A diverse season of work includes Philadelphia premiere plays written by award-winning African-American and Latino playwrights, a world premiere for young audiences by a local playwright, and a one-man show by former Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Mike Boryla
Plays & Players’ 2013-14 season focuses on brothers and sisters; those with whom we are closest, those who share our blood, and those with whom, familiar or unknown, we seek connection. Through rituals old and new, we continue searching for those who are both distant from and deeply within us as we attempt to unwrap the simplest of notions: brotherhood.
The season will comprise four productions:
October 17 to November 3, 2013 – Marcus; Or the Secret of Sweet (Mainstage)
January 16 to February 2, 2014 – The Disappearing Quarterback (Skinner Studio)
March 13 to 30, 2014 – P.L.A.Y. (Philadelphia Local Artists for Youth) World Premiere (Mainstage)
June 5 to 22, 2014 – Cloud Tectonics (Skinner Studio)
September 28, 2013 – Fringe Recovery 24-Hour Play Festival – Brothers and Sisters (Skinner Studio)
June 15, 2014 – Honey Bee Cabaret III (Mainstage)
Subscriptions are just $75 per person to see four plays and access discounts to our special events. In honor of this season’s theme, for anyone who subscribes with a brother or a sister, the second subscription is 50% off! Subscriptions can be purchased at www.playsandplayers.org or by calling 800-595-4TIX.
The Fringe Recovery 24-Hour Play Festival
Saturday, September 28 at 7pm & 9pm
Tickets: $15 in advance, $20 at the door
An inaugural entry into a new series, designed to be an opportunity for Philadelphia’s best emerging artists to “recover” together just after the annual Fringe Arts Festival has swept through Philadelphia, this play-creation marathon will serve as an appropriate launch to Plays & Players’ new season dedicated to “Brothers and Sisters”. Join us to see the theatrical magic that can happen when a people come together to write and plan through the night, rehearse all day and premiere new works just hours after their inception.
Marcus; or the Secret of Sweet
Written by Tarell Alvin McCraney
Directed by Daniel Student
Set Design by Colin McIlvaine, Costume Design by Amanda Sharp, and Light Design by Chris Hallenbeck
10/17-11/3 (Opening night 10/19)
Wednesdays & Thursdays at 7PM, Fridays & Saturdays at 8PM, Saturdays at 2PM, and Sundays at 3PM
Tickets: $25 in advance, $30 at the door
“An extraordinary event…MARCUS is an engaging, gently provocative, universal tale. And, yes, it’s sweet.” —San Francisco Chronicle.
From the theater that brought you 2012’s hit production of Joe Turner’s Come and Gone, comes the Philadelphia premiere from the African-American playwright touted as the “next August Wilson,” Tarell Alvin McCraney. A provocative, poignant, fiercely humorous, and ultimately universal story of a “sweet” young man’s journey to discover the secret of who he really is and where he really came from.
Days before Hurricane Katrina strikes the projects of Louisiana, the currents of his life converge, overflowing into his close-knit community and bringing three generations of characters, all named after African gods, together in the stirring conclusion of McCraney’s The Brother/Sister Plays trilogy.