FTC Presents: Company

Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Directed by Sarah Zerod
Musical Direction by Chris Burcheri
Produced by Haley Mankin

On the night of his birthday, Robert struggles to think of a wish to make as he blows out his birthday candles. The lone bachelor, surrounded by “those good and crazy people” — his married friends — Robert is uncertain whether he should simply be happy with his lot or whether he should wish for his own romantic partner. Over a series of dinner parties, first dates, and thoughtful conversations, Robert attempts to understand the pros and cons of marriage from his diverse and frequently hilarious friends, and begins to make sense of his own persistent bachelorhood. Company, Stephen Sondheim’s groundbreaking modern musical, is a mature, intelligent, and wildly funny look at relationships, vulnerability, and “being alive.”

Thursday February 16 @ 7pm
Friday February 17 @ 7pm
Saturday February 18 @ 7pm

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

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


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.