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Merlin and Wart: A New Play: Stackhouse

The year is 1987, and Merlin, a man who says he has the power to create magic spells and age backwards is trapped in Byberry Mental Hospital on the outskirts of Philadelphia. He is not alone, however, as his young protege, Wart, is there to challenge his every philosophy and very way of life. This two-person play examines what social constructs make a person worthy of asylum and whether or not these same characteristics make for a successful member of and social group. As time is the essence of

Tavern on Camac to Premiere New Play Merlin and Wart

Tavern on Camac Street, in the heart of Philadelphia's Gayborhood, is reaching a new milestone in its repertoire. As if being the first Gay social establishment in Philadelphia and boasting to be the city's first piano bar is not impressive enough, Tavern is now breaking new ground as the venue for Merlin and Wart, the city's must-see theatrical event of the season. Premiering November 5th and running until November 22nd, the upper floor of Tavern will be transformed into a dark and dingy psych

Merlin and Wart: A New Play-Tavern on Camac Street- Theatre In Philly

Merlin and Wart: A New Play at Tavern on Camac Street Everybody knows the story of wizard Merlin and his student Wart, the orphan boy destined to pull the Sword from the Stone, etc. But Merlin and Wart: A New Play isn't about that Merlin and Wart ... or is it? Set in the late '80s, this innovative drama takes place in a local mental hospital where a sociopath named Merlin claims he is a wizard who ages backwards. Wart, his protege and fellow patient, once had a promising career as a physicist be

Merlin and Wart: A New Play at Tavern on Camac | Tavern on Camac

Everybody knows the story of wizard Merlin and his student Wart, the orphan boy destined to pull the Sword from the Stone, etc. But Merlin and Wart: A New Play isn't about that Merlin and Wart ... or is it? Set in the late '80s, this innovative drama takes place in a local mental hospital where a sociopath named Merlin claims he is a wizard who ages backwards. Wart, his protege and fellow patient, once had a promising career as a physicist before he fired a pistol in a cinema and lost everything

Press Release: Philadelphia Chosen for Premiere of Trading Places: The Musical

The classic 1983 movie, Trading Places, starring Eddie Murphy, Dan Aykyroyd and Jamie Lee Curtis is getting a makeover, and Philadelphia has been chosen as the city for its 2016 premiere. The film brought issues of social conciousness to a wide audience and through the lens of comedy. This prince and the pauper inspired tale concerns itself with Billy Ray Valentine (Eddie Murphy) a homeless urchin from the streets of Philadelphia, whom, by horrible circumstance, is arrested after bumping into W
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�Sugar Babies� at Ritz Theatre Has the Cure

�Sugar Babies� at Ritz Theatre Has the Cure The Hutchings brothers get to share their love of acting this month. Craig is performing with his younger brother, Josiah in the Ritz Theatre Company�s production of �Sugar Babies,� which started its run in late October and will run until November 23. �I just enjoy watching him work. He is a pretty fearless actor and that is really important in this silly style of theater. I find myself trying not to laugh as we rehearse our brief moments together

Press Release: Ritz Theatre Co. to Stage AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY, Begin. 9/12

It is Six O'clock in the evening. A crisp autumnal breeze rolls down White Horse Pike as seventy young performers spend their last days of summer vacation putting on a show to capture all their abilities. Just one block down the street, Ritz veteran, Esther Flaster has the daunting task of bringing the "black, damned and anonymous" world of Tracy Letts' August: Osage County to the stage by September 12th. Under Esther's vision, thirteen talented individuals work together to turn a large-scale,

Critical Review: Merlin and Wart (Kevin Stackhouse): Theater in the service of social reform

Intense and disturbing, MERLIN AND WART, a new three-act play written, produced, and directed by Kevin Stackhouse, brings dramatic focus to the deplorable conditions at Philadelphia’s Byberry Mental Hospital on the day of its closing in 1987, imagining the irreversible effects that the atrocious abuse and neglect at the derelict institution had on the people it was supposed to help. The powerful two-hander is a stirring example of theater in the service of social reform, with tour-de-force perfo
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