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The Craftsman
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Approximately 2 hours and 20 minutes, including one intermission

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2017/18 Season

The Craftsman
By Bruce Graham
Directed by M. Craig Getting
Now - December 17, 2017 extended!

From the ashes of World War II, Dutch patriots discover that one of their own – a rich and reputable art dealer – has sold rare Vermeer paintings to the Nazis. Accused of treason and on trial for his life, he must decide whether to destroy his own reputation or to reveal bigger secrets behind these works that the Dutch consider national treasures. Commissioned and developed through the Lantern's New Works Initiative, this world premiere by celebrated Philadelphia playwright Bruce Graham spins a darkly ironic tale of ambition, genius, and deception.

The Craftsman poster art: Girl Reading a Letter by an Open Window by Johannes Vermeer (1659). Courtesy of the Staatlichen Kunstsammlungen Dresden, Germany.

The Cast

Mary Lee Bednarek
Mary Lee Bednarek
Johanna van Meegeren
Dan Hodge
Dan Hodge
Anthony Lawton
Anthony Lawton
Han van Meegeren
Brian McCann
Brian McCann
Paul L. Nolan
Paul L. Nolan
Abraham Bredius
Ian Merrill Peakes
Ian Merrill Peakes
Joseph Pillel

The Creative Team

Meghan Jones, Scenic Designer  •  Kayla Speedy, Costume Designer  •  Shannon Zura, Lighting Designer  •  Christopher Colucci, Sound Designer  •  Janelle Kauffman, Projection Designer  •  Dale Roth Nadel, Props Master  •  Rebecca Smith, Stage Manager
Special Performances & Events

  • Previews: Thursday 11/9 - Tuesday 11/14
  • Opening Night: Wednesday 11/15 at 7PM
  • Artists in Conversation: Post-show discussion with the cast immediately follows 2PM performances on Sunday 11/19, Wednesday 11/22, Sunday 11/26, and Wednesday 11/29.
  • Lantern Pub Night: Join us in the lobby after the performance on Friday 12/1 for lively conversation and a complimentary pub beverage.
News & Reviews

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"Riveting theater. I haven't seen everything that Bruce Graham, the prolific Philadelphia playwright, has written... But I can say that The Craftsman, in a stirring world-premiere production from Lantern Theater Company, has to be among the very best of them." –WHYY News  more

"A richly-layered examination of truth and deception, human motivation and widespread gullibility... Bruce Graham proves once again that he is a master at observing the human condition and understanding the deep-seated emotions that drive us. And the Lantern's world-class production proves once again that this is the thinking person's go-to theater company, delivering Graham's insightful vision with a superb cast, director, and design team. In the words spoken by Dr. Bredius, 'Great art evokes a response ... emotion.' The Craftsman does, and is." –DC Metro Theater Arts  more

"Intriguing... a tip-top cast. Part courtroom drama, part psychological study of obsession, the play manages to include a sweeping discussion of important questions about art and artifice, lying and forgery, hatred and revenge, anti-Semitism and homophobia. Graham has given us not only a juicy slice of history, but also plenty of relevance to chew on as we contemplate the world." –Philadelphia Inquirer  more

"A brilliant portrayal." –Beyond My Backyard  more

"A thoroughly engaging and thought-provoking play." –Talkin' Broadway  more

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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.

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