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
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
The filmed version of our cancelled production of Hold These Truths airs on WHYY-TV Thursday, September 24, 2020 at 9pm.
Actor and musician Miche Braden (Nina Simone: Four Women) introduces her new alter ego, Miz Lady, with timely musings from her front porch.
A visual poem by Carra Patterson and Ruffin Prentiss, celebrating "the resilience of the Black spirit in a time when healing is needed most."
"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
Philadelphia-based theatre artist Brett Robinson shares a snapshot of complex emotion.
"This was an attempt to be honest with myself, and you."
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.
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.
The final track on her new EP Alter EGO, "Brotha George" is actor-musician Miriam A. Hyman's tribute to the Black and brown lives taken by police brutality. A music video will be released later this summer.
A transcript of the community-sourced writing performed at our first-ever virtual edition of Community Matters is now available to read and share.
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.
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!
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.
More creative dispatches – and a few favorite recipes – from parent-artists Jacqueline Goldfinger, Lauren Yee, and Michael Hollinger.
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)
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
Philadelphia-based theatre artist Suli Holum reflects on accountability, faith, and learning from your kids.
Dana Saleh Omar performs: "The World Spins Madly On" by The Weepies
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!
While our theatres were unusually quiet, a few (...thousand) new friends tried to move in. Cue Rough & Tumble Honey.
Christopher Colucci performs: "Up On The Roof" by Gerry Goffin and Carole King
Georgina Escobar performs: "La Cigarra" by Raymundo Pérez y Soto
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!
Pearl Rhein performs: "The Ballad of Laurette Taylor, Peg Entwistle & Bette Davis" or, "The Lemon Song"
A behind-the-scenes look at our partnership with Main Line Health, providing almost 500 masks to local hospitals every week.
Jessie Fisher and Erik Hellman perform: "I Want To Sing That Rock And Roll" by Gillian Welch
Amanda Morton and Josh Totora perform: "Across the Universe" by the Beatles
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.)
Even though we can't be with each other, we can still be there for each other.
"Rainbow Connection" by The Muppets (music and lyrics by Paul Williams and Kenneth Ascher) with Nic Adams on Guitar and Video
Our signature Saturday classes for ages 5-18 are underway online, with future plans in the works. See sample classes on our website.
Susan McKey performs: "God's Teeth" by Stephen Smith with Stephen Smith on bass
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.
David M. Lutken performs: "This Land is Your Land" by Woody Guthrie
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!