Annenberg Center Live

Updated
1 Dec 2016

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Pictured, from left to right: Theaster Gates, Marc Bamuthi Joseph, Traci Tolmaire, Tommy Shepherd. Photo by Bethanie Hines.

An urban performing arts center on the campus of the University of Pennsylvania, Annenberg Center Live presents touring theater, jazz, and world music. Companies from Ireland have gained a particular following at the Annenberg after presentations of Beckett's Endgame and Waiting for Godot from the Gate Theatre, Mark O'Rowe's raw and modern Terminus from the Abbey Theatre, and the Center-supported Cripple of Inishmaan by Martin McDonagh from the Druid Theatre. The Annenberg's commitment to expressions of adventuresome perspectives on contemporary issues was reflected in Marc Bamuthi Joseph's red, black & GREEN: a blues, which reached an urban audience from the Annenberg's West Philly neighborhood with an interactive, hybrid piece of spoken word/hip-hop theater. Each year the Annenberg also presents Dance Celebration, a series produced in partnership with Dance Affiliates and the Philadelphia International Children's Festival, which in 2010 included the Center supported production of Basil Twist's Petrushka, which combined music, dance, and both Czech and Japanese puppetry technique.