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All events take place at the Proscenium Theatre at The Drake


IN THOSE DAYS (working title) by MARY TUOMANEN
Directed by Jack Tamburi
"Contrary to what you might hear of me in the history books, I was not directly complicit in any assassinations during my time at the Ministry. But for Anna Petrovna, I will accept the responsibility with open arms. Proudly. It was one of the greatest works of my life." A solo performance in the style of Spalding Gray, a 100-year old woman shares her side of a century's story. The reading will star The Wilma Theater Artistic Director Blanka Zizka.

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TOWN HALL: What's Next?


Nan Barnett - Executive Director, National New Play Network
Heather Helinsky - Freelance Dramaturg
Maura Krause - Artistic Director, Orbiter 3
Walter DeShields - Co-founder of Theatre in the X
Jacqueline Goldfinger - Playwright & Foundry leader

InterAct invites you to join us for a town hall on the state of new plays in Philadelphia we’re hoping to hear from playwrights, dramaturgs, literary managers, artistic directors, producers, directors and others who have a vested interest in the continuing evolution of Philadelphia as a vibrant hub for the development and production of new plays.


THE FOLKS AT HOME by R. Eric Thomas
Roger and Brandon, an interracial black couple living in South Philadelphia, are doing the best they can. Their mortgage is late, Roger's been laid off for months, and there might be a ghost in the attic. It's a lot. When Brandon's mom and Roger's parents fall on even harder financial times and are forced to move in with the struggling couple, the blended family must figure out how to share space and how to survive. The Folks at Home is a sharp and heartfelt political comedy in the style of Norman Lear's classic sitcoms of the 70s and 80s.

Directed by: Maura Krause
Featuring : Jahzeer Terrell, Brendan Norton, Frank X, Melanye Finister, Nicole Godino & Kristen Norine

Now accepting applications
for the 2018-2020 Core Playwrights



Over the past three decades, InterAct has made a robust commitment to supporting local playwrights through productions, readings, workshops, and commissions. The InterAct Core Playwrights Program furthers this commitment by offering artistic and professional developmental support to four talented regional writers. The program is a two-year journey designed to bring the Core Playwrights closer to their full potential through one-on-one dramaturgy, developmental readings, and professional support.  Each year of the residency culminates in a weekend of public readings in December.

Ideal applicants are hungry for a rigorous development process, and also interested in mining dramatic veins that are in line with the mission of InterAct Theater Company:  to produce thought-provoking theatre that challenges the ideas and issues of our time.

Applicants must live in the greater Philadelphia area (no more than 50 miles from Center City) and must be able to commit to two full seasons of development at our center city theater space.

The two year residency includes…

  • Group meetings in which a Core Playwright’s script is read and discussed
  • A one-on-one developmental meeting each season with the Artistic Associate
  • A public staged reading as part of Core Playwrights’ Weekend
  • Access to office resources:  dominate our wi-fi, copy your script, or meet in our conference room
  • Season subscriptions for the two year term

How to apply
Please send the following to:

·         A full-length play in PDF format that best showcases you as a writer.

·         A one-page cover letter that describes where you are in your writing career at this moment and what makes your work a good fit for InterAct

Applications must be received by 12PM on November 30, 2017.

The incoming 2018-2020 Core Playwrights will be announced at our Core Playwrights Weekend, December 15 & 16 .


MARY TUOMANEN MARY TUOMANEN is a company member of Applied Mechanics -- an immersive theater ensemble -- and Orbiter 3, Philadelphia's first producing playwright's collective. She is a graduate of the Lecoq School of Movement Theatre in Paris and a 2017 recipient of the Haas Emerging Artist Award. Her solo work has been performed at the Annenberg Center (Saint Joan, Betrayed, 2014), Bloomsberg Theater Ensemble, Phillips Exeter Academy, Temple University and the Kimmel Center Innovation Studio (Hello! Sadness!, 2015). Hello! Sadness! was developed through an invitation to the Dael Orlandersmith Solo Performance Residency at the Kimmel Center and reprised by FringeArts in 2017. Her physical theater collaboration with Aaron Cromie, The Body Lautrec, was supported by the Pew Center for Arts and Heritage and the O'Neill National Puppetry Conference. Her play A Peaceable Kingdom, premiered by Orbiter 3 in collaboration with Christ Church Neighborhood House, won the Virginia Brown-Martin Philadelphia Award in 2017. Her play Marcus/Emma was developed at Theatre Exile in 2015 and premiered in the 2016-17 InterAct Theatre Company season. She is a 2018 Friend In Residence at Haverford College. 

R. ERIC THOMAS is a playwright and stand-up dramedian. He has been called “one of the most talented storytellers in Philly” by the Philadelphia Weekly. His produced plays include Time Is On Our Side (commissioned by Simpatico Theatre Project, developed with PlayPenn; 2016 Barrymore Award for Outstanding New Play), Human Resources (world premiere: City Theatre; 2015 City Theatre National Award for Short Playwriting finalist, Samuel French OOB Short Play Festival finalist), the wordless puppet play Frieda the Invisible Woman (FringeArts/Simpatico, developed with Aaron Cromie), When You Put It Like That It Just Sounds Ridiculous (2014 City Theatre National Award for Short Playwriting finalist), The Spectator (Run of the Mill Theatre Company) and the solo shows Always the Bridesmaid (First Person Arts Festival, 2012, Gayfest! 2014) and Will You Accept This Friend Request? (First Person Arts Festival, 2011). He is a third year member of The Foundry, a Philadelphia playwrights lab.