September 14, 2016 |
Aaron Posner helped found the Arden Theatre Company here in 1988. He did so with Terrence J. Nolen (now producing artistic director) and Amy L. Murphy (managing director). Then, sensing it was time, he stepped away in 1998 to pursue a writing career. With Thursday's opening of Stupid F#*@king Bird - director Posner's sad and hilarious "sort of" adaptation of The Seagull by Anton Chekhov - he shows that his dramatic instincts are still much the same as when he and Nolen met at Northwestern University.
August 16, 2016
A story Saturday incorrectly described the departure of Joe Paprzycki from the South Camden Theatre Company. Paprzycki was dismissed as producing artistic director by an 11-3 vote of the company's trustees in June. He then resigned from the board of trustees.
August 14, 2016 |
Ray Croce Sr. will take the reins as interim artistic director of the South Camden Theatre Company, a nonprofit professional theater organization, the company's board of trustees announced Friday. Croce, 58, of Cherry Hill - who works full time as a medical dosimetrist at Cancer Treatment Centers of America's Eastern Regional Medical Center in Philadelphia - replaces Joe Paprzycki, who stepped down from the unpaid position in June due to artistic differences with the company's board.
July 13, 2016 |
Chicago playwright and House of Cards writer Laura Eason's Sex with Strangers just opened at the Cape May Stage, to be followed by the Neil Simon classic Barefoot in the Park in August. Down the street, Rodgers' Romance , a Rodgers & Hart-based revue, is in full swing at the East Lynne Theater Company, with the gothic drama Dracula on its heels. Thirty-two miles up the road in Ocean City, the famed children's show A Year with Frog and Toad has just ended at the Greater Ocean City Theatre Company, with West Side Story readying to open.
June 16, 2016 |
The Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre is vacating its home at the Lutheran Church of the Holy Communion, 21st and Sansom Streets, due to rising costs, and will be suspending productions for at least a year, Carmen Khan, the company's executive and artistic director said Tuesday. In a message to supporters, Khan also said she needs time to recover from surgery performed this past winter. While overall financial support has remained strong, she said, some donors "are retrenching," making it imprudent if not impossible for the company to continue on its current schedule.
April 27, 2016 |
In a move unprecedented in Pennsylvania Ballet's 53-year history, nearly 40 percent of the dancers will be replaced for the 2016-17 season, artistic director Angel Corella said Monday. Of 43 dancers, 12 were let go and five are leaving on their own. Others, dancers say, are thinking of leaving. Pennsylvania Ballet, like most ballet companies, offers dancers one-year contracts. The rosters are always in flux, but it is less common to replace so many dancers at once. "It's always a difficult process for everyone" when contracts are not renewed, Corella said.
October 2, 2015 |
Opera Philadelphia has extended the contracts of two key members of its leadership team as the company expands plans for international co-productions, increases relationships with a glittering roster of singers and directors, and continues to blur the line of the opera genre - all while raising extra money to help pay for it all. General director and president David B. Devan and music director Corrado Rovaris have signed contracts that will keep...
August 27, 2015 |
MEZZO-SOPRANO Suzanne Duplantis has performed on opulently set stages while wearing exquisite costumes, accompanied by the finest orchestras, bowing to thunderous applause from beautifully dressed concertgoers. Today, her proscenium is an ICU room in Pennsylvania Hospital. Her costume, a jacket and slacks. Her accompaniment, the techno-beep of medical monitors. And her audience is a lone man. Tom Purdom, 79, is clad in a thin bed gown, his head held aloft by a neck brace, his body impaled by tubes, his lungs fed oxygen from a gently hissing tank.
August 3, 2015 |
In the sometimes-grandiose world of theater - endless monologues, three-act historical epics, roof-lifting anthems that go on and on - a little pithiness can be refreshing now and then. This week's two teeny-tiny theater events, the One-Minute Play Festival at Plays & Players and the Get Into Our Shorts Play Festival at the Painted Bride Art Center, crunch large theatrical constructs and elaborate themes into tapas-size snacks - 30 minutes and under for the Bride's shorts fest, its first, and, yup, 60 seconds for Philly's third annual One-Minute fest.
March 7, 2015 |
David Gray, who has been serving as interim executive director of the Pennsylvania Ballet since last summer, has had his interim status removed and will manage the company going forward, ballet board chair David Hoffman announced Thursday. Hoffman touted Gray's "strong leadership style and breadth of experience in ballet, nonprofit, and financial communities" in making the announcement. Gray, 55, who began in the press office of the New York City Ballet and then became a certified financial planner and consultant to many nonprofits facing change, has also been executive director of the American Repertory Ballet, New Jersey's largest dance organization.