Theatre Cafe returns in 2017 for a second season of great texts and great performances!
2017 Theatre Cafe events are held at 6:30pm on the 3rd Thursday of every month at the Allentown Art Museum of the Lehigh Valley (31 N 5th St., Allentown, PA 18101).
Admission: by donation only.
Join us for a cup of coffee and experience the work of trailblazing playwrights past and present!
Audition information available HERE.
January 19, 2017
An evening of performances by emerging local talent
Featuring Regret, by Willow Reichard-Flynn (directed by Willow Reichard-Flynn)
Our kickoff performance in the 2017 Theatre Cafe season, this event showcases the playwrighting and performance talents of local high schoolers at the Lehigh Valley Charter High School for the Performing Arts, and in particular recent graduate Willow Reichard-Flynn and their recent work Regret. Surreal in style, Regret focusses on the story of a lesbian couple with a disturbing past they can’t escape.
Other featured pieces include:
Fries by Robert Stinner and Didi and the Poet by Anna Langman.
February 16, 2017
Fences by August Wilson (directed by Jamil Joseph)
An American classic, Fences tells the story of Troy, a former baseball player struggling in the wake of a sports career tainted by prejudice and racism.
March 16, 2017
Sunflowers by Shimako Murai (directed by Anna Russell)
Written by modern Japanese playwright Shimako Murai, Sunflowers weaves through the stories of two contemporary women, each dealing with the deeply buried effects of the bombing of Hiroshima.
April 20, 2017
Page to Stage (directed by Louise Howard and Anna Russell)
Join us for an evening of dramatic readings delivered by Allentown’s own middle school students.
May 18, 2017
Eurydice by Sarah Ruhl (directed by Anna Russell)
A modern and moving adaptation of the Greek myth that explores the relationship between those alive and dead.
June 15, 2017
Gender-bending Shakespeare (directed by Willow Reichard-Flynn)
Scenes and monologues from Shakespeare’s best cross-dressing moments.
July 20, 2017
Rough Magic by Roberto Aguirre Sacasa (directed by Louise Howard)
An adaptation of The Tempest which places Shakespeare’s classic characters in present-day New York, Rough Magic is an action-adventure-fantasy in the tradition of Harry Potter and the X-Men that conjures a mythical, magical meta-universe.
August 17, 2017
Anna in the Tropics by Nilo Cruz (directed by Chloe Cole-Wilson)
A 2003 Pulitzer Prize-winning play, Anna in the Tropics portrays the surprising effects that a reading of Anna Karenina has among a community of Cuban immigrants in Tampa, Florida.
September 21, 2017
Saturnine by Chase Yenser (directed by Willow Reichard-Flynn)
Saturnine features the work of a young, up-and-coming, local playwright and tells the story of Anna, a 9-year-old child battling cancer with an attitude.
October 19, 2017
Spanish Poetry Night (directed by Louise Howard)
This month features readings of Spanish-language poetry from well-loved and new sources alike. The program will also be performed in Alliance Hall the same month.
November 16, 2017
Audience Choice (directed by Anna Russell)
You choose! APT’s ensemble of theatre artists will develop and perform a piece of your choosing: will it be a “museum tour” performance art experience? A painting come to life? You decide what it will be, and we will make it.
December 21, 2017
The Verge by Susan Glaspell (directed by Anna Russell)
Written by one of the founders of modern, American drama, this 1920s Broadway play was written out of the American canon for its shockingly pro-women message. It follows the story of a young, female botanist and her conflicted relationship to romance.