Join us for our 25th Anniversary season
2017-18 Celebration of John Guare
This season honors the extraordinary work of great American playwright, John Guare. EgoPo is presenting the 3-play Lydie Breeze Trilogy as the entirey of our mainstage season. We kick-off the season with a 1-week run of Guare’s Tony award winning musical, Two Gentlemen of Verona.
Photo by Paul Kolnik
January 31-May 6, 2018
EgoPo is presenting this trilogy as the entirety of our mainstage season. The Lydie Breeze Trilogy is the pinnacle of playwright John Guare’s career, and EgoPo is proud to be presenting the World Premiere production right here in Philadelphia, with original music by Jay Ansill and Cynthia Hopkins. This three-play American epic traces the journey of the Breeze family from the age of Nantucket whaling, through Civil War battlefields, to Utopian communities, and the birth of the 20th century. EgoPo has assembled an impressive ensemble of actor/musicians to bring you this once-in-a-lifetime theatrical event.
The plays can be seen as a three-part series spread over three months, a three-night marathon, or a one-day (nine-hour) marathon with meal breaks - the ultimate Lydie Breeze experience!
The Lydie Breeze Trilogy will take place at Christ Church Neighborhood House, 20 N. American Street in Philadelphia.
Season Kickoff Cabaret: Two Gentlemen of Verona
November 9-12, 2017
In 1971, after the success of House of Blue Leaves, John Guare was approached by Mel Shapiro and the Public Theater to help turn Shakespeare’s Two Gentlemen of Verona into a rock musical. This madcap tale of love, friendship, and betrayal, with music by Galt MacDermot (Hair), won Guare the Tony Award for Best Book of a Musical and beat out Grease and Follies for Best Musical. Take this rare opportunity to see a different side of Guare’s diverse work, a glass of wine in hand. A ticket to this staged concert version is included for Bronze level subscribers and above.
Two Gentlemen of Verona will take place at the Latvian Society Theater, 531 N. 7th Street in Philadelphia.
Major support for the Lydie Breeze Trilogy has been provided by The Pew Center for Arts