As summer draws to a close, we wouldn’t blame you if you’re a little bit in denial.

But at Philadelphia Theatre Company, we are happy to look ahead. In five short weeks, rehearsals begin for our upcoming production of SWEAT! Lynn Nottage’s Pulitzer-winning play is taking the country by storm this year, and we’re thrilled to bring you the Pennsylvania premiere, with previews beginning October 12.

Pictured here is the color model (courtesy of Colin McIlvaine) representing Scenic Designer Christopher Ash’s vision for the play. The detailed pieces were created by a 3D printer. I don’t know about you, but we think that is pretty cool.

Sweat’s story unfolds in this bar where, well, everybody knows your name. And while jokes and beer are slung freely, the boiling undercurrent of dramatic tension will erupt in shocking ways.

I would like to take a moment to recognize everyone who supported PTC during this past year. I’m happy to report that your gifts, along with the support of our board, and especially Chair David L. Cohen, made it possible for us to end this year in the black, revamped and ready to build upon our illustrious history with a strong slate of shows. We just added a one-night only performance by Jason Robert Brown, the multiple Tony Award-winning composer of The Bridges of Madison County (and Parade, and The Last Five Years), who will play, sing and talk about the creation of Bridges, on Saturday, January 26th.

We also are happy to welcome new Production Manager Matt Davis and Director of Marketing Shawn Stone. Carol Flannery’s new role as Director of Strategic Partnerships underscores our commitment to broadening PTC’s presence and engagement with the community.

Summer’s end also aligns with the end of our fiscal year, so I would be remiss if I didn’t make an appeal to you. Can you help us finish the year even stronger? In two weeks, we will begin to build the set you see pictured here, and our cast of nine will start costume fittings. We hope you will consider investing in PTC, helping to provide necessary resources to support the artists you will enjoy this season. Please donate HERE today!

We hope you squeeze every bit of family time and relaxation out of the remaining days of summer.

See you soon!