Front Row Theatre Company is thrilled to announce its 2016-2017 Season!

NSO 2016

Songs for a New World

Written by Jason Robert Brown

Directed by Olivia Horn

Musical direction by Dan McTiernan

Produced by David deLacoste-Azizi

Jason Robert Brown transports his audience from the deck of a 1492 Spanish sailing ship to a ledge 57 stories above Fifth Avenue to meet a startling array of characters ranging from a young man who has determined that basketball is his ticket out of the ghetto to a woman whose dream of marrying rich nabs her the man of her dreams and a soulless marriage. These are the stories and characters of today, the songs for a new world.

Fall 2016

Next Fall

Written by Geoffrey Nauffts

Directed by Elizabeth Martinez

Produced by Adam Mansell

Geoffrey Nauffts’ Next Fall takes a witty and provocative look at faith, commitment and unconditional love. While the play’s central story focuses on the five-year relationship between Adam and Luke, NEXT FALL goes beyond a typical love story. This timely and compelling new American play forces us all to examine what it means to “believe” and what it might cost us not to.

Winter 2017

Company

Written by George Furth and Stephen Sondheim

Directed by Sarah Zerod

Produced by Haley Mankin

From musical theatre’s most renowned composer, Company is largely regarded as a trailblazer of the dark-comedy, modern-musical genre and the winner of 7 Tony Awards. On the night of his 35th birthday, confirmed bachelor Robert contemplates his unmarried state. Over the course of a series of dinners, drinks, and even a wedding, his friends — “those good and crazy people [his] married friends” — explain the pros and cons of taking on a spouse. The habitually single Robert is forced to question his adamant retention of bachelorhood during a hilarious array of interactions.

Spring 2017

The Merchant of Venice

Written by William Shakespeare

Directed by Jeremy Cohen

Produced by Chris Powell

A perilous romance. A tragic history. An infamous wager. Shakespeare’s most controversial yet poignant play offers a visceral display of courtship, prejudice, money and revenge, ending ultimately in a choice between life and death.

Stay tuned for more information about auditions and tech interviews!

Propose to Direct for Front Row’s 2016-2017 Season!

Front Row is excited to announce that we are now accepting director proposals for our entire 2016-2017 season!

If you wish to propose, please submit an electronic copy of the script along with your proposal. Your proposal should discuss your vision of the production, why it is appropriate for FTC, and why you want to direct for FTC. You should also be prepared to answer the following questions in your proposal and at your interview: How is the proposed production socially relevant? Do you have any ideas for a related community service project the production staff could engage in?

You may propose for more than one season! Submissions for our NSO, Fall, Winter and Spring shows will be due by midnight on Saturday, April 9th. All proposals should be sent to our Chair, Jessica Schwarz, at jschwar@sas.upenn.edu.

We select our season by director, not by show, so although you will be proposing one particular show to us, please have other shows in mind! We’d love to have a broad range of shows for our season. Comedies, dramedies, psycho-thrillers and musicals, Front Row does it all! We also accept proposals for student-written work.

Looking for inspiration? Past shows include:

NSO: Ordinary Days, Edges, The Last Five Years, and Zanna Don’t

Winter: Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, Venus in Fur, Cabaret, God of Carnage, and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

Fall and Spring: From Up Here, Tribes, All My Sons, The Shadow Box, Rabbit Hole, The Lion in Winter, The Children’s Hour, Proof,  Bug, At Home at the Zoo, No Exit, Speed-the-Plow, Copenhagen, Stop Kiss, and Equus.

Contact our Chair, Jessica Schwarz, at jschwar@sas.upenn.edu, with any questions or if you anticipate any problems meeting the deadline.

FTC❤

FTC Presents: From Up Here

Play by LIZ FLAHIVE
Directed by ESTHER COHEN
Produced by CARSON HOUSE

Kenny Barrett did something that has everyone worried. He wishes he could just make it through the rest of his senior year unnoticed, but that’s going to be hard since he has to publicly apologize to his entire high school. At home, his mother is struggling with a rocky start to her second marriage and a surprise visit from her estranged sister. A new play about a family limping out the door in the morning and coming home no matter what.

Thursday, March 31 @ 6:45 pm
Friday, April 1 @ 7 pm
Saturday, April 2 @ 2pm
In Houston Hall Class of ’49

$8 on the walk, $10 at the door OR buy your tickets online!!

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Front Row Announces its 2016-17 Board!

Front Row is so excited to announce our new 2016-17 Board!
Jessica Schwarz – Chair
Adam Mansell – Vice Chair
Sonya Kaiser – Technical Director
Greg Olberding – Social Chair
David deLacoste-Azizi – Treasurer
Hannah Spear – Secretary
Tess Speranza and Haley Mankin – Co-Digital Directors
Chris Powell – Community Liaison
Jenna Miller – Membership Coordinator
We are so honored to have a role in making TAC-e’s 2016-17 Season come to life!

Front Row’s School Supply Drive!

Please join Front Row Theatre Company in collecting supplies for Morton Elementary School’s MicroSociety project. The public school in South West Philadelphia was chosen to participate in an interdisciplinary project that encourages children to take ownership of their education by creating and running their own businesses, and Front Row would like to provide them with the resources to do so. Supplies needed for the student’s businesses include any cleaning supplies, plastic kitchenware, sports equipment, crafting supplies, nail supplies, and more.

Join us in the Harrison Mezzanine on Wednesday 2/10 at 5pm for free pizza with a donation!

OR

Receive a discounted ticket when you see FTC’s production of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead 2/11, 2/12, and 2/13 at 7pm in the Heyer Sky Lounge.

FTC Presents: Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead

Play by TOM STOPPARD
Directed by SARAH ZEROD
Produced by GREG OLBERDING

In a world where heads always wins and pirates can happen to anyone, this fabulously inventive, existentialist tragicomedy thrusts two of Shakespeare’s most incidental characters into the limelight. Rosencrantz and Guildenstern have been summoned to Elsinore by the king. Their purpose: to glean what afflicts Hamlet. The intrepid, if somewhat bewildered, travelers make their journey, meeting a ragtag group of players along the way. Unsure of both the game and the rules, the until-now-unsung heroes are destined for a more chilling end.

Thursday, February 11 @ 7pm
Friday, February 12 @ 7pm
Saturday, February 13 @ 7pm
Heyer Sky Lounge, Harrison College House
$8 on Locust, $10 at the door
*IF YOU BRING SCHOOL SUPPLIES TO THE SHOW YOU WILL GET THE WALK PRICE*
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Front Row Proudly Presents the Cast of From Up Here

We are proud to announce the cast of our Spring 2016 show, Liz Flahive’s From Up here!

Kenny: Patrick Loftus
Grace: Antonia Diener
Caroline: Katie Fink
Daniel: TBD
Lauren: Becca Taichman
Charlie: Danny Fradin
Kate: Savannah Lambert
Mr. Goldberger / Officer Stevens: Justin Lee
Want to get involved with this amazingly fun show? Come out for tech interviews on Friday, January 29 from 2pm to 6pm and Saturday, January 30 from 4pm to 7pm! No experience necessary; we hope to see you there!