Philadelphia Theatre Company See and Be Scene

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Back Prod Artistic Dir Paige Price and Managing Dir Emily Zeck

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Philadelphia, PAPhiladelphia Theatre Company See and Be Scene - Philadelphia Theatre Company invites theatre lovers to See and Be Scene, a one-night-only staged-reading showcase on Monday, November 26, 2018, at 7:00 pm. Producing Artistic Director Paige Price has assembled some of the hottest talents in local theatre for an up-close-and-personal preview of potential work for the company’s 2019-2020 season. In an informal reading setting, actors will present scenes from eight plays and musicals.


Philadelphia Theatre Company See and Be Scene

After the readings, Price will host a conversation to gather audience feedback, share her early vision for next season, and discuss what goes into picking the plays and talent for a theatre company. Happy Hour specials will be available, and concessions will be open. See and Be Scene will take place at the Philadelphia Theatre Company at the Suzanne Roberts Theatre (480 S. Broad Street). Tickets are on sale for $15 at philatheatreco.org, at the box-office, or by calling 215-985-0420.

“Last year, See and Be Scene was my first real introduction to our audiences. The event gave us an opportunity to not only reassure them we were planning on producing theatre again, but also allow them to speak with me directly, to learn about my taste, about PTC’s plans and most importantly, tell us what they thought of the selections we offered,” said Price.

See and Be Scene returns after Price’s first produced show for the theatre finishes its run. PTC opened its 2018-2019 season with Lynn Nottage’s Pulitzer Prize Winner, Sweat, which was showcased at last year’s See and Be Scene along with Christina Anderson’s 2017 Kilroy’s List pick How to Catch Creation, which will close the current season. Both titles were audience favorites last year.

Set to be showcased at the event is the new musical, Wait, Wait, Don’t Kill Me!, with a book by Dave Holstein (Creator of Showtime’s new series, Kidding, with Jim Carrey, Catherine Keener, and Frank Langella) and Music & Lyrics by Alan Schmuckler (winner of the 2018 Kleban Prize for Musical Theater writing). A subversive, comedic new musical satire inspired by the events surrounding the making of NPR’s Serial podcast. Think Sweeney Todd set at NPR.

Next up is the musical Elementary Spacetime Show, written by César Alvarez, a Master Lecturer at University of the Arts and Artistic Director of the university’s Polyphone, an innovative "festival of the emerging musical.” This new musical is about a teenager named Alameda who finds herself trapped in a cosmic vaudevillian game show that she must win to escape her loneliness finally. By confronting avatars of scientific truth, ostentatious musical numbers, and fantastical dance sequences, Alameda acquaints herself with the enigmatic laws of the universe. It's a story of how a hard shell of hopelessness might be cracked open by wonder and musical comedy.

PTC is also previewing School Girls, Or The African Mean Girls Play by Kilroy artist Jocelyn Bioh. In this award-winning new work, recently seen at the Lucille Lortel Theater in an encore Off-Broadway run, Paulina, the reigning queen bee at Ghana's most exclusive boarding school, has her sights set on the Miss Universe pageant. However, the arrival of Ericka, a new student with undeniable talent and beauty, captures the attention of the pageant recruiter—and Paulina's hive-minded friends. This light and biting comedy explore the universal similarities (and glaring differences) facing teenage girls across the globe.

Philadelphia Theatre Company See and Be Scene

PTC subscribers, members, and donors can attend See and Be Scene for free, though they still need to make a reservation online, in person or through the box office. Tickets for the general public are on sale for $15 at www.philatheatreco.org at the box-office, or by calling 215-985-0420.

 

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