As Labor Day approaches and summer’s end nears, the shortening of days and cooling of temperatures can only mean one thing: brand new seasons at Philadelphia’s premier theatres!
Here’s a look at what’s coming to Philly this year:
EgoPo Classic Theater is featuring an Ibsen Festival starting September 4, 2013 with the “door slam heard ‘round the world”: A DOLL’S HOUSE. This unique interpretation, directed by Brenna Geffers, ensures that this is a Nora you’ve never seen before. For more information about A DOLL’S HOUSE and EgoPo’s other Ibsen classics, THE LADY FROM THE SEA and GINT, call 267-273-1414 or go to www.egopo.org.
Azuka Theatre presents two Philadelphia premieres and one world premiere in their 2013-2014 season. Beginning September 11 and running until the 22, Artistic Director Kevin Glaccum directs the Philly premiere of DUTCH MASTERS, an insightful dram-edy about race relations in America. DUTCH MASTERS is followed by the world premiere of SKIN AND BONE by Jacqueline Goldfinger and the Philadelphia premiere of TIGERS BE STILL by Kim Rosenstock. For more information or tickets, call 215-563-1100 or visit www.azukatheatre.org.
Continuing on in the vein of premieres, Lantern Theatre Company is full of them this season, beginning with the Philadelphia premiere of EMMA, adapted from the Jane Austen novel by Michael Bloom. Performances of EMMA, directed by Associate Artistic Director Kathryn MacMillan, begin September 19, 2013 and run until October 27. Following Austen’s beloved heroine, is the world premiere adaptation of A CHILD’S CHRISTMAS IN WALES from Artistic Director Charles McMahon and Philadelphia performer Sebastienne Mundheim, William Shakespeare’s JULIUS CAESAR, and the Philadelphia premiere of Athol Fugard’s THE TRAIN DRIVER. For more information about this diverse and enlightening season, call 215-829-0395 or visit www.lanterntheater.org.
Theatre Exile also features two Philadelphia premieres: COCK by Mike Bartlett about society’s need to identify one another by our sexual identity (October 17 – November 10, 2013) and ANNAPURNA, written by Sharr White and directed by Joe Canuso. This love story is about long-lost soul mates and the twenty years that separated them (April 17 – May 11, 2014). In between those two premieres is TRUE WEST written by Sam Shepard and directed by Matt Pfieffer (January 20 – February 23, 2014). You know what to do if you want to do more: www.theatreexile.org or 215-218-4022.
Last, but most definitely not least, FRINGE! (September 5 – 22, 2013) The 2013 Fringe Festival presented by FringeArts (formerly known as the Philadelphia Live Arts Festival and Philly Fringe) is bigger and better than ever in its 17th year, with 18 days of both presented and neighborhood performances in cutting-edge theater, dance, music, visual and multidisciplinary arts. This year’s lineup of Presented Fringe includes seven international artists, four world premieres and two reimagined productions from previous Fringe Festivals. For more information or for tickets go to fringearts.com or call 215-413-1318.
I’ll be seeing you at the theatre!