The American Presidency: A Theatrical Response

24 Hours Later, Voices, Republican, Superheroes

It’s hard to shock theatre goers these days…until you bring in politics.

Plays and Players proudly presents ‘An American Presidency: a Theatrical Response,’ a festival catering to all aspects of how we perceive the presidential election. With something funny, something new, something daring and historically true, the festival caters to all tastes and outlooks during the presidential campaigns.


24 Hours Later: A Presidential Survival Guide

November 7, 2012 – 7pm & 9pm

A direct response to the presidential decision, 24 Hours Later: A Presidential Survival Guide presents an immediate reaction to the night of November 6, 2012 and the decisions made by a nation. Kicking off just before the polls close on November 6th, three original plays will be created in the wake of the presidential decision, written by the three playwrights and starring actors from the 2012-13 Emerging Artists-in-Residence Program at Plays & Players, as well as other local talent. The playwrights will face several challenges as the night goes on with live voting and other feedback from the electorate, providing a unique opportunity for audience participation in the creative process. After working through the night, the plays will be produced by a full team of designers, directors and actors for two performances at 7 and 9 pm on the night of November 7th.

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Cast and Creative Team

Directed by Mark Kennedy, James Stover and Malika Oyetimein.

Written by Alisha Adams, Tommy Butler and Robin Rodriguez.

Starring Amanda Atkinson, Marci Chamberlain, Emily Gibson, Jenna Horton, Laurel Hostek, Aaron Lofton, Cathy Mostek, Iraisa Ann Reilly and Robert Stineman.

Voices of a People’s History of the United States

Co-presented by Iron Age Theatre and South Camden Theater Company

November 10, 2012 – 8pm

It’s time to look back at the political history of our country with Voices of the People’s History of the United States. Created to showcase and celebrate the voices left out of history books, Voices of a People’s History of the United States is the companion piece to Zinn’s seminal work, A People’s History of the United States. Voices brings to life the extraordinary history of ordinary people who built the movements that made the United States what it is today, ending slavery and Jim Crow, protesting war and genocide, advancing gay and women’s rights, and struggling to right wrongs of the day. After performances in Norristown and Camden, this Philadelphia premiere performance will feature former Philadelphia Eagles Pro Bowl starting quarterback Michael J. Boryla and internationally renowned blues artist, Guy Davis, son of Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee, and many others.

10% of all proceeds donated to Broad Street Ministry. Special post-show reception to meet Michael J. Boryla and Guy Davis, and full cast, included in a “VIP” meet-the-artist ticket for $50.

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Cast and Creative Team

Co-Directed by Daniel Student and John Doyle.

Also starring Chuck Beishl, Richard Steven Bradford, Tina Brock, John Cannon, Marci Chamberlain, Gregory Winston Day, K.O. Delmarcelle, Tiffany Joyner, Alaina Nelson, Bill Rahill, Roderick Slocum, Peggy Smith, Daniel Student, James Tolbert III, Damien Wallace, Bob Weick, Leila Wright and Kara Zhang.

The Republican Theatre Festival

November 12-14, 2012 – 7pm

The Republican Theater Festival, produced by Forearmed Productions, has received a lot of controversy by the public and media is sure to get you riled up in your seats. At the same time, the performances are meant to be “an antidote for polairization,” as the festival’s creator (and registered independent), Cara Blouin, puts it. The festival will feature ten plays from playwrights across the country that cover a range of topics from free speech and the Occupy Movement, to political differences within families and a conservative perspective on the American Dream, and ultimately addresses what it means to be Republican in today’s America.

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Propaganda by Mike Long, Occupy This by CJ Ehrlich, Battle Hymn by Ludmilla Bollow, 501(c) Me by David Marcus, The Abortion Bomb by Basil Considine, Home from College by Eric Balchunas, Downsizing Undercoat Man by Walt Vail, Running Amok by Quinn Eli, Eternal Flowers by Lavinia Roberts, and Volley by Hank Schwemmer

Presidents Who Kick A$$

November 15-18, 2012 – 8pm

On a lighter note, Plays & Players presents its newest edition of the ever-popular comedy show Superheroes who are Super! This current showcase, Presidents Who Kick A$$, features three election-related stories brought to life with props, sound effects and a great mix of comedy and love for the material. This time on Superheroes, Superman needs President John F. Kennedy’s help to protect his secret identity; the first teenage president, Prez Rickards, weathers corruption and environmental disasters on the campaign trail; and Spider-Man teams up with Barack Obama to take on super-villains and the presidency. Running November 15-18 at 8pm, like all productions of Superheroes, this promises to be an evening of homegrown fun and excitement.

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Cast and Creative Team

Directed by Daniel Student

Starring Lori Felipe-Barkin, Allison Caw, Sean Close, Michael McElroy, and William Touissant

Special Thanks to:

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