A layer of bulletproof glass won’t protect Superstar Chinese Take-Out owners from the gentrification consuming the Point Breeze neighborhood in South Philly. When a trendy food co-op opens nearby, the Wu’s and their customers initially see it as a hipster annoyance, but as tensions mount they begin to recognize the intrusion as an act of war. Tinged with genuine humor and pathos, Wilder’s play examines the very human consequences of neighborhood redevelopment -- who benefits and who gets chewed up and spit out?

Sponsored by the Independence Foundation and Harmelin Media


A world premiere and co-production with Passage Theatre

by Josh Wilder
directed by Jerrell L. Henderson

October 26 – November 18, 2018

Tuesday - Wednesday @ 7pm
Thursday - Saturday @ 8pm
Sunday @ 2pm

Approximate running time:
2 hours and 15 minutes, including 15 minute intermission



Fenton Li JOHN WU

Chuja Seo LINDA WU

Miriam White MEGAN

Richard Bradford BOODAH

Jay Battle RAHEEM

Mark Christie TOMMY

Justin Pietropaolo PAUL

Kendra Holloway CECE



Production Team

Tom Helmer Stage Manager

Lauren Tetlow Asst. Stage Manager

Arielle Brown Dramaturg

Colin McIlvainie Set Designer

Marie Laster Asst Set Designer

Robin Stamey Lighting Designer

Larry Fowler Sound Designer

Tyler Tooker Props Designer

Talk Back at InterAct!

Beginning Friday, November 2, join us after the show to dig into the themes of Salt Pepper Ketchup through talkbacks after every performance.

Speaker Sundays

Following our Sunday matinees, join Producing Artistic Director Seth Rozin and an expert speaker in a moderated conversation digging into the themes of Salt Pepper Ketchup.

  • Sunday, November 4 - Resisting Displacement, a Speaker Sunday presented by Asian Arts Initiative

    • Responding to the themes of racial tension in Salt Pepper Ketchup and proposing a vision for racial solidarity in the face of displacement, this talkback features Kendra Brooks, Allison Budschalow, and Meegan Denenberg discussing their work on research, storytelling, and other anti-displacement strategies in Philadelphia’s rapidly gentrifying neighborhoods.

      Kendra Brooks organizes with 215 People’s Alliance as part of the Our City Our Schools Coalition. Allison Budschalow has been working on a project to revive the lost stories of the Kalmyk Mongolian families who arrived in Northern Liberties in the 1950s and were subsequently displaced. Meegan Denenberg (Little Giant Creative) is one of the creatives behind A Dream Deferred: Redlining Past, Present, Future, a multi-experiential exhibit that tells the story of how race and policy shape the landscape of Philadelphia and the lives of its residents.

      Moderated by AAI Director of Programs Carol Zhou.

  • Sunday, November 11 - Speaker Sunday with Jamila Medley, Executive Director of Philadelphia Area Cooperative Alliance

    • Dig into the role of co-ops in Philadelphia’s community. Jamila Medley is a passionate advocate and educator for the advancement and growth of the cooperative economy.  She is executive director of the Philadelphia Area Cooperative Alliance (PACA), a nonprofit and co-op of co-ops that exists to improve the lives of people in the Philadelphia region by supporting democratically organized businesses, promoting the principles of the international cooperative movement, and growing the cooperative economy. A former staff collective member at West Philadelphia's Mariposa Food Co-op, Jamila continues to bring leadership to the Philadelphia region's food co-op community, particularly in dealing with ongoing challenges and opportunities presented around race, class, and displacement. She provides this support to food co-ops nationally as a consultant with CDS Consulting Co-op.

    • This performance is Parents’ Day Out, featuring 3.5 Hours of Childcare for just $25! Learn more below.

  • Sunday, November 18 - Speaker Sunday with playwright Josh Wilder

    • Meet the playwright Josh Wilder and learn more about his Philly roots and his new play process. His work has been developed and produced at various regional theaters and festivals across the country including The Fire This Time Festival, New York Theatre Workshop, Great Plains Theatre Conference, The Kennedy Center , Oregon Shakespeare Festival, 2015 O'Neill National Playwrights Conference, Milwaukee Rep, Company One, and InterAct Theatre Company. Recent commissions include, LOVE’S LABOUR’S LOST for Play On! at Oregon Shakespeare Festival; and SHE A GEM for The Kennedy Center. He is the recipient of the Holland New Voices Award, The Lorraine Hansberry Award, and an ASCAP Cole Porter Prize.  Josh is a former 2014 Jerome Fellow and the first national recipient of the Jerome Many Voices Fellowship at The Playwrights’ Center. Josh has been in residence at The Royal Court Theatre in London; Sundance at UCross; and served as Co-Artistic Director at The Yale Cabaret for its 50th season. MFA: Yale School of Drama. Member of The Dramatist Guild.

Coffee Conversations

On Tuesday and Wednesday nights, feature informal discussions with the artists and complimentary coffee from Rival Bros. and treats from Insomnia Cookies! Our Coffee Conversations will take place following the 7 PM performances:

  • Tuesday, November 6

  • Wednesday, November 7

  • Tuesday, November 13

  • Wednesday, November 14

Audience Discussions

Discussions occur after every performance during the run. These will be facilitated by local community members and fellow artists to foster conversation after the show, connecting the themes and events of the play to our larger community. Our audience discussions will follow the 8 PM performances:

  • Friday, November 2, facilitated by InterAct Core Playwright David Jacobi

  • Saturday, November 3, facilitated by InterAct Literary & Patron Services Manager Erin Washburn

  • Thursday, November 8, facilitated by playwright Josh Wilder

  • Friday, November 9, facilitated by Emily Wyner, Director-at-Large for the South Philly Co-Op

    • Join us before the show for an Action Happy Hour—50% of concessions proceeds to go benefit South Philly Co-Op’s Community Equity Fund!

  • Saturday, November 10, facilitated by Anthony Martinez-Briggs, actor and member of Ill Doots

  • Thursday, November 15

  • Friday, November 16

  • Saturday, November 17


Drama For You, Drama-Free For Your Kids!
Presented by InterAct Theatre Company & Creative Caretakers


Sunday, November 11, 1:30 – 5:00 pm -- for only $25!

Get 3.5 hours of theatre themed fun for your kids from Creative Caretakers! While you take in a matinee, there will be a drama party at The Drake for kids 3 and up. Children must be potty trained.

Creative Caretakers will provide fully licensed caretakers (who also happen to be artists)! Click here to learn more about their services, or check them out on Facebook.

Your child’s reservation is $25; additional siblings only an extra $10 each. Interested in attending at least 2 Parents’ Days Out? Subscribe to the second Sundays after Opening Night. You’ll be able to take advantage of Parents’ Day for 20% less!

To reserve as a one-time attendee, contact Amber Emory, Creative Caretakers at creativecaretakerswanted@gmail.com.

Please note that if there are no reservations 24 hours before Parents’ Day Out, the event will be cancelled and walk-ups will not be admitted.

Questions? Contact the box office at (215) 568-8079 or boxoffice@interacttheatre.org.

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Parents’ Day Out is sponsored in part by PNC Arts Alive.