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The Tempest
With poetry that brings the roiling sea to heel, The Tempest commands us to examine what happens when one ruler is exiled, his successor washed up on shore, and both must choose between conflict and reconciliation. Can old grievances lead to new hope or are we compelled to repeat our past sins? In the great comic fable of his artistic maturity, Shakespeare explores how the choices we make lead to unexpected consequences. Power becomes magic. Exile leads to revenge. Love paves a path to reconciliation, and poetry triumphs over all. Written by William Shakespeare Directed by Charles McMahon

presented by Lantern Theater Company
03/2018/15 - 04/2018/29
Aipotu by John Guare
Formerly known as Gardenia, Aipotu is one of the most celebrated plays of Tony Award-winning playwright John Guare and the centerpiece of the trilogy. Lydie, Joshua, Dan, and Amos settle on Nantucket to create a Utopian commune to heal the scars of war. Aipotu will become a beacon for a new America. Faced with the realities of communal living – What will we do for money? Who’s turn to tend to the baby? Where is the cow? – each member grapples with their commitment to Aipotu and each other. Can an unexpected treasure from a dubious source save them, or do the fractures within the group run too deep? As America searches for its new post-war identity, this makeshift family must make room for their inner demons to find a new path.

presented by EgoPo Classic Theater
03/2018/07 - 03/2018/18
A pioneer of contemporary dance in Cuba makes its Philadelphia debut. The award-winning DanzAbierta will perform the local premiere of full-length work, Malson (2009), a sharp and melancholic love letter to Havana based in a virtual world of relationships and conflict. Cuba’s bustling streets, colorful cityscapes and blue sea come alive in film vignettes that partner with high-energy movement and original music by renowned Afro-fusion composer X Alfonso. Don’t miss DanzAbierta’s first-ever stop in Philadelphia!

presented by Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts
03/2018/22 - 03/2018/23
Elements of Friction: new circus-theater at The Icebox Project Space!
Tangle Movement Arts presents all-new circus-theater at the Icebox Project Space, March 23-24! When everything is wrong, do you ground yourself first—or charge into the flames? In ELEMENTS OF FRICTION, trapeze and aerial silks play out elemental tensions. Tangle's acrobats spark connection, flow between worlds, absorb new ideas, and drift into fresh territory. Mixing live music, dynamic acrobatics, and video installation by immersive digital artist Carver Audain, Tangle's ten-woman cast searches for balance as stone strikes flame and wind ripples water. ELEMENTS OF FRICTION offers a patchwork of strategies, a toolkit of renewal and resistance, and an explosion of aerial dance. Tangle Movement Arts is a circus arts company with a contemporary twist, whose work integrates circus with dance, theater, and spoken word to tell a multi-dimensional story. A Philly Fringe favorite since 2011, Tangle has been praised for "blending circus-style acrobatics with a smart theatrical spin."

presented by Icebox Project Space
03/2018/23 - 03/2018/24
Small Mouth Sounds
March 13 – April 1, 2018 Following an acclaimed run in New York City, Small Mouth Sounds, a unique and compassionate new play written by Bess Wohl and directed by Rachel Chavkin, asks how we address life’s biggest questions when words fail us. The New York Times, New York Magazine, AND Time Out NY Critics’ Pick is coming to Philadelphia for the first time! In the overwhelming quiet of the woods, six runaways from city life embark on a silent retreat. As these strangers confront internal demons both profound and absurd, their vows of silence collide with the achingly human need to connect. Be ready to take a deep breath.

presented by Philadelphia Theatre Company
03/2018/13 - 04/2018/01
Mozart Requiem & Beethoven Mount of Olives
Majestic, solemn and sublime! Soloists: Andrea Lauren Brown (soprano), Jody Kidwell (alto), Dana Wilson (tenor), Kevin Deas (bass) Mozart’s majestic and sublime Requiem, his final composition, written on his deathbed and left unfinished at his untimely death, now considered the most profound music he ever conceived, is paired with Beethoven’s Christ on the Mount of Olives (sung in English), his first major choral composition, a work that depicts with dramatic and musical intensity the events of that first Good Friday. Be uplifted and inspired on this sacred day!

presented by Vox Ama Deus
03/2018/30 - 03/2018/30
Let the Daughters of Liberty Nobly Arise: Women & Poetry, Past and Present
Join us for a special two-part program taking a closer look at women and poetry from the 18th century and today.   The first session on March 3rd will be a free presentation by Rebecca Rosen, current doctoral candidate at Princeton, examining the lives and writings of several women poets of 18th century Philadelphia. The second session, taking place on March 17th, will be a writing workshop where participants can use the historical framework as a jumping-off point to creating their own work. The workshop will be led by three highly-regarded women currently writing and performing poetry in their communities, including Trapeta Mayson, Sue Landers, and Yolanda Wisher.   Guided by historical themes in poetry, the workshop will offer an amazing opportunity for budding artists to work directly with professional poets. The workshop will come to a close with a reception, where work created by participants can be displayed and shared.   Workshop on March 17th is $10, tickets are limited.

presented by Stenton
03/2018/03 - 03/2018/17
The Harriet Tubman Living History Experience
Returning to Wyck by popular demand! Reverently called “Moses” by the hundreds of enslaved Africans she helped and the thousands of others she inspired. The Harriet Tubman Living History Experience highlights and heightens public awareness of the Underground Railroad, Civil War, and the life of one of the 19th century’s most celebrated figures. The Harriet Tubman Living History Experience is presented as part of The Women's History Series at Wyck Historic House, Garden, and Farm: a series of presentations for Women’s History Month in honor of the wondrous women who called Wyck home between 1690-1973 to continue their legacy of innovation, education, and equality.

presented by Wyck Historic House, Garden, and Farm
03/2018/17 - 03/2018/17
The Erotic Literary Salon/Adult Sex Ed: A Verbal Sanctuary for Sexual Expression
"This is the most fun I have had for the least amount of money....Great place to take a date....Met so many nice people (single woman)....Finally had my unusual sex questions answered by an expert..." Come hear what all of Philadelphia, the Daily News, Philadelphia Inquirer & Philadelphia Magazine have been talking about since 2008. Susana Mayer, Ph.D. is the creator & host of this comfortable & safe space. Hear erotica & sex memoirs. NO CENSORSHIP. Participate as a reader, storyteller, spoken-word performer, or just come to listen, enjoy & applaud. Prior to readings: Adult Sex-Ed, lead by Dr. Mayer Sexologist & co-host Walter. Answers to your anonymous questions are audience driven, along with Dr. Mayer’s academic input. Eccentric Walter keeps this session most lively with his quirky sense of humor. Every month there is a different audience participation section, such as creating erotic Mad-Libs and sex bucket list.

presented by The Erotic Literary Salon
03/2018/20 - 06/2018/19
Isis Productions presents Frozen by Bryony Lavery
Ten year old Rhona is sent to her Grandma’s to deliver much needed garden sheers. She never returns. Her mother, Nancy remains in a frozen state for 20 years. She is hoping for a miracle. Meanwhile at the same time, Agneatha, an American psychologist who has devoted her life to studying sociopathic serial killers is travelling to England to interview Ralph, the convicted killer of Rhona. Ingrid, Nancy’s oldest daughter convinces Nancy she can not go forward unless she forgives Ralph and the consequences of the forgiveness are surprising. What makes a sociopathic serial killer. Why does humanizing the kill change the killer

presented by Isis Productions
03/2018/09 - 04/2018/01
Debussy & His Legacy
Singing City's winter concert featuring works by Debussy, Messiaen, Gershwin, Miles Davis, and the world premiere of Supplice, a new work by Benjamin C.S. Boyle. With special guest Laura Ward, pianist, and Gamelan Kusuma Laras, a classical Javanese gamelan orchestra, described by the NY Times as a “skilled ensemble...a treat to watch.”

presented by Singing City
03/2018/17 - 03/2018/17
Matt& | Improv Comedy
Matt& is an improv comedy show where Matt Holmes performs with a random stranger plucked from the audience. Called a “must-see” and a “best worst nightmare come true,” nothing is planned, it’s all made up live as you're watching it, and every performance is unique. "My partner is almost always someone who has never even seen improv before, let alone tried to do it", says Matt. "I tell them three things: they can do and say whatever they want, it's my job to make it work, and everyone wants them to succeed." If you're used to improv shows, this one might feel a little different. Not only because of the audience member's starring role, but also because Matt and his crew incorporate improvised musical accompaniment, improvised lighting, and improvised sound effects, giving the show a more theatrical and cinematic feel.

presented by CSz Philadelphia
03/2018/04 - 03/2018/25
ComedySportz Minor League Matinee
CSz Philadelphia is proud to present The ComedySportz Minor League Matinee! Every Sunday afternoon @ 2PM, two teams, The Philadelphia 676ers and The New Jersey Pine Barons battle for the laughs of you, the Loyal Fans in a fast-paced 60 minute comedy improv match. The Players compete over several rounds using the sport's myriad of official improv games while a Referee times the games and calls the fouls and a live Announcer provides scoring updates and color commentary. At the end, you choose the winner! ComedySportz is appropriate for families, children, grandparents, couples, singles -- EVERYONE!

presented by CSz Philadelphia
02/2018/04 - 04/2018/29
The Member of the Wedding
A classic dramedy about a 12-year-old tomboy, her younger cousin and the family maid. A heartfelt tale depicting the enmeshed lives of whites and blacks in the 1940s American South.

presented by The Players Club of Swarthmore
03/2018/16 - 03/2018/31
All The World's A Stage
ALL THE WORLD’S A STAGE, a journey through life in song . . . The phrase coined by William Shakespeare becomes the inspiration for this 60 minute evening of prose, song and dance, using characters from “Commedia Dell’ Arte”   The evening plans to take its audience on a journey through the Seven Ages of Man: infant, school going boy, the young lover, the soldier/fighter, justice, and old-age. The evening will be filled with music from some of theatre’s greatest composers: Andrew Lippa, Stephen Sondheim, Irving Berlin, Ahrens and Flaherty and Rodgers and Hammerstein to name just a few.

presented by Renaissance Music Theatre Company
03/2018/09 - 03/2018/17
MFON: Women Photographers of the African Diaspora
On Friday, March 16, join the African American Museum in Philadelphia (AAMP) and the Philadelphia Photo Arts Center (PPAC) as we host a special conversation, book signing and reception to celebrate the launch of MFON: Women Photographers of the African Diaspora. MFON: Women Photographers of the African Diaspora is an exclusive and commemorative publication committed to establishing and representing a collective voice of women photographers of African descent. The inaugural issue of MFON features over 100 women photographers across the Diaspora. This March 16th event will include a panel discussion featuring MFON founders Laylah Amatullah Barrayn and Adama Delphine Fawundu alongside MacArthur Genius award-winning scholar and photographer, Deborah Willis, PhD. The conversation will be moderated by PPAC board member, Dr. Anna Arabindan-Kesson of Princeton University.

presented by Philadelphia Photo Arts Center
03/2018/16 - 03/2018/16
The Legend of Finn McCool
Ireland is a the land of great storytelllers, and the tale most often told is the story of Finn McCool, hunter, poet and hero. With his faithful dog, Bran, Finn uses the wisdom of the Salmon of Knowledge to rid the land of Cuchullan the Giant and Save King Cormac's Castle Tara. Two actors bring all the characters to life in this spirited, one hour productions designed for family audiences, ages 3 and up.

presented by Family Stages
03/2018/14 - 03/2018/17
Elves and the Shoemaker
A destitute shoemaker is bewildered and delighted by the new shoes that magically appear in his shop overnight. The enchanted visits mark the beginning of a new life for him and his devoted wife, but who is really responsible for this tiny miracle? An original musical based on the enchanting Grimm Brothers' tale. Appropriate for age 3 and older

presented by Storybook Musical Theatre
03/2018/06 - 03/2018/18
Ian Buruma | A Tokyo Romance: A Memoir
“One of those rare historian-humanists who bridge East and West” (Wall Street Journal), Ian Buruma is the author of The Missionary and the Libertine; Murder in Amsterdam; Year Zero: A History of 1945; Theater of Cruelty: Art, Film, and the Shadows of War; and Their Promised Land, an account of his grandparents’ love and separation during the 20th century’s darkest hours. The winner of the PEN/Diamonstein-Spielvogel Award for the Art of the Essay, the Erasmus Prize, and the Shorenstein Journalism Award, he is the editor of The New York Review of Books. A Tokyo Romance is an unsparing account of Buruma’s journey into that city’s frenetic and surreal ’70s underground culture.

presented by Free Library of Philadelphia
03/2018/15 - 03/2018/15
NextMove Dance presents Company Wang Ramirez
Europe-based, Company Wang Ramirez makes its Philadelphia debut with Monchichi, an award-winning dance theater work fusing hip hop, contemporary, ballet, tango and martial arts. It is performed and choreographed by artistic directors Honji Wang, a classically-trained German born dancer of Korean descent and Sebastien Ramirez, a Frenchman, B-Boy and hip hop virtuoso who are partners in life and on stage.   Monchichi creates a stunning portrait of an urban, mobile and intercultural couple. Tanz calls it “ Tanztheater at its best … living poetry.” Set to music composed by Everdayz with selections from Carlos Gardel, Alva Noto and Nick Cave, the sparse twinkling tree set suggests a 21st century Garden of Eden.   Wang/Ramirez choreographed for Madonna’s 2015-16 Rebel Heart tour. The Company has performed at Théâtre de la Ville, La Villette and Théâtre National de Chaillot (Paris), Sadler’s Wells (London), Apollo Theater (New York), and Mercat de les Flors (Barcelona).

presented by NextMove Dance
03/2018/15 - 03/2018/18
Bubble Guppies Live: “Ready to Rock”
Put on your water-wings and jump into a swimsational adventure! The Bubble Guppies are getting ready to rock n’ roll with some totally fin-tastic tunes, but when a special band member goes missing, the show can’t go on! With a little help from Mr. Grouper and giggly little fish, Molly, Gil, and the gang embark on an adventure as they search every corner of their underwater world for their missing friend! Including a wave of playful characters, energetic song and dance and theatrical magic, Nickelodeon’s Bubble Guppies Live! “Ready to Rock” will have kids, parents and grandparents singing and dancing along with this rockin’ interactive show!

presented by Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts
03/2018/17 - 03/2018/17