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Measure for Measure (2019)
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Your support is crucial to the Lantern's artistic and education mission – and to help us build on this year's great successes and prepare for the exciting year ahead!


One year ago, we asked for your support in the face of uncertainty and challenge as we sought to develop new ways to safely create and deliver great theater to you and to our residency schools.

With your support, we have spent the past year actively pursuing our mission to produce plays that investigate and illuminate what is essential in the human spirit and the spirit of the times. We have brought our work to you in many forms, and we are very grateful to all who have joined us over the past year.

We are so proud of everything we have accomplished together:

  • We have been one of the most active theater companies in the country throughout the pandemic, retaining our staff and creating new opportunities for our theater artists to earn income and practice their craft while theaters remain closed.

  • We launched Lantern Anywhere during the early days of the pandemic, including Sonnet Sessions and Shakespeare NOW live readings of Love's Labour's Lost, Two Gentlemen of Verona, and Henry IV, Part 2.

  • We streamed to you at home two newly filmed productions: Anthony Lawton's original adaptation of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol and Molly Sweeney by Brian Friel.

  • Our Plays from the Lantern Archives series allowed us to rediscover some of the finest productions from recent seasons, including our 2017 world premiere of The Craftsman by Bruce Graham and three Shakespeare plays: 2019's Measure for Measure, 2018's The Tempest, and 2017's Coriolanus.

  • Our work garnered attention in Philadelphia and beyond, including audiences from 44 states and 17 countries, as well as multiple rave reviews from Wall Street Journal theater critic Terry Teachout.

  • Our Illumination education program served over 2,500 students and teachers with virtual classroom residencies. During the 2020/21 school year, our teaching artists worked with our partner schools on A Midsummer Night's Dream, Macbeth, and other plays. In a first, our residencies included live performances and post-show discussions streamed virtually featuring actors from recent Lantern productions.

  • We just wrapped filming on Me and the Devil, a world premiere play by Steve H. Broadnax III and Charles Dumas about the great American blues musician Robert Johnson, directed by Broadnax.

  • We are now in rehearsals for a filmed version of the American premiere of The Plague by Neil Bartlett, adapted from La Peste by Albert Camus and directed by Charles McMahon.
These newly filmed productions of Me and the Devil and The Plague will stream to you at home this fall, officially concluding our 2020/21 season.

If you have already made a gift to support this season like no other, THANK YOU. If you have not yet made a gift, please consider making a tax-deductible donation now to help us build on these great successes and prepare for the exciting year ahead.

Thank you for your support! We can't do it without YOU.

With deep appreciation,
Charles McMahon
Charles McMahon
Artistic Director
Stacy Dutton
Stacy Dutton
Executive Director

Every dollar makes a big difference.

Questions? Please contact Emily Wilson, Administrative Associate, at ewilson@lanterntheater.org or 215.829.9002 x203. Thank you for supporting the Lantern!

GuideStar Exchange Silver Participant Lantern Theater Company is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. Our Federal Tax ID number is 23-2798692. Donations to Lantern Theater Company are tax-deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law. The official registration and financial information of Lantern Theater Company may be obtained from the Pennsylvania Department of State by calling toll free, within Pennsylvania, 1-800-732-0999. Registration does not imply endorsement.

Pictured: Claire Inie-Richards in Measure for Measure (2019). Photo: Mark Garvin.
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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.

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