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Season


Kill Move Paradise by James Ijames directed by Blanka Zizka

9.4.18 – 9.23.18 Written by Philadelphia playwright, actor, and HotHouse Affliated Artist James Ijames, Kill Move Paradise is a visionary and poetic response to the killing of young Black men in America. A testimony to the heroism, beauty, and vulnerability of men who are unduly treated as a threat from an early age.

Mr. Ijames...shows his characters trying to find the logic in the senselessness…it radiates an urgent and hypnotic theatrical energy.

– Ben Brantley, The New York Times

Photo of Lindsay Smiling, Akeem Davis, and Anthony Martinez-Briggs by Matt Saunders.


Mr Burns, a post-electric play by Anne Washburn directed by Yury Urnov

10.23.18 – 11.11.18 The power grid is down. Facing an uncertain future, a group of survivors entertain themselves by re-creating an episode of The Simpsons. What follows in three startling acts is a wildly funny post-apocalyptic adventure, performed by the “ex-cellent” HotHouse Company.

Mr. Burns has arrived to leave you dizzy with the scope and dazzle of its ideas... with depths of feeling to match its breadth of imagination. – Ben Brantley, The New York Times

Mr. Burns will include a student matinee. If interested in bringing a group, contact groupsales@wilmatheater.org.

Photo of Ross Beschler, Sarah Gliko, Brett Robinson, and Campbell O’Hare by Matt Saunders.


MR. BURNS, A POSTELECTRIC PLAY


romeo and juliet by William Shakespeare directed by Blanka Zizka

1.15.19 – 2.3.19 Blanka Zizka and the HotHouse Company bring their visceral and contemporary style to Shakespeare’s tragic love story, creating a timely exploration of unconditional love attempting to reconcile with unforgivable violence.

[Zizka is] a rigorous director whom actors praise for the expectations she sets and the way she invites them to expand their craft. – Howard Shapiro, WHYY News

Romeo and Juliet will include 3 student matinees. If interested in bringing a group, contact groupsales@wilmatheater.org.

Photo of Matteo Scammell and Taysha Marie Canales by Matt Saunders.


Dionysus Was Such A Nice Man a world premiere by Kate Tarker directed by Dominique Serrand

4.23.19 – 5.12.19 “Life’s a party. Don’t puke.” Out in the suburbs of Corinth, old man Polybus and his family go wild when they learn that adopted son Oedipus has hit it big, and plan a bender to end all benders. But plans can, and do, go awry. Beer-guzzling bacchanals set the stage for a mythic take on the #MeToo Movement in this world premiere commissioned for the HotHouse Company. “With Kate Tarker the American theatre at long last has a woman comedic anarchist, in the company of Jarry, Orton, Durang, Apollinaire!” – Paula Vogel Photo of Leo Sweeney by Matt Saunders.


WILMA 4 PLAY

PACKAGE

Experience living, adventurous art and save on your tickets. FULL/WYNTIX WEEKDAYS

New SENIOR

New YOUNG FRIENDS

FIRST TUESDAY - THURSDAY AND FINAL TUESDAY

$100

$100

$100

OPENING NIGHT

$180

$180

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FIRST WEEKEND

$130

$125

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WEEK 2 AND 3

$155

$140

$120

(excluding the final Tuesday performance)

FLEX PACKAGES

We’re flexible! Pick any performance dates and seats that work for you with this package.

STUDENT AND INDUSTRY PACKAGES - $40

Students and theater industry members can purchase their Wilma 4 Play Package for only $40! At $10 a ticket, this is the best deal in Philadelphia. Student ID or proof of theater industry work is required for purchase.

PURCHASE YOUR SEASON TICKETS

215.546.7824 or at www.WilmaTheater.org/tickets


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Annual Fund donors are essential to continuing the Wilma’s commitment to daring aesthetics and realizing our mission. The cost of your ticket only covers about 30 cents of every dollar it takes to produce the work you see on stage and provide fullysubsided programs for youth in Philadelphia public schools. We need your donations to support hiring the best artists to bring plays to life in a way you will find nowhere else in American theaters. Making a donation in addition to your 4 show package grants you access to an exciting array of benefits.

DONOR BENE Giving Circle 4 Show Package + $250-$499 All 4-Show Package Benefits Invitation for two to attend the First Look Party, our exclusive 2019/2020 season reveal before public announcement.

Season Circle 4 Show Package + $500-$999 All of the Giving Circle benefits, plus: Invitation for two to attend two Opening Night Pre-Show Events.


The Company of Blood Wedding. Photo by Bill Hebert.

FITS Premiere Circle 4 Show Package + $1,000-$4,999 All Season Circle benefits, plus: Invitation for two to attend four Opening Night Pre-Show events Invitation for two to attend two First Read events with Wilma artists and staff and selected tech rehearsals.

Leadership Circle 4 Show Package + $5,000-$9,999 All Premiere Circle benefits, plus: Invitation for two to attend four First Read events with Wilma artists and staff, selected tech rehearsals and run-throughs. Invitation for two to attend Cast Wrap Party celebrating close of the season.

Producer Circle 4 Show Package + $10,000 and above To attach your name to a production, production element, or education opportunity, sponsorship benefits will be customized to fit the level of support and your individual interests.

To make a donation or for more information visit wilmatheater.org/giving or contact Audra Allen, Development Director at AAllen@WilmaTheater.org or 215.893.9456 x109.


BRING A GROUP TO THE WILMA Purchasing 10 tickets or more can open up numerous benefits to your group: • Waived handling fees • Backstage tours and pre-show discussions • 20% group discount for select dates and ticket prices* • An additional complimentary ticket for every 25 tickets you purchase. • Access to the Wilma Studio to host a private event with catering by Good Karma Cafe**

Learn more about the benefits of bringing a group to the Wilma by emailing GroupSales@ WilmaTheater.org. *Does not include WynTix pricing **Additional fees apply

GROUPS, EDUC WILMA CLASSROOM Want to connect your classroom to living, adventurous art? Wilma Classroom provides subsidized tickets to educators at high schools and universities, encouraging them to incorporate Wilma productions into their curriculum by granting access to pre- and post-show discussions, artist talks in classrooms, study guides, workshops and more. For more information, contact our Education Assistant Rachel Beecher at 215.893.9456 x113 or at RBeecher@wilmatheater.org. Photos of students from The George Washington Carver High School of Engineering and Science, El Centro de Estudiantes, and members of the Philadelphia Senior Center courtesy of The Wilma Theater.


CATION, AND COMMUNITY WILMAGINATION

PORTABLE STUDIO

Brings fully subsidized theater based residencies to Philadelphia public high schools. Wilma teaching artists collaborate with classroom teachers to integrate a Wilma production—its themes, narrative techniques, and performance styles— into their class curriculum. Students create original work in response to the play and perform it for an invited audience.

The Wilma Theater’s Portable Studio Program invites Philadelphians to get excited about theater by trying it for themselves. Groups see one of our productions together and then create short works of theater alongside the Wilma’s professional artists in community spaces. For more information, go to wilmatheater.org

The Wilma Theater is an approved beneficiary of Pennsylvania’s Educational Improvement Tax Credit program. Showcase your company’s generosity and empower the next generation of theatergoers while reducing your corporate tax liability. Contact Audra Allen, Development Director at AAllen@WilmaTheater.org or 215.893.9456 x109 for more information.


GOOD KARMA CAFE AT THE WILMA Good Karma Cafe at the Wilma has become “the city’s de facto arts coffee house” (Philadelphia Inquirer). A haven in the middle of Center City, the cafe is open from 6am to 10pm, seven days a week. It has turned the Wilma from a theater into a hub of artistic discussion and exploration.

To get announcements about cafe events, sign up to our email list on WilmaTheater. org or follow @ thewilmatheater on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.

HAPPENING I N CAFE CHATS After every performance, join Wilma artists and staff for an informal discussion about the production. Discuss what resonated with you during the performance and delve into the behind-the-scenes process of each production.

BEER NIGHT Stop by the Good Karma Cafe bar to taste a selection of beers from local brewing companies. Beer Nights are a part of the second Friday performance of every production.


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Photos of Good Karma Cafe at the Wilma Theater by Plate 3 Photography, HotHouse Crush Series photo of Jaylene Clark-Owens courtesy of The Wilma Theater.

DIRECTORS GATHERING DIALOGUE

THE HOTHOUSE CRUSH SERIES

In this audience-led post-show discussion, a member of the Directors Gathering sits down with the director of the Wilma’s current production to explore the artistic process. Directors Gathering Dialogues are a part of the first Thursday performance of every production.

Ever had a crush? A quiet obsession with someone you know? Don’t lie. We know you have. And you’ll be in good company at the Wilma’s HotHouse Crush Series: a set of events hosted by our HotHouse Company of actors. Join them as they share the art and artists that make them swoon and sigh. Featuring everything from theatre, to movement, to music, to spoken word; grab a drink and enjoy this cabaret series. And don’t be surprised if our crushes make you blush, too.

YOUNG FRIENDS NIGHT Join our Young Friends Committee as they serve up the best of Philly bites and drinks. Network with other local young professionals before and after the show and engage with Wilma staff and artists. Young Friends Nights are a part of the third Friday performance of every production. Learn more about The Wilma Theater Young Friends on Facebook @WilmaYF.


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Cover: Photo by Plate 3 Photography Page 2-3: Campbell O’Hare and Taysha Marie Canales in Blood Wedding. Photo by Bill Hebert. Ross Beschler, Anthony Martinez-Briggs, and Steven Rishard in Adapt! Photo by Alexander Iziliaev. Anthony Martinez-Briggs in Passing Strange. Photo by Bill Hebert.

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