Theatre Philadelphia announces the return of Philly Theatre Week featuring hundreds of theatrical performances across the region between April 1-10, 2022. The ten day festival will showcase the talents of 64 organizations with 85 shows and events.

Greater Philadelphia residents will find something for everyone, with a collection of classics, experimental theatre, improv, readings, workshops, and more. Audiences are encouraged to support companies they already know as well as use the accessible ticket prices to explore new theatre they haven’t seen before. Participating organizations include a range of organizations, professional theatres, academic institutions, and self-producing artists, including Kimmel Cultural Campus, Almanac Dance Circus Theatre, Bristol Riverside Theatre, Crossroads Comedy Theater, InterAct Theatre Company and WIthout a Cue Productions.

“Philly Theatre Week continues to be a special time of year when the entire theatre community, from audience, to solo producers to our Center City theatre institutions, get to pointedly celebrate our world class sector,” said Executive Director LaNeshe Miller-White. “We are thrilled to see the ongoing commitment of audiences and producers to make space for this annual event. Our kick-off event marks the first in-person event for Theatre Philadelphia since 2020. We are so excited to be able to gather again with the artistic community.

Events include a variety of live and virtual performances and workshops, theatre-by-mail and chatroom, and exclusive ticket pre-sales, showcasing theatre across the Greater Philadelphia region with shows in Philadelphia, Delaware, South Jersey, Bucks County, and the Main Line and Western Suburbs.

Tickets for participating events are limited and Free, $15 or $30 and found only at www.phillytheatreweek.com.

  • Theatre Philadelphia Philly Theatre Week Kick-Off

    Free, In-person event
    Wednesday, March 30th, 5:00pm – 7:00pm

    Join the theatre community on the rooftop garden of the Kimmel Center to kick off the 5th annual Philly Theatre Week! See preview scenes, songs, and interactive performances from participating Philly Theatre Week companies for Theatre Philadelphia’s first in-person event since 2020! Theatre Philadelphia is excited to be one of the Kimmel Cultural Campus’ partners!

  • The Trailblazers Collective The Preacherman by Cris Eli Blak

    April 1-10, On-Demand Virtual Event

    The Preacherman is the story of a young man that is one of many victimized by a pillar in the community – Kevin, a preacher at their Baptist church. This story tells of the bravery of the young men speaking out, and the truth behind what happens behind closed doors – specifically the overlooked stories of abused, young Black men in the church.

  • Linnea Bond New World Rising!

    April 1 – 10, In-person event

    It is the final decade for humans to redress our impact on the planet. Since you attended an eye-opening environmental lecture several years ago, you have joined the fight against the many-headed hydra of climate change with increasing fervor. But no matter how many marches, letters to politicians, protests, donations, and local and global campaigns you organize, it seems the forces against you only grow stronger. You’re tired and frustrated, and the world is on the brink. You decide the time for nonviolence is over. Part immersive performance, part audio play, part walking tour, this is roughly a 60 minute single audience member ambulatory adventure.

  • Passage Theatre Company Janet Wide Awake: The Hedgepeth-Williams Dream

    April 1 – April 3, In-person event

    In the 1940s, Gladys Hedgepeth and Berline Williams challenged the Trenton school formerly known as Junior High No. 2 and its policy of segregation after their children were not admitted due to their race. After a historic legal battle, the New Jersey Supreme Court struck down the widespread practice of segregation in New Jersey public schools. Written and performed by both theatre professionals and students from Hedgepeth-Williams Middle School of the Arts, the show shares our local history with the next generation and shows us what can happen when you stand up for what’s right. Appropriate for ages 10+

  • Players Club of Swarthmore Three Tall Women

    April 1 – April 2, In-person event

    Winner of the Pulitzer Prize, Edward Albee’s play is considered a masterwork of modern theater. Directed by Bohdan Senkow, the production lays bare the truths of our lives – how we live, how we love, what we settle for, and how we die. The protagonist, an elderly woman, reflects on her life with a mixture of shame, pleasure, regret, and satisfaction. She recalls the fun of her childhood and her early marriage, when she felt an overwhelming optimism. She also bitterly recalls negative events that caused her regret: her husband’s affairs and death, and the estrangement of her gay son.

  • Miniball Sophie Sucre: A Study in Sensual Performance via the Humanist Gaze

    April 3 – April 5, In-person event

    Meet Sophie, as she explores her most authentic erotic sensual self as a Black Women leveraging the erotic as power through a long-form, 45-minute Burlesque Performance. 18+

  • Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas (LMDA) Happy Hour with LMDA

    April 4, 5:30pm – 7:00pm, In-person event

    Join LMDA for a free Happy Hour (alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks available) to learn about the 2022 International Conference being held in Old City from July 20-24, 2022!

  • People's Light Hold These Truths

    April 6 – April 9, In-person event

    Steven Eng plays real-life activist Gordon Hirabayashi (and 37 other characters!) in this critically acclaimed solo play. As a young man, Gordon struggles to reconcile his admiration for the U.S. Constitution with the government’s 1942 orders resulting in the forced removal and internment of over 120,000 people of Japanese descent. Marked by hope, humor, and an irrepressible zest for life, Gordon’s journey of resistance ultimately leads to the famous Supreme Court case Hirabayashi v. United States—a legacy that continues to resonate today. Recommended for ages 10+ due to mature themes.

  • Hella Fresh Theater Frauenschlläechterei

    April 1-10. Theatre by Mail

    A German lawyer tries to make Brigette Helm an American Movie Star in 1930s Hollywood.

  • Philadelphia Dramatist Center Nowhere/Now here

    April 1 – April 9, Virtual Event

    When was the last time you looked behind you and found yourself somewhere unexpected but familiar? Have you been to the void in space-time that is all the rage in travel for the rocket-set? Where were you when you last caught that particular scent? Nowhere/Now Here is an exploration of place, time, and being. Seven short plays have been selected from a cadre of submissions. Come, see the place we’ve made for you. Be present with us as we explore. Fall with us through the void.

  • Crossroads Comedy Theater Chip Chantry: The Farewell Tour

    Friday, April 1, In-Person Event

    The world is ending, so Chip Chantry is taking one last lap around the stage. Come on out to Crossroads Comedy Theater to see this former 4th grade teacher and current nationally touring comedian hold back the goodbye tears as he makes you laugh. Please note this is not really his last performance. Or is it? To be fair any show could be his last and the world can end at any time. Features Marcely Jean-Pierre and Alyssa Al-Dookhi.

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