2022/23 Mainstage Season
By Tom Stoppard
Directed by Charles McMahon
LIVE ON STAGE
Now - October 9, 2022
Zürich, 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 Gwendolen, but Cecily is in love with communism and someone named Jack. James Joyce stages a production of The Importance of Being Earnest, 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?"
SENSORY SENSITIVITY ADVISORY: Act II of this production includes a 15-second lighting effect designed to mimic the look of an early movie reel.
This production will be performed at St. Stephen's Theater, which is conveniently located at 923 Ludlow Street in Center City Philadelphia. Directions & parking»
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Everyone other than the actors on stage must wear properly fitted masks at all times in all parts of our venue. Thank you for your cooperation with these safety protocols that help protect you, our artists, and our staff – and help avoid performance cancellations. As of August 2022, proof of vaccination is no longer required. more»
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NEW! "Nothing, nothing, nothing, nothing": Tristan Tzara and Dada
The avant-garde poet and performance artist is one of the main players in Tom Stoppard's Travesties
"Make It New": World War I's Impact on the Creative Class
The war's unprecedented destruction brought new art forms to life
"Send us bright one": James Joyce and his Modernist Masterpiece
James Joyce: author, poet, and one of the main players in Tom Stoppard's Travesties
"Life and times, friend of the famous": Henry Carr
The real-life figure and theatrical production that inspired Tom Stoppard's Travesties
"Great days... Zürich during the war": 1917 Zürich
Why Switzerland was a magnet for artists and revolutionaries during World War I – and how it stayed that way
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David Bardeen as Bennett • Leonard C. Haas as Henry Carr • Morgan Charéce Hall as Gwendolen • Gregory Isaac as Lenin • Dave Johnson as Tristan Tzara • Anthony Lawton as James Joyce • Lee Minora as Nadya • Campbell O'Hare as Cecily
THE CREATIVE TEAM
Nick Embree, Scenic Designer • Marla Jurglanis, Costume Designer • Drew Billiau, Lighting Designer • Christopher Colucci, Sound Designer • Rebecca Smith, Stage Manager • Maria Carroll, Assistant Director
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.