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OUR 2020-21 SEASON

Fat Ham and Minor Character will both be released digitally.
Minor Character might also be simultaneously produced with some in-person audience, depending on local conditions.

FAT HAM

BY JAMES IJAMES
DIRECTED BY MORGAN GREEN

April 29 – May 23, 2021

A filmed production of a hilarious, poignant new play

The ghost of Juicy’s dad haunts him and asks for revenge – on Juicy’s uncle, who has now married his widowed mom. Sound familiar? Yes, but … 

This contemporary adaption of Shakespeare’s Hamlet, set in the American South, explores big issues (like toxic masculinity and cycles of violence) with a light touch. Fat Ham is the latest from award-winning playwright and Wilma Co-Artistic Director James Ijames (Kill Move Paradise).

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Minor Character

MINOR CHARACTER

SIX TRANSLATIONS OF UNCLE VANYA AT THE SAME TIME

CREATED BY NEW SALOON
TEXT BY ANTON CHEKHOV
TRANSLATIONS BY MARIAN FELL, LAURENCE SENELICK, PAUL SCHMIDT, CAROL ROCAMORA, MILO CRAMER, AND GOOGLE TRANSLATE
DIRECTED BY YURY URNOV

“ENJOYABLE OFF-BEAT FUN” -BROADWAYWORLD

A zany reworking of one of modern theater’s classic stories, Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya. Six translations – including Google Translate’s profoundly nonsensical one – are blended together into one wildly exciting, warmhearted collage. 

Minor Character transforms Chekhov’s masterwork onto the modern stage, while keeping its humor, ambiguousness, and humanity.

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HOTHOUSE SHORTS

The HotHouse Shorts, created by the Wilma’s acclaimed acting company, are free to the public, though donations are encouraged to support our company and the Wilma’s ongoing work. These shorts are as varied in style as they are in content, reflecting both the diversity of passions and variety of talents of local Philadelphia artists. 

Three Shorts are currently available. Additional Shorts will be released later this season.

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OTHER PROJECTS

In early 2021, we aim to re-release some of Wilma’s digital works from 2020 and are exploring ways to collaborate with theaters across the country to share their work with you, too. These events will be an opportunity for you to have discounts, early access, or to redeem a WilmaPass ticket. 

We are planning other presentations throughout the season for WilmaPass subscribers. Sign up for our mailing list for the latest!

OLDER SHOWS

HEROES OF THE FOURTH TURNING

A digital capture of a site-specific production

BY WILL ARBERY
DIRECTED BY BLANKA ZIZKA 

STREAMING DEC. 1-20 EXTENDED!

“ASTONISHING” –NEW YORK TIMES

Four Catholic conservative friends gather at a backyard party in Wyoming. Their reunion sparks riveting debates that are by turns hilarious, repulsive, and surprisingly seductive.

Winner of the 2020 Obie Award for Playwriting, the New York Drama Critics’ Circle Award for Best Play, and the Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Play! Finalist for the 2020 Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

This site-specific production will be captured following strict safety procedures. After going through quarantine and coronavirus testing, our creative team will travel to a secluded Airbnb home in the Poconos, and will stay in a closed quarantined “bubble” for three weeks, getting tested regularly while rehearsing and capturing the play.

“The astonishing new play explores the lives and ideas of conservatives with affection, understanding and deep knowledge — if not, ultimately, approval.” -New York Times, Best of the Year

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