Lantern Theater Company: 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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OTHELLO
By William Shakespeare
Directed by Charles McMahon
Dates TBD

Othello is the ultimate outsider but he inspires the love of a daughter of Venice's elite. Their marriage enrages everyone close to them – none more so than Iago, one of Shakespeare's most dangerous villains. Race, pride, jealousy, and betrayal collide in this timeless tragedy. Following its single preview performance in March 2020 – and a rousing standing ovation and overwhelming feedback by those in attendance – we knew we had to make every possible effort to share this moving production with you.

TRAVESTIES
By Tom Stoppard
Directed by Charles McMahon
Dates TBD

Zurich, 1917. In Tom Stoppard's Tony Award-winning comic masterpiece, obscure British diplomat Henry Carr and Dadaist Tristan Tzara are in love with Cecily and Gwendolyn, who are both in love with someone named Jack. Carr stages a production of The Importance of Being Earnest with James Joyce, and the action gets heated when Vladimir Lenin bursts onto the scene. Soon everyone in neutral Switzerland is at war over the question, "What does it mean to be an artist and a revolutionary?"

NOVECENTO
By Alessandro Baricco
Translated by Michael Golding
Directed by M. Craig Getting
Dates TBD

Philadelphia legend Frank X brings to life jazz trumpeter Tim Tooney, who tells the strange story of his friend and bandmate Novecento. Born on a luxury ocean liner on the first day of the 20th century, Novecento became the greatest jazz pianist in the world without ever setting foot on dry land. Jazz, identity, and rootlessness drive this classic storytelling experience.

A MAN FOR ALL SEASONS
By Robert Bolt
Directed by Peter DeLaurier
Dates TBD

When Henry VIII puts aside Queen Catherine, he fears opposition from his own Lord Chancellor, Sir Thomas More, even more than from the Pope. A man of principle and politics, More tries to thread a vanishingly small needle to uphold his principles and to keep his head. Bolt's searing drama forces us to confront what we too might bear – or not – to keep clear our conscience.

FABULATION, OR THE RE-EDUCATION OF UNDINE
Philadelphia Premiere
By Lynn Nottage
Directed by Amina Robinson
Dates TBD

Undine has it all – success, love, and a fabulous wardrobe. When her life begins to unravel in one hilarious reversal after another, she is forced to return to a life she had long left behind. In this satirical comedy by Lynn Nottage, the two-time Pulitzer Prize-winner asks Undine – and all of us – whether you can really ever go home again.

SPECIAL HOLIDAY ADD-ON PRODUCTION
CHARLES DICKENS' A CHRISTMAS CAROL
An Original Adaptation by Anthony Lawton
In Collaboration with Christopher Colucci and Thom Weaver
Dates TBD

In this wonderfully clear and direct telling of Charles Dickens' novella, acclaimed playwright and actor Anthony Lawton brings the story boldly to life as only live theater can. Come rediscover Dickens' timeless story of a miser's miraculous redemption from a life of bitterness, greed, and isolation. Back by popular demand, this heartwarming adaptation captured the hearts of theater critics and audiences alike, inspiring a new Philadelphia holiday tradition. All performances of this special holiday production will take place in the fully-accessible Proscenium Theatre at The Drake, 302 S. Hicks Street in Center City Philadelphia. Renew or become a new subscriber today and take advantage of our pre-sale opportunity for subscribers only: just $20 for all seats!


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Pictured: Geneviève Perrier in The Vertical Hour (2020). Photo: Mark Garvin.
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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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