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THE WILMA THEATER Announces the 2013 – 2014 Season

May, 2013
Contact: Johnny Van Heest, Public Relations Manager
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THE WILMA THEATER Announces the 2013 – 2014 Season
A production from DC’s Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, Two World Premieres including a collaborative project with Paula Vogel, and the 10th Wilma production of a play by Tom Stoppard

PHILADELPHIA – The Wilma Theater is pleased to announce the four plays that will make up its upcoming 2013 – 2014 Season. The Wilma will open the season with Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company’s The Convert by Danai Gurira, directed by Michael John Garcés. The Convert will be followed by two World Premieres – Lisa D’Amour’s new comedy Cherokee, directed by Anne Kauffman and Don Juan Comes Back from Iraq (working title), by Pulitzer Prize-winner Paula Vogel, directed by Blanka Zizka. Blanka  Zizka worked with Paula Vogel for two years to develop  Don Juan Comes Back from Iraq, and they will collaborate with a company of local actors and designers for the production’s World Premiere. The Wilma will close its 2013 – 2014 Season with The Real Thing, the 10th Wilma production by Tom Stoppard, directed by David Kennedy.

Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company’s
THE CONVERT
by Danai Gurira
directed by Michael John Garcés
October 9 – November 10, 2013

From OBIE Award-winning playwright Danai Gurira (Eclipsed, In the Continuum) comes a rich, unflinching, yet compassionate story.  Set in 1895 amid the colonial scramble for Southern Africa, the play follows Jekesai, a young girl who escapes village life and a forced marriage arrangement, ultimately discovering Christianity under the guidance of an African teacher. However, as anti-colonial sentiments rise to a boiling point, Jekesai must choose between her new God and the spirits of her ancestors.  “An impressive new work by an impressive young playwright” (The Philadelphia Inquirer), The Convert examines complex cultural and religious collisions that shaped the post-colonial world, the reverberations of which are still felt throughout the world today.

CHEROKEE
by Lisa D’Amour
directed by Anne Kauffman
January 8 – February 8, 2014

2013 Obie-winner and Pulitzer Prize finalist for Detroit, Lisa D’Amour’s new comedy Cherokee finds two couples from Houston embarking on a camping trip, not realizing how ripe they all are for transformation.  Escaping their humdrum routine in an economically uncertain world, things quickly go awry when one of the four campers goes missing and a mysterious half-Cherokee enters their campground.  The three remaining campers begin to question what they find valuable in their lives, and whether or not it is possible to commit to a different kind of life.  A World Premiere production at the Wilma, Cherokee will be directed by Anne Kauffman who recently directed the Wilma’s acclaimed productions of Becky Shaw and Body Awareness; both shows received Barrymore Awards for Best Director and Best Play.

DON JUAN COMES BACK FROM IRAQ (working title)
by Paula Vogel
directed by Blanka Zizka
March 19 – April 20, 2014

Pulitzer Prize-winner Paula Vogel (How I Learned to Drive) joins creative forces with Wilma Artistic Director Blanka Zizka, along with a full company of actors and designers to develop a World Premiere production in Philadelphia.  Playing with time and space, this is a tale of one marine’s return home from war and discovery that his lover is missing.  Searching for her, he embarks on a surrealistic tour through the streets and history of Philadelphia.  This collaborative project is inspired by Don Juan Returns from the War (written in 1936 by Bertolt Brecht’s younger contemporary Ödön von Horváth) and grounded in the experiences of recent veterans who often return from Iraq or Afghanistan to a home where most of the population has little direct connection with war.

THE REAL THING
by Tom Stoppard
directed by David Kennedy
May 21 – June 22, 2014


Tony® Award-winner for Best Play, The Real Thing combines Tom Stoppard’s characteristically brilliant wordplay, wit, and insight, illuminating the nature – and the mystery – of love.  Henry is a brilliant and celebrated playwright. With his wife Charlotte in the starring role, his new play examines the complexity of love and infidelity.  But when passions ignite and his own marriage becomes entwined with that of Charlotte's co-star, Henry's reality and fiction blur.  As he struggles to write a new work, the players in this game of deceit and lust are all searching, but can any of them find 'the real thing'?  This will mark the Wilma’s 10th production of Stoppard’s work (Rock ‘n’ Roll, The Invention of Love).  “Nobody in Philadelphia does Tom Stoppard better than The Wilma Theater!” (Philadelphia Weekly)

Special Events
Throughout the season, the Wilma will announce free readings which offer audiences previews of plays, chosen from the best new writing from the U.S. and abroad. Audience members will also have opportunities to attend special chats with members of the artistic team and Onstage Conversations on themes related to the season’s plays.

Subscriptions & Tickets
Subscription prices range from $32 – $220, with Flex Subscriptions available that give subscribers the flexibility to choose performance dates over the season. Special discounts are available on subscriptions for seniors, students, and educators.  Subscriptions are available by calling 215.546.7824, visiting The Wilma Theater box office located at 265 South Broad Street in Philadelphia, or online at wilmatheater.org.  Single tickets for the 2013 – 2014 Season go on sale July 1st.

Mission
The Wilma Theater creates living, adventurous art. We engage artists and audiences in imaginative reflection on the complexities of contemporary life. We present bold, original, well-crafted productions that represent a range of voices, viewpoints, and styles.

 

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