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Something Intangible
World Premiere
By BRUCE GRAHAM
Directed by TERRENCE J. NOLEN
On the Arcadia Stage
April 9 - June 7, 2009

It's Hollywood, 1941. Two very different brothers – one an extravagant visionary, the other a plain-speaking numbers man – run a movie studio famous for its cartoon dog, Petey Pup. Gifted Tony (Ian Merrill Peakes) longs to move beyond Petey and create a feature-length animated film set to classical music. His loyal brother Dale (Scott Greer) manages everything: unrealistic budgets, unpredictable Tony and unrelenting deadlines while trying not to lose himself or his family in the wake of Tony's feverish genius.

Philadelphia playwright Bruce Graham works his magic again. Humming with humor and brimming with humanity, Dale and Tony show the remarkable ways brothers support each other – in spite of it all.

This play is the recipient of an Edgerton Foundation New American Play Award.

Recommended for 11th grade students and older.

Slide Show Stagebill Study Guide
Interview with the Playwright Press Release
Video Preview–


Critical Acclaim–

"Bruce Graham tackles '40s Hollywood through a thinly disguised look at Walt Disney. Ian Merrill Peakes' mercurial performance as Tony Wiston, an amphetamine-fueled perfectionist undeterred by finances, relationships, human decency and world war, balances well with Scott Greer's insightful work as underappreciated, self-doubting businessman brother Dale. In a season of strong premieres, Intangible's real conflict between brothers, and between art and commerce, stands out not for Graham's wit (we expected that), but the insightful exploration of artists and the people who love - and suffer - them." –Philadelphia City Paper  [Review]

"There is no doubt that Philly's Bruce Graham, playwright of Something Intangible, is a master craftsman and much loved by local audiences. [His] thoughtful dialogue and stories suck you in and make you want to stay. Peakes' performance is itself a vision. The whole production is dashingly clad by Rosemary McKelvey and James Kronzer's curvy, classy set is worthy of a golden age Hollywood macho. A wholly engaging and colorfully animated production." –Philadelphia Inquirer

"Madly and memorably played by Ian Merrill Peakes... a narrative filled with the intriguing forces which drive every person's life... Greer and Peakes bounce off of each other with remarkable dexterity... Doug Hara puts in a nuanced and haunting performance." –The Bulletin  [Review]

"Cleverly constructed... Scott Greer's performance is simply phenomenal." –PhillyTheatreTalk.com  [Review]

"Graham's dialogue is sharp and his knowledge of Hollywood intimate; the performers are all excellent; and the production values, especially Rosemarie McKelvey's period costumes, are likewise fine. In short, this is a...contemporary well-made American play, crisply directed by Terrence J. Nolen." –Broad Street Review  [Review]

"An ambitious play about the fundamental bonds and challenges of polar opposite partners... a worthwhile premiere." –EDGE Philadelphia  [Review]

"The family Bruce Graham imagines in Something Intangible shows the burdens creativity inflicts. Two brothers, one an animator, the other an accountant, live in Hollywood in the 1940s. It's very loosely based on Walt and Roy Disney. Scott Greer, who plays the longsuffering brother Dale, is so reigned in, so in tune to the complexities of his character his interpretation deserves another Barrymore. If you miss it, you'll be sorry." –90.1-FM WRTI  [Review]

Behind the Scenes–

Playwright Bruce Graham is interviewed by theatre students from his alma mater, Indiana University of Pennsylvania. [Watch]

Philadelphia Inquirer writer Howard Shapiro reports on Something Intangible.  [Article]

Philadelphia City Paper's A.D. Amorosi talks with playwright Bruce Graham.  [Article]

Philadelphia Metro writer Bruce Walsh interviews playwright Bruce Graham and previews Something Intangible.  [Article]

Go behind the scenes of Something Intangible with Jason Peifer of WRTI's Creatively Speaking. [Listen]
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Something Intangible
Cast
Walter Charles
Scott Greer
Doug Hara
Sally Mercer
Ian Merrill Peakes

Set Designer
James Kronzer
Costume Designer
Rosemarie E. McKelvey
Lighting Designer
F. Mitchell Dana
Sound Designer
Jorge Cousineau
Assistant Director
Matt Rosenbaum
Dramaturg
Michele Volansky
Stage Manager
Stephanie Cook


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