They say all families are dysfunctional and that the traditional mom, dad and 2.1 kids model doesn’t exist anymore, so what is the new normal? These plays look at 3 not-your-average family archetypes and how substances, abuse and the long-standing disappointment and regret factor into the dynamics of each household.
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Upcoming 2013 Performances
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A Philadelphia premier by Adam Rapp
May 30 - June 23, 2013
A darkly humorous saga about the quintessential working class American family. On the eve of his final fight, all-star wrestling legend Art “Crazy Train” Sligo, along with his two slacker sons, his colorful sister-in-law and his biggest fan gather for a very unusual last supper. Of course, a few unexpected guests arrive, sparks fly, and things just can’t seem to stop going wrong in the Sligo home...
“In American Sligo, his latest attack on the moral values and social conventions that define the American way of life.... Rapp hits his stride in the razor-cut pieces of dialogue...” -- Variety
Past 2012/2013 Performances
RFK (click link to visit production page)
A Philadelphia premiere by Jack Holmes
Featuring Russ Widdall as Robert F. Kennedy
October 3-21, 2012
Adrienne Theatre Second Stage
There will be 2 days of Community Outreach Performances for senior groups
on November 4 and 5 sponsored by Bank of America as part of New City's new education initiative.
“This play is like an evening with RFK brought back to life, to remind us of the real American Dream
that we used to really chase and believe in. I was amazed how resonant and potent the words
of this man have proven to be." —NYTheatre.com
MRS. BOB CRATCHIT'S WILD CHRISTMAS BINGE (click link to visit production page)
A Philadelphia premiere by Christopher Durang
November 29 - December 23, 2012
In Durang's version of the beloved holiday classic, Mrs. Bob Cratchit, a minor character, takes
center stage. No longer loving and long suffering, Mrs. Bob is in a rage: She's sick of Tiny Tim
(the goody-goody crippled child), she hates her 20 other children (most of them confined to the root
cellar), and she wants to get drunk and jump off London Bridge. Scrooge's exclamations of
"Bah, humbug!" are an undiagnosed "kind of seasonal Tourette's Syndrome," and the Dickens tale of
redemption and gentle grace is placed squarely on its head.
"Fiendishly funny…never disappoints. Wild it most certainly is, and without apologies.”
-- Pittsburgh Observer-Reporter
Our newest education program debuted this year....
VOICES FOR A NEW CITY (click link to visit production page)
January 2 - 6, 2013 at the Adrienne Theatre
The series will feature a series of original plays conceived, written, performed and produced by the members of our New City Young Ensemble. All of the pieces will have a Philadelphia focus from a young person's point of view. This is a 4 month long process and applicants are being interviewed now. This exciting new venture will be designed, managed and programmed by our interns, giving college students and recent graduates the opportunity to create a professional theatrical presentation and the opportunity to showcase their talents to the greater Philadelphia arts community.
This program is under the artistic direction of New City Stage Company's Artistic Associate Kevin Rodden.
HURLYBURLY (click link to visit production page)
By David Rabe, who launched his career while a student in Villanova’s Department of Theatre
February 28 - March 24, 2013
This riveting drama took New York by storm in 1984. Two casting directors live together and provide as close to a “home life” as they can for their friends and a runaway girl. These sad socialites are nose deep in the decadent, perverted, cocaine culture that is 1980s Hollywood, pursing a sex crazed, drug-addled vision of the American Dream.
"A powerful permanent contribution to American drama...Riveting, disturbing, fearsomely funny... This deeply felt play deserves as wide an audience as possible." -- Newsweek
Opening Night Schedule:
Opening Night performances are the first Saturday evening of each performance run (except Voices for New City, which opens on a Wednesday). The pre-reception begins at 7 PM and the show starts at 8 PM.
RFK: October 6, 2012
Mrs. Bob Cratchit’s Wild Christmas Binge: December 1, 2012
Voices for a New City: January 2, 2013
Hurlyburly: March 2, 2013
American Sligo: June 1, 2013
FOR MORE INFORMATION OR PRESS TICKETS:
Contact publicist Ginger Dayle at Publicity@NewCityStage.org or (215) 603-9600.