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The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane

By Dwayne Hartford
Based on the novel by Kate DiCamillo
Directed by Stuart Carden
April 29-June 4, 2017
Leonard C. Haas Stage


PHILADELPHIA PREMIERE Join us for this breathtaking adventure by two-time Newbery Medal-winning author Kate DiCamillo (Because of Winn-Dixie, The Tale of Despereaux), adapted by Dwayne Hartford, featuring music by Erik Hellman and Jessie Fisher (Once on Broadway). As a very dignified china rabbit travels from the arms of a child to the bottom of the ocean, from a trash heap to a moving train, from the streets of Memphis to worlds beyond, this epic journey reminds us of the transformative power of love and friendship. Based on his Chicago Children’s Theatre production, Stuart Carden directs this must-see play for all generations that is “so captivating for every age whether you happen to be accompanied by children or not” (Chicago Sun Times).

Approximate run time is 80 minutes with no intermission. Best enjoyed by ages 8+

Relaxed Performance: May 28th at 2pm
Relaxed performances (RP) are live theatre experiences that are inclusive for everyone! It is a welcoming environment that lets you be who you are. These performances invite and encourage individuals with - but are not limited to - Autism, ADD, ADHD, Dementia and sensory sensitivities to all take part in the joy of live theatre. For more info on our relaxed performances, click here. Pre-performance materials: Pre-show story, Character Guide
Audio Described Performance: Sunday, 5/28 @ 2pm
Audio Description is narrated commentary between play dialogue to describe the visual images of the play for people who are blind, have low vision, or who are otherwise visually impaired. Visual descriptions of settings, costumes, physical actions, and body language are provided via special headset available with front of house staff.
Open Caption Performances:
Wednesday, 5/31 @ 2pm
Wednesday, 5/31 @ 7:30pm
Sunday, 6/4 @ 2pm

Open Caption (OC) performances feature a carefully positioned LED screen near the stage that displays the play text in real-time simultaneous with live speech and action in order to increase access for individuals with hearing impairment, as well as for English language learners. No other aspect of the performance is altered for these shows.
Facilitated post-performance conversations with cast members follow every performance of The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane.

Dinner & A Show Packages

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.

The Traveler: Emily Peterson*
The Woman: Dana Omar
The Musician: Charlie DelMarcelle*
The Man: Reggie D. White*
Director: Stuart Carden
Set Design: John Musial
Costume Designer: Rachel Anne Healy
Lighting Designer: Lee Fiskness
Composers/Music Directors: Erik Hellman and Jessie Fisher
Sound Designer: Mikhail Fiksel
Production Stage Manager: Lauren Bieber*
Line Producers: Zak Berkman and Pete Pryor*

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


Four actors tell the story of Edward’s journey.

THE TRAVELER is the main storyteller, and plays Pellegrina, a Society Lady, Martin, Lolly, Jack, the watchman, an old lady, Marlene, and the doll-mender Lucius Clarke.

THE WOMAN plays Edward’s original owner Abilene, the fisherman’s wife Nellie, Lucy the dog, hobos, Sarah Ruth, Neal, a doll, another old doll, and a shopper.

THE MAN plays Abilene’s father, Amos, the fisherman Lawrence, the homeless man Bull, hobos, the boy Bryce.

THE MUSICIAN voices Edward’s thoughts and feelings.