14 Oct Simpatico Theatre Announces 2017 Season
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Simpatico Theatre Announces 2017 Season
By Martyna Majok
By Taylor Mac
PHILADELPHIA, PA – Simpatico Theatre, under the leadership of Allen Radway (Producing Artistic Director) and Christine Bater (Managing Director), announced today their 2016-2017 season.
Simpatico’s 12th season will start with the Philadelphia premiere of IRONBOUND by Martyna Majok, directed by Harriet Power. Power returns to Simpatico where she last directed IN A DARK DARK HOUSE in 2014. IRONBOUND is a gritty and breath-taking peek into the life of a working-class immigrant and her will to survive, spanning 20+ years.
The season will conclude with the Philadelphia Premiere of HIR by Taylor Mac, directed by Simpatico’s Associate Artistic Director, Jarrod Markman. Markman directed last season’s Barrymore nominated commissioned world premiere of R. Eric Thomas’ TIME IS ON OUR SIDE. HIR is an irreverent kitchen-sink dark-comedy that explores gender transition, new freedoms, and the struggle to recognize change and deal with its messy repercussions.
THE 2017 SIMPATICO THEATRE PRODUCTIONS INCLUDE:
The Philadelphia Premiere of IRONBOUND
By Martyna Majok
Directed by Harriet Power
Previews begin March 15, 2017
Opens March 18, 2017
Runs Through April 2, 2017
At a bus stop in a run-down New Jersey town, Darja, a Polish immigrant cleaning lady, is done talking about feelings; it’s time to talk money. Over the course of 20 years, three relationships, and three presidents, Darja negotiates for her future with men who can offer her love or security, but never both. Award-winning playwright Martyna Majok’s Ironbound is a darkly funny, heartbreaking portrait of a woman for whom love is a luxury–and a liability–as she fights to survive in America.
The Philadelphia Premiere of HIR
By Taylor Mac
Directed by Jarrod Markman
Previews begin May 31, 2017
Opens June 3, 2017
Runs Through June 25, 2017
Somewhere in the suburbs, Isaac has returned from the wars to help take care of his ailing father, only to discover a household in revolt. The insurgent: his mom. Liberated from an oppressive marriage, with Isaac’s newly out transgender sibling as her ally, she’s on a crusade to dismantle the patriarchy. But in Taylor Mac’s sly, subversive comedy, annihilating the past doesn’t always free you from it.
Full cast, creative teams, and production schedule will be announced at a later date.
Tickets on sale starting October 21st.
ABOUT SIMPATICO THEATRE:
Simpatico Theatre, an award winning theatre located in the heart of Philadelphia, was formed in July of 2005 by five Portland Stage Company interns who shared a belief that theatre has the power and potential to be a force for direct social change. In 12 seasons, Simpatico has produced 25 full scale productions, most notably including last season’s Barrymore nominated commissioned world premiere of R. Eric Thomas’ TIME IS ON OUR SIDE.
For more information, please visit simpaticotheatre.org