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Loudon Wainwright III's Surviving Twin

Performed by Loudon Wainwright III
Directed by Daniel Stern
January 21-February 5, 2017
Steinbright Stage


REGIONAL PREMIERE Legendary Grammy Award-winning Loudon Wainwright III comes to People’s Light on January 21st to perform his “posthumous collaboration” with his late father, an esteemed writer and Life Magazine columnist. This “stabbingly funny, deeply moving” (LA Times) evening of songs, stories, and artifacts span four generations of the Wainwright clan.

Approximate run time is 80 minutes.

Scoop on Wednesdays: History, Context, and Gossip

Join us for a lively discussion before Wednesday 7:30pm performances. Resident Dramaturg Gina Pisasale will host an artist from the production and get the inside scoop about such things as the rehearsal and production process, design choices, and the world of the play. The program begins at 6pm in The Farmhouse Bistro on January 25th and February 1st. Cost of $15 includes light fare. Call the Box Office at 610.644.3500 to purchase.

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Enjoy a prix fixe dinner and a show package for $76 (Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday matinee, Sunday evening) and $85 (Friday, Saturday evening, Sunday matinee) at The Farmhouse Bistro prior to the Wed-Sun evening performances. That's a savings of up to 15% off the single ticket price. Click here to view the menu.

Performer: Loudon Wainwright III Director: Daniel Stern
Set Design: James F. Pyne, Jr.
Lighting Designer: Lily Fossner
Production Stage Manager: Jason Pizzi*
Line Producer: Zak Berkman and Charles T. Brastow

* Member, Actors' Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers.

Grammy Award winner Loudon Wainwright III created and perform Loudon Wainwright III’s Surviving Twin as a “posthumous collaboration” with his late father, an esteemed writer and Life Magazine columnist. The production serves as both a moving homage, and “a pointed musical meditation on the complexities of familial relationships” (Hollywood Reporter). This candid and colorful evening with “one of America’s most astute lyrical commentators” (Mojo Magazine) consists of songs, stories, and artifacts that span four generations of the Wainwright clan.

“I’m so struck by the way Loudon interweaves his father’s story into his own.” states People’s Light Producing Director Zak Berkman. “Perhaps that’s because it was my father who introduced me to Loudon’s music, as well as the music of many of Loudon’s family members. And every time I hear Loudon’s voice, a part of me hears my father’s voice.
“So this generational bridge Loudon creates in Surviving Twin with song, tale, and memory is especially uplifting and moving to me.”

Surviving Twin originated at PlayMakers Repertory Company in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, where it opened the 2013-14 season. PlayMakers’ dramaturg Mark Perry observes that in this production, Loudon seeks, “to create a space where he might, night after night, step into his father’s shoes,” a father with whom Loudon shared a complicated and often fraught relationship.

And as he does so, Wainwright entertains, moves, and captivates his audience. “With the mastery he brings, we find a comfort in the room and take an interest in him coupled with a willingness to follow him in his explorations,” Perry observes. “In his lyrics, pure poetry erupts alongside more mundane matters. In his guitar playing, there is dynamic range and time-earned concision.

“A renowned singer-songwriter for over four decades, Loudon is a joy to watch,” says Perry.


Loudon Wainwright III's Surviving Twin Press Release

A Conversation with Loudon Wainwright III
by Steven Brodsky, DelCo Culture Vultures

Loudon Wainwright III teams up with departed father for Surviving Twin at People's Light
by Tom Wilk, Philadelphia Inquirer

Singer Loudon Wainwright III takes up residence at People’s Light
by Brian Bingaman, Ticket To Entertainment


Review: Surviving Twin at People’s Light
by Deb Miller, DC Metro Theater Arts

In songs, stories, and family videos, Loudon Wainwright III shines in Surviving Twin
by Hugh Hunter, The Philadelphia Inquirer

People’s Light presents Loudon Wainwright III’s Surviving Twin: Wit and wisdom, songs and soliloquies
by Mark Cofta, Broad Street Review

Loudons Three ~ An Exploration of Fathers & Sons at People’s Light
by Ellen Wilson Dilks, DelCo Culture Vultures