Philly Theatre Week Returns with 40+ Companies, 100+ Events and New Pay What You Can Tickets

-Courtesy of Aversa PR & Events

Theatre Philadelphia announces the return of Philly Theatre Week featuring 100+ theatrical performances and events across the region between March 23 to April 2, 2023. The eleven day festival will celebrate artists, organizations, and audiences that have made Greater Philadelphia one of the most vibrant theatre regions in the nation. Audiences will have an opportunity to try something new from 50 events being offered from 41 different companies and artists.  There are over a 100 opportunities for audiences to experience. It includes productions, readings, exclusive pre-sales and special events in Philadelphia, Delaware, South Jersey, Bucks County and the Main Line and Western Suburbs. The annual festival is one of the largest signature festivals in Philadelphia and it expands by an extra day this year. Also new this year, all tickets are pay what you can – to encourage and welcome new audiences to discover theatre while encouraging returning patrons to make donations and invest in our theatre community. Each company has provided some information about how ticket sales support their work. Audiences are invited out early for a special free preview event in the Hamilton Garden at the Kimmel Cultural Campus on Monday, March 20th at 6:00pm. Tickets for the preview and all participating shows/events are on sale and available at www.phillytheatreweek.com.

“Philly Theatre Week is always such an exciting time of the year for theatre-goers,” said Theatre Philadelphia Executive Director LaNeshe Miller-White. “ From comedies to musicals, and traditional productions to a site specific show about beds that is performed IN a bed, there really is something for everyone. Theatre Philadelphia has moved to a pay what you can model for this year’s Theatre Week in order to ensure access for all to the performances. It’s a great opportunity for someone to try theater for the first time, or to try a new company or type of show.”

Miller-White added, “Pay what you can lets us reach out to diverse audiences around the city and bring in the next generation of theatre goers looking to give theatre a try. It also gives repeat theatre goers and theatre supporters the opportunity to donate and support the work they are seeing based on their own capabilities and how moved they were. It is truly a win-win.”

Greater Philadelphia residents will find something for everyone, with a collection of classics, experimental theatre, improv, readings, workshops, and more. Audiences are encouraged to support companies they already know as well as use the accessible ticket prices to explore new theatre they haven’t seen before. Participating organizations include a range of organizations, professional theatres, academic institutions, and self-producing artists.  Originating companies hail from every corner of Philadelphia, from Center City to the suburbs, from Chester County to Wilmington, and from South Jersey to the Main Line.

For this year, all shows are offered pay what you can. Pay what you can lets the ticket buyer pick the price they pay based on their ability and/or their value of the work. Tickets are available on the Philly Theatre Week website, www.phillytheatreweek.com. Audiences can reserve tickets there. Some shows are offering limited pay what you can tickets to each performance. Once Theatre Week tickets are sold out, audiences can contact the individual theatre for tickets.

“Since 2018 I’ve participated in every Philly Theatre week,” said Chris Davis, who is bringing Sunday Best to this year’s celebration.  “It’s helped me to attract new audiences, make connections with other theatre makers, and is a very fun time. It’s like a mini-fringe in the spring, and there’s no participation fee! Theatre Philadelphia works hard to showcase every show, from the big theaters to the small theaters, and therefore makes the playing field much more equitable, especially for small producers like myself.”

Philadelphia Theatre Week kicks off with an event in the Hamilton Garden at the Kimmel Cultural Campus on Monday, March 20th at 6:00pm. This event will give audiences a chance to  preview scenes, songs, and interactive performances from participating Philly Theatre Week companies. This kick-off event will feature a selection of BEEHIVE from The Road Company Theater Group; Run Boy Run Productions improv/sketch comedy experience – Improvabilitee;  a scene from InterAct Theatre Company’s pay no worship; Katherine Perry performing a selection of SEX TALK (the show); scenes from Theatre Unspeakeable’s American Revolution: The Show; and selections from Acting Naturally’s Chicago Teen Edition. Theatre Philadelphia is excited to be one of the Kimmel Cultural Campus’ partners for this event. The event is free but registration is required.

“Val Dunn and I created a very early draft of this show for the first Philly Theatre Week and now it’s traveled around the world and undergone massive rewrites to become what it is today,” said Jenna Kuerzi, whose show Johnny Depp! (A Retrospective on Late-Stage Capitalism) returns this year. “Philly Theatre Week gave me, a small creator with little to no budget, an opportunity to succeed and produce alongside established institutions.”

Audiences can find the full lineup of events at phillytheatreweek.com.

Philly Theatre Week is presented by Theatre Philadelphia, the region’s umbrella organization whose mission is to unite, celebrate, and promote the Philadelphia region’s diverse and growing theatre community. Additional Theatre Philadelphia funding and support is provided by the William Penn Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, CHG Charitable Trust, the Wyncote Foundation, the Shubert Foundation, and the Philadelphia Cultural Fund. 2023 Philly Theatre Week partners include EventBrite, Kimmel Cultural Campus, and Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance. Promotional partners include Aversa PR & Events.

Philly Theatre Week tickets are on sale at  www.phillytheatreweek.com. Philly Theatre Week will kick off with an event on Monday March 20, offering previews of events that will take place during the celebration.

Connect with Theatre Philadelphia on social media at Facebook.com/TheatrePhiladelphia, Twitter.com/TheatrePhilly and Instagram.com/theatrephiladelphia. #PhillyTheatreWeek

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