Past Shows

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Clybourne Park

by Bruce Norris
Directed by Catherine Pappas

Nov. 25, 26, 27, Dec. 1, 2, 3, 4, 8, 9, 10, 11 2016

In 1959 an all-white community tries to stop the sale of a house to a black family. What happens when, fifty years later, the same house, now in an all-black neighborhood, is sold to a white family…? A clever, darkly funny, and insightful play about race, class, and protecting one’s turf. Winner of the 2011 Pulitzer Prize. This production is sponsored in part by:


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The Country Girl

by Clifford Odets
Directed by Loretta Lucy Miller

Apr 8-10, 14-17, 21-24 2016

A visionary young theater director is determined to give one more chance to a once-acclaimed, now washed-up alcoholic actor. In this mission, he perceives as his main obstacle the actor’s quiet and self-effacing wife. A heartfelt tale of a love/dependency triangle told with deep psychological insight is also a moving story of failure and redemption.


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The Late Christopher Bean

by Sidney Howard
Directed by Barbara Mills

Feb. 5, 6, 7, 11, 12, 13, 14, 18, 19, 20, 21 2016

Laughed at and ridiculed when alive, one Chris Bean, a painter, becomes an artistic sensation after his demise. In this clever and funny satire, the world of a small provincial family gets up-ended when big-time New York art sharpies descend upon it, looking for the lost masterpieces of the late artist. Fresh and relevant, this comedy sparkles with laughs and insights. “Written by Sidney Howard ( who would later win an Oscar for his screenplay for Gone With The Wind and based on a French comedy,The Late Christopher Bean is a play that passes the test of time with the highest of marks.” The New York Times


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Trouble In Mind

by Alice Childress
Directed by Yaga Brady

Jun. 10, 11, 12, 16, 17, 18, 19, 23, 24, 25, 26 2016

Trouble in Mind is an insightful, wickedly funny, and often heart-rending slice of theatrical life along the fault lines of the black/white divide. One critical commentary astutely sums it up: “With scathing wit and bold candor, Trouble in Mind stakes out territory where few playwrights,today or more than fifty years ago, have dared to tread. Seattle Times The action takes place on the empty stage of a Broadway theater around 1957 where a group of black and white actors and their (white) director are rehearsing a “topical” inter-racial melodrama set in the rural deep South. “[This play] is an important work that begs to be seen. It is truthfully written, balanced with loads of humor as it deals with head on with racism. …Put this on your ‘must see’ list.” Chicago Critic


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Of Mice and Men

by John Steinbeck
Directed by Catherine Pappas

Nov. 27, 28, 29, Dec. 3, 4, 5, 6, 10, 11, 12, 13 2015

Two drifters, George and Lenny, take on ranch work to collect enough money to buy their own farm. A beautiful and compassionate portrayal of the complex bond between the two men is shown against the background of the harsh realities of rural life in Depression-era America. By the Nobel prize-winning author known for his masterful depiction of the dreams and aspirations of the common man.


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Halloween Scary Stories

13th Annual Edition

Oct. 23-24

Stories, poems,songs and the ever-popular Dr. Magic. Costume contests and Halloween treats for everyone. Be prepared to be scared! Oct. 23 (7pm) Oct. 24 (2pm, for younger audiences) Oct. 24 (7pm) Tickets: Children 12 and under admitted free but must be accompanied by an adult. Adults $6.00 at the door. Reservations 215 247 8881 or halloween@thestagecrafters.org Cast Members: Alara Arkan, Ana-Maria Manea Arkan,Bill Bansbach, Daniel Bansbach, Mary Ann Domanska,Lauri Jacobs, Ann Mark-Ockerbloom, Jeff Wu, Ed Young and Jeff Ragan as Dr. Magic.


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Mauritius

by Theresa Rebeck
Directed by Marilyn Yoblick

Sept. 24-27,Oct. 1-3,
8-11 2015

Two half sisters have come into possession of what may or may not be a valuable stamp collection after the death of their mother. As the two contend over who has the greater claim to the inheritance, mutual antagonism and recriminations rise to a fever pitch. A first-rate and thoroughly entertaining thriller/dark comedy about greed, con games, con artists, and exploding emotions. “…Rebeck has crafted a caper that is equally comic and captivating.” Theater Mania


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Good People

by David Lindsay-Abaire
Directed by David Flagg

Jun. 12, 13, 14, 18, 19, 20, 21, 25, 26, 27, 28, 2015

Margie, a middle-aged single mother of a mentally handicapped daughter, is being let go from yet another job. As she desperately seeks rescue from destitution, an opportunity presents itself in the form of an old boyfriend who has established himself as a respected doctor. The ensuing confrontation, at once heartrending and irresistibly funny, transports us across a range of deeply-felt emotions. This play delivers an illuminating discourse on class, money, and the human condition.


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The Golden Coach

by Yaga Brady (adapted from a play by Prosper Mérimée)
Directed by Yaga Brady

Apr. 10, 11, 12, 16, 17, 18, 19, 23, 24, 25, 26, 2015

This comedy-farce adapted from an early nineteenth century French comedy relates the happenings of one day in the colorful lives of the actress Micaela ‘Perrichole’ and the Viceroy of Peru. In a hilarious battle of wits, the spirited and fearless Micaela takes on not only the Viceroy, her jealous lover, but also the entire lay and religious establishment of colonial Lima. Though decidedly larger than life, the characters of this witty romp exhibit great personal appeal, seem quite contemporary, and retain their humanity throughout.


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Something Intangible

by Bruce Graham
Directed by Barbara Mills

Jan. 30, 31, Feb. 1, 5, 6, 7, 8, 12, 13, 14, 15, 2015

Tony and Dale, two very different brothers during the golden age of Hollywood, are immersed in movie-making: the one egocentric and flamboyant, a creative genius; the other practical and responsible, a family man. Tony wants to be taken seriously as an artist, while Dale, often not quite grasping his brother’s visions, goes to great lengths to support him and finance his projects. Beautifully written piece on creativity and the complexity of sibling relationships. Loosely based on the lives of Walt Disney and his brother, Roy.


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The Stagecrafters Theater is centrally located in Chestnut Hill, in the heart of this historic section of northwest Philadelphia at 8130-34 Germantown Avenue (in the 8100 block between Hartwell Lane and Abington Avenue). The theater is toward the rear of the property up a short driveway. More

8130 Germantown Ave., Philadelphia PA 19118
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