People’s Light and Theatre Company

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2016-2017 Phindie Critics’ Awards

Philadelphia theater writers choose their favorite plays of the last season.

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2017 Barrymore Awards nominations

On August 21, Theatre Philadelphia announced nominees for the 2017 Barrymore Awards for Excellence in Theatre. Established companies led the day.

Bowman Wright in THE MOUNTAINTOP at People’s Light (Photo credit: Mark Garvin)

THE MOUNTAINTOP (People’s Light): An original vision of Martin Luther King

Katori Hall’s creative re-imagining of Martin Luther King’s final night before his assassination in 1968 is delivered through forceful performances and an evocative design.

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A SINGLE SHARD (People’s Light): A yarn spun on a potter’s wheel

A powerful sensory experience that can be likened to listening to an engaging storyteller while staring at the fire

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STELLA AND LOU (People’s Light): A middle-aged rom-com with South Philly attitude

No one captures the timbre of hometown Philadelphia better than playwright Bruce Graham, and nowhere is that more evident than in this regional premiere.

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MY MOTHER HAS 4 NOSES (People’s Light): It all smells funny in hindsight

The title of Jonatha Brooke’s presentation with music, MY MOTHER HAS 4 NOSES is literal.

Greg Wood and Alda Cortese in "How to Write a New Book for the Bible" at People's Light and Theater. (Credit: Mark Garvin)

HOW TO WRITE A NEW BOOK FOR THE BIBLE (People’s Light): Old pros take on a new book

HOW TO WRITE A NEW BOOK FOR THE BIBLE is a story about a life, a biography centered on the changing regard we have for our parents as we see them age.

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“I was born into Shakespeare, the American Shakespeare”: Alex Burns on directing MACBETH (Arden), part 1

I will never forget the first time I saw Hamlet. My sister and I were out playing on the street in Mount Airy, Philadelphia.

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2013/14 Critics’ Awards: The best in Philadelphia theater

For the second year, Phindie asked local theater writers to vote on the best theatrical work produced in or near the city in the 2013/14 theater season.

(clockwise from left) Julianna Zinkel, Clare Mahoney, Jessica Bedford, and Becky Baumwoll in PRIDE & PREJUDICE at People’s Light & Theatre Company (Photo credit: Mark Garvin)

PRIDE & PREJUDICE (People’s Light & Theatre Company): Structure and Snobbery in Regency England

PRIDE & PREJUDICE, Jane Austen’s classic tale of class, courtship, and decorum in 19th-century England, celebrated its 200th anniversary in 2013. People’s Light & Theatre Company continues the celebration with…

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BARCELONA (People’s Light): Transatlantic tension, transatlantic truth

She’s an American tourist on a girls’ holiday, seeking out a romantic, exotic fantasy of Spain. He’s a dashing, seductive Spaniard who takes her to his soon-to-be demolished apartment, where…

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Shakespeare in Philadelphia: The Arden’s Romeo and Juliet Introduces a Season of the Bard

Four hundred years after his death, William Shakespeare remains the world’s most produced playwright. For evidence of his enduring popularity look no further than the region’s stages: there are at least five…