Philadelphia Theatre Company

Updated
1 Dec 2016

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Heather Alicia Simms, Oberon K.A. Adjepong, Chandra Thomas, Keona Welch in Ruined. Photo by Mark Garvin.

The Philadelphia Theatre Company (PTC), dedicated to contemporary American plays, has produced nearly 40 world premieres since 1975. Center-support highlights of PTC's past seasons include the Philadelphia premiere of Lynn Nottage's 2009 Pulitzer Prize-winning play, Ruined; the world premiere of Terrence McNally's Golden Age, which traveled to the Kennedy Center; and the commissioned world premiere of Bill Irwin's The Happiness Lecture. In 2011, MacArthur "genius" Anna Deavere Smith visited PTC to perform Let Me Down Easy, a documentary play inspired by work she did at Yale School of Medicine. The theater hosts an annual PTC@Play festival: two weeks of events featuring staged readings of new American plays by both emerging and established playwrights.