INTIMATE EXCHANGES, THIS IS THE WEEK THAT IS & More Set for 1812 Productions' 2014-15 Season
1812 Productions has announce its 2014-2015 theatre season. The 2014-2015 season will pair three mainstage comedy productions with two limited engagement events, including classic material and several 1812 originals.
Our season begins with Alan Ayckbourn's acclaimed comedy of chance Intimate Exchanges. Intimate Exchanges will star Jennifer Childs and Tony Lawton in seven different roles, and has potentially eight different endings. Ayckbourn's work focuses on the lives of four individuals whose fates are entirely at the mercy of the audience as, scene by scene, choices from the mundane to the extraordinary are made for them, leading to a world of outrageous outcomes. Intimate Exchanges will be directed by Mary Carpenter and will play from August 28th thru September 21st, 2014 on The Arcadia Stage at Arden Theatre Company, located at 2nd and Market Streets in Old City. Opening Night will be Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014 at 7pm.
Just in time for the holidays, 1812 Productions presents its annual comedy sensation (and audience favorite) This Is The Week That Is, written (and rewritten nightly) by the This Is The Week That Is ensemble and directed by Jennifer Childs. For nine years running, This Is The Week That Is has taken on local and national politics with satirical wit, a song or two, and a script that changes with the news to bring the American people the truth behind the headlines. This Is The Week That Is will play from November 28th thru December 31st, 2014 at Plays & Players Theatre, 1714 Delancey Street, in Center City. This Is The Week That Is is part of The June and Steve Wolfson Family Foundation Series and welcomes its Production Sponsor Graboyes Commercial Window Company. Opening Night will be Wednesday, December 3rd, 2014 at 7pm.
1812 Productions will close its season with the world premiere comedy To The Moon. To The Moon began its development in 2010 and will be 1812 Productions' 31st World Premiere work. The tale of a Ralph Kramden who longs to be a Jackie Gleason, To The Moon tells the story of under-employed Scottie who has a dream of making it big. Together with his unwilling wife and dim-witted best friend, he plans his own meteoric rise to fame on the coattails of "The Great One" himself. To The Moon is inspired by classic as well as never-before seen material from The Jackie Gleason Show and will continue its development throughout the 2014-2015 season before its premiere at 1812 Productions. Further details on the show's creation and story will be available in early 2015. To The Moon stars Scott Greer, with a script by Jennifer Childs. To The Moon will play from April 16th thru May 17th, 2015 at Christ Church Neighborhood House Theater near 2nd and Market Streets in Old City. To The Moon is part of the Phoebe and Otto Premiere Series and welcomes Honorary Producers Sharon and Jeff Weiss. Opening Night will be Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015 at 7pm.
2013-2014 Special Limited Engagements
As This Is The Week That Is plays through the month of December, one of the show's favorite storytellers, Uncle Shotsie (created and played by Thomas E. Shotkin), takes a break from politics to host Improvukkah: Improv for the Holidays. Improvukkah will be an evening of on-the-spot comedy featuring a host of Philadelphia favorites just as The Festival of Lights begins. Improvukkah: Improv for the Holidays will play for two performances only, Monday, December 15th and Tuesday, December 16th, at Plays & Players Theatre, 1714 Delancey Street in Center City.
Another This Is The Week That Is institution, the venerable South Philly politico Patsy (created and played by Jennifer Childs), heads to Old City for Bingo Night with Patsy!. Patsy will be spinning the balls, answering questions, and dispensing her special South Philly wisdom at the best bingo game north of Snyder. Bingo Night with Patsy! will go on for five games only, March 11th thru March 15th, 2015, at Christ Church Neighborhood House near 2nd and Market Streets in Old City.