Azuka Theatre's PAY WHAT YOU DECIDE is a HIT!
- Attendance rose by 53%!
- Ticket income rose by 39%!
- 1/3 of our audiences for each show were brand-new to Azuka!
And your support is making it all possible. Your gift this year will help us to continue this innovative, boundary-breaking model that empowers you to decide the value of your experience.
And this season the work is all Philly! Azuka's focus on world premieres and local playwrights has always been a hallmark of our company, but for 2017-2018, we are producing our first all-Philly season - each of out three world premiere plays was written by a local playwright! the shows are:
- The Gap, by Emma Goidel (author of 2016's Local Girls) was our first play of the season - we hope you got to see it! A challenging story of two sisters trying to get to the truth of one sister's childhood trauma, David Fox of Philadelphia Magazine said of the production: "Emma Goidel's play is an exceptionally well-crafted piece, beautifully done at Azuka."
- Ready, Steady, Yeti Go by David Jacobi will run in the Proscenium Theater at The Drake February 21-March 11. In the aftermath of a hate crime, Junior High pariah Goon befriends on of the victims, Carly, the only black girl in school. While the town plans a rally "to destroy racism forever," romance blossoms.
- Mrs. Harrison by Barrymore Award-winning playwright R. Eric Thomas, will close the season, running May 2-20. At their 10-year college reunion, Aisha, a successful black playwright, and Holly, a struggling white stand-up comedian, meet by chance. They both have a story they've been telling themselves about what happened...and now they're willing to fight for the truth.
We're so excited to bring you these new plays - Azuka audiences will be the FIRST to see them! - by these fresh Philly voices.
Even with our explosive growth in audiences over the last year, we still very much rely on our supporters to help us produce first-rate world premieres with the very best of Philadelphia's playwrights, actors and designers. We hope we can count on you again this year.
We are so grateful for your advocacy and generosity - thank you.
See you at the theater,