Philadelphia Theatre Company Season Includes Nerds, 4000 Miles and Tribes; Anna Deveare Smith in Residence
By Carey Purcell
The Philadelphia Theatre Company announced it will host a residency for playwright Anna Deavere Smith as well as its 2013-14 season of productions.
The 2013-2014 Philadelphia Theatre Company's season will feature 4000 Miles by Amy Herzog, Nerds with book and lyrics by 3-time Emmy nominated Jordan Allen-Dutton and Erik Weiner and music by Hal Goldberg, Tribes by Nina Raine, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike by Christopher Durang, and A Boy and His Soul written and performed by Colman Domingo.
"For the past 37 years, PTC has gained both regional and national recognition for the consistent high quality of its productions thanks to its award-winning creative teams and performers," said president Priscilla Luce. "Our new season continues this legacy in support of some of the finest plays and most important voices on the national theatre scene today."
The season at a glance follows:
Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike
A Boy and His Soul
A gift from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation as part of its Knight Arts Challenge, Smith's residency will support the research and development of her new work, The Pipeline Project.
"It is a great honor as well as an exciting opportunity for PTC to provide Anna Deavere Smith with the resources to help her create both a civic dialogue as well as vibrant theatre," executive producing director Sara Garonzik said in a statement. "The Pipeline Project will allow us to deepen our connections to our own community as well as to this extraordinary artist, activist and thinker."
"The Pipeline Project will address the increasing numbers of American youngsters – especially African-American males—being 'shuttled' from school into the criminal justice system," press notes state. "During her 2013-2015 residency at PTC, Smith will use elements of the theatre process that she has refined over the past three decades to create a compelling theatre piece that is also an opportunity to spark city-wide dialogue and public engagement about our education system and our civic responsibilities to children."
Further information can be obtained by calling (215) 735-7356 or visiting philadelphiatheatrecompany.org.
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