America Play

April 4 – April 28

From Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Suzan-Lori Parks comes a remarkable story of an African-American man who looks just like Abraham Lincoln and can be shot by would-be John Wilkes Booths for a small fee. When he disappears into the Great Hole of History, his wife and son go to find him. Questions of race, family, legacy, and the act of theater itself play out in a surprising and emotionally stunning journey. As a prologue to The America Play, world premiere short plays, Other American Cousins (named for the play President Lincoln was watching when he was shot) will examine Americans’ place in today’s world.  This surrealist depiction of American history lands in our Third Floor Skinner Studio as our season’s final production!

Ticketing Information

  • Purchase Tickets Here! or call 800-595-4849
  • $20 advance, $25 at the door
  • $15 for students and $15 per ticket for groups of ten or more
  • Third Floor Skinner Studio
Performance Dates & Times
(Other American Cousins, short plays written by local playwrights Quinn D. Eli and Kimmika L.H. Williams-Witherspoon will run in rotation as a prologue to The America Play. They are identified below with the symbols QE and KW.)
April 4 at 7pm* – KW
April 5 at 8pm* – QE & KW
April 6 at 8pm** – QE & KW
April 7 at 3pm – QE; Post-show conversation with cast and special guests Sharon Brubaker and Dr. Vincent Williams from the Drexel University English Department.
April 10 at 10:30am*** – QE
April 10 at 7pm – QE
April 11 at 7pm – KW; Post-show conversation with Other American Cousins playwright Kimmika L. H. Williams-Witherspoon
April 12 at 8pm – QE; Pre-show conversation at 6:30pm with Professor Herman Beavers of the University of Pennsylvania – “Satirizing the Sacred: Suzan-Lori Parks Does Lincoln”
April 13 at 2pm – KW
April 13 at 8pm – QE
April 14 at 3pm – KW; Post-show conversation with cast and special guest, Reverend A. Carl Prince of the Zion Baptist Church of Philadelphia.
April 17 at 7pm – QE; Post-show conversation with Other American Cousins playwright Quinn D. Eli
April 19 at 8pm – KW; Pre-show conversation at 6:30pm with Reverend Lillian Smith of Tindley Temple United Methodist Church – “The Purpose and Power of Negro Spirituals”.
April 20 at 2pm – QE
April 20 at 8pm – KW
April 21 at 3pm – QE; Post-show conversation with cast and special guest, Dr. Judith Giesberg, Associate Professor of History at Villanova University
*Tickets to April 4 & 5 previews of The America Play are $5 off all price points.
**Opening Night. Reception to follow.
***Student matinee. Interested school groups call 215-735-0630 for more information.
****Extended Performance.

Cast and Creative Team


Directed by Suzana Berger

Starring Lindsay J. Daniels, Langston Darby, Tanya O’Neill, Kirschen Wolford and Steven Wright


Written by Quinn D. Eli and Kimmika L. H. Williams-Witherspoon and Directed by Malika Oyetimein

Starring Lindsay J. Daniels and Langston Darby

Set Design by Colin McIlvaine, Light Design by Andrew Cowles, Costume Design by Erica Hoelscher, Sound Design by Toby Pettit, Prop Design by Alyssa Velazquez, Dialect Coaching by Melanie Julien, Assistant Direction by Jeffrey Hyman, and Dramaturgy by Lena Barnard.

More About The Performance

Suzan-Lori Parks is a renowned African American playwright, winner of the MacArthur Foundation “Genius” Grant in 2001 and Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 2002. She was also recognized by the OBIE Awards with an award for playwriting and nominated for a Tony Award (Best Play) in 2002. The America Play is an early example of Parks’ tremendous talent, displaying humor and thought provoking imagery in order to examine the missing side of American history and the intricacies of race, family and theater. The final production of our season will be directed by Suzana Berger, a highly trained director who has created works across the nation, including Philly Fringe and the Epic Theatre Ensemble in NYC.

Prepare to see the show with a Plays & Players STUDY GUIDE!