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2017-2018 Season

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Lights Out: Nat "King" Cole
Aladdin: A Musical Panto
Morning's at Seven
The Diary of Anne Frank
I Will Not Go Gently
Romeo and Juliet: A Requiem
Skeleton Crew
Woody Sez: The Life and Music of Woody Guthrie

Lights Out: Nat “King” Cole

October 11-December 3, 2017
By Colman Domingo & Patricia McGregor
Directed by Patricia McGregor
Musical Supervisor: John McDaniel
Steinbright Stage

When his groundbreaking NBC variety show failed to attract a national sponsor, Nat “King” Cole famously declared that “Madison Avenue is afraid of the dark.” In this theatrical exploration into the soul of an American icon, Colman Domingo and Patricia McGregor imagine Nat as he faces his final Christmastime broadcast, and weighs the advice of his friend Sammy Davis Jr. to “go out with a bang.” This world premiere, replete with hits and holiday standards like “Nature Boy,” “It’s A Good Day,” “Unforgettable,” and “Joy To The World,” also features appearances by Eartha Kitt and Peggy Lee.

Lights Out: Nat “King” Cole has been supported by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage.

Aladdin: A Musical Panto

November 15, 2017-January 7, 2018
By Pete Pryor and Samantha Reading
Music & Lyrics by Michael Ogborn
Directed by Pete Pryor
Leonard C. Haas Stage

Your favorite holiday tradition! When the young ne’er-do-well Aladdin and his animal pals find a mysterious lamp, the hilarious adventure begins. Cheer our heroes as they rescue Princess Mai Tai, fly a magic carpet, and plot with the beloved Dame, Widow Twinkey, to save their village of Paolistein from the clutches of the evil villain Fu. This rollicking musical romp “beats a sugar rush any day” (The Philadelphia Inquirer).

Morning's at Seven

January 10-February 4, 2018
By Paul Osborn
Directed by Abigail Adams
Steinbright Stage

Surprise yourself with the bittersweet charm of this classic American comedy that celebrates the triumphs and trials of everyday life. In a small Midwestern town, four close-knit sisters and their husbands confront long-held secrets and simmering tensions as they seek fulfillment in their senior years. Carla Belver, Alda Cortese, Janis Dadaris, and Marcia Saunders lead a stellar cast in this timeless tribute to family dysfunction where “the relationships are ultimately as universal as the humor” (Los Angeles Times).

The Diary of Anne Frank

February 21-March 31, 2018
By Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett
Adapted by Wendy Kesselman
Directed by David Bradley
Leonard C. Haas

Amsterdam, 1942. In a cramped, secret annex, eight Jews attempt to evade Nazi deportation. One of them, a teenage girl with a vibrant spirit and a gift for writing, chronicles their harrowing experiences in her diary. Wendy Kesselman’s adaptation captures the immediacy of Anne Frank’s voice and the courage and terror of life in hiding from Hitler’s genocide of the Jews. Our production, featuring a multi-racial cast, honors this “undeniably moving” (The New York Times) story as it speaks to today’s increasingly nationalistic world.

I Will Not Go Gently

March 21-April 15, 2018
Written and Performed by Jennifer Childs
Original Music by Jennifer Childs and Christopher Colucci
Directed by Harriet Power
Steinbright Stage

A faded rock-n-roller reclaims the spotlight in this award-winning, one-woman show from Philadelphia’s Queen of Comedy. With original songs by Jennifer Childs and Christopher Colucci, this outrageous tour de force introduces a cadre of colorful characters like music maven Sierra Mist, who straddles the gap between past and future—deadly sincere, impossibly hopeful, and ready to rock. I Will Not Go Gently was originally produced at 1812 Productions.

Romeo and Juliet: A Requiem

April 25-May 27, 2018
By William Shakespeare
Conceived for Six Actors by Zak Berkman and Samantha Reading
Directed by Samantha Reading
Leonard C. Haas Stage

Romeo and Juliet didn't have to die. In this inventive and intimate six-actor version of Shakespeare’s play, the traumatized parents, Friar, and Nurse relive the passion, bravery, and recklessness of their star-crossed children. Conceived by People's Light Resident Director Samantha Reading (Richard III) and Producing Director Zak Berkman (The Harassment of Iris Malloy), this classic tale of balconies and battlegrounds becomes a vibrant act of truth and reconciliation.

Skeleton Crew

June 13-July 8, 2018
By Dominique Morisseau
Directed by Steve H. Broadnax III
Steinbright Stage

A group of autoworkers confront the eroding manufacturing industry in this wildly successful Off-Broadway hit by People’s Light New Play Frontiers writer, Dominique Morisseau (who also currently writes for Showtime’s Shameless). In this powerful story of love and loyalty, the firm, compassionate Faye, only months away from retiring with her full pension, discovers she must choose between self-preservation and allegiance to her coworkers. Funny, incisive, and “deeply American” (The New York Times), this is a play “theatergoers won’t want to miss” (Huffington Post).

Woody Sez: The Life and Music of Woody Guthrie

August 1-26, 2018
Devised by David M. Lutken with Nick Corley
& Darcie Deaville, Helen J. Russell & Andy Teirstein
Directed by Nick Corley
Leonard C. Haas Stage

"This Land Is Your Land." “This Train Is Bound For Glory." Woody Guthrie showed you can strum a revolution and do it with joy. In this toe-tapping event for all generations four actors-musicians play fifteen instruments, perform twenty-five of Guthrie’s songs, and celebrate the fascinating, beautiful, and sometimes tragic life of this American icon who inspired Dylan, Springsteen, Difranco, and an entire songwriting tradition.