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’Mothers and Sons’ Rounds Out PTC’s Anniv. Season

Friday Jun 20, 2014
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Philadelphia Theatre Company announced today the fifth show of its 2014-2015 season will be the Tony-nominated drama "Mothers and Sons" by Terrence McNally. "Mothers and Sons," which will run February 6-March 8, 2015, rounds out an exciting 40th Anniversary Season of superb contemporary theatre that also includes Lisa D’Amour’s disturbing yet bracingly funny drama "Detroit," the Tony Award nominated "Outside Mullingar" by Oscar-winning writer John Patrick Shanley, "brownsville song (b-side for tray)," the runaway hit of this year’s Humana Festival of New American Plays, by rising playwright Kimber Lee, and Joe Kinosian and Kellen Blair’s musical whodunit "Murder for Two," nominated for this year’s Drama League and Outer Critics Circle Awards.

In "Mothers and Sons," a woman pays an unexpected visit to the apartment of her late son’s partner, who is now married to another man and has a young son. A 2014 Tony Award Nominee for Best Play, this eloquent, timely, and intensely resonant play is a moving reflection on a changed America and our ever-evolving understanding of family.

"We are thrilled to include Terrence’s timely and compassionate play as part of our 40th Anniversary celebration. I think audiences connect so deeply with his work because his characters are so richly drawn, with equal measures of unflinching honesty and empathy for what makes them -- and us -- human," said Executive Producing Director Sara Garonzik.

"PTC’s relationship with Terrence McNally goes back 25 years, covering not only the world premiere productions of the Tony Award-winning ’Master Class,’’Some Men,’’Unusual Acts of Devotion,’ and ’Golden Age’ but also the Philadelphia premieres of ’Love! Valour! Compassion!,’ ’Lips Together, Teeth Apart,’ and ’Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune.’ In 2012, PTC established the Terrence McNally New Play Award which is given annually to a play that celebrates the transformative power of art."

Terrence McNally is a recipient of the Dramatists Guild Lifetime Achievement Award. He has won four Tony Awards for his plays "Love! Valour! Compassion!" and "Master Class" and his musical books for "Kiss of the Spider Woman" and "Ragtime" as well as two Guggenheim Fellowships, a Rockefeller Grant, the Lucille Lortel Award, the Hull-Warriner Award, and a citation from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

He won an Emmy Award for his television film "Andre’s Mother." The Kennedy Center recently produced three of his plays under the title Terrence McNally’s "Nights at the Opera: Master Class, The Lisbon Traviata, and Golden Age." His play "And Away We Go" premiered at the Pearl Theatre Company in last November. This fall a Broadway revival of McNally’s "It’s Only A Play" will feature a starry cast including Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick. In 1996 he was inducted into the Theatre Hall of Fame.

Founded in 1974, Philadelphia Theatre Company is a leading regional theatre company that produces, develops and presents entertaining and imaginative contemporary theatre focused on the American experience. By developing new work through commissions, readings and workshops, PTC generates a national impact and reaches broad regional audiences.

Under the guidance of PTC’s Executive Producing Director, Sara Garonzik, since 1982 and PTC President Priscilla M. Luce, who joined the leadership team in early April of 2013, PTC supports the work of a growing body of diverse dramatists and takes pride in being a home to many nationally recognized artists who have participated in more than 140 world and Philadelphia premieres. PTC has received 53 Barrymore Awards and 169 nominations. PTC’s home on the Avenue of the Arts, the Suzanne Roberts Theatre which opened in October 2007, has helped the revitalization of Center City Philadelphia’s thriving arts district.

For further information, please call 215-735-7356.

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