American Theatre Wing presents documentary on 1812 Productions’ political comedy This Is The Week That Is

1812 Productions is pleased to announce the release of a documentary about the creation of its long-running political comedy This Is The Week That Is. Commissioned by American Theatre Wing, founder of the Tony Awards, the documentary joins American Theatre Wing’s permanent video archive as part of their In The Field series. In a statement released on American Theatre WIng’s social media channels, they say, “What does it take to create political humor in the theatre?  This Is The Week That Is has been running its political satire show for over 13 years, yet now feels more needed than ever in the theatre space.  From its creation in 2006 through today, we discover how this project came to be, why the need is so strong now, and what it takes to creatively and logistically create content that is relevant to the audience of 1812 Productions in Philadelphia.  This special is in partnership between American Theatre Wing and 1812 Productions to highlight amazing work done throughout the country.”

Inspired by the 1960s British television satire That Was The Week That Was, and created by 1812 Productions’ Producing Artistic Director Jennifer Childs, This Is The Week That Is has been a  staple of the Philadelphia theatre season for the past 13 years. Featuring a script that changes nightly, improvised comedy, musical parodies, and a versatile cast of Philadelphia performers, This Is The Week That Iscontinues its mission to “Tell the truth and make it funny”—an edict given by comedy legend Mort Sahl. While filming the documentary during the show’s most recent iteration in December 2018, Ms. Childs said, “It’s been a remarkable exercise at this moment in history to look back while also looking forward. I am so grateful to the many people who have worked on this show over the years and helped make it the institution it is.”

Capture, a Philadelphia-based video production firm, shadowed the This Is The Week That Is creative team throughout the rehearsal process and production run. Capture co-founder Jorge Cousineau led the project. Cousineau is also an award-winning lighting, scenic, and video designer whose work has been featured in This Is The Week That Is for many years.

The documentary is available on 1812 Productions’ website HERE and on American Theatre Wing’s Vimeo channel HERE

This Is The Week That Is will return to the stage November 29, 2019 thru January 5, 2020 starring veteran writer/performers Justin Jain, Sean Close, and Dave Jadico with additional casting to be announced this fall.

This Is The Week That Is is part of The June and Steve Wolfson Family Foundation Series. This Is The Week That Is welcomes honorary producer, and longtime 1812 Productions supporter, Terry Graboyes.This Is The Week That Is also welcomes its corporate sponsor The Kelly Group at Elfant Wissahickon Realtors.

Pictured (l-r): Rob Tucker, Tanaquil Márquez, Sean Close, Jennifer Childs, Dave Jadico, Justin Jain
Photo by Mark Garvin

 

1812 Productions
1812 Productions was founded in 1997 and is the only professional theater company in the country dedicated to comedy. 1812 Productions is the recipient of an honorary citation from the City of Philadelphia for outstanding work and commitment to the Philadelphia arts community. In 2010 and 2016, they were among a select group of regional theatre companies to receive a National Theatre Company grant from the American Theatre Wing, founder of the Tony Awards. Their education program, 1812 Outreach, has received multiple nominations and has twice been awarded the Barrymore Award for Excellence in Theatre Education and Community Service. 1812 Productions’ mission is to produce theatrical works of comedy and comedic works of theatre that explore and celebrate our sense of community, our history, and our humanity.

American Theatre Wing
American Theatre Wing invests in brave work, supports creative growth, and celebrates excellence to bring diverse stories to our national culture through theatre. Founded in 1917 on the eve of America’s entry into World War I by seven suffragists, American Theatre Wing has spent a century using theatre to advance human experience, empathy and cultural growth like never before.

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