Wilma’s Transformation Continues

On today’s podcast, I return to my annual chat with Blanka Zizka to talk about the 3-part process that is the Wilma Transformation. While our focus is on the season, we touch on the new lobby, educational efforts and the 16 Barrymore Nominations that while, notable, are do not the fuel that drives Wilma’s engine. Stay Tuned!

ABOUT WILMA THEATER 2017-18 SEASON

 

 

BLOOD WEDDING

By Federico García Lorca

Translated by Nahuel Telleria

Directed by Csaba Horváth

October 25, 2017 – November 19, 2017

On the morning of her wedding day, a young Bride is visited by a headstrong former lover, reigniting a family blood feud that has been simmering for years. Their isolated village is a pent-up powder keg of fury and desire, and when they escape together, all that repression is released — to destructive ends. Acclaimed Hungarian director-choreographer Csaba Horváth leads the Wilma’s HotHouse Company of actors in a production combining athletic ensemble theater with Lorca’s fiery language. Magical realism at its richest and most tragic, this reimagining of the Spanish classic is a searing investigation of passion in the Wilma’s signature style.

PASSING STRANGE

Book and Lyrics by Stew

Music by Stew and Heidi Rodewald

Created in collaboration with Annie Dorsen

Directed by Tea Alagić

January 10, 2018 – February 18, 2018

In this major revival of Stew and Heidi Rodewald’s Tony Award-winning musical, a rebellious young black man journeys to Europe in search of something “real.” Music takes center stage as we travel from gospel-soaked South Central LA through psychedelic Amsterdam to militant Berlin and back. This incendiary musical is a rowdy salve for turbulent times: a young punk screaming in defiance of the void, with an electric onstage band. See a musical experience ahead of its time, as The Washington Post recently proclaimed: “It’s high time Hamilton lovers and anyone else who cares about weird, smart, highly personal art rediscover Passing Strange.”

PASSAGE

A World Premiere by Christopher Chen

Directed by Blanka Zizka

April 18, 2018 – May 13, 2018

Imagine you’re in an exotic new country — occupied by your nation. Now you are a distinguished doctor, but a cab will not stop for you. Now you’re in a cave so dark, so quiet, you lose track of who you are. Suddenly, there’s a sound and —

Welcome to Passage, a fantasia on E.M. Forster’s A Passage to India that uses the theater’s primal evocative powers to examine the most essential questions of our time. Written by Obie Award-winning playwright Christopher Chen, this World Premiere is a perfect vehicle for the Wilma HotHouse Company’s passion and transformative prowess.

HOTHOUSE

The Wilma HotHouse is an incubator for artistic investigation and experimentation, and enables its company of actors to dare and explore under the Wilma’s auspices. HotHouse allows the Wilma to develop new works specifically for our company of actors; to conduct readings, intensive workshops, and other experiments with company members and guest artists; and to hone a unique theatrical aesthetic for the Wilma through rigorous actor training.

FOR TICKETS AND INFORMATION:

http://wilmatheater.org

 

Rebroadcast: WHITE – James Ijames

On today’s podcast, on a beautiful night in Old City, I caught up with James Ijames, whose star is shining so brightly right now with his latest production of WHITE, onstage at Theatre Horizon. We talk about the production’s journey and what motivates him to create the work he does. Stay Tuned.

ABOUT WHITE

Gus is an artist. He’s just not a famousartist. So when a major art museum puts out a call for “new perspectives,” Gus—a white man—decides to seize his opportunity. He hires a black actress to present his work as her own, but as the actress gets more deeply into her role, Gus’s scheme spirals out of his control. Award-winning Philadelphia playwright James Ijames challenges assumptions about race, gender, identity and art in this seriously funny new comedy.

FOR TICKETS AND INFORMATION:

http://theatrehorizon.org

 

Rebroadcast: The Arsonists

On today’s podcast, Jacqueline Goldfinger talks about her latest production, “The Arsonists”, which will receive an NNPN Rolling World Premiere! We talk about the process of putting this piece together as she finishes her “Southern Gothic” trilogy which included “The Terrible Girls” and “Skin and Bone”. Stay Tuned!

ABOUT THE ARSONISTS

When M loses her father in an arson gone wrong, she goes on a journey with his ghost to reclaim her life and reframe his memory. Set deep in a Florida swamp, The Arsonists is a lyrical Southern Gothic myth about a father-daughter arson team deconstructing their personal demons. Inspired by the Greek tragedy Electra, this play with music explores the relationship between parent and child in that small space between life and death, the last breath before the awakening. The final play in Goldfinger’s Southern Gothic trilogy, which began with the terrible girls and Skin & Bone, The Arsonists is the 2016 Runner Up for the Leah Ryan Prize and was developed at The Kennedy Center.

FOR TICKETS AND INFORMATION:

http://azukatheatre.org

Rebroadcast: Marcus/Emma

On today’s podcast, I venture over to Interact Theatre Company to talk about Mary Tuomanen’s “Marcus/Emma” featuring Akeem Davis and Susan Riley Stevens. We explore who these characters were and the world that Mary has dropped them into. We even discuss how the themes carry off the stage into real life. Stay Tuned.


ABOUT MARCUS/EMMA

What does it mean to be radical? MARCUS/EMMA mashes together two of American History’s wildest activist leaders – Jewish Anarchist Emma Goldman and Black Nationalist Marcus Garvey — and launches them into a no-holds-barred, sex-fueled, bloody-minded battle to rekindle the smouldering flames of their legacies. Tuomanen’s vibrant voice brings the political passion, tender humanity, and savage humor of Goldman and Garvey to life in a timely play that challenges the audience to continually question what it means to be American.

FOR TICKETS AND INFORMATION:
Web: http://interacttheatre.org
Twitter: @InterActThtrCo
Facebook: InteractTheatreCompany

 

One More River To Cross

 

On today’s podcast, James Jackson dropped by the studio to talk about the Lynn Nottage compiled, “One More River To Cross”. Yes, another very timely production that speaks to the never-ending conversation of race, class and gentrification. Stay Tuned!

ABOUT ONE MORE RIVER TO CROSS

A World Premiere, by Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Lynn Nottage, One More River To Cross immerses  you in song and culture as you experience lives of former slaves. Between 1936 and 1938, the Federal Writers Project gathered over 2,300 interviews with emancipated slaves in the post war South. Nottage has collected and condensed these interviews into a theatrical exploration of the entire history of black slavery in the United States from African capture through the emancipation. This new work, staged to reflect the deep historic connections between current theatre and primary cultures in Africa, resurrects the voices of people who, for many years, had none.  One More River To Cross brings the words and stories of black American slaves firmly into the present and delivers a lyrical declaration of hope, reaching out from the past and giving strength to our future.
FOR TICKETS AND INFORMATION:

https://www.facebook.com/events/1353087044774748/

http://onemorerivertocross.bpt.me

 

The Fortress

On today’s podcast, Rep Radio alum, Hank Curry, dropped by with a few participants in his latest artistic offering, The Fortress. This immersive piece is part walking tour, part history journey as it takes place in the Independence National Historical Park. Stay Tuned!

ABOUT THE FORTRESS

What happens when Keaton meets Kafka? Between high-brow philosophy and low-brow slapstick you will find The Fortress, a picaresque journey through bureaucracy, power plays, and screwball romance that seeks to combine the worldviews of two of the twentieth century’s most brilliant and absurd creative minds. Mr. Locht has come to a strange town to make a sale to the mysterious Viscount, only to find himself navigating a labyrinth of dual identities, vaudevillian double-talk, and comic chases that will either end in disaster or entrance to the Viscount’s elusive Fortress…or both.

FOR TICKETS AND INFORMATION:

https://www.facebook.com/events/234163550393628/

https://landmarks.ticketleap.com/the-fortress/

 

Curio’s “Antagonyms”

On today’s podcast, we are joined by Playwright Rachel Gluck and Director Jack Tamburri to talk about the World Premiere Curio Theatre Company production of “Antagonyms”. We discuss the origins of the story, its many revealing moments and overall design that help bring the story to stage. Stay Tuned! NOTE: Some sound issues because, “Technology”.

From Left: Andrew Carroll, Alexander Scott Rioh, Alee Spadoni and Colleen Hughes. Photo Credit: Rebecca Miglionico Gudelunas

 

ABOUT ANTAGONYMS

by Rachel Gluck
A World Premiere!
Directed by Jack Tamburri


Written by Curio company member Rachel Gluck,
this intriguing new play grapples with the concept
of love and identity.
Four young Philadelphians try to outrun their demons, as the past meets the present in this modern-day Noir. 
Curio is proud to present this world premiere.

Featuring: Alee Spadoni, Alexander Scott Rioh, Andrew Carroll and Colleen Hughes.

Set Design – Paul Kuhn
Lighting Design – Dom Chacon
Sound Design – Liz Atkinson
Costume Design – Aetna Gallagher

​This production has mature content and not recommended for children under 17.
trigger warning: themes related to sexual violence, addiction and suicide.

FOR TICKETS AND INFORMATION:

http://curiotheatre.org