There is scenery on the stage, actors are acting, our box office staff are fielding calls from ticket buyers.  It almost feels normal.

We know it’s not yet ‘normal’ (what is that, anyway?) but we hope you’ll allow us to enjoy how this moment is filling our hearts with hope.

As we get ready to open our doors to audiences next week, we have done all we can to ensure the safety of everyone in the Suzanne Roberts Theatre. 


Dozens of people have joined together to breathe life into a new play - Lindsay Joelle’s The Garbologists - which shines a light on two sanitation workers who fitfully and comically forge a relationship on their early morning route. If you’ve been needing a laugh, join us to watch this odd couple of “refuse scientists” find their way to friendship. Previews start November 11!

Actors Steven Rishard and Ngozi Anyanwu

Photo Credit: Wide Eyed Studios / Special Thanks: RAIR Philly


Have PTSD of trash woes during Covid? Learn about a Philly native who took things into his own hands, as YaFaveTrashman (AKA Terrill Haigler, AKA the Billy Penn 2021 Most Valuable Philadelphian), spearheading efforts to raise money for PPE for Philly’s sanitation workers.  You may not know that Terrill, a CAPA graduate and former dancer and choreographer, has set up his own non profit, Trash2Treasure,  to continue to clean up Philly and pay it forward. Terrill will join us at PTC to lead a post-show conversation on Sunday, November 14th, at 4:30.  Anyone with a ticket can attend, you needn’t have come to only that performance. We promise he’s as engaging as the play itself, so come join us for 45-minutes of insight into the life and times of a new Philly hero, and learn about his soon-to-be-released children’s book “I’m Cool, Too.”

On Monday, I attended a Celebration of Life for Terrence McNally at the Schoenfeld Theatre in New York.  Terrence’s husband Tom spoke eloquently, as always, and at this gathering of over 1,000 people, the testimonials and tributes offered from the likes of Nathan Lane and Audra McDonald were an affirmation that playwrights change lives, and also change the world. Rest in Peace.

As it happens, this week we announced that we’re accepting submissions for the Terrence McNally Award. Last year’s winner, Donja R. Love said, "There is nothing more humbling than for the city you call home to notice you. There is no greater feeling when you add being noticed for your work with an award named after a formidable artist like Terrence McNally. The love and support that the Philadelphia Theatre Company has given me matches the spirit of the man its award is named after. Thanks to PTC, Terrence McNally, and their transformative award, I’ve been ignited to be the most truthful artist I can be."

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