The Wilma Theater in Philadelphia is proud to present the world premiere of SCHOOL PICTURES, a warmhearted and humorous portrait of modern high school life, told in musical snapshots of individual teenagers, on stage Nov. 2-20.
Writer/performer Milo Cramer was inspired by their real-life experiences as a private tutor to create what they describe as “loving musical portraits of struggling students.”
This world premiere one-person musical is directed by Wilma Lead Artistic Director Morgan Green, who previously directed the Wilma’s world premiere digital production of James Ijames’ Pulitzer Prize-winning play FAT HAM. This is the first production Green is directing in the 2022-23 Season, where she is serving as Lead Artistic Director under the Wilma’s unique rotating leadership model. Green specifically chose to work with Cramer, a longtime collaborator, for her first onstage production for the company.
“Milo sings sincerely and vulnerably about his tutoring students, who are subject to the unfair pitfalls of our school systems, and the outsized pressure placed on students these days,” says Green.
Green and Cramer have been artistic collaborators since meeting at Bard College. They co-founded the New York theater company New Saloon, where they co-created MINOR CHARACTER: 6 TRANSLATIONS OF UNCLE VANYA AT THE SAME TIME, which was revived by the Wilma last season. Green also directed the pandemic audio play BOY FACTORY, which was produced by Playwrights Horizon and is still available online.
“Morgan has directed several workshops of SCHOOL PICTURES. I remember the first time I played the first songs awkwardly for her alone in her apartment,” Cramer said. “Morgan has directed basically every single one of my plays and I’m very grateful to her. I would not be a playwright without her.”
Tickets to SCHOOL PICTURES are $25-$59, and can be purchased at wilmatheater.org, by calling our box office at 215-546-7824, or when visiting the box office at 265 S. Broad Street in Center City. Discounts are available to students, and those working in the theater industry.
As part of the Wilma’s commitment to making sure that theater is accessible to every member of the community, for the first week of SCHOOL PICTURES, the Wilma is offering 20 tickets for each performance between Nov. 2-6 as Pay What You Will. These tickets – where patrons can pay whatever they wish for up to two tickets – are only available in-person or over the phone.