By Jacqueline Goldfinger
March 27 – April 14, 2019
The world premiere of celebrated Philadelphia playwright Jacqueline Goldfinger’s CLICK. The University of the Arts Co-Production will run March 27 through April 14. This fast, bright, darkly humorous play follows a group of college students involved in a frat rape that goes viral. As we spin forward in time over a decade, the characters create virtual reality identities that blur time and space; designing new technologies to erase a past that’s impossible to forget, and grappling with the consequences of real life that can’t be changed, no matter how fast you code. It’s a uniquely theatrical Sherlock-ian thriller that explores questions of consent, technology and the shifting ethical boundaries between the two.
By Molly Smith Metzler
June 5 – June 23, 2019
Simpatico’s season concludes with Molly Smith Metzler’s Cry It Out, which runs June 5 through June 23. Directed by Tamanya Garza, the production will work in partnership with PAAL (Parent Artist Advocacy League) to create a family friendly rehearsal schedule, child-care opportunities for artists and audiences, and focus on the working parent/artist. The play focuses on two new mothers: Jessie a corporate lawyer with a glamorous Manhattan life, and Lina who has a night-school nursing degree and terrible credit— they are next door neighbors who live in different worlds, bonded by the struggles they face raising a newborn. Their intimacy is punctured when a stranger who lives in the mansion up on the cliff appears in the yard, asking if they would include his wife, who is having “a hard time with motherhood,” in their coffee dates. This is a town where the haves and the have-nots live in very close company and the privileges and pressures of life are combustible. Cry It Out which premiered at the Humana New Play Festival in 2017 takes an honest look at the power of female friendship, the dilemma of going back to work after an absurdly short maternity leave, and the effect class has on parenthood in America.
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