Temple Repertory Theater

Consulting, Communications Strategy, & Social Media for Temple Repertory Theater, a newly-created professional company of artists closely associated with the Department of Theater at Temple University.
Photo by Michael Persico

Friends of Temple Theaters may know the sprawling Tomlinson Theater stage well, but this summer the space will be reimagined to facilitate a compelling, dramatic exchange between the actors and the audience. To achieve this, the audience will sit in a disarmingly intimate configuration—up close and personal with the stage and the actors—literally thrusting them into the action of the play.

This refreshing angle will be brought to life by a group of accomplished professional actors with Broadway, New York, national, and regional credits currently working towards their Master of Fine Arts degrees at Temple University, combined with Temple-affiliated directors, designers and theater artists collaborating as a repertory company. Led by Barrymore Award-winning director Dan Kern (Lantern’s Skylight), the Temple Repertory Theater troupe promises to infuse the summer arts scene in Philadelphia with a jolt of exciting, uncompromising theater.

THREE SISTERS by Anton Chekhov

translation by Paul Schmidt
directed by Dan Kern
Tomlinson Theater
July 7 – August 1, 2010
A daring staging of Chekhov’s masterwork will strip the play of its period trappings and focus squarely on its extraordinary characters, the Prozorovs, a privileged family in turn of the 20th Century Russia. Sisters Olga, Masha, and Irina yearn for the excitement of Moscow, but find themselves stuck—literally, existentially—in the listless, boring countryside, imagining the futures that escaped them once life got in the way. A meditation on lost dreams, audiences will undoubtedly recognize Three Sisters as an aching metaphor for the death of the America Dream.

MEASURE FOR MEASURE by William Shakespeare

directed by Douglas C. Wager
Tomlinson Theater
July 8 – July 30, 2010
TRT presents a provocative Measure for
our times: Isabel, a modest young postulant, yearning to take the veil, must plead for the life of Claudio, her wrongly condemned brother. Chosen by Duke Vincentio to rule in the wake of his mysterious abdication, the novice authority, Angelo, invokes a draconian moral order over the city-state of Vienna. In self-imposed exile, the Duke seeks to somehow redeem a world where both faith and justice seem dangerously blind to the dichotomy of desire that fuels both flesh and spirit, a dichotomy that threatens to rip apart the very soul of civilization. Shakespeare’s final apocalyptic comedy is at once as timely as today’s headlines and a timeless meditation on the fragile threshold between vengeance and mercy that dwells in the heart of humanity.

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