2018-2019 Season

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2018-2019 Season

by Itamar Moses
Directed by Matt Pfeiffer

November 29-December 23
The Louis Bluver Theatre at The Drake, 302 South Hicks Street

Featuring James Ijames, Mary Tuomanen, Claire Inie-Richards, and Justin Rose

Elliot builds a computer program to help Molly with her research project, and the variables in their evolving relationship shift as rapidly as the terms of their experiment. This incredibly seductive and ridiculously intelligent comedy by Itamar Moses explores the chemistry between smart, damaged people and what happens when they lose control of the science.

“Fearless, pointed, frequently funny, and utterly compelling." - Chicago Theatre Beat

An Oak Tree
by Tim Crouch
Directed by Joe Canuso

Philadelphia Premiere
February 14-March 10
Theatre Exile, 1340 S. 13th Street

An Oak Tree is a darkly comic and moving play about loss, the power of suggestion, and the magic of the mind. A parent loses a child, a stage hypnotist loses his mojo, nothing is what it is. It’s like they're in a play – but they don’t know the words. Theatre Exile favorite Pearce Bunting is joined by a new actor each night, who walks on stage having neither seen nor read a word of the play they’re in… until they’re in it. A breathtaking performance exploring a unique relationship - between a hypnotist and his subject, between one actor and another, and between an audience and the play itself.
“It is like watching your own heart being mugged. You know exactly how it is happening, but you still can’t prevent it.” — The Guardian

Among the Dead
by Hansol Jung
directed by Deborah Block

Philadelphia Premiere
May 2-May 26
Theatre Exile, 1340 S. 13th Street

Ana is a Korean American who travels to Seoul in 1975 to retrieve her recently deceased father’s ashes. Luke is a young American soldier fighting in the jungles of Myanmar in 1944. Number Four is a Korean comfort woman camping out on a bridge in Seoul in 1950, waiting for the return of the young American soldier who fathered her daughter. Three separate time periods collide in a small hotel room in Korea, mediated by a shape-shifting Jesus. Among the Dead is a dark comedy about a family broken apart by betrayed promises, and finding each other again through SPAM, journals, and Jesus. Mostly Jesus.
“A smart and stinging new play.” - The New York Times