Welcome to Lantern Anywhere, our new series of virtual artistic programming to enlighten and entertain you during this difficult time when we cannot come together in our theater.
Designed to bring the Lantern into your home, we hope that sharing these artistic adventures will bring you some solace and pleasure now when it is needed most. These programs also create opportunities for our theater artists to earn income and practice their craft while theaters across our city – and the world – are closed.
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A new virtual play reading series
TROILUS AND CRESSIDA
Directed by Charles McMahon
Friday, June 5 at 7:30PM – POSTPONED
Thank you so much for your interest in our Shakespeare NOW virtual reading series. This week has been a difficult one, for our city and for our nation. In consultation with the theater artists engaged in Troilus and Cressida, we have decided to postpone this reading.
The mission of Lantern Theater Company is to produce plays that investigate and illuminate what is essential in the human spirit and the spirit of the times. Right now, the spirit of the times is changing at a pace and with an intensity not experienced since the 1960s, and it is appropriate that we pause to reflect and reassess how this theater company can best serve our artists, our audience, and our broader community. Standing in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement, we hope and believe that artists and artistic organizations can and will contribute to making serious, real, and lasting change.
As always, we are grateful for your support and your engagement.
Shakespeare NOW Archives
Explore the world of Shakespearean poetry
Lantern Artistic Director Charles McMahon is collaborating with some of your favorite Philadelphia actors to read Shakespeare's sonnets, and to demonstrate how directors and actors work together to bring meaning and clarity to poetry and dialogue. These short videos will help you enjoy these beautiful poems in fresh new ways.
"Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?" –Sonnet 18
"Weary with toil, I haste me to my bed" –Sonnet 27
"Since brass, nor stone, nor earth, nor boundless sea, But sad mortality o'er-sways their power" –Sonnet 65
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.