The Philadelphia Story
| May 15 – October 25
by PHILIP BARRY
Directed by DENNIS GARNHUM
Designed by WILLIAM SCHMUCK
Lighting designed by KEVIN LAMOTTE Original music and sound designed by JEREMY SPENCER
“AN ABSOLUTE BLAZING STAR … [MOYA] O’CONNELL IS BATTING HOME RUNS OUT OF THE PARK WITH EVERY LINE, EVERY SIGH, EVERY GESTURE” – Toronto Star
Tracy Lord is young, beautiful, wealthy, and about to get married. The Philadelphia socialite has divorced her dashing but unreliable husband and fallen in love with a self-made (but perhaps a bit dull) business tycoon. When a cynical tabloid newshound arrives to cover the ceremony, Tracy has a hard time keeping her nuptials – and her heart – on the right track. A classic romantic comedy, the play was a huge turnaround success for Katharine Hepburn in the late 1930s. Barry wrote it especially for her, and the play had a year-long run on Broadway before becoming a six-time Oscar nominated film in 1940.
Just as we brought our production of Saint Joan to Chicago, Belle Moral to Ottawa and Topdog/Underdog to Toronto, I am thrilled that this production – directed by Theatre Calgary’s Artistic Director Dennis Garnhum – will move to Calgary for a run in winter 2015. Another example of how we are determined to get our work out to new audiences. -JM
The Philadelphia Story is recommended for ages 14+
Running time is approximately 2 hours and 25 minutes including one intermission.