By Morris Panych
Directed by Peter DeLaurier
May 19 - June 12, 2011
From acclaimed Canadian playwright Morris Panych comes this witty, cheeky, and gratifyingly macabre comedy that will touch your heart. Middle-aged curmudgeon Kemp receives a letter from his rich aunt, Grace, who writes him she is "old and dying"... or does it say "yodeling?" It's hard to tell – her handwriting isn't very good. But Kemp quits his job and crosses the country to ready her for death, beginning an outrageous series of missteps and misunderstandings that gives way to a surprising, poignant finish. Join us for this clever, glittering hit of the Edinburgh Fringe and London's West End.
"A must-see dark comedy!" –Stage Magazine
"Vigil will have you laughing at its disgraceful and inappropriate audacity and at your own shocked reactions." –CurtainUp
"Masterful... Superb... A meaningful production that will make you laugh, cry, think, and connect." –CentralVoice
"An intoxicating theater experience." –Uwishunu
"A masterful retelling of life in its purest form." –Philadelphia City Paper
"Concocted by Canada's hottest playwright, Lantern Theater Company's Vigil is the rare play that seems to be one thing and turns out to be something entirely different. At once nostalgic and entirely original, this quirky, charming, and poignant play moves us in ways that are both unexpected and lasting." –Philadelphia Weekly
Header Photo: Paul L. Nolan, Sally Mercer, and Charles McMahon in Copenhagen (2018); Charlie DelMarcelle, Anthony Lawton, Jered McLenigan, and Brian Anthony Wilson in The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui (2019); Anthony Lawton and Paul L. Nolan in The Craftsman (2017); and Bi Jean Ngo and Peter DeLaurier in The Tempest (2018). Photos by Mark Garvin.
Lantern Theater Company respectfully acknowledges that it is situated on Lenapehoking, the ancestral and spiritual homeland of the Unami Lenape.