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The Arden hosts free readings of new plays by Michael Hollinger and Jacqueline Goldfinger
In conjunction with The Writers’ Room and Wendy MacLeod’s Women in Jep
June 27, 2012

(Philadelphia, PA)Arden Theatre Company will host free readings of new plays by Philadelphia writers Michael Hollinger and Jacqueline Goldfinger in conjunction with The Writers’ Room, the company’s playwright residency program. Readings will be held on July 14 and 15 as part of the industry weekend for Women in Jep, a developmental production of Wendy MacLeod’s new play. Readings will be held on the Arden’s Arcadia Stage and are free and open to the public. Reservations can be made by calling the Arden box office at 215.922.1122.

Hope and Gravity
By Michael Hollinger
Directed by Matt Pfeiffer

Hope & Gravity is a series of nine interconnected short plays, the first and last involving trips in an elevator. In each the characters navigate the ups and downs of human connection and hope, even in defiance of the physical laws that press upon them. Barrymore Award-winning playwright Michael Hollinger has premiered eight works at the Arden, including Ghost-Writer and Opus (Barrymore Awards for Outstanding new Play).
FREE Reading: Saturday, July 14 at 2pm

Skin & Bone
By Jacqeline Goldfinger
Directed by Kevin Glaccum

Skin & Bone is a dark comedy about two elderly sisters who run a B&B and have to decide whether or not to eat one of their more troubling young guests. A comedic look at aging and long-standing tradition in America’s youth culture. This is the second Southern Gothic dark comedy from the writer of the terrible girls (2011 Barrymore Nomination, Outstanding New Play) and Slip/Shot.
FREE Reading: Sunday, July 15 at 11am

From July 5-15, the Arden presents a developmental production of Women in Jep by Wendy MacLeod, a new comedy in which two friends wonder if their divorced friend’s new boyfriend may be a serial killer.

The Writers’ Room, led by Arden Associate Artistic Director Edward Sobel, is designed to allow the writer to stay in closer contact with her original creative impulse and have a more holistic relationship with the larger institution than most new play development processes currently allow. The Writers’ Room is funded by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage through the Philadelphia Cultural Management Initiative and the Independence Foundation through its New Theatre Works Initiative.

Tickets for Women in Jep are available for $15 to the general public, $10 for Arden subscribers, and $5 for students with valid ID by calling 215.922.1122 or visiting

With The Writers’ Room, Arden audiences have had an unusual opportunity to participate in the new play development process. Forty-five audience members purchased “Inside the Writers’ Room” passes in May, entitling them to access throughout the writing, rehearsal, and performance process of Women in Jep. Pass holders engage in conversation around the work, becoming personally invested in the play and creating an artistic experience unlike any other in the Philadelphia region.

The Arden considers this development production and reading series a work in progress and as such we respectfully request that press not be assigned to review the performance. For interviews with artists or tickets to a performance, press should contact Leigh Goldenberg at, 215.922.8900 x43.

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Arden Theatre Company is located at 40 North 2nd Street in the heart of Old City, Philadelphia.

Founded in 1988, Arden Theatre Company is dedicated to bringing to life great stories by great storytellers on stage, in the classroom, and in the community. We stage five productions each season as part of our mainstage series and two productions through Arden Children’s Theatre, the city’s first resident professional children’s theatre program. We create and produce new work through our new-work development program, the Independence Foundation New Play Showcase. The Arden Professional Apprentice program trains future theatre leaders, and our theatre classes through Arden Drama School teach children and teens about the craft of making plays. Our access program, Arden for All, makes our work available to the entire community through subsidized tickets and books for economically disadvantaged young people. We also offer sign language-interpreted, captioned and audio described performances and Pay-What-You-Can final dress rehearsals that benefit other nonprofits.

The Arden recently announced an expansion with the Hamilton Family Arts Center, a 22,000 square foot building located three doors north of the Arden at 62 N. 2nd Street. Once renovations are complete in 2013, this building will be a home for process and innovation, including seven classrooms for Arden Drama School, a rehearsal hall, an 80-seat Studio Theatre, Lobby, Parent Lounge, and Teacher Resource Center, and a Crafts Studio for construction of set and props. Details about the Hamilton Family Arts Center can be found online at

The Arden has received seven Philadelphia Magazine “Best of Philly” Awards, the Arts and Business Council’s Arts Excellence Award, five City Paper “Reader’s Choice” Awards, four Philadelphia Inquirer “Theatre Company of the Year” citations, 58 awards and 272 nominations from the Theatre Alliance of Greater Philadelphia’s Barrymore Awards for Excellence in Theatre, and was named “Best Theatre Company” by Philadelphia Weekly in 2009.
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