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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 band of punk-folk musicians arrives in town with a mysterious mission: reenact the story of Mina, the heroine at the heart of Bram Stoker's gothic masterpiece, Dracula. Fun, irreverent, and utterly unique, this musical world premiere elevates the transformative power of fear and celebrates those living between worlds, with and without fangs.

 

November 14, 2018-January 6, 2019

Cinderella: A Musical Panto

By Kathryn Petersen
Music & Lyrics by Michael Ogborn
Directed by David Bradley
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

Winner of the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and nominated for the 2017 Tony Award for Best Play, Sweat is an extensively researched portrait of Reading, PA and an incisive examination of deindustrialized America. Two-time Pulitzer Prize winner Lynn Nottage is "at the peak of her powers" (The New York Times) as she encapsulates our current moment in a highly relatable and gripping drama.

 

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

Five middle-aged siblings crack jokes, argue politics, and mourn their recently deceased father over a bottle of Jameson in their childhood home. Ann, the oldest, reminisces about her star turn as Peter Pan at the local children's theatre fifty years ago, and now leads her siblings on one final journey to Neverland as they confront growing old and growing up.

 

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

Regine inherits a house she never wanted, while Toshi's been squatting for three months. Elsie hopes to move up in the world; Frances fights to change it. Two generations of sisters protect and defy the legacy of their foremothers in this riveting, funny, 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

Long after it won the 1938 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, Our Town remains one of the most popular American plays of all time, reminding audiences across the country that there is beauty in the ordinary. Celebrate love, family, and community with our music-infused production of Wilder's masterwork.