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Arden Theatre Company presents Endgame
By Samuel Beckett, Directed by Edward Sobel, On the Arcadia Stage,
January 16 – March 10, 2013
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December 18, 2012

(Philadelphia, PA) Arden Theatre Company, now celebrating its 25th Season of great stories by great storytellers, presents the work of Nobel Prize winner Samuel Beckett for the first time with Endgame. Directed by Associate Artistic Director Edward Sobel, Endgame plays on the Arcadia Stage from January 16 to March 12, 2013.

Hamm can’t stand up. Clov can’t sit down. Neither can leave the single room they’ve shared for who knows how long. For them, the end is in the beginning. Philadelphia actors Scott Greer (The Threepenny Opera, Something Intangible, Barrymore Awards for Assassins and Baby Case) and James Ijames (The Whipping Man, Barrymore Award for Superior Donuts, F. Otto Haas Award for Emerging Theatre Artist) bring Hamm and Clov to visceral and vital life.

In the Arden’s 25 year history, the company has yet to tackle Beckett’s wicked and complex work. “We do the classics when there seems to be the perfect match of actor and role,” says Producing Artistic Director Terrence J. Nolen. “That’s what we have here with our production of Endgame: Scott Greer as Hamm; James Ijames as Clov. Two of Philadelphia’s finest bringing these iconic roles to vibrant life -- one with a huge roaring heart; the other with a soaring, searing spirit.”

Under the direction of Sobel (Clybourne Park, Superior Donuts), Greer and Ijames are joined on stage by Dan Kern (Arden debut) and Nancy Boykin (Superior Donuts), a couple in real-life who play Hamm’s parents confined to trashcans. Bringing the ambiguously destructed location to life are set designer Kevin Depinet (Superior Donuts), costume designer Millie Hiibel (Arden debut, costume director for the Opera Company of Philadelphia), lighting designer Thom Weaver (Next to Normal, August: Osage County), and sound designer Daniel Perelstein (Next to Normal, Women in Jep).

The New York Times said “Beckett’s plays became the cornerstone of 20th century theatre,” and the playwright is best known for his existentialist Waiting for Godot. Written in 1957, Endgame further explores a co-dependent relationship between two trapped men, utilizing spare language, vaudevillian inspired comedy, and an absurdly grim sense that nothing is funnier than unhappiness.

Endgame previews begin on Thursday, January 17. Preview performances run January 17, 198, 19, 20, and 22. Opening night is set for 7 p.m. Wednesday, January 23. The closing date is set for Sunday, March 10, 2013.

Single ticket prices are $36-$48, with discounts available for seniors, students, military and educators. Groups of 15+ enjoy significant discounts; please inquire about group rates. Mainstage Subscriptions are on sale for $84-$135. Call the Arden Box Office at 215.922.1122, order online at www.ardentheatre.org, or visit the box office at 40 N. 2nd Street in Old City, Philadelphia.

Post-show discussions will be held following performances on January 31 at 8pm, February 6 at 6:30pm, February 10 at 2pm, February 13 at 6:30pm, and February 17 at 2pm. A Pay What You Can performance will be held on Wednesday, January 16 at 8pm, with all proceeds benefitting the Free Library of Philadelphia.

The Arden is wheelchair accessible and provides assisted listening devices and large-print programs at every performance. Open Captioned and Audio Described performances will take place on Friday, February 22 at 8pm and Saturday, February 23 at 2pm. Reservations are required for accessible seating and may be made by calling the Arden’s Box Office at 215.922.1122.

The Scene, the Arden’s young professionals networking event, will be held on February 8. Tickets are $30 and include a pre-show receptions at the Arden, a ticket to the show, and a post-show party with the staff and cast. Tickets are available online at www.ardentheatre.org/thescene or by calling 215.922.1122 and mentioning The Scene.

Teen Arden, a program for area teenagers passionate about theatre, hosts Drama, Bites, Access! on Friday, February 15. Tickets are $10 and include a pre-show party at the Arden, a ticket to the show, and a post-show meet and greet with members of the creative team and cast of Endgame. Tickets are available online at www.ardentheatre.org/teenarden or by calling 215.922.1122. Teen Arden is made possible by the Albert M. Greenfield Foundation.

Arden Drama School offers a special Showtime Workshop during the performance on Sunday, February 3 at 2pm. Kids in grades K-5 can take a $30 acting class while parents or grandparents attend the performance. Further details can be found online at www.ardendramaschool.com or by calling 215.922.1122.

WHAT:
Endgame
By Samuel Beckett
Directed by Edward Sobel

SUMMARY:
Hamm can’t stand up. Clov can’t sit down. Neither can leave the single room they’ve shared for who knows how long. For them, the end is in the beginning.

Nobel Prize winner Samuel Beckett’s wicked humor comes alive on the Arden’s stage for the first time, directed by Edward Sobel (Clybourne Park and Superior Donuts). Beckett’s writing, in the space between vaudeville and Pinter, Chaplin and Stoppard, shows us that nothing is funnier than unhappiness.

WHERE:
Arden Theatre Company
Arcadia Stage
40 N. 2nd Street, Old City Philadelphia 19106

WHEN:
January 17 – March 10, 2013
Preview performances: January 17-22, 2013
Opening night: 7pm Wednesday, January 23, 2013

TICKETS:
Call the Box Office at 215.922.1122 or visit www.ardentheatre.org.

$36-$48 for adults depending on the performance chosen

Group discounts available for 15+
Student Rush tickets at the door 30 minutes before curtain for $10 cash, pending availability (must present valid student ID)

CAST:
Nancy Boykin (Resident of Elkins Park, PA) - Nell
Scott Greer (Resident of Philadelphia, PA) - Hamm
James Ijames (Resident of Philadelphia, PA) - Clov
Dan Kern (Resident of Elkins Park, PA) - Nagg

ARTISTIC STAFF:
Edward Sobel - Director
Kevin Depinet - Scenic Designer
Millie Hiibel - Costume Designer
Thom Weaver - Lighting Designer
Daniel Perelstein - Sound Designer
John Grassey - Stage Manager

25TH ANNIVERSARY SEASON SPONSORS: Main Line Health and Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals

OPENING NIGHT SPONSORS: Harmelin Media, JPM Catering, Hatboro Beverages


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Reviewing members of the press are invited to opening night Wednesday, January 23 at 7pm and may reserve tickets through Leigh Goldenberg at lgoldenberg@ardentheatre.org.

The Arden’s 25th Anniversary Season includes:
Next to Normal,
Book and Lyrics by Brian Yorkey, Music by Tom Kitt – September 27-November 4, 2012
Freud’s Last Session, By Mark St. Germain – October 25-December 23, 2012
Cinderella, By Charles Way – November 28, 2012-January 27, 2013
Endgame, By Samuel Beckett – January 17- March 10, 2013
A Raisin in the Sun, By Lorraine Hansberry – March 7- April 14, 2013
Pinocchio, By Carlo Collodi, Adapted by Greg Banks – April 10- June 16, 2013
A Little Night Music, Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, Book by Hugh Wheeler – May 23-June 30, 2013

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 www.ardentheatre.org/new.

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 276 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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