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Plays & Players’ 2013-14 season focuses on brothers and sisters; those with whom we are closest, those who share our blood, and those with whom, familiar or unknown, we seek connection. Through rituals old and new, we continue searching for those who are both distant from and deeply within us as we attempt to unwrap the simplest of notions: brotherhood.

Marcus; Or the Secret of Sweet

By Tarell Alvin McCraney

October 17 – November 3, 2013

From the theater that brought you 2012’s hit production of Joe Turner’s Come and Gone, comes the Philadelphia premiere from the African-American playwright touted as the “next August Wilson,” Tarell Alvin McCraney. A provocative, poignant, fiercely humorous, and ultimately universal story of a “sweet” young man’s journey to discover the “secret” of who he really is and where he really came from. Days before Hurricane Katrina strikes the projects of Louisiana, the currents of his life converge, overflowing into his close-knit community and bringing three generations of characters, all named after African gods, together in the stirring conclusion of McCraney’s The Brother/Sister Plays trilogy.

On the Main Stage

  • Wednesday and Thursdays at 7pm
  • Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm
  • Saturdays at 2pm
  • Sundays at 3pm

The Disappearing Quarterback
World Premiere

Written by and starring Mike Boryla

January 16 – February 2, 2014

Mike Boryla was the starting quarterback of the Philadelphia Eagles from 1974-1976. He had everything he wanted. But he didn’t want what he had. Two years later, he quit professional football and… disappeared. In a World Premiere one-man show, he returns to Philadelphia for the first time in over 35 years to tell the story of walking away from the sport and the teammates, he loved. With the average life expectancy of a professional football player reported at 55, the effects of concussions becoming ever more clear, and even our president speaking out against its future, should “America’s Game”… disappear? A play for football fanatics and amateurs alike and set in the intimate Skinner Studio, The Disappearing Quarterback puts you inside the helmet of a unique athlete, a self-described “long-haired hippie,” with a passionate purpose and a story to share as he comes home to the city that made him famous.

Third Floor Skinner Studio

  • Wednesday and Thursdays at 7pm
  • Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm
  • Saturdays at 2pm
  • Sundays at 3pm

Delaware Mudtub and the Mighty Wampum

By Greg Romero

March 13 – March 30, 2014

Plays & Players proudly launches a new yearly series that entertains and inspires, P.L.A.Y. (Philadelphia Local Artists for Youth)!  Written by a local playwright with a focus on original and local stories, this imaginative new program offers a theatrically immersive, interactive experience for young audiences, engaging their creativity to help build and spark each performance, sharing living stories that capture the magic all around us.  This season’s work will explore mythic animals local to the area (The Great Blue Heron, The Red Fox, The Box Turtle), people once indigenous to the Delaware River (The Lenni-Lenape), and the rituals and journeys that speak across time and species, reflected through the lens of our season theme, brothers and sisters. P.L.A.Y. is appropriate for ages 4-104!

Third Floor Skinner Studio

  • Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays at 10am
  • Saturdays and Sundays at 11am and 2:30pm

Sex, Drugs, Rock & Roll

By Eric Bogosian

June 5-21, 2014

Like a hard rock track turned all the way up, this hilarious and riveting one-man tour de force about masculinity, capitalism, and the great American way explodes on to Plays & Players’ stageIn a nonstop, “brilliant” (New York Times) collection of monologues, characters from top to bottom of the eat-or-be-eaten food chain delve into all matters of adult behavior. After a lengthy run Off-Broadway in the 1990s, Obie Award winning playwright Eric Bogosian’s creation is remounted with Philadelphia’s own Eric Scotolati, bringing the era of cable, wall street, and “just say no” perfectly back to life and reminding us how little things change about the larger issues that define our time.

Third Floor Skinner Studio

  • Wednesdays and Thursdays at 7pm
  • Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm
  • Saturdays at 2pm
  • Sundays at 3pm

Special Events

Fringe Recovery 24-Hour Play Festival

September 28, 2013

Taking place just after the annual Fringe Festival has swept through Philadelphia, this play-creation marathon will write, rehearse and present new works to kick off Plays & Players’ new season.  Coming together despite the post-Fringe exhaustion, a troupe of Philly’s most promising young artists will write and plan through the night, rehearse all day and premiere new works just hours after their inception.  Join us for a bevy of new theatrical experiences in celebration of the season theme, Brothers and Sisters.

Honey Bee Cabaret III

June 22, 2014

To celebrate the closing of another season, Plays & Players hosts the third annual Honey Bee Cabaret, a fundraiser for the Next 100 Years, co-presented by the Melissa Lynch Foundation.  As in past years, the cabaret will feature new and much-loved works as well as music, dance and puppetry from both Philadelphia’s up-and-coming and best known performers and public figures.