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By Michael Hollinger
Directed by Terrence J. Nolen
Under the Skin
January 15 - March 15
January 15 - March 15
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ARDEN THEATRE COMPANY PRESENTS
Jan 15 - March 15, 2015Arcadia Stage
Honorary Producers: Fred and Emily Anton
Under the Skin is made possible by the Independence Foundation through its New Theatre Works Initiative,and the National Endowment for the Arts.
Special thanks to the Harold and Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust for supporting Arden Theatre Company.
Applause, please, for our Media Partners:
Arden Theatre Company receives state arts funding support through a grant from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.
* Member of Actors Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the U.S.
ARDEN THEATRE COMPANY PRESENTS
By MICHAEL HOLLINGER
+ Member of United Scenic Artists Local USA 829
Directed by TERRENCE J. NOLEN^
Under the Skin
Assistant Director JONATHAN SILVER
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Family dynamics are a curious thing indeed. Families exist as their own structure made of people who share bonds and a sense of history each has its own corporate culture so to speak. Whether your family set cultural expectations high or there were none at all, we each have to come to terms with our own identity drawn from the domain of family experience.
Yet these natural ties are far from natural and get intertwined with our own self-image, expectations and unmet needs. The result is that those who are closest to us often wound us most deeply and in ways that can be quite invisible and most likely buried for many years
in the subterranean region of our psyche that dwells at the border of conscious and unconscious awareness.
Rarely is there honest conversation about these things between the family members directly at issue; in some families speaking about one another is easier than speaking to each other. Hence, the scars and wounds and inner pains of family life can weigh on us in ways that we scarcely realize for decades or longer.
Michael Hollingers world premiere of Under the Skin explores family dynamics. It is both funny and moving. And, as you would expect from a work by Michael, there is a surprise. After all, this is the way things go with families.
Fox Chase Bank is proud to be the Production Sponsor for this new play, the 5th new work that we have been pleased to help birth on the Arden Theatres stage. We hope you are moved by this world premiere and that it just gets a little, well, under your skin!
Thomas M. PetroPresident and CEOFox Chase Bank & Fox Chase Bank Charitable Foundation
A Message From Our Production Sponsor
Thomas M. Petro
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HONORARY PRODUCERS Fred and Emily AntonFrederick W. Anton, III, is President and CEO of the Pennsylvania Manufacturers Association. He has been a supporter of the Arden since 1990 when the Arden created St. Stephens Alley at 10th and Ludlow Streets, next door to PMAs headquarters in the former Federal Reserve Bank Building at 925 Chestnut Street. During that time, he founded and hosted the Ardens Leadership Night, an annual advocacy event that introduced leaders of this region to the Ardens plays and programming. These Leadership events played a key role in broadening the Ardens base of supporters, as well as introducing new board members and key
supporters. During those St. Stephens Alley years, Mr. Anton and PMA generously donated use of a building on Ludlow Street that served as the Ardens rehearsal space and set and costume shops. In addition, Mr. Anton played a leadership role in the Ardens move to our current facility in Old City. PMAs Paul Luber used his real estate expertise and spent a considerable amount of time and energy working on the conversion of this building. For the transformative contributions to the Arden, in 2011 Mr. Anton was selected by the Arden Board of Directors to be one of the inaugural members of the Cornerstone Society, an honorary group of individuals who have moved the organization forward in a significant way.
Mr. Anton acknowledges the role F. Otto Haas the man for whom our mainstage theatre is named played in his life and career. Otto was my mentor. He was Chairman of the Board of PMA when I first became President. Otto and I worked together on political action for the betterment of Pennsylvania. We also shared a mutual interest in the arts first with the Walnut Street Theatre and then for Arden Theatre Company.
Fred and Emily Anton are enthusiastic supporters of the Arden, having served as the Honorary Producers since the 2007/08 season. They are thrilled to once again support the work of Michael Hollinger, having been Honorary Producers for Hollingers Incorruptible (2014), Ghost-Writer (2010), An Empty Plate in the Caf du Grand Boeuf (2007), and his translation/adaptation of Cyrano (2012). As a graduate of Villanova University, Mr. Anton admires Michael Hollingers commitment to the university in his roles as Associate Professor of Theatre and Associate Artistic Director of Villanova Theatre. Mr. Anton has long admired Michael Hollingers work and the artistic home that the Arden has provided for him.
We thank Fred and Emily Anton for their ongoing extraordinary support of the Arden and for their great passion for great stories by great storytellers. Their tremendous support helps to make possible our work on the stage, in the classroom and in the community.
WELCOMEfrom the Producing Artistic Director
Its thrilling to be kicking off the new year with a new play by one of the Ardens most cherished collaborators, Michael Hollinger. As a theatre dedicated to great stories by great storytellers, we are committed to bringing new stories to our stage. How extraordinary to look at the list below and see the range of world premiere plays and musicals that have graced our stages throughout our history.
Plays that premiered at the Arden have been subsequently produced across the country and internationally, including productions in Canada, Austria, Germany, Australia, the UK, and Japan. In the 2013/14 season alone, there were 50 different
productions of scripts that premiered here at the Arden (fifty!). Since its Arden premiere in 2006, there have been 47 other productions of Opus (forty-seven!). These plays and playwrights are ambassadors for the Philadelphia theatre community, furthering our regions growing reputation as a home for world-class artists and a hotbed for the creation of exciting new work.
And these playwrights are investing in the next generation of writers. Michael Hollinger, along with playwrights Quinn Eli and Jacqueline Goldfinger, co-founded The Foundry, an organization dedicated to supporting Philadelphias emerging playwrights by providing opportunities for them to develop their craft, insight into the business of theatre, and networking opportunities. Playwrights remain fiercely dedicated to telling their stories for the betterment of us all.
Under the Skin marks our 37th world premiere in 27 years. My thanks to the writers who have entrusted us with their plays. To our supporters who have generously invested in their creation. And to you, our audience, for embracing the adventure of new work.
P.S. We are currently finalizing plans for the 15/16 season. We will let you know as soon as details are confirmed, but we do hope that you will take a leap of faith and commit to joining us next year (which will include another new play by one of our favorite playwrights). Details are on the back cover and in your stagebill insert. Thank you for being part of the Arden.
Terrence J. Nolen
Who Am I This Time? by Aaron Posner from Kurt Vonnegut The Good War by Terrence Nolen and Aaron Posner from Studs Terkel What Ho, Jeeves! by Aaron Posner from PG Wodehouse A Love of Light by Terrence Nolen from John Cheever The Invisible Man by Terrence Nolen from H.G. Wells Philadelphia Phiction by Donald Barthelme, Paul Kolsby, Linda Y. McCree, Mi-chael Norris, Michele Osherow, Kim Jennings Powell, Hank Schwemmer and Rachel Simon The Girl with