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Stay connected with People's Light through video series, short films, behind the scenes content, virtual offerings, recommended reading, and moreall from the comfort of home. 

Introducing Always On Premium! Our Winter/Spring Season is all digital, and all available right here. Just like with regular People's Light productions, you can purchase whatever suits your fancy, or bundle and save with the Always On Premium Digital Pass. Your support of this work helps us keep artists employed, and we can't thank you enough.

Always On — PREMIUM

Fully-realized productions, filmed concerts, and theatrical events, created with the home viewer in mind. Available for individual purchase ranging from $15-$25, or get access to everything with a Digital Pass or Zoom In Pass.

Always On Premium ~ Digital Pass

See it all and support People’s Light with an Always On Premium Digital Pass for $75.

The Digital Pass gives you unlimited access to all Always On Premium content: A Christmas Carol in Concert, America 2am, Spiritual Uprising, and a filmed play to be announced. Any additional premium content we produce this season will automatically be included!

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Always On Premium ~ Zoom In Pass

See it all and support People’s Light with an Always On Premium Zoom In Pass for $150.

The Zoom In Pass includes invitations to exclusive Zoom parties with staff and artists along with unlimited access to all of our Always On Premium content: A Christmas Carol in ConcertAmerica 2amSpiritual Uprising, and a filmed play to be announced. Any additional premium content we produce this season will automatically be included!

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A Christmas Carol in Concert

A joyous, music-filled celebration of Dickens’ beloved classic.

Available to stream December 8, 2020 - January 3, 2021

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America 2am

Amidst a neverending lockdown, what scandalous and life-altering revelations unfold at 2am? An original episodic series.

First episode available to stream February 22 - March 28, 2021

 

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Spiritual Uprising

A virtual concert from showstopping actor-musician Zonya Love.

Available to stream April 2 - May 2, 2021 

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To Be Announced

A Filmed Play ~ Individual tickets will go on sale when we announce the production title; it is automatically included with a Digital or Zoom In Pass.

Available to stream in late spring/summer of 2021

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Always On

From video interviews to short films, blog posts, and free online events, People's Light is Always On. Enjoy this free, digital content from our online stage.

#Matrimony&Masks

Actors Taysha Marie Canales and Akeem Davis let you in on the story behind their mid-pandemic wedding – a testament to love and the Philly theatre community.

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Music Video: Brotha George

The final track on her new EP Alter EGO, "Brotha George" is actor-musician Miriam A. Hyman's tribute to the many Black and brown lives taken by police brutality.

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Happy Hauntings!

Halloween may look a little different this year, but we're finding new ways to celebrate, including a home decorating contest! Get ready for a sensational, Spooktacular lineup of wicked fun, on campus and online.

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It Can't Happen Here

People's Light joins theatres across the nation helping to spread the word about Berkeley Rep's 4-part radio production of Sinclair Lewis’ It Can’t Happen Here, which will be broadcast for free starting Tuesday, October 13 8pm EDT/5pm PDT on YouTube.

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Exclusive CD: Zeek Burse

Missed the Zeek Burse drive-in concert, or want to relive it? Order the limited edition CD Zeek Burse: Live at People’s Light for $25! Proceeds benefit the Black Theatre Alliance of Philadelphia (BTAP) – learn more about BTAP at blacktheatrephiladelphia.org and follow on Instagram @btaphilly.

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Porch Songs Trilogy, Part 1: John Jarboe, Cookie Diorio, Martha Graham Cracker

Our pals over at The Bearded Ladies Cabaret know how to stay socially-distanced in style. Pro-tip: Having a hard time being heard from a distance? BELT it!

A special Porch Songs trilogy

PART 1
Porch Songs Trilogy, Part 2: John Jarboe, Cookie Diorio, Martha Graham Cracker

Who else can't wait to hug their friends again?! But even though we're stuck a socially-distanced porch-length apart, our friends are there to help get us through.

A special Porch Songs trilogy

PART 2
Hold These Truths on WHYY-TV

The filmed version of our cancelled production of Hold These Truths airs on WHYY-TV Thursday, September 24, 2020 at 9pm. 

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Miz Lady: Trust and Believe

Actor and musician Miche Braden (Nina Simone: Four Women) introduces her new alter ego, Miz Lady, with timely musings from her front porch.

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Mr. Floyd

A true story from theatre artist Godfrey L. Simmons, Jr.

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Black Joy

A visual poem by Carra Patterson and Ruffin Prentiss, celebrating "the resilience of the Black spirit in a time when healing is needed most."

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The Black Arts Movement 2.0: The Uprising

"The Black Arts Movement of the 60s and 70s sought to create politically engaged work that explored the African American cultural and historical experience and transformed the way African Americans think and feel about themselves. I hope now, in 2020, this film has the same effect." – Zuhairah McGill

 

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Brett Ashley Robinson

Philadelphia-based theatre artist Brett Robinson shares a snapshot of complex emotion.

"This was an attempt to be honest with myself, and you."

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20/20 Vision

A short film by Steve H. Broadnax III (Bayard Rustin: Inside Ashland, Mud Row), starring Eric B. Robinson Jr. (Mud Row). After witnessing on video the murder of George Floyd by police officers, a young Black father contemplates how he can participate in the Black Lives Matter movement and secure his family's safety.

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Making a Homeplace: Stories from the Historically Black Neighborhood of Swarthmore

A video series by Jeannine Osayande (Nina Simone: Four Women; Fences), part of an ongoing collection of oral history and identity stories from the Historically Black Neighborhood in Swarthmore, PA.

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Transcript: Community Matters 2020

A transcript of the community-sourced writing performed at our first-ever virtual edition of Community Matters is now available to read and share.

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Porch Songs

An ongoing series of self-recorded musical performances by People’s Light artists on their porches, decks, patios, balconies, backyards—or simply by an open window or door.

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David Lutken's Hootenanny at Home

Thursday, September 3, 7:30pm

Back for Labor Day weekend by popular demand! Fan-favorite troubadour David M. Lutken leads an ensemble of musicians for a virtual hootenanny - and y'all are invited!

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David Lutken's Hootenanny at Home (REPLAY)

Sunday, September 6, 2pm

This will be a replay of the hootenanny on September 3, with live chat capabilities so you can virtually gather and celebrate with fellow music fans. 

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Domestic Blitz | Part 3

More creative dispatches – and a few favorite recipes – from parent-artists Jacqueline Goldfinger, Lauren Yee, and Michael Hollinger.

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Behind the Scenes: A Hoot How-to

David Lutken and "The Seat of the Pants Band" are back this week for another virtual hootenanny – but what does it actually take to make these folk fests sing?

(hint: it's a bit trickier than your average Zoom call)

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Porch Songs: Dito van Reigersberg, Maggie Siff, Alex Bechtel

Dito van Reigersberg recruited long and short distance pals Maggie Siff (400 miles away!) and Alex Bechtel (just down the street :D) to perform "Dream Operator" by The Talking Heads

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Domestic Blitz, Part 2

Philadelphia-based theatre artist Suli Holum reflects on accountability, faith, and learning from your kids.

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Porch Songs: Dana Saleh Omar

Dana Saleh Omar performs: "The World Spins Madly On" by The Weepies

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Porch Songs: Zonya Love

Zonya Love performs: "Stand By Me" by Ben E. King, and a gospel song

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Welcome to Domestic Blitz

Dispatches from parent-artists around the country juggling 24/7 domestic immersion with creative aspirations. We hired these artists to submit haikus, recipes for sanity, video cries for help, you name it!

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Long Live Queen Juliet!

While our theatres were unusually quiet, a few (...thousand) new friends tried to move in. Cue Rough & Tumble Honey.

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Porch Songs: Christopher Colucci

Christopher Colucci performs: "Up On The Roof" by Gerry Goffin and Carole King

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Porch Songs: Georgina Escobar

Georgina Escobar performs: "La Cigarra" by Raymundo Pérez y Soto

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David Lutken's Hootenanny at Home

Thursday, May 14, 7:30pm

Fan-favorite troubadour David M. Lutken leads an ensemble of musicians for a virtual hootenanny - and y'all are invited!

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Porch Songs: Pearl Rhein

Pearl Rhein performs: "The Ballad of Laurette Taylor, Peg Entwistle & Bette Davis" or, "The Lemon Song"

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Making PPE for Front Line Workers

A behind-the-scenes look at our partnership with Main Line Health, providing almost 500 masks to local hospitals every week.

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Porch Songs: Jessie Fisher and Erik Hellman

Jessie Fisher and Erik Hellman perform: "I Want To Sing That Rock And Roll" by Gillian Welch

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Porch Songs: Amanda Morton and Josh Totora

Amanda Morton and Josh Totora perform: "Across the Universe" by the Beatles

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Porch Songs: Andrew Kane

Andrew Kane performs: "Purple Heather" or "Wild Mountain Thyme" or "Will Ye Go Lassie, Go" depending on whom you ask. (It's a traditional song.)

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Art and Community from Afar

Even though we can't be with each other, we can still be there for each other. 

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Porch Songs: Angel Desai

"Rainbow Connection" by The Muppets (music and lyrics by Paul Williams and Kenneth Ascher) with Nic Adams on Guitar and Video

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Theatre School Online

Our signature Saturday classes for ages 5-18 are underway online, with future plans in the works. See sample classes on our website.

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Porch Songs: Susan McKey

Susan McKey performs: "God's Teeth" by Stephen Smith with Stephen Smith on bass

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Porch Songs: Jonatha Brooke

Jonatha Brooke performs: "Scars"

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NPF Spotlight: THE GAME AND THE CHANGE

Laura Schellhardt’s play-in-progress, The Game and the Change, draws inspiration from young activists with the Coatesville Youth Initiative, a local organization committed to youth-led, transformational community change.

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Porch Songs: David M. Lutken

David M. Lutken performs: "This Land is Your Land" by Woody Guthrie

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Porch Songs: Pax Ressler

Pax Ressler performs: "The Heart of the Matter" by The Eagles

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Original Music from Shakespeare in Love

Whether you missed Shakespeare in Love, want to relive it, or just need more gorgeous music in your life, good news – Alex Bechtel's original score is now on his Bandcamp!

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Hirabayashi's Legacy

Gordan Hirabayashi took a stand more than 70 years ago – and left a strong legacy of civil rights activism that continues today.

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