Philadelphia Theatre Company Stages TRIBES, Now thru 2/23

Philadelphia Theatre Company rings in the New Year with the 2012 Drama Desk Award winner Tribes by Nina Raine today, January 24 - February 23 at the Suzanne Roberts Theatre (Broad and Lombard Streets). Directed by Stuart Carden, the ensemble features Robin Abramson, Tad Cooley, Alex Hoeffler, John Judd, Amanda Kearns, and Laurie Klatscher.

Previews begin Friday, January 24 with Opening Night on Wednesday, January 29. Performances run Tuesdays through Sundays until February 23. Tickets starting at $46 are available by calling the PTC Box Office at 215-985-0420 or visiting PhiladelphiaTheatreCompany.org. Philadelphia Theatre Company's Suzanne Roberts Theatre is located at Broad and Lombard Streets in Center City Philadelphia.

Tribes is a co-production with Pittsburgh's City Theatre Company. Julia and Gene Ericksen are Honorary Executive Producers of Tribes.

Billy is a young deaf man living silently among his loud, intellectually elite and fiercely opinionated family who talk a lot, but don't listen very well. He has adapted brilliantly to his hearing family's unconventional ways, but they've never bothered to return the favor. It's not until he falls in love with Sylvia, a young woman on the brink of deafness, that he fully appreciates what it means to be understood.

Tribes, commissioned for London's Royal Court Theatre, won an Offie Award and was also nominated for both Olivier and Evening Standard Awards for Best New Play. When it transferred to Off-Broadway in March, 2012 it won the 2012 Drama Desk Award for Best New Play and the New York Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Foreign Play.

"Nina Raine has created vibrant characters and a complex story that lifts it above most domestic dramas. Brilliantly using deafness as a metaphor for a family trying to be heard and learning to listen, her depiction of the politics and divisions within the deaf community is gutsy and revelatory as is her portrait of a family who cannot and will not accept their son's individuality," said Sara Garonzik, Philadelphia Theatre Company's Executive Producing Director. "Tribes is smart, brave and terrific theater, and its themes of inclusion and understanding are core to the work we do at Philadelphia Theatre Company."

Nina Raine (playwright) is the author of Rabbit which won the Charles Wintour Evening Standard and Critics Circle Award for Most Promising Playwright. Her most recent play Longing opened at Hampstead Theatre. As a director she helmed Unprotected at the Liverpool Everyman which won the TMA Best Director Award and the Amnesty International Freedom of Expression Award, and Shades, which received the Critics Circle and Evening Standard Awards for Most Promising Newcomer.

Stuart Carden (Director) is the Associate Artistic Director of Writers Theatre in Chicago where he recently directed the US Premiere of David Greig's Yellow Moon, the second developmental production of Randall Colburn's Hesperia, and Giles Havergal's adaptation of Graham Greene's Travels with My Aunt. A new play specialist who has helped commission, develop, and bring to the stage over 25 new works, he previously served as the Associate Artistic Director at City Theatre Company where he produced the Momentum Festival of New American Plays.

Robin Abramson (Ruth) has appeared in several production at Pittsburgh City Theatre, including Mary's Wedding and Blackbird, both of which earned her the 2009 Pittsburgh Post Gazette's Performer of the Year accolade. She was most recently seen in You Say Tomato, I Say SHUT UP! in Pittsburgh, San Diego and Philadelphia. She has also been a frequent guest at Pittsburgh Playhouse, Jewish Theatre of Pittsburgh and Quantum Theatre.




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