Theatre Horizon

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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.

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A Woman Who Dares: Interview with KC MacMillan

KC MacMillan talks about making the transition from freelance artist to administrative director, what she envisions for the next phase of her career, and what advice she has for young women who aspire to direct in Philadelphia

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WHITE (Theatre Horizon): Representation matters

Playwright James Ijames offers a searing examination of the commodification of black experience.

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WHITE: James Ijames on PlayPenn and Playwriting

James talked to Phindie about the genesis of WHITE and its development at PlayPenn, a Philadelphia-based organization for the development of new plays.

Carla Belver, Kevin Meehan and Nancy Boykin in JOHN by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Annie Baker. Running at Arden Theatre Company through February 26. Photo by Mark Garvin.

JOHN (Arden): Things that haunt

There remains something compelling about ghost stories. Annie Baker’s JOHN demonstrates why: our past haunts just as well as any poltergeist.

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A NEW BRAIN (Horizon): Getting a new lease on life

Theatre Horizon’s production of William Finn’s autobiographical musical comedy is filled with off-beat humor, powerhouse vocals, and a life-affirming message.

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Barrymore Awards Nominations

Industry insiders vote on their favorite shows and artists in their community from the preceding theater season. The resulting awards recognize the best that Philly stages have to offer, and also musicals.

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FULLY COMMITTED (Horizon): A zany one-man tour-de-force

One actor plays dozens of roles in a hilarious parody of the mad scramble for reservations at a trendy restaurant in Manhattan.

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[podcast] Lobby “Hero”?

On today’s podcast, Akeem Davis and Brian Radcliffe are joined by Mark Bookman and Dana Cook of the Atlantic Center for Capital Representation to dig deep into the matter of LOBBY HERO by: Kenneth Lonergan.

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LOBBY HERO (Theatre Horizon): A web of unintended consequences

Kenneth Lonergan’s new play explores the many levels of trust.

Akeem Davis, Amanda Jensen, Rachel Brodeur, Laurel Grace Hostak and Javier Mojica. Photo by Christopher M. Colucci

Santa Colucci and His Merry Philadelphia Theater Elves: Behind the scenes of a holiday video

Interview with Christopher Colucci about the making of a holiday

Kingsley Ibeneche and Sanchel Brown lead the cast of BLACK NATIVITY. (Photo courtesy of Matthew J. Photography)

BLACK NATIVITY (Theatre Horizon): A celebration of human spirit

Ozzie Jones’s production of this updated Langston Hughes play dazzles in just about every way a theater piece can.

Liz (Kate Czajkowski) and Charlie (Scott Greer) in Theatre Exile's THE WHALE by Samuel D. Hunter. Photo credit: Paola Nogueras.

And the Winners Are… 2015 Barrymore Award winners

2015 Barrymore Awards recipients by award category

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Fringe Preview: THE LIGHT PRINCESS (Tony Lawton with Ugly Stepsister)

The creators/performers of THE LIGHT PRINCESS discuss the development of their adaptation of the 19th-century Scottish fairytale before its workshop production in the Fringe.

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IN THE BLOOD (Theatre Horizon): Social satire in the service of compassion

Suzan-Lori Parks’ post-modern re-envisioning of Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter addresses the theme of destiny, the tragedy of poverty, and the societal need for compassion in a provocative in-your-face production

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INTO THE WOODS (Theatre Horizon): Agony is ecstasy

Theatre Horizon tackles Steven Sondheim’s alternative take on fairy tales.

J Hernandez as Iago in The Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre’s Othello, 2013 (Photo credit: Chris Miller)

J Hernandez: Feeling the Love in Philadelphia!

J Hernandez has been a constant presence on Philadelphia stages his acclaimed portrayal of Iago in a 2013 production of Othello. Phindie spoke to the Texas native about relocating, being a Latino actor, and why he loves Philly theater.

Kristyn Chouiniere and Alice M. Gatling in THE SYRINGA TREE at Theatre Horizon. Photo credit: Matthew J Photography

THE SYRINGA TREE (Theatre Horizon): After all, chameleons are native to South Africa

You can’t have a happy play about apartheid, but the solemn subject matter presents complex ground navigated beautifully with two actors and a sparse stage.

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The winners of the 2014 Barrymore Awards…

From about 100 entries, winners in twenty-two categories were selected by a panel of twelve judges and announced at the Barrymore Awards ceremony tonight. InterAct Theatre’s Down Past Passyunk won top…

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[video] Previewing THE SYRINGA TREE at Theatre Horizon: Coming of age in apartheid

THE SYRINGA TREE, Pamela Glen’s intimate story of the love between two families—one white, one black—in apartheid-era South Africa is usually presented as a one-woman show. Spanning four generations, the story is…