RFK, AMERICAN SLIGO and More Set for New City Stage Company's 2012-13 Season
New City Stage Company has announced its 2012-13 season. New City Stage will be in residence again at the Adrienne Theater, 2030 Sansom Street in center city Philadelphia. The first show, RFK, will be performed on the Second Stage as well has have two days of community outreach performances at the Playground for two days before the presidential election. The second and third shows as well as the education program will run on the Main Stage and the final show the season will be mounted in Skybox. Five exciting events to help New City Stage's celebrate 7th season in Philadelphia.
Tickets go on sale August 15 and information is available at www.NewCityStage.org.
The New American Dysfunctional Family: They say all families are dysfunctional and that the traditional mom, dad and 2.1 kids model doesn’t exist anymore, so what is the new normal? These plays look at 3 not-your-average family archetypes and how substances, abuse and the long-standing disappointment and regret factor into the dynamics of each household. Join us for another year of uniquely provocative theater.
A special event just in time for election season....
October 3 -- 21, 2012
A Philadelphia premier by Jack Holmes
Featuring Russ Widdall as Robert F. Kennedy
Directed by Ginger Dayle
A historically accurate solo performance which chronicles the last four years of politician Robert F. Kennedy’s life, from 1964 to 1968, and features music, film and footage from the era. Take a trip back to one of the most turbulent periods in our national history, or become familiar with the man who would be the voice of a generation, who used his time in public service “to seek a newer world.”
There will be two days of Community Outreach Performances for senior groups on November 4 and 5 sponsored by Bank of America as part of New City’s new education initiative.
MRS. BOB CRACHIT'S WILD CHRISTMAS BINGE
November 29 -- December 26, 2012
A Philadelphia premiere by Christopher Durang
In Durang's version of the beloved holiday classic, Mrs. Bob Cratchit, a minor character, takes center stage. No longer loving and long suffering, Mrs. Bob is in a rage: She's sick of Tiny Tim (the goody-goody crippled child), she hates her 20 other children (most of them confined to the root cellar), and she wants to get drunk and jump off London Bridge. Scrooge's exclamations of "Bah, humbug!" are an undiagnosed "kind of seasonal Tourette's Syndrome," and the Dickens tale of redemption and gentle grace is placed squarely on its head.
VOICES FOR A NEW CITY
January 2 - 6, 2013
The series will feature a series of original plays conceived, written, performed and produced by the members of our New City Young Ensemble. All of the pieces will have a Philadelphia focus from a young person’s point of view. This is a 4 month long process and applicants are being interviewed now. This exciting new venture will be designed, managed and programmed by our interns, giving college students and recent graduates the opportunity to create a professional theatrical presentation and the opportunity to showcase their talents to the greater Philadelphia arts community.
This program is under the artistic direction of New City's Associate Artistic Director Kevin Rodden.
All performances in our Voices for a New City series will be free and open to the public.
February 28 -- March 24, 2013
By David Rabe, who launched his career while a student in Villanova’s Department of Theatre
This riveting drama took New York by storm in 1984. Two casting directors live together and provide as close to a “home life” as they can for their friends and a runaway girl. These sad socialites are nose deep in the decadent, perverted, cocaine culture that is 1980s Hollywood, pursing a sex crazed, drug-addled vision of the American Dream.
May 30 -- June 23, 2013
A Philadelphia premier by Adam Rapp
A darkly humorous saga about the quintessential working class American family. On the eve of his final fight, all-star wrestling legend Art “Crazy Train” Sligo, along with his two slacker sons, his colorful sister-in-law and his biggest fan gather for a very unusual last supper. Of course, a few unexpected guests arrive, sparks fly, and things just can’t seem to stop going wrong in the Sligo home...
OPENING NIGHT SCHEDULE:
Opening Night performances are the first Saturday evening of each performance run. The pre-reception begins at 7 PM and the show starts at 8 PM.
RFK .......................................................................... October 6, 2012
Mrs. Bob Crachit’s Wild Christmas Binge ................. December 1, 2012
Voices for a New City ................................................. January 2, 2013
Hurlyburly ................................................................. March 2, 2013
American Sligo ............................................................ June 1, 2013
New City Stage Company, founded in 2006, is dedicated to presenting high quality professional theatre that engages audiences on a variety of levels; not only entertaining them but also encouraging awareness of issues relevant to the community. We draw our season from contemporary and classical works, with a special focus on including Philadelphia premieres from playwrights whose work and stories are not normally found in the region.