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!
On Saturday, April 2 the Arden theatre was home for more than 200 kids and their families. We hosted a free fun family event celebrating International Children’s Book Day and Hans Christian Andersen’s Birthday. This day inspired a love for reading and drew attention to children’s literature by celebrating Hans Christian Andersen, the Danish author of iconic fairy tales including The Little Mermaid, the Ugly Duckling and The Emperor’s New Clothes, not to mention our upcoming new musical The Flea and the Professor. Families came out for storytelling, face painting, craft projects and even an ice cream social.
Members of the Sylvan Society traveled to Washington, DC on Sunday, April 10th to see the Steppenwolf Theatre production of Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf at Arena Stage. They enjoyed lunch at the Next Stage Café prior to the 2pm performance. After the show, members had the opportunity to meet and greet with the cast including Tracy Letts and Amy Morton. The day concluded with an exclusive tour of Arena Stage’s newly renovated facility and three theatre spaces, followed by dinner at America, located in Union Station.
On Wednesday, April 6, the Arden opened our final mainstage production of the season, Wanamaker’s Pursuit. Sylvan Society members enjoyed a reception at Ristorante Panorama, one of the Arden’s dining partners, prior to the performance. They gathered with members of the design team as well as playwright Rogelio Martinez and director Terry Nolen, to sample Panorama’s fabulous wine selection. The show opened to a sold out house and was followed by a post-show party featuring French-themed cuisine including quiche and chocolate mousse. Post-show party guests included Michael Lisicky author of Meet Me at the Eagle, a novel about the history of the Wanamaker’s department store, representatives from the Philadelphia History Museum, as well as the cast of the show.
In our last visit to the donut shop, Craig Spidle sits down to talk about his experience coming to Philadelphia from Chicago. And hear the secret to his ping pong game that his fellow actors have been talking about.
The Arden is proud to announce another premiere that is currently in production. As we keep with our mission, great stories by great storytellers, we are very proud that some of our shows get picked up by other theatres.