Arden Theatre Company announces 2021 Season

Courtesy of Bryan Buttler Media Relations, LLC Feature photo: Katharine Powell as Blanche and Akeem Davis as Mitch in A Streetcar Named Desire. Photo by Wide Eyed Studios   The Arden Theatre Company in Philadelphia has spent considerable time looking at how they can safely move forward with a 2020/21 season. As the company reviews different options and numerous paths forward, their guiding principle is … Continue reading Arden Theatre Company announces 2021 Season

PlayPenn New Play Development Conference moves online for 2020, will serve as benefit for Theatre Philadelphia’s Emergency Relief Fund

-Courtesy of Bryan Buttler Media Relations, LLC PlayPenn, Philadelphia’s new play development organization, is re-thinking what it means to gather and support artists during the COVID-19 crisis. Their acclaimed New Play Development Conference, scheduled for July 2020, will now be moved into a virtual format, offering artists the ability to nurture and develop new works during this time of social distancing.  Additionally, their popular reading … Continue reading PlayPenn New Play Development Conference moves online for 2020, will serve as benefit for Theatre Philadelphia’s Emergency Relief Fund

Describe the Night questions what’s real and what’s not in a mysterious fairy tale about Russian history.

-Brenda Hillegas PHOTO: Sarah Gliko as Yevgenia, Steven Rishard as Nikolai, and Ross Beschler as Isaac in Describe the Night. Credit: Johanna Austin. It makes perfect sense that playwright Rajiv Joseph introduces us to real-life storyteller Isaac Babel in the first act of Describe the Night. In this scene, Babel is in the woods alongside Nikolai Yezhov, also a real, historical figure. The year is … Continue reading Describe the Night questions what’s real and what’s not in a mysterious fairy tale about Russian history.

Harriet Tubman guides audiences through time in My General Tubman, at Arden Theatre.

-Brenda Hillegas Damien J. Wallace, Danielle Leneé, Dax Richardson, and Aaron Bell in MY GENERAL TUBMAN. Photo by Wide Eyed Studios My General Tubman connects two stories. One is set in present day Philadelphia and highlights a scenario that happens all too often- a young man named Nelson (played by Brandon Pierce) is charged with a crime he didn’t commit; his story is ignored and … Continue reading Harriet Tubman guides audiences through time in My General Tubman, at Arden Theatre.

The Snow Queen at Arden Theatre is an exciting adventure to share with your friends and family.

-Brenda Hillegas (Katherine Fried in Arden Theatre Company’s The Snow Queen. Photo by Ashley Smith, Wide Eyed Studios.) The Snow Queen is an iconic children’s fairy tale character and her story deserves two hours of your time. She originated in 1844 by Hans Christian Andersen and since then the ice-hearted queen and her chill have developed into many adaptations and characters in modern day theatre, … Continue reading The Snow Queen at Arden Theatre is an exciting adventure to share with your friends and family.

Celebrate the Magic of Christmas with The Gifts of the Magi at Walnut Street Theatre

-Brenda Hillegas Photo by Mark Garvin The season of giving, celebrating love and family, and spreading happiness and kindness to others is almost upon us. To get yourself and your loved ones into the Christmas spirit, head over to Walnut Street Theatre’s intimate Independence Studio on 3 for a musical version of O. Henry’s The Gift of the Magi. In The Gifts of the Magi, … Continue reading Celebrate the Magic of Christmas with The Gifts of the Magi at Walnut Street Theatre

Come From Away celebrates the real people and stories in Gander, Newfoundland during 9/11/01.

-Brenda Hillegas Cover photo by Matthew Murphy Somewhere…in the middle of nowhere… The lyrics to the songs of Come From Away have been in my head since the first time I saw the musical, just this past May. At that point, the show’s first North American tour had been announced and I already knew it would be coming to Philadelphia as part of the Kimmel … Continue reading Come From Away celebrates the real people and stories in Gander, Newfoundland during 9/11/01.

Celebrating the 25th Annual Barrymore Awards at the Bok Building

-Brenda Hillegas Twenty-five years is a long time to celebrate something. It’s a number worthy of recognition. When it comes to Philadelphia theatre’s scene, though, and everything Theatre Philadelphia has done to help our city’s arts culture strive, every year is deserving of a celebration. That’s why we have the Barrymore Awards. The awards and ceremony, nationally recognized, honors the local artists and theatre companies … Continue reading Celebrating the 25th Annual Barrymore Awards at the Bok Building