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From video interviews to short films, blog posts, and free online events, People's Light is Always On. Enjoy this content from our virtual stage.

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Cratchit's Table

Stream our new limited series podcast connected to A Christmas Carol! Members of the cast and creative team feature in bi-weekly episodes.

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THE BONEYARD, a limited series podcast

THE BONEYARD is a limited series podcast featuring the cast of Steve H. Broadnax III's world premiere play, inspired by the rich conversations about self-worth, masculinity, generational trauma, horror, and much more that have emerged throughout the play's development. In this short prelude episode, Keith A. Wallace and Steve discuss the origins of Bonez, from Jordan Peele to "saucy" casting and of course, dominoes.

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October Zoom In with Zak featuring Nell Bang-Jensen

Our quarterly Zoom Ins, hosted by Producing Artistic Director Zak Berkman, offer the People's Light community a behind-the-scenes look at what's happening on our stages and beyond. In October, Zak caught up with special guest Nell Bang-Jensen, director of this year's A Christmas Carol production.

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Educating Black Leaders: Cheyney & Lincoln Universities in Conversation

What is the role of Historically Black Colleges and Universities in cultivating tomorrow’s Black leaders? Both Cheyney and Lincoln have nurtured social activists—like Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall—since before the Civil Rights movement. What’s next for these essential institutions as spaces for activism and leadership? Join Cheyney and Lincoln University Presidents, student leaders, and Thurgood actor Brian Marable for this lively discussion.

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Walking in Bayard Rustin's Footsteps

The cast and crew of Bayard Rustin Inside Ashland embark on a walking tour of West Chester, led by local historian Miss Penny Washington.

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Is Rustin’s Pacifism Still Useful Today?

A roundtable discussion on BAYARD RUSTIN INSIDE ASHLAND.

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Little Library Concert: BAYARD RUSTIN INSIDE ASHLAND

Do your ears a favor and check out the latest little concert to emerge from our Lusk Library. These singing voices...pure magic.

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HOLD THESE TRUTHS Community Panel

We hosted a post-show panel discussion for Hold These Truths that brought together community-based organizations who are deeply connected to the legacy of Japanese Incarceration.

Hold These Truths Panel
Little Library Concert: PERSONALITY

The cast of PERSONALITY: THE LLOYD PRICE MUSICAL give a sneak peek performance in our Lusk Library with 3 songs from the musical!

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Little Library Concert: A CHRISTMAS CAROL

The cast of our world premiere A Christmas Carol adaptation rocks our Lusk Library with 3 songs from the play! 

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Kareem M. Lucas: sprung

This video poem about desire within isolation – on your own terms – was written, directed, and edited by theatre artist Kareem Lucas in collaboration with talented artists across the country.

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We Will Talk About These Days

On the blog: an interview project with the Institute on Disabilities at Temple University centering the voices and perspectives of individuals with a range of disabilities during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Soon I Will Be Done

An inventive reimagining of "Soon I Will Be Done" by actor-musician Zonya Love.

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#Matrimony&Masks

Actors Taysha Marie Canales and Akeem Davis let you in on the story behind their mid-pandemic wedding – a testament to love and the Philly theatre community.

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Music Video: Brotha George

The final track on her new EP Alter EGO, "Brotha George" is actor-musician Miriam A. Hyman's tribute to the many Black and brown lives taken by police brutality.

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Happy Hauntings!

Our People's Light makers have a variety of scary-fun Halloween crafts to share with you! Check out our playlist of spooky tutorials.

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It Can't Happen Here

People's Light joins theatres across the nation helping to spread the word about Berkeley Rep's 4-part radio production of Sinclair Lewis’ It Can’t Happen Here, which will be broadcast for free starting Tuesday, October 13 8pm EDT/5pm PDT on YouTube.

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Porch Songs Trilogy, Part 1: John Jarboe, Cookie Diorio, Martha Graham Cracker

Our pals over at The Bearded Ladies Cabaret know how to stay socially-distanced in style. Pro-tip: Having a hard time being heard from a distance? BELT it!

A special Porch Songs trilogy

PART 1
Porch Songs Trilogy, Part 2: John Jarboe, Cookie Diorio, Martha Graham Cracker

Who else can't wait to hug their friends again?! But even though we're stuck a socially-distanced porch-length apart, our friends are there to help get us through.

A special Porch Songs trilogy

PART 2
Hold These Truths on WHYY-TV

The filmed version of our cancelled production of Hold These Truths airs on WHYY-TV Thursday, September 24, 2020 at 9pm. 

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Miz Lady: Trust and Believe

Actor and musician Miche Braden (Nina Simone: Four Women) introduces her new alter ego, Miz Lady, with timely musings from her front porch.

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Mr. Floyd

A true story from theatre artist Godfrey L. Simmons, Jr.

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Black Joy

A visual poem by Carra Patterson and Ruffin Prentiss, celebrating "the resilience of the Black spirit in a time when healing is needed most."

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The Black Arts Movement 2.0: The Uprising

"The Black Arts Movement of the 60s and 70s sought to create politically engaged work that explored the African American cultural and historical experience and transformed the way African Americans think and feel about themselves. I hope now, in 2020, this film has the same effect." – Zuhairah McGill

 

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Brett Ashley Robinson

Philadelphia-based theatre artist Brett Robinson shares a snapshot of complex emotion.

"This was an attempt to be honest with myself, and you."

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20/20 Vision

A short film by Steve H. Broadnax III (Bayard Rustin: Inside Ashland, Mud Row), starring Eric B. Robinson Jr. (Mud Row). After witnessing on video the murder of George Floyd by police officers, a young Black father contemplates how he can participate in the Black Lives Matter movement and secure his family's safety.

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Making a Homeplace: Stories from the Historically Black Neighborhood of Swarthmore

A video series by Jeannine Osayande (Nina Simone: Four Women; Fences), part of an ongoing collection of oral history and identity stories from the Historically Black Neighborhood in Swarthmore, PA.

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Transcript: Community Matters 2020

A transcript of the community-sourced writing performed at our first-ever virtual edition of Community Matters is now available to read and share.

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Porch Songs

An ongoing series of self-recorded musical performances by People’s Light artists on their porches, decks, patios, balconies, backyards—or simply by an open window or door.

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David Lutken's Hootenanny at Home

Thursday, September 3, 7:30pm

Back for Labor Day weekend by popular demand! Fan-favorite troubadour David M. Lutken leads an ensemble of musicians for a virtual hootenanny - and y'all are invited!

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David Lutken's Hootenanny at Home (REPLAY)

Sunday, September 6, 2pm

This will be a replay of the hootenanny on September 3, with live chat capabilities so you can virtually gather and celebrate with fellow music fans. 

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Domestic Blitz | Part 3

More creative dispatches – and a few favorite recipes – from parent-artists Jacqueline Goldfinger, Lauren Yee, and Michael Hollinger.

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Behind the Scenes: A Hoot How-to

David Lutken and "The Seat of the Pants Band" are back this week for another virtual hootenanny – but what does it actually take to make these folk fests sing?

(hint: it's a bit trickier than your average Zoom call)

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Porch Songs: Dito van Reigersberg, Maggie Siff, Alex Bechtel

Dito van Reigersberg recruited long and short distance pals Maggie Siff (400 miles away!) and Alex Bechtel (just down the street :D) to perform "Dream Operator" by The Talking Heads

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Domestic Blitz, Part 2

Philadelphia-based theatre artist Suli Holum reflects on accountability, faith, and learning from your kids.

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Porch Songs: Dana Saleh Omar

Dana Saleh Omar performs: "The World Spins Madly On" by The Weepies

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Porch Songs: Zonya Love

Zonya Love performs: "Stand By Me" by Ben E. King, and a gospel song

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Welcome to Domestic Blitz

Dispatches from parent-artists around the country juggling 24/7 domestic immersion with creative aspirations. We hired these artists to submit haikus, recipes for sanity, video cries for help, you name it!

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Long Live Queen Juliet!

While our theatres were unusually quiet, a few (...thousand) new friends tried to move in. Cue Rough & Tumble Honey.

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Porch Songs: Christopher Colucci

Christopher Colucci performs: "Up On The Roof" by Gerry Goffin and Carole King

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Porch Songs: Georgina Escobar

Georgina Escobar performs: "La Cigarra" by Raymundo Pérez y Soto

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David Lutken's Hootenanny at Home

Thursday, May 14, 7:30pm

Fan-favorite troubadour David M. Lutken leads an ensemble of musicians for a virtual hootenanny - and y'all are invited!

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Porch Songs: Pearl Rhein

Pearl Rhein performs: "The Ballad of Laurette Taylor, Peg Entwistle & Bette Davis" or, "The Lemon Song"

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Making PPE for Front Line Workers

A behind-the-scenes look at our partnership with Main Line Health, providing almost 500 masks to local hospitals every week.

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Porch Songs: Jessie Fisher and Erik Hellman

Jessie Fisher and Erik Hellman perform: "I Want To Sing That Rock And Roll" by Gillian Welch

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Porch Songs: Amanda Morton and Josh Totora

Amanda Morton and Josh Totora perform: "Across the Universe" by the Beatles

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Porch Songs: Andrew Kane

Andrew Kane performs: "Purple Heather" or "Wild Mountain Thyme" or "Will Ye Go Lassie, Go" depending on whom you ask. (It's a traditional song.)

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Art and Community from Afar

Even though we can't be with each other, we can still be there for each other. 

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Porch Songs: Angel Desai

"Rainbow Connection" by The Muppets (music and lyrics by Paul Williams and Kenneth Ascher) with Nic Adams on Guitar and Video

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Theatre School Online

Our signature Saturday classes for ages 5-18 are underway online, with future plans in the works. See sample classes on our website.

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Porch Songs: Susan McKey

Susan McKey performs: "God's Teeth" by Stephen Smith with Stephen Smith on bass

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Porch Songs: Jonatha Brooke

Jonatha Brooke performs: "Scars"

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NPF Spotlight: THE GAME AND THE CHANGE

Laura Schellhardt’s play-in-progress, The Game and the Change, draws inspiration from young activists with the Coatesville Youth Initiative, a local organization committed to youth-led, transformational community change.

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Porch Songs: David M. Lutken

David M. Lutken performs: "This Land is Your Land" by Woody Guthrie

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Porch Songs: Pax Ressler

Pax Ressler performs: "The Heart of the Matter" by The Eagles

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Original Music from Shakespeare in Love

Whether you missed Shakespeare in Love, want to relive it, or just need more gorgeous music in your life, good news – Alex Bechtel's original score is now on his Bandcamp!

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Hirabayashi's Legacy

Gordan Hirabayashi took a stand more than 70 years ago – and left a strong legacy of civil rights activism that continues today.

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