Tickets are now on sale for Temple Theaters 2016-2017 season of performances at Temple University – dramas by acclaimed American playwrights, two Broadway hit musicals and a new commissioned play by Pulitzer Prize nominee Kristoffer Diaz and more. The season includes seven mainstage productions: Lynn Nottage’s memory play Crumbs from the Table of Joy; Tony Award winning musical Hairspray; the twentieth century masterpiece Marat/Sade by Peter Weiss; world premiere of Reggie Hoops a commissioned drama by Kristoffer Diaz; the American classic Our Town by Thornton Wilder; a concert presentation of charming musical comedy She Loves Me; and Love and Information by renowned British playwright Caryl Churchill.
The first production of the season, Crumbs from the Table of Joy by Lynn Nottage runs September 21 – October 2 in Randall Theater. Directed by Lee Kenneth Richardson, this memory play is a thought-provoking coming-of-age story. In 1950, young Ernestine’s world is turned upside down when her widowed father relocates the family to New York City and marries a German woman. Author of the 2009 Pulitzer Prize winning play Ruined, Lynn Nottage is one strongest female voices in contemporary American theater.
Temple Theaters’ fall musical is the upbeat Hairspray, winner of eight Tony Awards, including Best Musical. Under the direction of Peter Reynolds, director of last season’s show-stopper Anything Goes, the story of spunky Tracy Turnblad’s big dreams and bigger hair in segregated 1960s Baltimore is sure to delight. With choreography by Maggie Anderson and musical direction by Gina Giachero, the musical comedy runs October 12 – 23 in the Tomlinson Theater.
In November, accomplished actor and longtime faculty member Donna Snow directs Peter Weiss’s twentieth-century masterpiece The Persecution and Assassination of Jean-Paul Marat as Performed by the Inmates of the Asylum of Charenton Under the Direction of the Marquis de Sade, commonly called Marat/Sade. Running November 9 – 19 in Randall Theater, this theatrical drama is examination of the chaos, human suffering and class struggle that followed the French Revolution, and still resonates today.
Temple Theaters is excited to present the world premiere of Reggie Hoops, a play commissioned by the Department of Theater, by Kristoffer Diaz and directed by Professor Ed Sobel, former Director of New Play Development at Steppenwolf Theatre Company, running January 31 – February 12, 2017 in Randall Theater New York-based playwright and educator Diaz is best known for his play The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity, which was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Drama. A full-length drama, Reggie Hoops examines two events in the life of a family searching for the strength to face trauma and to make life’s toughest decisions. The Department of Theater’s Playwright Residency program is supported by David G. Steele (FOX ’91).
Thornton Wilder’s American classic Our Town, directed by Douglas C. Wager runs March 8 – 11 and 21 – 26 in the Tomlinson Theater. The Pulitzer Prize winning drama follows the lives of the Gibbs and Webb families as their children Emily and George fall in love and grow to adulthood in the fictional town of Grover’s Corner. Intimately staged, the production is a meditation on the eternal cycle of life, love and loss.
Temple Theaters presents a concert version of the charming musical comedy She Loves Me, directed by Brandon McShaffrey, in the historic Temple Performing Arts Center, April 14 -16, 2017. With beautiful music by Sheldon Harnick (lyrics) and Jerry Bock (music), She Loves Me is story of perfumery co-workers Amalia and Georg, who constantly bicker during the day while writing anonymous romantic letters to each other at night. This recent Broadway hit about the mysteries of falling in love is sure to delight audiences of all ages.
The final production of the season is the groundbreaking work, Love and Information by Caryl Churchill, running April 18 – 30 in Randall Theater. Through a series of 57 short scenes, intended to be creatively rearranged in any order, Churchill examines the need for love and knowledge in a world of endless data and fast-paced technology. Directors Amy Blumberg and Noah Herman explore their unique perspective on contemporary humanity through twin interpretations of Love and Information presented in rotating repertory.
In addition to the mainstage season, Temple Theaters hosts the annual Philadelphia Young Playwrights New Voices Festival, now in its 27th year at Temple University. Prize-winning plays by area high school and middle students are given workshop productions in Randall Theater from October 6 – 15, 2016. This fall the Department of Theater also presents Shakespeare Projects, adaptations of the works of the greatest English dramatist by MFA Directing candidates Amy Blumberg and Noah Herman, running November 30 – December 10 in Randall Theater.
Single tickets, full season subscriptions and flex packages are available online now. In person and phone sales begin Monday, September 12, 2016 at Tomlinson Theater Box Office or by phone at 215-204-1122.