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PlayPenn Symposium 2015

How to Get Accepted into PlayPenn: Interview with founder Paul Meshejian, Part 3

How do you get your play accepted to PlayPenn? Founder Paul Meshejian gives the low down to the selection process.

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Main façade of Glen Foerd mansion (Photo credit: Faith West Photography)

Celebrate the Roaring ’20s with “Jazz Age on the Delaware” at Glen Foerd Mansion

Glen Foerd, northeast Philly’s Gilded-Age mansion, celebrates the Roaring ‘20s with “Jazz Age on the Delaware” on August 1. The event includes vintage music, dancing, lawn games, and more.

PlayPenn, Theater, and “A comfortable place for misfits”: Interview with founder Paul Meshejian, Part 1

It’s unfashionable to suggest there’s such a thing as human nature, but we are “Homo narrans”—Man, the story teller. The theater will always be with us—as a sacred space.

Mr. Darby Goes to New York: Double Time, All The Time

Langston Darby is continuously working. “Double time. All the time.” This September, one of the strongest actors in Philadelphia is departing for the Atlantic Acting School in New York

Not of an Age: Remembering 10 years of Shakespeare in Clark Park

Performers past and present share their thoughts and memories on a decade of Shakespeare in Clark Park.

Photo shoot for A Dolls House. Photo: Josh McIlvain.

Jumping Out Of Airplanes: Trey Lyford on theater, life, and DOLL’S HOUSE at the 2015 Fringe Festival

This fall, Lyford takes a break from his typical role as a contemporary clown and returns to Fringe Festival in Jo Strømgren’s recreation of Henrik Ibsen’s famous play, A Doll’s House.

The Art of the Steal: Director Ivo van Hove creates plays out of film scripts

“In film,” pronounced Ivo van Hove, “the director is the god of his creation.”

Ben Dibble, winner of "Best Actor" for his role in Herringbone at Flashpoint Theatre.

Picks for Best in Theater, 2014/15, by Philly Reviewer Neal Zoren

Each year, Philadelphia-based reviewer Neal Zoren announces his choices for the Helen and Morris Zoren Awards for World Theater. A fair number of the picks on Neal’s list are performers and productions from the Philadelphia area.

Vulcan Lyric: New name, new festival

With a new name and a revived sense of purpose, Vulcan Lyric is prepared to bring new works of musical theater to Philadelphia audiences over the summer.

Many Goodly Creatures: Allen Radway talks THE TEMPEST, Simpatico, and fatherhood

Even a brief encounter with Allen Radway reveals the intelligence, sympathy, and generosity of spirit evident in his theatrical work. We talk to him ahead of his newest, CCTCs THE TEMPEST.

What Is the Future of Musical Theater? Thoughts on the Kimmel Center 2015 SEI Residency Program

Is it adaptations of familiar works, or is there another, more intimate kind of musical that can be done without gadgets and effects and superheroes flying across the stage?

What Do Indie Rock and Contemporary Ballet Have in Common? Musician Chris Kasper tells us ahead of his show with BalletX

Talented indie folk rocker Chris Kasper prepares for a show with Philly’s top contemporary ballet troupe, BalletX.

Moonwalking on the Moon: Lindsay Smiling on Michael Jackson, Philly theater, and the inaugural production by Orbiter 3

This week marks a landmark in independent theater in Philadelphia: the inaugural production by Orbiter 3, a new producing playwrights collective. Over the next three years, the company will produce six…

A Woman’s World: A conversation with Brenna Geffers, Lane Savadove, and Adrienne Mackey on bringing a new focus on women to Philadelphia theater

For the theme of its 2015–16 season, EgoPo Classic Theater has announced it will honor American female playwrights: Lillian Hellman, Clare Boothe Luce, and Sophie Treadwell.

Hearing voices at 3 AM: Interview with POST HASTE playwright Frank E. Reilly

Frank E. Reilly’s latest play, POST HASTE, just finished its world premiere run at the Hedgerow Theatre. Henrik Eger interviewed the playwright about his works.

A Leap of Faith: Photos and words from the creative team behind Almanac’s newest dance circus theater

The collaborators on Almanac’s newest show of dance circus theater talk about the joys of working for this creative group. Photos by Jenna Spitz.

Katherine Perry talks SEX, SoLow Fest, and why we should definitely WebMD that shit

Katherine Perry wants to talk about sex, baby. An inventively funny comic actor, Katherine is one of nine Bright Invention ensemble members performing an original creation this SoLow Fest.  Her…

Brightening Up SoLow Fest: Bright Invention takes over this year’s festival with nine original shows

Nearly a quarter of the works in this year’s SoLow Fest come from one company: Bright Invention.

A Car Full of Theater: Nell Bang-Jensen on road trips, small audiences, and her SoLow piece ROAD MAY FLOOD

Nell Bang-Jensen has drive. She’s a high octane, finely tuned machine of fully loaded artistic talent.