2012-2013 Season Brochure
Welcome to 1812 Productions' 2012-2013 Season!
Subscriber Photos by John Flak and Mark Garvin “If laughter occupies a prominent place in your entertainment diet, you certainly owe a considerable debt to 1812 Productions. “A dream team - CBS Philly - WHYY Subscriber Photos by John Flak and Mark Garvin “Thank you for giving us the opportunity to laugh together and enjoy the friendship you share with us as part of the 1812 family.” – Susan, Kathy, John, and Dean – Subscribers “There can never be too many occasions to laugh and 1812 comes through with the laughs every time.” – Natalie & Richard – Subscribers - Daily News m of comic heavyweights” - Philadelphia Weekly “Gleams with comic gold” - Philadelphia Inquirer “A fantastic opportunity to appreciate the art of comedic theatre by true professionals. - Edge Philadelphia “Splendid, belly-busting Happy-making, thought-provoking, and totally enjoyable.” – Ellen & Ernie – Subscribers “Jen Childs blew us away with her amazing talents and we know the rest of the company will continue to make us laugh… which is what we love to do.” – Marc & Donna – Subscribers Our 2012-13 Season is a chance for you to experience high-quality comedic theater that amazes, challenges, delights, pushes boundaries, makes you think, and creates community through laughter. Our annual political variety show, This Is The Week That Is, combines WHIPSMART SATIRE with cutting-edge video and over-the-top production numbers every year to speak comedic truth to power. And as we race towards the 2012 presidential election, there will be no shortage of material! We continue our commitment to local artists with the VIRTUOSIC PHYSICAL COMEDY Dave & Aaron Go To Work, a Laurel and Hardy inspired silent piece which features neo-vaudevillians, and Philadelphia favorites, Dave Jadico and Aaron Cromie. Playwright Jeffrey Hatcher’s To Fool The Eye is a BLISSFULLY ROMANTIC SCREWBALL COMEDY that looks at the fleeting nature of memory and the heartbreakingly humorous ache of love. And we close the season with It’s My Party: The Women and Comedy Project, a ROCKSTAR COMEDY EXTRAVAGANZA that celebrates the role of humor in women’s lives and features an ensemble of truly brave, sexy, fabulous, intelligent, and hilarious women. IT’S A SEASON YOU DON’T WANT TO MISS! So I hope you will join us and find out what these subscribers on our brochure already know – 1812 is what’s so funny. Brochure Art Direction & Design: Tyler Melchoir & Social Impact Studios - Jennifer Childs, Artistic Director email@example.com “Just the ticket when the real news gets you down” - Philadelphia Inquirer The June and Steve Wolfson Family Foundation Series Honorary Producer Sharon & Jeff Weiss SEPT. 27 – NOV. 4 Written & Performed by the This Is The Week That Is ensemble 1812’s original political satire returns just in time for the 2012 presidential election, ready to put Barack Obama and Mitt Romney to the test. Voters can look forward to a special Election Pageant (complete with swimwear and talent competitions), hearing the candidates do some confrontational crooning in American Presidential Idol, up to the minute reporting from 1812’s This Is The Week That Is news team, and, of course, a visit from the voice of reason herself, Patsy from South Philly. Supported in part by Independence Foundation’s New Theatre Works Initiative Production Sponsor www.1812productions.org “Sheer bliss …with Chaplin-esque grace” - City Paper Honorary Producer Sharon & Jeff Weiss NOV. 29 – DEC. 31 Created & Performed by Dave Jadico and Aaron Cromie A visually stunning, wordless comedy with music, Dave & Aaron Go To Work tells the story of two buttoned-down everymen, one fastidious and one rumpled, living their lives in a shoebox-sized apartment. With more than a nod to Laurel and Hardy, Charlie Chaplin, and Buster Keaton, Dave & Aaron Go To Work features Barrymore Award winning neo-vaudevillians Dave Jadico and Aaron Cromie, tightly choreographed slapstick, whimsical puppetry, and stage magic in a show that will delight audiences from 6 to 106. Photo by John Flak Supported in part by Independence Foundation’s New Theatre Works Initiative www.1812productions.org “A delightful farce that intelligently wonders about the nature of love” - Minneapolis Star Tribune FEB. 14 – MAR. 3 Adapted by Jeffrey Hatcher from Jean Anouilh’s Leocadia Translated by Stephanie L. Debner Starring Maureen Torsney-Weir A gossamer comedy confection, To Fool The Eye is Jeffrey Hatcher’s (Compleat Female Stage Beauty, Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde) new adaptation of Jean Anouilh’s romantic comedy Leocadia. In To Fool The Eye, Amanda, a poor hatmaker from Paris, is invited to a chateau by an eccentric duchess to spend a weekend trying to make the duchess’ suicidal nephew forget about the death of his great love—the divine Leocadia. But Amanda soon finds she isn’t the only one asked to play a part as, throughout the weekend, layers of reality literally fall away to reveal that the trick of true love is no trick at all. Photo by Mark Garvin Presented in collaboration with Drexel University’s Mandell Professionals in Residence Project (MPiRP) which is supported in part by a grant from the Samuel P. Mandell Foundation. www.1812productions.org “Jennifer Childs is Philadelphia’s reigning comic queen” - American Theatre Magazine The Phoebe and Otto Premiere Series APR. 25 – MAY. 19 Written and Directed by Jennifer Childs Choreography by Emmanuelle Delpech Musical Direction by Monica Stephenson & Alex Bechtel It’s My Party: The Women and Comedy Project is the brainchild of 1812 Productions’ Artistic Director, and “the funniest woman in Philadelphia,” Jennifer Childs. This comedy extravaganza will be the culmination of two years of research, a dozen workshops, and nearly a hundred interviews with women from all walks of life—exploring, and exposing, the role of comedy in women’s lives. Starring Susan Riley Stevens, Drucie McDaniel, Charlotte Ford, Cathy Simpson, Bi Jean Ngo, Cheryl Williams, and Melanie Cotton, It’s My Party is a unique blend of physical comedy, storytelling, and music in a one-of-a-kind theatrical event. Follow the show’s progress, read about its history, and share your own story at www.womenandcomedyproject.blogspot.com It’s My Party: The Women and Comedy Project has been supported by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage through the Philadelphia Theatre Initiative. Supported in part by Independence Foundation’s New Theatre Works Initiative Supported in part by The Lida Foundation www.1812productions.org 1812 Productions is pleased to bring you a one-night-only event in our own signature style—from an evening of David Sedaris Christmas stories, to a concert performance of Michael Ogborn’s Box Office of the Damned, to a selection of works by Steve Martin. While we can’t yet say what this year’s Evening of Holiday Shorts will be, we can offer you a great deal on tickets! When you purchase with your subscription, you can secure your seats to An Evening of Holiday Shorts for only $20 per ticket, and you will be seated before the general public! Use the order form in this brochure to add tickets to your subscriptions and guarantee your savings, as well as another hilarious night with 1812! Our 2012-2013 season will take place at two different locations. This Is The Week That Is, Dave & Aaron Go To Work, and Itâ€™s My Party will all be performed at: Plays & Players Theatre, 1714 Delancey Street. To Fool The Eye will be performed at: The Mandell Theater, 3201 Chestnut Street. As always, if you have any questions just give us a call at 215.592.9560 or log on to www.1812Productions.org The Mandell Theater Market St. Ludlow St. Chestnut St. Walnut St. YES! I WANT TO BE AN 1812 SUBSCRIBER! HERE ARE A COUPLE OF NOTES TO HELP YOU CHOOSE YOUR SUBSCRIPTION DATES: 1. Preview performances have a post-show talkback with the cast and director. 2. Subscribers can exchange their tickets with 24 hours notice. Upgrade fees may apply. DAY TIME SUB. PRICE Thurs*+ 8pm Sept. 27 Nov. 29 Feb. 14 Apr. 25 $80 Fri*+ 8pm Sept. 28 Nov. 30 Feb. 15 Apr. 26 $80 Sat*+ 8pm Sept. 29 Dec. 1 Feb. 16 Apr. 27 $80 Sun*+ 2pm Sept. 30 Dec. 2 Feb. 17 Apr. 28 $80 Tues*+ 8pm Oct. 2 Dec. 4 Feb. 19 Apr. 30 $80 Wed** 7pm Oct. 3 Dec. 5 Feb. 20 May 1 $128 Thurs 8pm Oct. 4 Dec. 6 Feb. 21 May 2 $104 Fri 8pm Oct. 5 Dec. 7 Feb. 22 May 3 $120 Sat 8pm Oct. 6 Dec. 8 Feb. 23 May 4 $128 Sun 2pm Oct. 7 Dec. 9 Feb. 24 May 5 $120 May 6 $80 Mon 7pm Tues 8pm Feb. 26 Wed 6:30pm Oct. 10 Dec. 12 Feb. 27 May 8 $104 Thurs 8pm Oct. 11 Dec. 13 Feb. 28 May 9 $104 Fri 8pm Oct. 12 Dec. 14 Mar. 1 May 10 $120 Sat 8pm Oct. 13 Dec. 15 Mar. 2 May 11 $128 Sun 2pm Oct. 14 Dec. 16 Mar. 3 May 12 $120 Oct. 17 Dec. 19 May 15 $104 Wed 6:30pm Thurs 8pm Oct. 18 Dec. 20 May 16 $104 Fri 8pm Oct. 19 Dec. 21 May 17 $120 Sat 2pm Dec. 22 $120 Sat 8pm Oct. 20 Dec. 22 May 18 $128 Sun 2pm Oct. 21 Dec. 23 May 19 $120 $104 * = Previews ** = Opening Night + = Post Show Discussion Wed 6:30pm Thurs 8pm Oct. 25 Dec. 27 $104 Fri 8pm Oct. 26 Dec. 28 $120 Sat 2pm Dec. 29 $120 Sat 8pm Oct. 27 Dec. 29 $128 Sun 2pm Oct. 28 Dec. 30 $120 Mon 7pm Oct. 29 Dec. 31 Tues 8pm Wed 6:30pm Thurs Fri Oct. 24 Dec. 26 Oct. 31 $104 N/A $104 8pm Nov. 1 $104 8pm Nov. 2 $120 Sat 8pm Nov. 3 $128 Sun 2pm Nov. 4 $120 NAME: Address: City: State: Zip: Daytime Phone: Evening Phone: Please add me to your email list! My email address is: I AM: (CHECK ONE) A renewing subscriber A new subscriber Renewing under a different name CHOOSE YOUR SUBSCRIPTION TYPE (CHECK ONE): $80 = Preview $120 = Fri. Evenings, Sat. Matinees, Sun. Matinees $104 = Mon., Tues., Wed., Thurs. $128 = Sat. Evenings, Opening Nights CHOOSE YOUR DATES: Day/Date/Time This Is The Week That Is Dave & Aaron Go To Work To Fool The Eye It’s My Party ORDER FORM Number of subscriptions x $ Number of tickets to An Evening of Holiday Shorts Handling fee = Number of subscriptions = $ x $20 = $ x $5 each =$ Please consider a contribution to 1812 Productions (Thank You!) = $ Total = $ PAYMENT: Check (Please make checks payable to 1812 Productions) Credit Card: We accept Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover Card Number: Expiration date: 3 or 4 digit Security Code: Signature: MAIL TO: 1812 Productions 421 N. 7th Street, Suite 218 Philadelphia, PA 19123 SUBSCRIBER SEATING REQUEST ORDER BY PHONE OR ONLINE: 215.592.9560 www.1812productions.org THANK YOU! All performances have reserved seating. Please indicate any special seating needs or requests. Also, if you have friends with whom you’d like to sit, please let us know. 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