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Welcome to the Arden Theatre Company blog, where we share behind-the-scenes stories and current happenings with you. You will hear from the Arden staff as well as actors and other visiting artists, and we hope to hear from you, too. If you have an idea for a topic, please post a comment about it. We can't wait to hear what you think!

Jorge Cousineau, Philadelphia’s acclaimed sound and lighting designer, has collaborated with award-winning director Whit MacLaughlin and the rest of the James and the Giant Peach artistic team to create “a whole imaginative universe of live actors interacting with animations. It’s kinda like Pixar, but LIVE,” says Whit.

An endeavor of this magnitude requires many long hours of moving paper mere millimeters and then capturing it on film. We reached out to our board members to serve as volunteers and as usual received an overwhelming response.

If you are one of these volunteers, THANK YOU, we would love for you to comment about your experience. Otherwise, read on to learn more about this exciting process.

On September 14th, actors from the Arden’s cast of Gee’s Bend and a small group of Arden supporters enjoyed an intimate evening with several of the amazing quilters from Gee’s Bend, Alabama, who were visiting Philadelphia in conjunction with the opening of their quilt exhibit at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Gee’s Bend playwright Elyzabeth Gregory Wilder led a lively discussion with the celebrated women who delighted patrons with fascinating stories and ended the evening with rousing gospel music.

Gee’s Bend explores the strength of a family and the importance of tradition spanning generations. It is a great opportunity for generations to connect through this incredible story of perseverance and the power of family ties. Gee’s Bend is on the Arcadia stage October 9 through December 7.

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