1812 Productions Announces 2021-22 Season with a Unique Hybrid Experience!

-Courtesy of Bryan Buttler Media Relations, LLC

Feature photo: David Jadico, Brett Ashley Robinson, Justin Jain, Sean Close, Tanaquil Marquez, and Pax Ressler in THIS IS THE WEEK THAT IS. Photo by Mark Garvin

1812 Productions, Philadelphia’s All-Comedy Theater Company, is thrilled to welcome live audiences back as they announce their 2021-22 season, featuring a variety of in-person, hybrid, and online offerings to suit any audience member’s preference.  The new season features the return of both a popular 1812 holiday show, The Carols, along with the 2022 installment of the company’s signature production of This Is The Week That Is.  A hybrid cabaret experience and a world-premiere one-woman show also highlight the offerings.

“We are so excited to welcome audiences back to 1812, and we were passionate and deliberate in offering both in-person and online offerings for our patrons” notes Producing Artistic Director Jennifer Childs.  “Our season offers something for everyone–from our original cabaret this fall, to the incredible Bi Jean Ngo presenting the world premiere of her one-woman show in the summer.  We’re as anxious as everyone else to return to live theatre with an audience, where we can share laughter in the same space, and we’re optimistic that we’ll get there soon.”

The season includes:

Two Outta Three
Live performances: Friday November 19 at 8pm, Saturday November 20 at 8pm, and Sunday November 21 at 2pm and 7pm
Streaming performances available: December 6-19, 2021
Plays & Players Theatre, 1714 Delancey Place
1812’s season opens with a unique hybrid viewing experience.  Two Outta Three is a new cabaret from Philly theatre favorites Jennifer Childs and Scott Greer, a real life married couple and veterans of the regional stage. This moving and hysterical show is about how a trio becomes a duo again after Childs and Greer send the youngest member of their act, their daughter, off to college. Both Childs and Greer rediscover the rhythm and the timing of their own lives— and learn that there are plenty of laughs to be had.  Two Outta Three is about rediscovering the good stuff of who you were, what made it work before, and what makes it work now.

Audiences will have the option to experience Two Outta Three live in person at Plays & Players Theatre from November 19-21, 2021.  The show will be captured with the live audience and offered to patrons to view online, December 6-19.

The Carols
Previously produced as part of the Phoebe & Otto Premiere Series

Honorary Producers: Sharon and Jeff Weiss
Streaming performances available December 20, 2021-January 2, 2022
It’s Christmastime in 1943. War is raging on the other side of the Atlantic and, here at home, a group of neighbors gather at the VFW to make the most of what they have. An audience favorite show from 1812’s vast library of original work, The Carols has gone on to regional productions along the East Coast, with future productions already scheduled into 2022. Experience the holiday magic of this world premiere production in the comfort of your home for two weeks only.  Featuring Philadelphia theater favorites Mary Martello, Rachel Camp, Caroline Dooner, TJ Harris, Emily Kleimo, and Anthony Lawton.

This Is The Week That Is
Part of the June & Steve Wolfson Family Foundation Series

Honorary Producer: Terry Graboyes
Live performances April 28-May 22, 2022
Plays and Players, 1714 Delancey Place
A celebrated part of the Philadelphia theatre season for the past 16 years, This Is The Week That Is delivers sharp satire and content that changes with the headlines. Featuring a script that changes nightly, improvised comedy, musical parodies, and a versatile cast of comedy pros, This Is The Week That Is, directed by Tanaquil Márquez, is a hilarious mix of SNL, The Daily Show, and The Carol Burnett Show, the show continues its signature mission to tell the truth and make it funny with a performance ensemble that is also a writers’ room, featuring Jennifer Childs, Sean Close, and Pax Ressler, with additional ensemble members to be announced. 

In Search of the Kitchen Gods
Part of the Phoebe & Otto Premiere Series

Live performances June 8-June 26, 2022
Theatre Exile, 1340 S. 13th Street
In Search of the Kitchen Gods is a world-premiere solo show, written by and starring Bi Jean Ngo. In Search of the Kitchen Gods follows Ngo on a loving, joyous exploration of her Vietnamese American identity through a culinary journey, aided and abetted by the Kitchen Gods. Audiences will enjoy a comedic and heartfelt experience of the people who shaped Ngo, and get a glimpse of her personal embarrassments, heartbreaks, and love life while sharing the comfort foods that have gotten her through all of it.  Think Food Network, but with a lot of laughter and soul.

Health and Safety Standards
1812 Productions has been closely monitoring government and CDC recommendations with an eye on how to keep patrons, staff, production personnel, and performers safe during these unprecedented times. The company is also listening to guidance from Actors’ Equity and have sought feedback and commentary from ticket buyers as to their comfort level and measures they would like to see taken at the theatre when we gather next. Based on these audience responses, the company’s hybrid season includes limited engagement in-person performances, streaming new and archival works, and full in-person runs in the second half of the season. The company is also implementing admittance requirements for audience members, staff, artists, and technicians that will help ensure everyone’s safety while at the theatre.  These currently include:

  • Proof of vaccination is required along with a photo ID for patrons.
  • Masks are to be worn at all times in Plays and Players Theatre
  • Plays and Players Theater will be solid at 60% capacity with socially distanced seating
  • All tickets and Playbills will be digital
  • Engaging a COVID Safety Officer to be present at the theater to ensure all safety measures are being taken
  • Working with a professional HVAC company to assess and clean the theater’s HVAC system
  • Installing high grade air purifiers in the theater and support spaces with MERV-17 filters
  • Professional deep cleaning of the theatre, including steam cleaning of the seat cushions and carpet
  • Hard surfaces, such as arm rests and chair backs, will be cleaned after each use. 
  • Providing hand sanitizer stations in the lobby and restrooms
  • Immediate seating to prevent wait times in the lobby 
  • Limiting the number of patrons in the restroom and lower lobby to ensure social distancing

These guidelines may change pending CDC and local government guidelines and regulations.

Subscriptions to 1812 Production’s season are currently available.  For more information, or to subscribe, visit 1812productions.org.

About 1812 Productions:
1812 Productions is dedicated to creating theatrical works of comedy and comedic works of theater that explore and celebrate our sense of community, our history, and our humanity.  1812 Productions was founded in 1997 by Jennifer Childs and Peter Pryor, two long-time friends and artistic collaborators, with a dedication to comedy, theater, and Philadelphia artists.  In 1998 the company premiered with The Compleat Works of Wllm Shkspr (abridged) and was promptly named “Best of Philly – Theater in Infancy” by Philadelphia Magazine.

In 2000, they presented the company’s first original piece created by Childs, The Big Time: Vaudeville for the Holidays.  It was a critical and box office success and was the beginning of what would become a holiday tradition – an original piece each year that focused on an era or area of comedic history.  It introduced a unique comedic style that is signature 1812 and was the first of now over 35 original works created by the company.

Since that time, 1812 has continued to combine their original work with plays and devised theater pieces by established and emerging playwrights and artists, producing three mainstage shows and several limited engagement comedy events each season.  Their education program, 1812 Education, has been in residence at South Philadelphia High School and the Widener School for Children with Disabilities for 20 years. 1812 Education has been awarded the Barrymore Award for Excellence in Theatre Education and Community Service and The Victory Foundation Award.

1812 Productions is the only professional theater company in the country dedicated to comedy and was the recipient of an honorary citation from the City of Philadelphia for outstanding work and commitment to the Philadelphia arts community. 1812 Productions has been recognized multiple times by The American Theatre Wing, founder of the Tony Awards, most recently with a documentary commission for the original work THIS IS THE WEEK THAT IS, created by company co-founder and Producing Artistic Director Jennifer Childs. The resulting Emmy Award nominated documentary is now part of The Wing’s digital archive for their Working In The Field series. With a focus on devised and original works, 1812 Productions’ mission is to produce theatrical works of comedy and comedic works of theatre that explore and celebrate our sense of community, our history, and our humanity.  More information at 1812productions.org.

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