AMERICAN GIANTS II:
Join us for another fantastic festival season!
Last year’s American Giants season featured the works of Arthur Miller, Tennessee Williams, and Eugene O’Neill. This year we feature the works of three of the greatest female playwrights of American theater: Lillian Hellman, Clare Boothe Luce, and Sophie Treadwell.
We return to the same pivotal era of American theatre (the 1930s): a time in which modernization challenged traditional definitions of gender, identity, marriage, and even happiness; an era that saw the redefinition of the American Dream itself which, for the first time, women helped to craft.
The plays we have chosen to honor these playwrights celebrate all aspects womanhood, including the comic, and the dark. These female playwrights, as much as their male counterparts, created dynamic female anti-heroes and revolutionized the field in their explorations. In the end, we chose simply to celebrate these great playwrights for their masterful explorations of humanity. We invite you to join us on a new exploration of American theater, and to honor the legacy of these prolific writers.
Each year, we craft a season-long journey which is best enjoyed in its entirety. We have several subscription tiers that allow you to customize your festival and special event experience. One of our Subscriber perks this season includes tickets to our Mid-Season Party, featuring our fourth show (Susan Glaspell’s Trifles), which is exclusive to 2015-16 Bronze Subscribers and above.
All performances are at The Latvian Society of Philadelphia, 531 N 7th St, Philadelphia, PA 19123
Directed by Adrienne Mackey
Lillian Hellman’s renowned play, set in an all-girls boarding school in the 1930s, returns to Philadelphia to launch the season. When one of the wealthy girls does not get her way, she destroys the lives of the headmistresses by accusing them of a secret love. This powerful tragedy that confronts the dangers of sexual prejudice, shockingly, still resonates today. Guest director Adrienne Mackey, of Swim Pony Performing Arts, brings this classic to an exciting new life for EgoPo.
Directed by Brenna Geffers
The 1928 premier of this remarkable drama by Sophie Treadwell was the pinnacle of American Expressionism, and permanently transformed theater in our country. Inspired by the real life of convicted and executed murderer, Ruth Snyder, this feminist masterpiece is a stunningly dark journey inside the female psyche. Director Brenna Geffers brings her distinctive vision to this haunting play that has received revivals throughout the century to great acclaim.
Directed by Lane Savadove
Clare Boothe Luce’s comic masterpiece satirizes marriage through the eyes of an all-female cast. This hilarious social critique of the pampered lives and power struggles of Manhattan socialites exposes the genuine emotions that lie concealed behind their artifice. This timeless classic ran for two years on Broadway in the 1930s and has been made into two feature films. Directed by EgoPo Artistic Director, Lane Savadove, and featuring an impressive ensemble of some of Philadelphia’s finest actresses.
January 23, 2016 - Members Mid-Season Event
Playwright Susan Glaspell co-founded the Provincetown Players, America’s first theater company, and one of the most influential in our history. A prolific Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright, she is now best known for discovering Eugene O’Neill. However, her play Trifles is a masterpiece of American realism and one of the most powerful short plays ever written. Staged here by Barrymore Award winning director, Dan Kern, this private showing, which includes drinks and food, is only available with an EgoPo Membership. BUY NOW
June 2016 - Annual Gala
EgoPo Classic Theater is a proud participant in the Barrymore Awards for Excellence in Theatre, a program of Theatre Philadelphia. Last season, our productions of Death of a Salesman and The Hairy Ape were Barrymore Recommended. For more information about the Barrymore Awards and other Barrymore Recommended productions, visit www.theatrephiladelphia.org.