On Stage at the Ira Brind School of Theater Arts

The Good Person of Szechwan

The Good Person of Szechwan

New Play Festival

New Play Festival

Big River

Big River

Join Us and Discover the Next Generation of Theater Artists

Each season, the Ira Brind School of Theater Arts produces more than a dozen plays and musicals featuring top talents from across America. Experience the passion and creativity of young artists on the threshold of professional success.

Tickets will be available soon for the following events! For inquiries, please e-mail Jen Jaynes.

Your ticket dollars fund scholarships and other programs that support Brind School students!

Fall 2017 Season

It Takes One

a solo show from Joshuah Simpson

It Takes One is a deeper look into one of Stephen Sondheim’s most revered pieces, Into the Woods. This solo piece asks what happens when we step back to realize that we all are each and every character in Into the Woods; from the Narrators opening line, to Cinderella’s final note, the writers of this show managed to created these stock characters that have a thinly veiled layer of complexity as to forewarn us against an array of our own desires. It Takes One dives in between the lines of the show to talk about the greater level of identity politics as presented through the words of Sondheim and Lapine.

Arts Bank Cabaret

Performances: September 8-10


Invisible People

The Berserker Residents, Philly’s alt-comedy theater company, will research and develop their next show, Invisible People, for the 2017 FringeArts Festival. Student-creators will work alongside the company in crafting this new comedy skewering regional theatre-making, testing the audience-performer relationship, and ultimately shining light on the literal and figurative people we overlook the most – those who work behind-the-scenes. In addition to performing, students will be asked to discover the play through improvisation, prompt-driven creation, and traditional comedy playwriting. We are seeking bold and brave individuals who aren’t afraid to break the mold of traditional comedy and theatre.

Caplan Studio Theater

Performances: September 14-23


The Bourgeois Gentleman by Moliére

directed by KC MacMillan

The Bourgeois Gentleman is a five-act comédieballet play intermingled with music, dance and singing– gently satirizing the pretensions of a social climber whose affectations are absurd to everyone but himself.

Arts Bank Theater

Performances: October 5-8


The Maids by Jean Genet

directed by Torez Mosley

Solange and Claire come up with strange subversive rituals while their wealthy employer (Madame) is away. They fantasize about murdering her in great detail. This is an absurdist play that explores the love-hate relationship that those in servitude might feel. This is also a fictionalized account of a high profile murder case that happened in France in the 1930s.

Gershman Black Box

Performances: October 26-29


American Idiot

Music by Green Day| Lyrics by Billie Joe Armstrong| Book by Billie Joe Armstrong and Michael Mayer

directed by Matt Decker

American Idiot takes Green Day™’s chart-topping 2005 punk rock album and brings it vibrantly to life. American Idiot follows a young anti-hero, Johnny, the self-proclaimed “Jesus of Suburbia”, and his two buddies, Will and Tunny, as they attempt to break out of their mind-numbing, aimless suburban existence.

Arts Bank Theater

Performances: November 9-19
 

The Hunchback of Notre Dame

directed by Nicholas Wainwright

Quasimodo, the deformed bell-ringer who longs to be Out There, observes all of Paris reveling in the Feast of Fools. Held captive by his devious caretaker, he escapes for the day and joins the boisterous crowd, only to be treated cruelly by all but the beautiful gypsy, Esmeralda. Quasimodo isn’t the only one captivated by her free spirit, though the handsome Captain Phoebus and Frollo are equally enthralled. As the three vie for her attention, Frollo embarks on a mission to destroy the gypsies, and it’s up to Quasimodo to save them all.

Caplan Studio Theater

Performances: December 7-10

 

Workshops

  • A new musical by Michael R Jackson
  • Bound in Darkness by Stefania Zamparelli
  • Acedia by Taj Rauch

Dates to be determined and announced