The power of one. Azuka brings you three amazing plays by playwrights with unique voices and fresh perspectives, full of passionate and quirky characters. In a world where problems seem insurmountable, we turn on the news and can't help but wonder: 'what difference can one person make?' Azuka's 17th season asks this question and more - join us in celebrating the power of one: One song. One idea. One spark that sets the world on fire. Sometimes all we've got is what's inside us. Sometimes that's enough. Experience something new this season, let us change you.


HOW WE GOT ON

By Idris Goodwin
Directed By Raelle Myrick-Hodges
September 21 - October 9, 2016

Hank, Julian, and Luann are three talented, determined suburban teens coming of age in the 1980s. Dreaming of fame and fortune in the new Hip-Hop music scene, they must overcome cultural isolation, familial dysfunction, and ruthless rivalries to make the music that defines their lives. A sultry DJ spins their stories with her own meta-theatrical perspective in this contemporary ode to the roots of rap.

An Azuka New Professionals Production and Philadelphia Premiere!

IDRIS GOODWIN

IDRIS GOODWIN


SHITHEADS

By Douglas Williams
Directed By Kevin Glaccum
February 22 - March 12, 2017

Bert's Bikes and Sports, a down-and-out bike shop in lower Manhattan, is on its last leg. Customers have vanished, the shop across the street is poaching their best mechanics, and the new guy they just hired doesn't even own a bike. Now that Alejandro has finally been promoted to manager, he'll need to get creative in order to save the shop he loves -- and he just so happens to have an idea that could bring Bert's back from the dead...

A World Premiere by a Philadelphia Playwright!

DOUGLAS WILLIAMS

DOUGLAS WILLIAMS


THE ARSONISTS

By Jacqueline Goldfinger
Directed By Allison Heishman
May 3 - 21, 2017

When M loses her father in an arson gone wrong, she goes on a journey with his ghost to reclaim her life and reframe his memory. Set deep in a Florida swamp, The Arsonists is a lyrical Southern Gothic myth about a father-daughter arson team deconstructing their personal demons. Inspired by the Greek tragedy Electra, this play with music explores the relationship between parent and child in that small space between life and death, the last breath before the awakening. The final play in Goldfinger's Southern Gothic trilogy, which began with the terrible girls and Skin & Bone, The Arsonists is the 2016 Runner Up for the Leah Ryan Prize and was developed at The Kennedy Center.

A World Premiere by a Philadelphia Playwright!

JACQUELINE GOLDFINGER

JACQUELINE GOLDFINGER