Two Tickets Reserved: (1/14/2020)
Power Street Theatre invites you to a sneak peek behind the scenes event: A staged reading of SILUETA (working title) a new musical with the story by Power Street’s own Erlina Ortiz.
Inspired by the life and work of Cuban-American performance artist, Ana Mendieta, SILUETA follows the unlikely friendship of two women who have been ripped by their roots and planted in New York City. Plagued by the ghosts of their past, Xiomara (a Cuban-American refugee) and Ishtar (a Syrian refugee) struggle to find meaning, laughter and what it means to be a family away from home in the wake of growing tensions and rising anti-immigrant sentiment highlighted by the 2016 presidential campaign.
When? Saturday, February 1st at 6pm
Where? Teatro Esperanza (4261 N 5th St, Philadelphia, PA 19140)
Erlina has been hard at work with two amazing collaborators; Lyricist Eloise Govedare and Composer Aleksandra Weil discovering these characters and creating the music for their lives.
“We’ve been writing just the three of us for a year since our last public reading (and two years before that), and this will be the first time we have a full draft from beginning to end. Musicals are so fun and hard! I’m really excited to show what we’ve been working on “ – Erlina Ortiz
Opening Night: Two Tickets Confirmed (01/20/2020)
DIRECTED BY ALEXANDRA ESPINOZA
Angelina Weld Grimké’s American classic depicts an African-American family at the turn of the 20th century striving to find life, liberty, and happiness in a Northern city. Haunted by her family’s Southern past, Rachel, an ambitious high-school graduate, struggles to find a vocation, love and hope. Inspired by the writing of Chekhov, Grimké’s Rachel opened in New York on April 25, 1917, and was the first play by an African-American author with an all-black cast to be performed before an integrated audience.
Season 16: 2019-2020
When 15-year-old Rory’s geography teacher father dies suddenly, she decides to pursue his lifelong dream and journey to the North Pole. Following the route he planned and the advice of the great explorers before her, Rory packs a rucksack and her father’s ashes for a journey of love, loss, and endless snow. A solo show from an exciting new voice in British theatre.
Directed By: Claire Moyer
Featuring: Satchel Williams
Two Tickets Confirmed: (1/22/2020)
“Depression is hilarious. I don’t mean to that it is something to be taken lightly and it is a very serious illness,” said Smith. “The way it can manipulate you view of the world and control your thoughts, it’s as if you have a tyrannical tiny robot inside your brain that sometimes gets a hold of the controls and screws everything up. I’m not constantly battling with this disease. I cope with humor. And I’m not saying that works for everyone, but it works for me. The way we battle depression is so unique to everyone who suffers from it which adds to how isolating it can be. This show is showing those extremes, but reassuring that people are not alone.”
Impossible tasks. The inability to get out of bed in the morning. The overwhelming feeling of “what’s the point?” Peter Smith and Charlotte Northeast team up to create a show about what it’s like living with depression that takes place on three very different sized ladders. Audiences will join Peter on top of the ladder to find the humor, the struggle and the complicated humanity of living with depression.