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?
SALT PEPPER KETCHUP
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
MEET THE CAST
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
Tom Helmer Stage Manager
Lauren Tetlow Production Assistant
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.
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.
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
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
PARENTS’ DAY OUT!
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.
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 email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Parents’ Day Out is sponsored in part by PNC Arts Alive.