Front Row Theatre Company is proud to present its 2017-2018 Season!

NSO 2017

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Thursday, August 31st at 8:00 PM
Friday, September 1st at 11:59 PM
Saturday, September 2nd at 8:00 PM

FREE FOR NEW STUDENTS

Music & Lyrics by Jeff Bowen
Book by Hunter Bell
Directed by Michael Miller
Music Directed by Jessica Liu
Produced by Louis Lin

This Tony nominated musical follows its own creation by four friends – an author, a lyricist and two actresses – that attempt to write a show to submit to the New York Musical Theatre Festival in just three short weeks. From the brainstorming of their story to the twists and turns that take them to the production period, this witty one-act packs a punch that no ‘Vampire’ could survive.


Fall 2017

Speech & Debate

Written by Stephen Karam
Directed by Elizabeth Martinez
Produced by Adam Mansell

Speech & Debate is a dark comedy with music that follows three Oregon high school students who are linked by a teacher’s sex scandal. They learn to barter secrets and experiences while hesitantly forming their Speech & Debate team in a town run by hypocrites. By age Howie, Diwata, and Solomon are children, but their experiences are more than adult. What does that make them in the eyes of their society?

Stay tuned for more information about auditions and tech interviews for the Fall!


Winter 2018

She Kills Monsters

Written by Qui Nguyen
Directed by Meerie Jesuthasan

A Collaboration with iNtuitons Experimental Theatre

A comedic romp into the world of fantasy role-playing games, She Kills Monsters tells the story of Agnes Evans as she leaves her childhood home in Ohio following the death of her teenage sister, Tilly. When Agnes finds Tilly’s Dungeons & Dragons notebook, however, she stumbles into a journey of discovery and action-packed adventure in the imaginary world that was Tilly’s refuge. In this high-octane dramatic comedy laden with homicidal fairies, nasty ogres, and 90s pop culture, acclaimed young playwright Qui Nguyen offers a heart-pounding homage to the geek and warrior within us all.


Spring 2018

Loot

Written by Joe Orton
Directed by Chris Troop
Produced by Tess Speranza

A very dark farcical British play containing the kind of slapstick, sing-song style humour that appeals to many. When two young thieves hide stolen money in a coffin in a funeral parlor where one of them works, everything that could possibly go wrong, does. Upon the arrival of Inspector Truscott, the plot turns topsy-turvy as Hal and Dennis, our two thieves, try to keep him off their trail, aided by Nurse McMahon and to the despair of the deceased’s family.

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 ❤

Propose to Direct for Front Row!

Interested in directing? Got a thing for socially relevant theatre? Want to be best friends with Front Row Board? Here’s your chance!

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 25th. All proposals should be sent to our Chair, Carson House at carson.house8@gmail.com. Interviews will be scheduled immediately following the proposal deadline.

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: Edges, The Last Five Years, and Zanna Don’t
Winter: Venus in Fur, Cabaret, God of Carnage, and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
Fall and Spring: 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, Carson House, at carson.house8@gmail.com, with any questions or if you need an extension.

Front Row Board 2015–2016!

We are proud to announce Front Row Theatre Co.’s board for the 2015–2016 school year!

Chair – Carson House
Vice Chair – Jessica Schwarz
Secretary – Adam Mansell
Treasurer – David deLacoste-Azizi
Community Liaison – Haley Mankin
Technical Director – Gray Stanton
Digital Directors – Tess Speranza & Samantha Wapner
Membership Coordinator – Greg Olberding
Social Chair – Amanda Shur

Can’t wait to see you next year!

2014: Year in Review

2014 was an amazing year for FTC! Check out this awesome video of some of our best moments from the year.

Other 2014 highlights include:

  • Our fantastic community service project at Ronald McDonald House! We had so much fun cleaning and cooking for the families there.
  • Reaching 400 likes on Facebook on November 2nd—and having 460 as of today, December 31st!
  • Our website was viewed about 7,900 times this year. WordPress tells us that if our blog were a NYC subway train, it would take about 7 trips to carry that many people.
  • A record-breaking turnout for auditions and tech interviews!
  • A sold out Friday night performance of our fall show, The Shadow Box AND selling out all three nights of Cabaret!!
  • Some of our wonderful alumni came back and visited us for our alumni brunch during Homecoming.
  • We put on four great shows, and loved interacting with every production staff and audience member we met along the way.

We had such a fabulous 2014 and we are so happy that you all could be a part of it. We can’t wait for what 2015 will bring!