage to perform your favorite carols and heartwarming holiday songs. You won't want to miss this opportunity to celebrate the holidays in style!
Adapted from the classic children's book series by Stan and Jan Berenstain, The Berenstain Bears LIVE! brings everyone's favorite bear family to life in a thrilling theatrical experience that kids as well as their parents will treasure for many years to come. As always, Bear Country is not without its complications: Brother Bear's grades are slipping, Sister Bear still has a few things to learn about making new friends, and Papa Bear just can't stop eating junk food. Thankfully, we can always depend on Mama Bear and her loving patience to help set things right. The Berenstain Bears LIVE! will give boys and girls of all ages the chance to fall in love with these characters, just as their parents did when they were growing up.
Starring The Manhattan Skyline and featuring The Casinos Snuggle up with your best guy or gal and let the Brooklyn Doo Wop Explosion whisk you back to another time and place! A time when all was right with the world, the music lived forever, and the love never grew old. Featuring "Unchained Melody," "Crying", "Then You Can Tell Me Goodbye", "Cara Mia", and more of your favorite Doo Wop hits of the 50's and 60's!
It's Big Daddy's birthday and no one's talking about what's really going on - except Maggie the Cat, who wants the truth at all costs. Written by Tennessee Williams.
Join us for The Irish Repertory Theatre of New York's adaptation of Dylan Thomas' A Child's Christmas in Wales. On that legendary "Snowy Christmas Day" songs are sung, cakes are gobbled up, ghost stories are whispered, and wild Indians roam the City Park! While the uncles, stuffed with pudding, nap and bellow on the parlor couch, we're taken back in time to remember the joys of being young, the strength of a community and the comfort of a loving family. Dylan Thomas' iconic A Child's Christmas in Wales features both traditional and contemporary holiday music and is the perfect way to celebrate with your family.
Our holiday magic begins when a troupe of actors appear at the historic Walnut Street Theatre to set up and perform the heartwarming tale of Ebenezer Scrooge. We all know this grumpy old miser's response to holiday cheer is "Bah, Humbug." Scrooge is a bitter old man who can no longer feel joy or affection, even for his family. But on one remarkable Christmas Eve, he is visited by the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future. With their help, can Scrooge change his ways?
You and your favorite kids are in for a treat with a special hour-long adaptation which uses original and traditional songs to highlight Dickens' powerful story. Deck the halls as our holiday spirits travel beyond the footlights, right into your very own heart.
Join Hedgerow Theatre for its 24th annual A Christmas Carol, now a Delco holiday staple. Ebenezer Scrooge, a bitter miser, learns real compassion when three ghosts visit him on Christmas Eve. Keep Christmas in your heart the whole year round with our production of Charles Dickens' timeless classic adapted by Artistic Director Jared Reed.
Your annual dose of jolly mischief, merry melodies, and holiday cheer, celebrating Christmas in the Christmas City! Devised by the Touchstone Ensemble and extended family, Follies celebrates the holiday season with giddiness, poignance, pop culture, and joy for all. Featuring The Old Guy, Little Red, The Pajama Sisters, and the immortal Shopping Cart Ballet.
Based on the classic holiday film about the boy who wants nothing more than a Red Ryder BB gun for Christmas and his dad who wins that incredible leg lamp, this family show reminds us during its humorous and upbeat story that the holidays are about who you have around you–not what you have surrounding you.
What's holy in our lives - church, spirituality, music, or football? How about activism, veganism… Star Trek fandom? Emma Chong walks a labyrinthine pilgrimage in this one-woman show about the things we hold sacred, the lengths to which we go for them, and the souvenirs we pick up along the way.
There will be brief post-show talkbacks following each performance.
Famine threatens the city of Rome and the people's hunger swells to an appetite for political change. A war hero from a powerful family, Coriolanus seems certain to be elected to the city's governing Consul, but the people find his pride an unforgivable insult, exploding the long-simmering tensions between the elite few who defend and rule and the deprived masses. A timely portrayal of a fractured state and the ambitions of those causing its demise, Coriolanus is a story of radical class division and a compelling psychological portrait of both the title character himself and his politically savvy mother, Volumnia, played by internationally acclaimed actress, director, and author Tina Packer.
Taking place in Georgia, from 1948 to 1973, Driving Miss Daisy tells the story of the unexpected friendship that develops between a fiercely independent Jewish widow and her African-American chauffeur. When Daisy's son decides she's too old to drive anymore, he hires Hoke to drive for her. Daisy and Hoke's relationship gets off to a rocky start. But they gradually form a close friendship, one that transcends racial prejudices and social conventions. Fall in love again with this Pulitzer Prize winning classic.
The world is coming to an end. You have one day left. What do you do? This is the question tackled by Philadelphia playwright, Bruce Graham's apocalyptic comedy/drama.
They say that no one writes letters anymore, but Davy knows that's not true. Ever since the day he found an absurdly funny note meant for someone else on the windshield of his car, he's been obsessed with collecting and sharing the surprising, hilarious, irreverent and just plain weird notes and letters that surround us every day, everywhere. Featuring hundreds of real found letters culled from Davy Rothbart's popular Found Magazine, this original musical is a humorous and moving exploration of human connection, friendship, communication and the beautiful weirdness in everyone.
It's funny what you find once you open your eyes. They say that no one writes letters anymore, but Davy knows that's not true. Ever since the day he found an absurdly funny note meant for someone else on the windshield of his car, he's been obsessed with collecting and sharing the surprising, hilarious and irreverent notes and letters that surround us every day, everywhere we go. Inspired by Davy Rothbart's popular FOUND Magazine, this original musical comedy is a raucous exploration of human connection, friendship, and the beautiful weirdness in all of us.
A one-of-a-kind peek into the creative process of original theatre making. Experience solo and ensemble-based works in progress, created by Touchstone's 2016-2017 apprentices with the guidance of the Touchstone family. Always fresh, sometimes provocative, never ordinary.
Garfield, that chubby and sarcastic tabby cat, wants to have the best birthday ever. But his friends, Arlene, Odie, Jon and even his nemesis, Nermal, seem to have forgotten. Me-owch! Garfield runs away, but quickly learns that "home is where the heart… and the food is."
On a Southern porch in a small town in Alabama, two friends get together again. He is an internationally renowned author, embarking on an adventurous new idea for his next novel. He cannot do it alone. She is a talented writer, secure in the quiet safety of home, unable to bring her story to life. They have each other and they have a gift. Fact and fiction may lie beneath the truth. What is the secret of the Mockingbird? When these two writers join forces, each becomes whole and The Gift finds a place in history for them both. The World Premiere was at the Walnut in 1998!
A Founding Father, a Victorian literary celebrity, and a Russian aristocrat-anarchist walk into a — no, it's not the start of an old joke, but of a provocative new comedy that sets three of the world's greatest thinkers against each other in a battle of wits and wills. Thomas Jefferson, Charles Dickens, and Leo Tolstoy find themselves locked in a room that seems to have no exit. Attempting an escape, they ransack the philosophies of their lives and work, searching for a truth that will set them free. But tempers flare, accusations fly, and they start behaving more like the Marx Brothers than brothers in arms. From playwright and former stand-up comedian Scott Carter (writer of HBO's Real Time with Bill Maher), this whip-smart comedy examines what happens when great men of history are forced to repeat it.
Five-time Barrymore Award winner Mary Martello comes to the Arden stage as the indomitable Mama Rose. Set in the fading days of the vaudeville circuit, Gypsy features a legendary score that includes "Let Me Entertain You," "Together, Wherever We Go," and "Everything's Coming Up Roses." One of Philadelphia's greatest actresses takes on Mama Rose – this promises to be a not-to-be-missed event!
After 62 consecutive years and more than 2,200 performance, Mark Twain Tonight! has not stopped evolving. In this one man show, Hal Holbrook depicts the famous writer, reciting excerpts from more than fifteen hours of favorite Twain selections, cutting through today's chorus of opinions with a voice soaked in humor and history as it happened over a century ago.
Holbrook has aged but his Mark Twain has not. The show was developed in a Greenwich Village nightclub in 1956, landed on the Ed Sullivan show and opened off-Broadway in 1959 with an unknown actor never before seen on a New York stage. In 1966, Holbrook won a Tony Award for his portrayal of Twain in the show, a role he continues to tour today at 91 years old.
The good children of Cypress, Texas are taught to obey the Bible in order to evade Satan's hand. But when students at the Christian Puppet Ministry put those teachings into practice, one devout young man's puppet takes on a shocking personality that no one could have expected. In this hilarious and lightning-paced comedy, a foul-mouthed sock puppet named Tyrone soon teaches those around him that the urges that can drive a person to give in to their darkest desires fit like a glove.
103-year-old Sadie Delany and 101-year-old Bessie Delany welcome us into their home to share an amazing story. These daughters of a former slave grew up in the Jim Crow South, lived in Harlem during its renaissance, and had professional careers as a teacher and a dentist, respectively. While making dinner to remember their father's birthday, the two sisters tell us the story of the last century, as they lived it. It's history at its most immediate and poignant.
Equal parts documentary and live concert, the life of all-American athlete, singer, actor and civil rights champion Paul Robeson is explored in this multimedia performance. Led by versatile baritone Anthony Brown, a pianist and a narrator, I Go On Singing celebrates Robeson's life and impact with archival video and musical selections ranging from Broadway to spirituals, including favorites such as "Wade in the Water" and "Ol' Man River."
The war in Troy is over – and the Poet saw it all. Back from the frontlines, he shares with us his enduring tale of unquenchable rage, gods and goddesses, bereaved wives and parents. Telling the story of the war, like the war itself, both seduces and ravages the Poet; it emboldens, weighs on, and threatens to overwhelm him. Featuring Lantern favorite Peter DeLaurier and virtuoso musician Liz Filios, An Iliad weaves humanity's unshakable attraction to warfare with the music of the muses, capturing the contradictory conditions of glory and violence with explosive and spellbinding modernity.
The war in Troy is over – and the Poet saw it all. Back from the frontlines, he spins a tale of unquenchable rage, disputatious gods, and grieving widows. Telling the story of the war, like the war itself, both seduces and ravages the Poet; it emboldens, burdens, and threatens to overwhelm him. Starring Philadelphia favorite Peter DeLaurier and virtuoso musician Liz Filios, AN ILIAD weaves humanity's unshakable attraction to warfare with the music of the muses, capturing the contradictory conditions of glory and violence with spellbinding modernity.
You can never be too (two) Earnest. The results would be a world filled with chaos, mistaken identity and uncontrollable laughter! But when you're Wilde, you have to take that chance. The Importance Of Being Earnest tells the story of two bachelor friends, dandy Algernon Moncrieff and reliable John (Jack) Worthing, as they take on double lives to court the attentions of the desirable Gwendolyn Fairfax and Cecily Cardew. But the gallants must then grapple with the uproarious consequences of their ruse… and with the formidable Lady Bracknell. Oscar Wilde's much loved and exhilarating masterpiece, with its high comedy and witty dialogue have helped make The Importance Of Being Earnest Wilde's most enduringly popular play.
Jillian, an ambitious geneticist, is racing to solve scientific mysteries that could save both an ancient people and her own family. She jumps at the chance to do groundbreaking research on a native tribe in the Grand Canyon whose members are being ravaged by diabetes. But as she probes beyond the limits of her study, she threatens to destroy their most sacred traditions. At the same time, Jillian and her husband face off with a monster lurking in her own DNA – and possibly their 4-year-old daughter's. This penetrating new play from acclaimed playwright Deborah Zoe Laufer asks: with science moving at breakneck speed and cutting-edge discoveries undermining our most sacred stories, how do we define who we are?
Spend an evening with the music of Jerry Herman and you too will cheer for Broadway's electrifying tribute to this all-American master of song. Taking center stage are some of Broadway's best musicals, including Hello Dolly!, Mame, Mack and Mabel, Dear World and La Cage Aux Folles. Jerry's Girls celebrates glamour, optimism, love, melody and women! The all-female cast reminds us how Jerry Herman has given voice to some of Broadway's biggest legends, with his unique ability to write comedy, ballads and show-stoppers. He's won multiple Tony, Grammy, Olivier and Drama Desk Awards but, first and foremost, he's also won our heart!
Andrew Lloyd Webber's Jesus Christ Superstar, which changed the face of musical theater when it debuted on Broadway in 1971, is a remarkable retelling of the last seven days in the life of Jesus of Nazareth as seen through the eyes of his betrayer, Judas Iscariot. This powerful musical, filled with emotional intensity and explosive theatricality, features chart-topping songs such as "Everything's Alright," "I Don't Know How to Love Him," "Gethsemane," and the high-octane title song. See the groundbreaking rock opera that reinvented musical theater for the modern age!
The play, which is co-produced by Old Sound Room and The Windmill Factory, follows the rise and fall of singer/songwriter JIB and a group of strangers who are unknowingly co-composing the same perpetually evolving body of music across time and space. Witnessed and aided by the ghosts that surround and move between them, the characters take the audience on a musical voyage, revealing the invisible strands of inspiration that bind all of us together. Within JIB, there is a play, a rock show, and a live film which is filmed nightly and distributed online.
A young couple arrives at a bed and breakfast in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, looking to spend a weekend visiting the historical sites of the famous battlefields. They are welcomed by a cheerful innkeeper into a home filled with tchotchkes, dolls, and other ghosts of the past. John is a beautiful and moving new play by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Annie Baker about spirituality, relationships, and other scary stories.
Junie B. is one busy first grader. Between new friends, getting glasses and not being allowed to play in the kickball tournament, there's a lot going on! Good thing she's sharing her "Top-Secret Personal Beeswax Journal." Kids love this funny and colorful musical!
Let's return to the 1960s, an era where we were free to choose who we wanted to love and when. But in this world filled with "Mad Men" and "Mod Women," was it easier to choose a mate? In this all-new production of Neil Simon's Last of the Red Hot Lovers, true comedy ensues when a man looks for something new and different, but ends up finding himself in the same situation, again and again! It's the revolution of a laugh-time and we've got the woman to prove it! Fall in love all over again with the Last of the Red Hot Lovers.
Neil Simon, America's most popular playwright, gives a peek into the writer's room of a hit 1950's television show in Laughter On The 23rd Floor. People everywhere gather around the TV each week to watch their favorite comedian Max Prince. He's loud, brash and larger than life. His temper tantrums and one-liners have the power to make careers, or make misery for the writers working around him. The network censors want to change the show to make it more "advertiser friendly." But messing with Max can only mean the jokes and jabs will get funnier and wilder in an uncertain future, as the world of television heads for change. Laughter On The 23rd Floor has been called "Simon's funniest play!"
Based on a Scottish legend by George MacDonald, this new musical tells the story of a teenager who has no gravity of any kind – in addition to having no feelings for others she floats in the air, unable to ever touch the ground. Filled with wonderful characters and a beguiling score, this enchanting, clever and wickedly funny new musical will delight kids and parents alike.
The Arden's F. Otto Haas Theatre opened in 1998 with this beloved comedy by William Shakespeare. Next year, Barrymore Award-winning director Matt Pfeiffer creates a vibrant new production featuring Philadelphia's most exciting up-and-coming actors, musicians, and designers. Join us for musical celebration of the follies and foibles of human beings (and fairies) in a fresh new staging that promises to be an unforgettable midsummer adventure.
Sweet Miss Nelson has some very naughty students in Room 207. Well, Miss Nelson has had enough! When Miss Viola Swamp – the worst substitute ever – takes her place, the students of Room 207 vow to find Miss Nelson. Hopefully they will find her before it's too late – for them! Based on the books by Harry Allard, this lighthearted musical reminds us all to show respect and appreciation to those we value.
Put on your "Boogie Shoes" for Saturday Night Fever, one of the most loved dance stories of all time! The year is 1979 and in Brooklyn, New York, Tony Manero, a young man with a dead-end job and an extraordinary ability to dance, has only one ambition in life - to become the disco king. When he meets Stephanie, who also dreams of a world beyond Brooklyn, they decide to train together for a dance competition and their lives begin to change forever. Based on the 1977 film that became a cultural phenomenon, the electrifying score is packed with legendary hits from The Bee Gees including the classics: "Stayin' Alive," "Night Fever," "Jive Talking," "You Should Be Dancing" and "How Deep is Your Love?"
Skippyjon Jones is a little kitten with big ears and even bigger dreams! He longs to be someone different, so he transforms himself into Skippito Friskito, the greatest canine sword fighter in old Mexico. But when Skippyjon is challenged, will he be a 'fraidy-cat' or the top dog?
Dinosaurs, aliens, and bears oh my! Sword of the Unicorn at the Drake Theater will blow your mind with pure awesomeness. The dark dragon rules over the cosmos. Travel through space, fight mythical beasts, and clam the a weapon of ultimate power. This scifi fantasy epic will compel you in ways you never felt possible.
The Vagina Monologues is made up of a varying number of monologues read by a varying number of women. Each of the monologues deals with an aspect of the feminine experience, touching on matters such as sex, love, rape, menstruation, female genital mutilation, masturbation, birth, orgasm, the various common names for the vagina, or simply as a physical aspect of the body. A recurring theme throughout the piece is the vagina as a tool of female empowerment, and the ultimate embodiment of individuality.
Leonard stands accused of murder and his wife can prove his innocence. But when she takes the stand, she shockingly denies his alibi. In true Agatha Christie form, audiences can expect twists and turns, emotional outbursts, and quirky characters as his lawyers untangle the truth in this vintage "whodunit" that keeps the audience guessing until the very last scene. After all, they don't call Agatha Christie the Queen of Crime for nothing!
"We're off to see…" The Wizard of Oz with this exciting stage adaptation of the all-time classic! Click your heels together three times and join the Scarecrow, Tin Man, Lion, Dorothy…and Toto too, as they journey through the magical land of Oz to meet the Wizard and obtain their hearts' desires.
This production contains all the beloved Oscar-winning songs from the movie including "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" and "We're Off to See the Wizard," all the favorite characters and iconic moments, plus a few surprises along the way. Rediscover the real story of Oz in this fantastic musical treat for the whole family. The Wizard of Oz promises to be one of the most spectacular holiday productions ever staged by the Walnut!
Frog and Toad are back! In a revival of one of the Arden's most treasured children's theatre productions, an unlikely friendship between the cheerful Frog and the rather grumpy Toad blossoms and grows as they travel through four fun-filled seasons learning life lessons along the way. Barrymore Award winners Jeff Coon and Ben Dibble return as the amphibious best friends in this charming musical that promises to delight the whole family!