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the 2018/2019 Season

Punk-folk vampires, fierce heroines, and Civil Rights icons fill the stage with a rich diversity of stories and characters.

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September 20-October 31, 2018

Such Things as Vampires

A Punk-Folk Dracula Inoculation

Conceived and Created by Zak Berkman, Stuart Carden, Jessie Fisher, and Mary Tuomanen
Directed by Stuart Carden
Steinbright Stage

A mysterious band of punk-folk musicians tells the tale of Mina, the heroine at the heart of Bram Stoker's Dracula. Frightening and funny, this highly theatrical world premiere is infused with live music written by a team of preeminent local and national theatre-makers.

 

November 14, 2018-January 6, 2019

Cinderella: A Musical Panto

By Kathryn Petersen
Music & Lyrics by Michael Ogborn
Directed by Samantha Reading
Leonard C. Haas Stage

Celebrate 15 years of People’s Light tradition with our most popular panto! As “the nation’s primary creator and producer of such specialized tomfoolery” (Newsworks), we invite you to cheer our heroes, “boo” the villains, and sing along as we put our signature spin on the magical tale of fairy godmothers and glass slippers.

 

January 16-February 10, 2019

Sweat

By Lynn Nottage
Steinbright Stage

Set in Reading, PA, this incisive examination of deindustrialized America illuminates the divisions we draw when livelihoods are threatened. Winner of the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and nominated for the 2017 Tony Award for Best Play, this “superb play” showcases two-time Pulitzer Prize-winner Lynn Nottage “at the peak of her powers” (The New York Times).

 

February 27-March 31, 2019

Nina Simone: Four Women

By Christina Ham
Directed by Hayley Finn
Leonard C. Haas Stage

Birmingham, Alabama, 1963. The day after four young black girls are killed in the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing, four women gather amid the wreckage. Framed by Nina Simone’s song Four Women, this music-filled contemplation on colorism and black womanhood features the legendary singer’s most iconic Civil Rights anthems.

 

April 10-May 12, 2019

For Peter Pan on Her 70th Birthday

By Sarah Ruhl
Directed by Abigail Adams
Steinbright Stage

Fifty years after Ann’s star turn as Peter Pan, she and her siblings confront growing up and growing old on a final journey to Neverland. Wonderfully transcendent and achingly familiar, this imaginative new play spotlights an extraordinary cast of longtime People’s Light company members.

 

May 15-June 9, 2019

Endgame

By Samuel Beckett
Directed by Neal Huff
Leonard C. Haas Stage

“Nothing is funnier than unhappiness.” Academy Award-nominee David Strathairn (Lincoln, Good Night, and Good Luck) returns to Malvern for this darkly comic standard of the Theatre of the Absurd. Widely considered to be one of Nobel Prize-winner Samuel Beckett’s most important works, Endgame is a brilliant modern classic. 

 

June 26-July 28, 2019

Mud Row

By Dominique Morisseau
Directed by Steve H. Broadnax III
Steinbright Stage

Two generations of sisters protect and defy the legacy of their foremothers in this surprisingly funny, heart-pounding, and ultimately hopeful world premiere by Dominique Morisseau − one of America’s most acclaimed playwrights. Inspired by and set in West Chester, PA, Mud Row is the second production to emerge from our New Play Frontiers Residency & Commission Program. 

 

July 31-August 25, 2019

Our Town

By Thornton Wilder
Directed by Abigail Adams
Leonard C. Haas Stage

Wilder’s masterwork deftly captures the elusive beauty of human existence. Infused with live music, our production features frequent guest artist David M. Lutken (The Road, Ring of Fire). Artistic Director Abigail Adams (Morning’s at Seven, Project Dawn) leads a stellar ensemble of People’s Light veterans and newcomers in this ageless celebration of family and community.