Philadelphia Theatre Company Announces 48th Season Kicking off With World Premiere Musical The Tattooed Lady

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Philadelphia Theatre Company (PTC) announces the company’s 48th anniversary season with a major world premiere, a Philadelphia premiere, and a modern classic that all explore the idea of liberation and being freed from social norms, barriers and stereotypes. The 2022-23 Season gets off to an electrifying start with the world premiere of The Tattooed Lady, a new musical by co-librettists Erin Courtney and Max Vernon with music and lyrics by Max Vernon, developed with and directed by Ellie Heyman. This much-anticipated musical was first conceived as part of the Kimmel Center’s Theater Residency before being further developed and then commissioned by PTC. The story explores the lives and legacies of a century of tattooed ladies from the 1880s through the 1980s. It runs October 28 to November 20, 2022.

Next up, audiences will be introduced to the Philadelphia Premiere of Empathitrax by local writer and actress Ana Nogueira, who appeared on “The Vampire Diaries” and originated the role of Eliza in early workshops of Hamilton. This futuristic darkly funny sci-fi story about a young couple who turn to a breakthrough in pharmacology to save their struggling relationship runs February 10 to March 5, 2023.

The season will close with Lanie Robertson’s modern classic about one of Billie Holiday’s final performances in the City of Brotherly Love, Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill. Lady Day’s songs will be center stage April 7 to April 30, 2023.

Subscription packages are now on sale from $54 – $147 (30% off single ticket prices). Subscriptions are available online at or by phone at 215-985-0420 X1.

All shows are performed at PTC’s home at the Suzanne Roberts Theatre, 480 South Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19146. Connect with Philadelphia Theatre Company for the latest updates on social at @philatheatreco on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. 

“This season deals with the idea of liberation,” said outgoing Producing Artistic Director Paige Price, who programmed the season. “The Tattooed Lady certainly centers the quest for liberation among a posse of brave, singular, tattooed female sideshow artists throughout 100-years of sideshow history. Empathitrax considers the lengths people will go to crack open their hearts and connect with those they love, liberating them from the paralysis that accompanies fear. The Billie Holiday story audiences will experience in Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill will not flinch from the barriers that held Holiday back from living a fully free life as a Black woman in America.”

The 2022-23 Season will also mark the start of a new era at Philadelphia Theatre Company. PTC is actively searching for a new Artistic Director to follow Price. The company expects to announce its new artistic leadership in August. 

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