New City Stage Begins Previews of Hit Play 'RFK' Starring Russ Widdall on October 31 at Adrienne Theatre
New City Stage Company will be opening the 2013-14 season with "RFK", a play about the last 4 years of Senator Robert F. Kennedy's life. The show also began the 2012-13 season and was one of the biggest hits New City Stage has had, selling out out 18 performances in a row and extending 2 weeks. The show is written by Jack Holmes, who grew up in the Philadelphia area and performed in the original production. It is directed by New City Sage Founding Artistic Director Ginger Dayle and stars Producing Artistic Director Russ Widdall as Bobby Kennedy. The show runs October 31 until November 24, 2013 at the Adrienne Theatre Second Stage, with the possibility of an extension. Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased by clicking here or calling (215) 563-7500.
New City Stage's 2013-14 season is entitled:
A Presidential Era: The 60s, 70s, 80s and Beyond
An exciting season of all Philadelphia premieres that surround the personalities trying to get into (and out of) the White House... and all the drama in between. Five captivating theatrical events to keep you at the forefront of politics all season long.
Read more about the season here.
New City Stage Company presented the first professional production of the show, including the Philadelphia and Washington, D.C. premieres. The fall 2013 production of "RFK" received critical acclaim, making it the hit of the 2012-13 Philadelphia theatre season. Arguably the highest rated play performed in the greater Philadelphia area this past fall, it has received rave reviews and was attended by playwright Jack Holmes as well as many local politicians and friends of the Kennedy family.
New City Stage's version of the play is entirely unique -- it includes videos of the Kennedy family, several from personal family archives never released to the public before. Along with music from the era, this multi-media approach has been designed and edited by Ren Manley, a videographer and sound designer based in Philadelphia. Kennedy family videos and photos were provided by Ginger Dayle.
"RFK" was then invited to participate in the 2013 Capital Fringe Festival in Washington, D.C. as the featured theatre production. The show has received more press than any other show in the 2013 Capital Fringe Festival, which has resulted in increased ticket sales every day. Although the Studio Theatre Stage 4 is the largest venue in the festival, the demand for tickets is outweighing the capacity.