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Season Sponsored by Dr. Stephanie Creary & Hugo De La O

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EgoPo's Annual Gala:

A Harlem Renaissance Salon

October 3, 2022

SOUTH Jazz Kitchen, 600 N. Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19130

This year’s gala will celebrate the spirit of the 1920s Harlem Renaissance: an intellectual and cultural rebirth of Black music, theater, art, literature, fashion, and scholarship.  Put on your party clothes for a sumptuous evening of innovative soul food at the amazing SOUTH Jazz Kitchen on North Broad with live jazz and blues, poetry readings, live performances, and intellectual discourse. Come celebrate and support the launch of our new season.​

“Owner/Chefs Benjamin and Robert Bynum, previously of Zanzibar Blue and WarmDaddys, have been on Philadelphia's food and music scene for decades, offering up southern-inspired food and preserving the city's rich jazz tradition” - CBS News

Sponsored by Drs. Lisa & Glenn George

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The Ways of White Folks 

By Langston Hughes

Directed by Ontaria Kim Wilson & Dane Eissler

Conceived for the stage with Lane Savadove

January 11-22, 2023

The Mansion at Glen Foerd

5001 Grant Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19114

This world premiere theatrical staging of Langston Hughes’ 1934 American classic presents powerful portraits of race relations in America. Told with unparalleled candor, each short story offers a private view into the absurd and tragic interactions between White and Black people across systemic divides. In EgoPo’s immersive promenade staging, you are invited to attend a New Age retreat at the historic Glen Foerd Estate on the Delaware River. There you will be welcomed into each character’s room on a tour of the extravagant mansion to witness their intimate and private lives.

“Some of the best stories [to] have appeared in this country in years” - NY Times 1934

Developed with Support from Rowan University College of Performing Arts

Sponsored by Dr. Joel & Mrs. Bobbie Porter

Opening Night Sponsored by Gail Ehrlich

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Plum Bun

By Jessie Redmon Fauset

Directed by Walter DeShields

Dramaturgy by Dr. Lisa Bratton

Adapted by Walter DeShields & Lane Savadove

April 19-29, 2023

Christ Church Neighborhood House

20 N. American St, Philadelphia, PA 19106

A resident of North Philadelphia and valedictorian from Girls High, author Jessie Redmon Fauset would go on to become a leader of the Harlem Renaissance literary movement, confounding critics by writing from both feminist and racial justice perspectives. In Plum Bun, Angela Murray, a young light-skinned Black woman, faces the headwinds of racism and sexism in 1920s Philadelphia. She leaves for New York, passing as white within Greenwich Village Bohemia before an unexpected journey leads her to a personal reckoning and a reclaiming of her Black identity. EgoPo presents this sprawling period-piece with a dynamic staging and an 18-person cast.

“I adore this novel that reads like Jane Austen transferred to 1920s Harlem...a stylish romance that has a shrewd vision of life” -The London Times

Show Sponsored by Edward & Susan Hoffman

Opening Night Sponsored by Joyce Spindler

EgoPo will adhere to the instructions of the CDC, as well as local and federal governments, in our commitment to the safety and health of our artists and audiences. Masks are recommended, but not required.

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EgoPo Classic Theater does not offer advisories about the subject matter in our productions, as sensitivities vary from person to person.

If you have any questions about content, age-appropriateness, or stage effects (such as strobe lights or theatrical fog) that might have a bearing on your audience experience, please contact us at 267-273-1414.

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