Arden Theatre Company Announces 2016/2017 Theatre Season
(Philadelphia, PA) Arden Theatre Company announces their 2016/2017 Season, and continues their mission to present great stories by great storytellers.
“Our 29th season exemplifies our commitment to bringing a variety of work to our stages,” says Producing Artistic Director Terrence J. Nolen. “New plays by some of today’s most exciting contemporary voices, classic stories reimagined by directors with whom we have treasured ongoing relationships, and one of the greatest American musicals of all time. We are thrilled to welcome back Arden co-founder Aaron Posner, who will be directing his play Stupid F*cking Bird for the very first time, and to be producing the world premiere of a new musical for Arden Children’s Theatre by Philadelphia writers Tony Lawton and Alex Bechtel.”
STUPID F*CKING BIRD
By Aaron Posner, sort of adapted from The Seagull by Anton Chekhov
With original songs by James Sugg
Directed by Aaron Posner
9/15/16 to 10/16/16
F. Otto Haas Theatre
In this irreverent, contemporary, and very funny remix of The Seagull, Arden co-founder Aaron Posner scoops up Chekhov’s tale of unrequited love, missed opportunities, and misplaced dreams and sets it down squarely in the bustle of 21st century life. This new play has been showered with awards and critical acclaim and is one of the most produced plays in the country – now it comes to Philadelphia.
THE LEGEND OF GEORGIA McBRIDE
By Matthew Lopez
Directed by Emmanuelle Delpeche
10/13/16 to 11/27/16
He’s young, he’s broke, he’s just found out his wife is going to have a baby, and now Casey has lost his gig as an Elvis impersonator. When his club brings in a drag act led by Miss Tracy Mills, Casey is given the opportunity to trade one sequined outfit for another. With Dito van Reigersberg of Martha Graham Cracker fame as Tracy, this music-filled comedy celebrates finding your voice and singing your own song.
A YEAR WITH FROG AND TOAD
Music by Robert Reale
Book and Lyrics by Willie Reale
Developed by Adrianne Lobel
Directed by Whit MacLaughlin
11/23/16 – 1/29/17
F. Otto Haas Theatre
Frog and Toad are back! In a revival of one of the Arden’s most treasured children’s theatre productions, an unlikely friendship between the cheerful Frog and the rather grumpy Toad blossoms and grows as they travel through four fun-filled seasons learning life lessons along the way. Barrymore Award winners Jeff Coon and Ben Dibble return as the amphibious best friends in this charming musical that promises to delight the whole family!
By Annie Baker
Directed by Matthew Decker
1/12/17 to 2/26/17
A young couple arrives at a bed and breakfast in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, looking to spend a weekend visiting the historical sites of the famous battlefields. They are welcomed by a cheerful innkeeper into a home filled with tchotchkes, dolls, and other ghosts of the past. John is a beautiful and moving new play by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Annie Baker about spirituality, relationships, and other scary stories.
A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM
By William Shakespeare
Directed by Matt Pfeiffer
3/2/17 to 4/2/17
F. Otto Haas Theatre
The Arden’s F. Otto Haas Theatre opened in 1998 with this beloved comedy by William Shakespeare. Next year, Barrymore Award-winning director Matt Pfeiffer creates a vibrant new production featuring Philadelphia’s most exciting up-and-coming actors, musicians, and designers. Join us for musical celebration of the follies and foibles of human beings (and fairies) in a fresh new staging that promises to be an unforgettable midsummer adventure.
A world premiere!
THE LIGHT PRINCESS
Adapted by Tony Lawton
From the story by George MacDonald
Music by Alex Bechtel
4/5/17 – 5/28/17
Based on a Scottish legend by George MacDonald, this new musical tells the story of a teenager who has no gravity of any kind – in addition to having no feelings for others she floats in the air, unable to ever touch the ground. Filled with wonderful characters and a beguiling score, this enchanting, clever and wickedly funny new musical will delight kids and parents alike.
Book by Arthur Laurents
Music by Jule Styne
Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Directed by Terrence J. Nolen
5/18/17 to 6/25/17
F. Otto Haas Theatre
Five-time Barrymore Award winner Mary Martello comes to the Arden stage as the indomitable Mama Rose. Set in the fading days of the vaudeville circuit, Gypsy features a legendary score that includes “Let Me Entertain You,” “Together, Wherever We Go,” and “Everything’s Coming Up Roses.” One of Philadelphia’s greatest actresses takes on Mama Rose – this promises to be a not-to-be-missed event!
Three and Five-Show Mainstage Subscriptions are now on sale for the 2016/17 Season and range in price from $81 – $190. Prices increase by $10 after May 12, 2016. Call the Arden Box Office at 215.922.1122, order online at www.ardentheatre.org, or visit the box office at 40 N. 2nd Street in Old City, Philadelphia.
About the Arden
Founded in 1988, Arden Theatre Company is dedicated to bringing to life great stories by great storytellers–on the stage, in the classroom, and in the community. Five productions are staged each season as part of the Mainstage series and two productions through Arden Children’s Theatre, the city’s first resident professional children’s theatre program. New work is produced through the Independence Foundation New Play Showcase. The Arden’s Education Department includes: Arden for All (AFA), a theatre access and education program for underserved young people; Arden Drama School, the after-school, Saturday, and summer camp classes for students in grades pre K-12; Teen Arden, an immersive after-school access program for Philadelphia-area based teenagers; and the Arden Professional Apprentice Program, a nationally renowned comprehensive theatre management training program. The Hamilton Family Arts Center is the new facility dedicated to education programs and new play development.
The Arden has received numerous honors including 63 awards and 307 nominations from the Barrymore Awards for Excellence in Theatre. The Arden is a winner of four “Theatre Company of the Year” designations (Philadelphia Inquirer), six Philadelphia Magazine “Best of Philly” awards and three “Best of Philly Kids” awards, the City Paper’s Reader’s Choice Award and the prestigious “Great Friend to Kids Award” from the Please Touch Museum for Arden Children’s Theatre work. For accessibility efforts, the Arden was named a “Keystone of Accessibility” by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Arden Theatre Company is a professional, nonprofit 501(c)(3) theatre company and a member of the Theatre Communications Group, the League of Resident Theatres, Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance, Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau, and Old City Arts Association. The Arden also participates in The Barrymore Awards, a program of Theatre Philadelphia.