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Announcing Next Season’s Mainstage Productions!

Or, Behind Every Great Dumbass Are Seven Women Trying To Keep Him Alive

Written by Selina Fillinger / Directed by Jennifer Child

September 12 – October 6, 2024

One four-letter word is about to rock 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. When the President unwittingly spins a PR nightmare into a global crisis, the seven brilliant and beleaguered women he relies upon must risk life, liberty, and the pursuit of sanity to keep the commander-in-chief out of trouble. Comic dynamo Jennifer Childs directs the Philadelphia premiere of this all-female farce – a hilarious homage to the women who keep things running and get the job done.


By Lynn Nottage / Directed by Amina Robinson

October 24 – December 1, 2024

The time is 1905. The Place is the Lower East Side of New York City. Sewing beautiful lingerie gives Esther Mills, an African American seamstress, an intimate look at the love lives of her clientele, but she yearns for a story of her own. Last season, audiences embraced two-time Pulitzer Prize-winner Lynn Nottage’s Clyde’s – falling in love with her extraordinary characters and their pursuit of the perfect sandwich. Directed by the Barrymore Award-winner Amina Robinson, the Arden returns to the work of Nottage with Intimate Apparel, a moving portrait of love, resilience, and the rich tapestry of life.


By Michael Hollinger / Directed by Terrence J. Nolen

January 16 – February 23, 2025

Newton Stover III’s got a legacy. When he discovers the long-lost recordings of a legendary bluesman in the basement of his granddaddy’s rundown music studio, Newt resolves to rebuild both the place and his life. But time and money are running out fast, and the ghosts of the past – plus an unexpected stranger – keep showing up.  A new comedy by beloved Philadelphia playwright Michael Hollinger about embracing the future, releasing what haunts us, and singing the blues.

August Wilson’s KING HEDLEY II

Directed by Pulitzer Prize-winner James Ijames

February 27 – March 23, 2025

After seven years in prison, an ambitious and proud King reenters society determined to take control of his life. But as he salvages relationships with his wife, mother, and community, King’s aspirations come in conflict with the stories he’s been telling himself and insists on planting seeds where nothing can grow. Set against the backdrop of 1980s Pittsburgh, King Hedley II continues the Arden’s commitment to August Wilson’s monumental American Century Cycle and will be directed by James Ijames, Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright of Fat Ham who directed the Arden’s Gem of the Ocean


Music, Lyrics, and Book by Jonathan Larson / Directed by Terrence J. Nolen & Steve Pacek

May 15 – June 8, 2025

At the end of the millennium, a group of bohemians in the East Village of New York City struggle with gentrification, love, loss and legacies amidst the HIV/AIDS crisis. In this immersive, exciting new production, Jonathan Larson’s Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize-winning musical, based on Puccini’s La Bohème, will transform the Haas Stage and shake the rafters with the iconic chords of “Seasons of Love,” “I’ll Cover You, ” and the thrilling, soaring score that is RENT!

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