Founded in 1996 by Joe Canuso and Trish Kelly, Theatre Exile was created by a group of artists who wanted to rattle the gates of the mainstream. Drawn to plays that explore the complexities of the human condition and contain a sense of true Philadelphia grit and passion, Exile has produced 54 full-scale productions, including 14 world and 25 Philadelphia premieres. They were the first Philadelphia organization to produce such powerhouse playwrights as Pulitzer Prize and Tony winner Tracy Letts, Noah Haidle, Rona Munro, David Harrower, Annie Baker and Rajiv Joseph. For their excellence in producing theatre, they have received 49 Barrymore Award nominations, with six awards total. Theatre Exile believes in freedom of expression formulated through innovation, exploration and provocation, all while providing a safe and creative environment, in which local artists can grow, experiment and ultimately, find their own voice.
Theatre Exile Exposes the Undefined Self In 2013/14 Season
PHILADELPHIA – July 24, 2013 – Theatre Exile asks the question “Who am I?” this year and next with three witty and incendiary plays during their 2013-2014 season. The season will include two Philadelphia premieres – Cock by Mike Bartlett and Annapurna by Sharr White – as well as an American classic – Sam Shepard’s True West.
“Theatre Exile is always interested in delving into questions of identity in the plays we present. This season we’ll explore the universal battle to discover a sense of self in these three works,” says Producing Artistic Director, Deborah Block. “And we’ll continue our legacy of being the first to bring exciting new voices to the Philadelphia arts community with two local premieres in our 17th season.”
Theatre Exile will launch their 2013-2014 season from their South Philadelphia Studio X with the Philadelphia premiere of Cock by British playwright Mike Bartlett (Oct. 17 – Nov. 10, 2013). A stripped-raw story, Cock is an exploration of how definitively society identifies individuals by one’s sexuality and the toll that can take on the human psyche. Deborah Block helms this daring, witty and honest portrayal of the fight for identity. Cock will be followed by Sam Shepard’s True West (Jan. 30 – Feb. 23, 2014), directed by Associate Artistic Director, Matt Pfeiffer and presented this winter at Plays and Players Theatre. Speaking to the heart of Exile’s mission, Shepard’s classic play examines the human condition, focusing on the vicious rivalry between brothers, Austin and Lee, as they reunite for the first time in years. The season will close with the Philadelphia premiere of Annapurna by Sharr White (April 17 – May 11, 2014), brought to the intimate Studio X under the direction of Founding Artistic Director, Joe Canuso and starring Philadelphia favorites Pearce Bunting (HBO’s Boardwalk Empire, Theatre Exile’s A Behanding in Spokane) and Catharine Slusar (Theatre Exile’s Iron, Any Given Monday). The play explores how former lovers Ulysses and Emma have each changed and what has changed between them in their 20 years of separation. Can the time apart be enough to face the depths of denial and forgive the devastation of their past? [See below for the full season descriptions, dates and locations.]
Theatre Exile will continue their Studio X-hibition New Play Development series with readings of three new plays by local playwrights including the Frank Rizzo project (yet to be titled) by Bruce Graham, based on the book by Sal Paolantonio, and featuring North of the Boulevard star, Scott Greer. [Dates TBA]
For tickets and information: www.theatreexile.org or 215-218-4022, Monday – Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Theatre Exile’s 2013/14 Season
October 17 – November 10, 2013 (Press opening: October 23, 8:00 p.m.)
Written by Mike Bartlett
Directed by Deborah Block
Studio X, 1340 S. 13th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19147
Cock is an exploration of how definitively society identifies individuals by one’s sexuality and the toll that can take on the human psyche. Written by British playwright Mike Bartlett, this stripped-raw story follows John as he is forced to decide what he is in order for those around him to accept who he is.
January 30 – February 23, 2014 (Press Opening: February 5, 8:00 p.m.)
Written by Sam Shepard
Directed by Matt Pfeiffer
Plays and Players Theater, 1714 Delancey Place, Philadelphia, PA 19103
Shepard’s classic play focuses on the rivalry between brothers, Austin and Lee, as they reunite for the first time in years. Their reunion is fraught with extreme tension and catastrophic power shifts. Each brother struggles through their jealousies in order to sustain superiority by stealing each other’s characteristics.
April 17 – May 11, 2014 (Press Opening: April 23, 8:00p.m.)
Written by Sharr White
Directed by Joe Canuso
Featuring Pearce Bunting and Catharine Slusar
Studio X, 1340 S. 13th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19147
Annapurna is a beautifully written love story about the long lost romance between soul mates, Ulysses and Emma. They explore how they have each changed and what has changed between them in their 20 years of separation. Will they be able to fix what was destroyed so long ago? Can the time apart be enough to face the depths of denial and forgive what is past? Founding Artistic Director, Joe Canuso will direct Philadelphia favorites Pearce Bunting (HBO’s Boardwalk Empire, Theatre Exile’s A Behanding in Spokane) and Catharine Slusar (Theatre Exile’s Iron, Any Given Monday) in the intimate Studio X.
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