Announcing the 2018/2019 Season

The season includes a play from a Philadelphia favorite, a new spin on a cartoon classic, a return to the Bard, and a world premiere play commissioned by The Wilma Theater. 


Kill Move Paradise

by James Ijames
directed by Blanka Zizka


Isa, Daz, Grif, and Tiny fall into an unfamiliar, strange place where they grapple with their new situation and the violence that ripped them from their former lives. Local playwright James Ijames’ Kill Move Paradise connects the hyper-theatricality of a journey through antic Elysium with the contemporary immediacy of the Black Lives Matter movement. It is a look at these men not as troublemakers but as heroes slain with a story to tell and beautiful beings to be remembered. 

“Mr. Ijames, who has said his play is inspired by the shooting of 12-year-old Tamir Rice by a Cleveland police officer three years ago, 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


Mr. Burns, a post-electric play

by Anne Washburn
directed by Yury Urnov


It’s the end of everything in contemporary America. A future without power. But what will survive? Food? Batteries? The Simpsons?

Mr. Burns, a post-electric play asks how the stories we tell make us the people we are, explodes the boundaries between pop and high culture and, when society has crumbled, imagines the future for America’s most famous family. The Wilma HotHouse Company takes on Anne Washburn’s eccentric play filled with the comfort of a good story that can only be described as “ex-cellent.”

“When was the last time you met a new play that was so smart it made your head spin?... 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.” - The New York Times


Romeo and Juliet

by William Shakespeare
directed by Blanka Zizka


Blanka Zizka’s production brings a gutsy and visceral interpretation of Shakespeare’s tragic love story. Taysha Marie Canales and Matteo Scammell lead the Wilma HotHouse Company in this contemporary exploration of biting language and bi-partisan mentality, traditions of an older generation versus the vitality of the younger and unconditional love matched 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. She’s been at the forefront of the expanding theater scene that, over the decades, has blossomed into a vibrant community.” – WHYY News


Dionysus Was Such A Nice Man

by Kate Tarker
directed by Dominique Serrand


In a wind-up toy universe out in the countryside of Corinth, two shepherds and their daughter drunkenly celebrate their son, Oedipus’ ascension to the throne as King of Thebes. But when Oeddie forgets to credit his shepherd parents, the bacchanal takes a darker turn. Filled with flowing wine and falling cows, Dionysus Was Such A Nice Man is a farcical and timely twist on the Oedipus tale.

“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 The Wilma HotHouse Company in Blood Wedding by Bill Hebert.