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Rebroadcast: Block in Exile – 2016/17


On today’s podcast, we catch up with Deb Block to talk about Theatre Exile’s 20th Anniversary season. We start off with congratulations on 13 Barrymore nominations, focus on “Guards at the Taj” and tease the rest of the season. It’s always a pleasure to chat with Deb. I hope you are as excited about their 20th season as I am. Stay Tuned!



Guards at the Taj by Rajiv Joseph

Directed by Deborah Block
Honorary Producers June & Steve Wolfson
Philadelphia Premiere
October 20 – November 13
Studio X (1340 S. 13th Street)

Featuring Anthony Mustafa Adair and Jenson Titus Lavallee

In 1648 India, two Imperial Guards watch from their post as the sun rises for the first time on the newly completed Taj Mahal—an event that shakes their respective worlds. When they are ordered to perform an unthinkable task, the aftermath forces them to question the concepts of friendship, beauty, and duty, and changes them forever.

“The friendship of the two guards is both beautiful and vaudevillian,” said Producing Artistic Director Deborah Block. “The storytelling at times is gruesomely hyper-realistic and at other times humorous or filled with magic.  Through the richly drawn characters, Guards allows us to understand how fear can lead us down the road to making us complicit in creating the horrors of our time.”

Lost Girls by John Pollono

Directed by Joe Canuso
Philadelphia Premiere
February 16 – March 12
Studio X (1340 S. 13th Street)

with Catharine Slusar, Trevor William Fayle, Sean Bradley, Molly Ward, Amy Frear and Susanne Collins

When Erica, their sixteen year old daughter, goes missing during a winter storm, Maggie and Lou—former high school sweethearts, now divorced—are forced to confront the legacy of their past decisions. Filled with poignant passions and dark humor, Lost Girls is a hard-hitting drama about the women of a blue-collar family struggling to rise above their limited prospects, in a world indifferent to their struggles, to prevent history from repeating itself.

Buzzer by Tracey Scott Wilson

Directed by Matt Pfeiffer
Philadelphia Premiere
May 4 – May 28
Studio X (1340 S. 13th Street)

With Akeem Davis

Jackson, an upwardly mobile black attorney, has just bought an apartment in a transitioning neighborhood in Brooklyn. He sees the potential of his old neighborhood, as does his white girlfriend Suzy…at first. When Jackson’s childhood friend Don leaves rehab to crash with them, the trio quickly becomes trapped between the tensions inside their own home and the dangers that may lurk outside.




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