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REALLY Exile, “REALLY”

On today’s podcast, I focus my lens on the cast of Theatre Exile’s production of “REALLY” by Jackie Siblies Drury. This Philadelphia Premiere was fresh their minds and while, the set was not built yet, I try to imagine what Exile, along with the design team, led by Director, Brenna Geffers has in store for us. Stay Tuned!

ABOUT REALLY

Featuring: Nancy Boykin, Jessica Johnson and Matteo Scammell

In the studio she once shared with her boyfriend Calvin, a photographer poses Calvin’s mother for a portrait. Like many artists, she struggles to capture on film what she envisions in her mind. As the photo shoot progresses, the women grapple with their memories of the man who was once the center of their lives.

In the age of selfies, Really examines the particular and diverse lenses through which we see ourselves, each other, and our place in the world.

FOR TICKETS AND INFORMATION:

http://theatreexile.org

Part of Philly Theatre Week

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Nomadically-Nominated “Exile’s” 2017-18 Season

Before the mind-bending madness of Fringe Arts, I sat down with Deb Block to talk about the nomadic Theatre Exile and their 2017-18 season. Now, with offices in the company of 1812 and 11th Hour, we ran down the lineup while celebrating the 3 Barrymore Award nominations received last season. Exile will also play host to one of four plays presented in the region by playwright, Michael Hollinger, whom we hope to get some time with before the season ends. Exile will present at the Latvian Society this season and it will be a wonder how they use this space after getting so comfortable at home in Studio X. Stay Tuned!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ideation by Aaron Loeb

Directed by Joe Canuso

Honorary Producers: June and Steve Wolfson

Associate Producers: Gayle and David Smith

Season Sponsors: Bruce and Giuliana Zallie and Zallie ShopRite Supermarkets

Philadelphia Premiere

October 12 – November 5

The Latvian Society (531 N. 7th Street)

Featuring D’Arcy Dersham, Alex Hughes, Allen Radway, Harry Watermeier, Bill Zielinshi

 

Ninety minutes from now, a group of stressed-out corporate consultants is slated to present their work on a mysterious project. It’s time to brainstorm within the morally ambiguous parameters they’ve been given so they can make it to their kids’ soccer games and continue their ill-advised affairs. But as they work, the question of what they aren’t being told looms ever larger, becoming harder to ignore. If something truly monstrous is going on, it wouldn’t be happening over Starbucks scones… would it? A ferocious and hilarious thriller.

Really by Jackie Sibbles Drury

Directed by Matt Pfeiffer

Season Sponsors: Bruce and Giuliana Zallie and Zallie ShopRite Supermarkets

Philadelphia Premiere

January 25 – February 18

The Latvian Society (531 N. 7th Street)

 

In the studio she once shared with Calvin, a photographer poses his mother for a portrait. Like many artists, she struggles to capture on film what she envisions in her mind. As the photo shoot progresses, the women grapple with their memories of the man who was once the center of their lives. In the age of selfies, Really examines the particular and diverse lenses through which we see ourselves, each other, and our place in the world.

Sing the Body Electric

BY MICHAEL HOLLINGER

World Premiere

Directed by Deborah Block

Season Sponsors: Bruce and Giuliana Zallie and Zallie ShopRite Supermarkets

April 19 – May 13

The Latvian Society (531 N. 7th Street)

Featuring: Kim Fairbanks & Tony Lawton

Jess is tanking in Physics, so her mom hires Lloyd to help her pass. But she’d rather study his son, the survivor of a lightning strike that killed his girlfriend a year ago, and tattooed his body with elegant scars. When Lloyd and Mom hit it off, these two broken families are bound ever closer, inexorably — with explosive results. An intricate, atmospheric tale of love, sex, and the unseen forces that draw us together and drive us apart.

FOR TICKETS AND INFORMATION:

http://theatreexile.org

 

 

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Buzz, Buzz…Theatre Exile’s BUZZER

On today’s podcast, Director Matt Pfeiffer talks about the Tracey Scott Wilson play, “BUZZER”, onstage at Theatre Exile. As our neighborhood show signs of gentrification, the final play of their 20th season, among many this season, could not be more timely. We talk about recent neighborhood events and tie it to the conflicts in the piece. Stay Tuned.

ABOUT BUZZER

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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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!

ABOUT THEATRE EXILE’S 20th SEASON

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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.

FOR TICKETS AND INFORMATION:

http://theatreexile.org

 

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