August 27, 2013
Arden Theatre Company begins its 26th season of great stories with Parade
, the musical with book by Alfred Uhry and music and lyrics by Jason Robert Brown. Directed by Terrence J. Nolen and co-conceived with designer Jorge Cousineau, the production runs on the Arden's F. Otto Haas Stage from September 26 through November 3, 2013.
Based on a true story, Parade
is set in 1913 Atlanta, Georgia as Leo Frank, a Jewish factory manager accused of killing a young girl, faces a whole town turned against him. “I'm honored to open our season with Parade
, a piece that focuses on a pivotal moment in our American history and whose themes continue to resonate in our world today,” says Terrence J. Nolen, the Arden's Producing Artistic Director. 2013 marks the 100th Anniversary of Frank's trial, which raised issues of anti-Semitism and social justice, leading to the founding of the Anti-Defamation League.
Playwright Alfred Uhry (Pulitzer Prize winner for Driving Miss Daisy
) had a family connection to Frank's story - his great uncle owned the factory where the murder took place - and wrote the book for Parade
, originally co-conceived with director Harold Prince. (Uhry narrates a video about Frank in the collection at the National Museum of American Jewish History here in Philadelphia.) Jason Robert Brown (The Last Five Years
, Honeymoon in Vegas
debuting at Paper Mill Playhouse on September 26, and The Bridges of Madison County
opening on Broadway in January 2014) wrote music and lyrics for this soaring musical which won the Tony Awards for Best Book and Best Original Score in 1999. The Arden presents the Donmar Warehouse version of the play, which premiered in 2007 and features additional songs.
Continuing their creative partnership forged during Sunday in the Park with George
(2010) and Next to Normal
(2012), Terrence J. Nolen co-conceives Parade
with scenic and video designer Jorge Cousineau. The creative team also includes costume designer Rosemarie McKelvey (A Little Night Music
, Sunday in the Park with George
), lighting designer Thom Weaver (A Little Night Music
, Next to Normal
), and sound designer Daniel Perelstein (Next to Normal
). Music Director Ryan Touhey works alongside Associate Music Director and Conductor Amanda Morton to lead an orchestra of eight musicians.
Ben Dibble (A Little Night Music, Candide
) leads the cast as Leo Frank alongside Jennie Eisenhower (Baby Case
) as Lucille, his wife and only defender. With actors portraying multiple roles, Parade
showcases many of Philadelphia's great musical theatre performers including Rachel Camp (Next to Normal
), Jeffrey Coon (Sunday in the Park with George
), Caroline Dooner (Sunday in the Park with George, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum
), Sarah Gliko (Charlotte's Web
), Scott Greer (The Threepenny Opera, Sunday in the Park with George
), Alex Keiper (A Little Night Music
), Anthony Lawton (The Threepenny Opera
), and Michael Philip O'Brien (Sweeney Todd
). New York-based performers Derrick Cobey (A Little Night Music
) and Robert Hager (Next to Normal
) return to the Arden for this production alongside newcomers Dennis Holland (The Music Man on Broadway
), Kenita Miller (Xanadu
and The Color Purple on Broadway
), and Temple University student Kathryn Brunner as Mary Phagan, the young girl whose death begins the investigation and trial depicted in the play.
previews begin on Thursday, September 26, 2013 Preview performances run September 26, 27, 28, 29, and October 1. Opening night is set for 7pm Wednesday, October 2. The final performance is scheduled for November 3, 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.
A Pay What You Can performance will be held on Wednesday, September 25 at 8pm with all proceeds benefitting the Arden's Hamilton Family Arts Center, the company's new building for education and innovation.
Post-show discussions will be held following performances on October 10 at 8pm, October 16 and 30 at 6:30pm, October 20 and 27 at 2pm.
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, October 25 at 8pm and Saturday, October 26 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 Friday, September 27. Tickets are $30 and include a pre-show reception 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 Sunday, October 27 at 2pm. 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 Parade
. Tickets are available online at www.ardentheatre.org/tickets/teenarden
or by calling 215.922.1122. Teen Arden is made possible by the Albert M. Greenfield Foundation.
Book by Alfred Uhry
Music and Lyrics by Jason Robert Brown
Co-conceived by Harold Prince
Directed by Terrence J. Nolen
Production Co-conceived by Jorge Cousineau and Terrence J. Nolen
In 1913 Atlanta Georgia, a Jewish factory manager named Leo Frank is accused of murdering a young girl. The whole town turns against him, leaving his wife Lucille as his only defender. Based on a true story, this soaring musical is brought to life by Philadelphia's most powerful singers.
Arden Theatre Company
F. Otto Haas Stage
40 N. 2nd Street, Old City Philadelphia 19106
September 26 - November 3, 2013
Preview performances: September 26 - October 1, 2013
Opening night: 7pm Wednesday, October 2, 2013
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)
Kathryn Brunner (Resident of Philadelphia, PA) - Mary Phagan
Rachel Camp (Resident of Philadelphia, PA) - Essie
Derrick Cobey (Resident of New York, NY) - Newt Lee/Jim Conley/Riley
Jeffrey Coon (Resident of Philadelphia, PA) - Britt Craig/Foreman/Mr. Peavey
Ben Dibble (Resident of Malvern, PA) - Leo Frank
Caroline Dooner (Native of Rosemont, PA; Resident of New York, NY) - Monteen
Jennie Eisenhower (Resident of Philadelphia, PA) - Lucille Frank
Sarah Gliko (Resident of Philadelphia, PA) - Mrs. Phagan/Sally Slaton
Scott Greer (Resident of Philadelphia, PA) - Gov. John Slaton/Det. Starnes/Luther Rosser
Robert Hager (Resident of New York, NY) - Frankie Epps
Dennis Holland (Resident of New York, NY) - Old Soldier/Guard/Judge Roan
Alex Keiper (Resident of Philadelphia, PA) - Iola Stover
Anthony Lawton (Resident of Philadelphia, PA) - Hugh Dorsey
Kenita Miller (Resident of Bronx, NY) - Minnie McKnight/Angela
Michael Phillip O'Brien (Resident of Philadelphia, PA) - Young Soldier/Off. Ivey/Tom Watson
Terrence J. Nolen - Director
Jorge Cousineau - Scenic and Video Designer
Rosemarie E. McKelvey - Costume Designer
Thom Weaver - Lighting Designer
Daniel Perelstein - Sound Designer
Ryan Touhey - Music Director
Amanda Morton - Associate Music Director and Conductor
Nikki Cousineau - Choreographer
Alec E. Ferrell - Stage Manager
Kate Nelson - Assistant Stage Manager
OPENING NIGHT SPONSORS:
Harmelin Media, JPM Catering, Hatboro Beverages
Reviewing members of the press are invited to opening night Wednesday, January 23 at 7pm and may reserve tickets through Leigh Goldenberg at email@example.com
The Arden's 2013/14 Season includes:
, Book by Alfred Uhry, Music and Lyrics by Jason Robert Brown - September 26 - November 3, 2013
, By Lydia R. Diamond - October 24 - December 22, 2013
Sideways Stories from Wayside School
, Adapted by John Olive from the books by Louis Sachar - December 4, 2013 - February 9, 2014
Water by the Spoonful
, By Quiara Alegría Hudes - January 16 - March 16, 2014
, By Anton Chekhov, a new translation by Curt Columbus - March 20 - April 20, 2014
Dr. Seuss's The Cat in the Hat
, Based on the book by Dr. Seuss - April 16 - June 22, 2014
, By Michael Hollinger - May 22 - June 22, 2014
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 Childrens Theatre, the citys first resident professional childrens 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