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2006/07 Season
PRODUCTIONS
Dex and Julie Sittin' in a Tree
World Premiere
By BRUCE GRAHAM
Directed by JAMES J. CHRISTY
On the Arcadia Stage
January 11 - March 11, 2007
extended by popular demand!

In this world premiere by celebrated Philadelphia playwright Bruce Graham, college sweethearts Dex and Julie meet 25 years later when he arrives to collect an award from their Pennsylvania alma mater. Michael "Dex" Dexter is a hotshot New York lawyer infamous for defending superstars and deviants. Dr. Julie Chernitsky is a recently widowed English professor with a biting sense of humor. Memories of their romance are rich, and things heat up fast. Filled with snappy, contemporary dialogue and surprising twists, this sexy, edgy two-actor tour-de-force is a must for everyone who has fantasized about a different outcome with a former love.

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Critical Acclaim–

"Quirky, engaging...a night of revelations with great style." –The Philadelphia Inquirer

"[A] strong production. Graham knows how to keep an audience involved, and [Dex and Julie] are such a compelling pair that our interest never wanes. James Wolk's set is so enormously handsome it seems to have sprung from the pages of Better Homes & Gardens. Dex and Julie Sittin' in a Tree is worth a visit." –Philadelphia Weekly

"Graham has once again combined quippy comedy (his trademark) with insightful drama (his true strength). James Christy, director of most of Graham's many premieres, guides Lumia and Childs with a sure hand. They create convincingly successful personas (Lumia's brash, restless lawyer, condescending to appear at his rural alma mater, and Childs' comfortably settled academic, remembering their past a little too well)." –Philadelphia City Paper

"Strong on talent... impressively staged." –KYW Newsradio

"Very entertaining. As two people who have a hard time resisting each other, Lumia and Childs are irresistible. James J. Christy's direction keeps things snappy; the interactions between the two characters always feel natural. The striking, sleek set design by James Wolk is a wonder." –Talkin' Broadway

XPN Morning Show's Bob Bumbera talks to playwright Bruce Graham about Dex and Julie.  [Get podcast]

Main Line TICKET talks with director James J. Christy.  [Read article]

Playwright Bruce Graham and actress Jennifer Childs (starring as Julie) were featured in the January issue of Philadelphia magazine.  [Download articleDownload PDF]

Philadelphia Weekly reports on Dex and Julie Sittin' in a Tree and the Philadelphia New Play Festival.  [Read article]
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Dex and Julie Sittin' in a Tree
Cast
Jennifer Childs
John Lumia

Scenic Designer
James Wolk
Costume Designer
Janus Stefanowicz
Lighting Designer
Jerold R. Forsyth
Sound Designer
Jorge Cousineau
Assistant Director
Mark Valenzuela
Stage Manager
Patricia G. Sabato


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