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Simpatico Theatre Announces 2017 Season

Simpatico Theatre Announces 2017 Season


David Fertik, Director of Marketing and PR


Simpatico Theatre Announces 2017 Season


March 2017


By Martyna Majok

June 2017


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 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.



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. 


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