By MICHAEL HOLLINGER
Directed by TERRENCE J. NOLEN
On the Arcadia January 15 - March 15, 2015
Lou, a man dying of kidney failure, asks his estranged daughter Raina to give him one of hers, and she must decide if she can put her anger aside long enough to save his life. When Raina meets Jarrell, a young man with whom there is an instant connection, sparks fly and secrets are revealed as they grapple with the issues of forgiveness, inheritance and family. Under the Skin explores the question: what does it mean to give a part of yourself to someone else?
“Hollinger is a writer with
a singular voice and
a singular world view”
–The Philadelphia Inquirer
Photos by Sabina Louise Pierce and Mark Garvin.
“"Under the Skin," is a cleverly constructed production performed with precision…it takes on a lot more than its basic plot suggests.
Hollinger masterfully segues from scene to scene, letting us see what we were hearing about only a moment ago.
Hollinger has written a substantial play with a swift narrative and convincing twists.”
–WHYY [Read More]
“It’s a wonderful play, a story that hits home to just about every living, breathing human on earth.”
“What Under the Skin does magically is explore the way that we build up expectations of our parents and our children in ways that are unrealistic and, in fact, downright harmful.”
–Philadelphia Weekly [Read More]
"Terrence Nolen has pulled off another masterful directing job with Under the Skin, which earned a standing ovation at this performance."
–Phindie [Read More]
“Philadelphian Michael Hollinger’s new play contains the heart and humor we’ve come to expect…”
“Under the Skin, is full of the clever, concise dialogue that has made [Michael Hollinger’s] work so remarkable and popular.”
In the News–
Arden Theater's new play finds the funny in kidney transplants
–The Pulse [Read More]
Playwright Michael Hollinger on the comic aspects of a kidney tranplant
–The Philadelphia Inquirer [Read More]
Behind the Scenes: Julianna Zinkel Talks about UNDER THE SKIN at the Arden
–Theatre Sensation [Read More]
‘Under the Skin’ at the Arden: An interview with Terrence Nolen
–Broad Street Review [Read More]
We are proud to announce that Under the Skin is Barrymore Recommended.
For more information about the Barrymore Awards for Excellence in Theatre and other Barrymore Recommended productions, visit www.theatrephiladelphia.org.
Biko Eisen-Martin (Jarrell Hayes)
Alice M. Gatling (Marlene Hayes)
Douglas Rees (Lou Ziegler)
Julianna Zinkel (Raina Lamott)
James Kronzer Costume Designer
Alison Roberts Lighting Designer
Thom Weaver Sound Designer
Jorge Cousineau Stage Manager
Kate Nelson Assistant Director
Jonathan Silver Dramaturg