Written and Directed by Blanka Zizka
March 22, 2017April 22, 2017

“Your play is very you! - East Europeanish, quirky and eccentric, personal and political, and very much a director’s play... congratulations on writing a play of real individuality.” – Tom Stoppard

It’s the summer of 1977 and 22-year-old Lenka is fleeing authoritarian Czechoslovakia for the art and beauty of New York City. At the start of her journey, Lenka is confronted by an Old Woman from an extinct Slavic tribe who guides her through a dream-like world where the past and future meet and multiple realities collide. From a refugee camp to Central Park, Blanka Zizka’s Adapt! is a kaleidoscopic look at a young immigrant’s journey in a surreal world full of surprises, accompanied by a musical landscape ranging from traditional folkloric songs through Czech protest ballads to the pop sounds of the late 20th century.

Major support for Adapt! has been provided by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage.


Click here to see photos from the first workshop of Adapt!



During the run of  Adapt!, The Wilma Theater will remount Jennifer Baker's exhibit "Portraits of People on the Move," originally presented as a companion to Cardell Dance Theater’s “Supper, People on the Move,” choreographed by Silvana Cardell. The exhibit features first-person stories and photo portraits of individual Philadelphia immigrants from Argentina, Pakistan, Honduras, Italy, Albania, Iraq, Haiti. and elsewhere -- journeys undertaken for many different reasons,  traversing many different landscapes, and completed with many different consequences. 

Click here to explore the exhibit's online blog or to read stories from the Wilma community click here. 




Krista Apple • Lenka 35
Ross Beschler • Napoleon / Reagan / Ilya
Keith J. Conallen • Bureaucrat / Father
Sarah Gliko • Bureaucrat / Mother
Aneta Kernová • Lenka
Jered McLenigan • Marek / St. Bernard
Anthony Martinez-Briggs • Bureaucrat / Hot Dog Seller
Aneza Papadopoulou • Old Woman
Campbell O’Hare • Young Woman / Hana
Steven Rishard • Bureaucrat / Pavel
Michael Rosse • Grandfather

Production Team

Blanka Zizka • Playwright / Director
Matt Saunders • Set Designer
Oana Botez • Costume Designer
Thom Weaver • Lighting Designer
Daniel Perelstein • Sound Designer
Mariana Sadovska • Composer and Musical Director
Christopher Ash • Projection Designer
Stew • Translation & Arrangement of Karel Kryl’s songs
David Bova • Hair and Makeup Designer
Silvana Cardell • Choreographer
Ian Rose • Fight Director
Walter Bilderback • Dramaturg
Nell Bang-Jensen • Dramaturg
Clayton Tejada • Production Manager
Patreshettarlini Adams • Resident Stage Manager / AEA

HONORARY PRODUCERS: Linda and David Glickstein