New York City, 1959. An aging vaudevillian comic, grasping to remain relevant in the ever-changing world of "show biz," tries to revive his career with a starring turn in an avant-garde off-Broadway play. Meanwhile, his daughter struggles to uncover truths from her childhood that her father would rather keep hidden. From Philadelphia playwright Bruce Graham, author of three previous Arden works, comes a new play about a man whose legacy is on the line and for whom comedy is serious business.
The Arden Cabaret Series features live music and performance in the 100-seat Studio Theatre at the Arden's Hamilton Family Arts Center. Created to provide an opportunity for artists to perform, develop and present work that is important to them, the Arden Cabaret Series offers a unique and intimate conversation between Arden artists and audiences. A-list Philadelphia musical theatre performers including Jeff Coon, Joilet Harris, Kristine Fraelich and more will perform cabaret acts curated and directed by Arden Associate Artistic Director, Matthew Decker, and Music Supervised by Amanda Morton.
The civil rights movement is sweeping across Pittsburgh's Hill District in 1969 and Memphis Lee's diner is scheduled to be torn down, a casualty of the city's renovation project. Struggling to cope with a rapidly changing world, Memphis and the diner regulars fight to hang on to their solidarity and sense of community. From Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright August Wilson comes this masterpiece about everyday lives in the shadow of great events, and of unsung men and women who are anything but ordinary.
What do you get when you take fairy tale classics and turn them on their heads? The widely acclaimed Caldecott Award-winning book comes to the stage in a wildly creative new production featuring a cast of characters including Jack (of "Beanstalk" fame), Chicken Licken, the Really Ugly Duckling, and the infamous Cheese Man of titular fame. With music and madcap adventures, this Arden production will prove that kids can be both silly and smart.
John Glore adapts Jon Scieszka’s collection of parodies, including “The Princess and the Bowling Ball,” “The Really Ugly Duckling,” and (our fave) “The Boy Who Cried Cow Patty.” This one is best suited for ages 5 and older.