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
September 4 - 23, 2018


Written by Philadelphia playwright, actor, and HotHouse Affiliated 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


Mr. Burns, a post-electric play

by Anne Washburn
directed by Yury Urnov
October 23 - November 11, 2018


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


Romeo and Juliet

by William Shakespeare
directed by Blanka Zizka
January 15 - February 3, 2019


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 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.” – Howard Shapiro, WHYY News


Dionysus Was Such A Nice Man

by Kate Tarker
directed by Dominique Serrand
April 23 - May 12, 2019


"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 comissioned 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


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Photo of The Wilma HotHouse Company in Blood Wedding by Bill Hebert.