By William Shakespeare
Directed by Charles McMahon
Now - April 16, 2017
Famine threatens Rome, and the people's hunger swells to an appetite for political change. A war hero from a powerful family, Coriolanus seems destined to be elected consul – but the people find his pride an unforgivable insult, exploding the long-simmering tensions between the fracturing state's governing elite and deprived masses. This timely story of radical class division is also a compelling psychological portrait of Coriolanus and his politically savvy mother, Volumnia, played by internationally acclaimed actress, director, and author Tina Packer.
Special Events & Performances
Cast & Production Team
Meghan Jones, Scenic Designer & Production Manager • Janus Stefanowicz, Costume Designer • Drew Billiau, Lighting Designer • Robert Kaplowitz, Sound Designer & Composer • Michael Long, Projection Designer • J. Alex Cordaro, Fight Director • Avista Custom Theatrical Services, Props Master • Rebecca Smith, Stage Manager • Erika Graff, Assistant Stage Manager
Lantern Theater Company presents SEARCHLIGHT
Delve into the world of Coriolanus with Lantern Searchlight. Explore Shakespeare's source material, political and economic conditions that lead to revolution, the instability of young republics, test your knowledge with our fun new history quizzes, go behind the scenes with artist interviews, and lots more.
News & Reviews
"Charles McMahon brings out the play's most urgent themes in his superb, dynamic production of Coriolanus. The performances are superior without exception. Robert Lyons...makes his Lantern debut in an explosive turn as Coriolanus. He's well matched by Chris Anthony as...Titus Lartius. But the evening belonged to Tina Packer, utterly mesmerizing as Volumnia. A stage mother from hell, she's alternately seductive, cloying, vicious, and servile in her attempts to manipulate her son. Packer makes us believe she could single-handedly rule Rome." –Philadelphia Inquirer more
"Viscerally thrilling! The show retains many of the virtues we've come to expect of McMahon's often-lauded Shakespeare series – clarity in the narrative, imaginative choreography, the pluses of seeing a work like this in an intimate space, and a hard-working ensemble who play multiple roles with commitment and skill. As seen here, in an appealing performance by Robert Lyons, Coriolanus himself is uncommonly sympathetic. Another highly distinctive factor here – and a very positive one – is the presence of Tina Packer as Volumnia, Coriolanus' shall-we-say complicated mother. Packer's presence is a lovely confirmation of something local audiences can feel proud of: the best of Lantern's Shakespeare is very fine indeed, and the company has helped bring the Philadelphia theater scene to national prominence." –Philadelphia Magazine more
"With a strong cast and design wizards the Lantern has made Coriolanus a visceral, lively and thought-provoking experience that's not to be missed." –Phindie more
"Lantern Theater Company's fascinating production of Coriolanus is filled with vivid performances and keen insights into the political process, no matter what the era. A great opportunity to see this fascinating rarity." –DC Metro Theater Arts more
Header Photo: Geneviève Perrier and Charlie DelMarcelle in A Child's Christmas in Wales (2014); Kittson O'Neill, Maxwell Eddy, and Alex Boyle in Arcadia (2014); Damon Bonetti, Daniel Fredrick, and Dave Johnson in The Hound of the Baskervilles (2015); and Kirk Wendell Brown and Peter DeLaurier in The Train Driver (2014). Photos by Mark Garvin.