Mauckingbird Theatre Company continues its 2019 season by presenting the Philadelphia premiere of Significant Other. The contemporary tale by Joshua Harmon (Bad Jews, Skintight) honors Mauckingbird’s mission to produce innovative, affordable, gay-themed theatre for Philadelphia audiences. The show, directed by Peter Reynolds, runs August 28-September 15. Opening Night is August 30 at 7:30 p.m. The shows are performed in The Bluver Theatre at the Drake, 302 S. Hicks Street. Tickets are $25 for general admission, $20 for seniors, and $15 for students. Tickets are available online at www.mauckingbird.org or by calling the Mauckingbird Theatre Company box office at (267) 385-6910.
In this heartfelt comedy by Harmon, Jordan (Daniel Irwin), a gay, Jewish man in his late 20s, searches for relationship and commitment. As his three best friends Kiki, Laura, and Vanessa (Sophie Hirsch, Kat Borrelli, and Donovan Lockett) become engaged and subsequently married, Jordan struggles with his fears and disillusion about their surprisingly traditional paths. Wisdom from his grandmother (Donna Dougherty), provides some guidance as he wrestles with where he, as a young gay man, fits in the newly legal world of matrimony.
The cast also features David Hutchison (Mauckingbird’s The Importance of Being Earnest and The Sisterhood) and Liam Mulshine (Mauckingbird’s Fallen Angels). Peter Reynolds directs. Scenery is by Andrew Laine. Brandon McShaffrey is the Costume Designer, Dom Chacon Lighting Designer, Sound Designer Tanner Richardett, and Props by Amanda Hatch.
“In a world where gay marriage is a fact of life, new fears and pressures have arisen for gay people,” notes Artistic Director Reynolds. “Significant Other follows Jordan’s particular story as he deals with challenges so many of us face or have faced as we navigated love relationships and, ultimately, lifelong commitments.”
ABOUT MAUCKINGBIRD THEATRE COMPANY
Founded by Artistic Director Peter Reynolds, Producing Director Brandon McShaffrey, and Managing Director Lindsay Mauck, Mauckingbird Theatre Company produces innovative, affordable, gay-themed theater. Past productions include critically acclaimed all-male versions of The Misanthrope and Shakespeare’s R & J ; queer adaptations of Moliere’s Tartuffe and The Sisterhood, and Noel Coward’s Fallen Angels; Caroline Kava’s lesbian adaptation of Hedda Gabler and Jane Chambers’ seminal lesbian play Last Summer at Bluefish Cove; the dark crime drama Never the Sinner: The Leopold and Loeb Story; TRU and The Threshing Floor, a repertory of two one-man shows about influential gay writers Truman Capote and James Baldwin; original modern interpretations of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Much Ado About Nothing, The Importance of Being Earnest, and The Pirates of Penzance; the regional premiere of Jeff Bowen and Hunter Bell’s musical [title of show] and Hot ‘n’ Cole: A Cole Porter Celebration; the Philadelphia premiere of Jon Marans’ The Temperamentals; Jonathan Harvey’s Beautiful Thing, and staged readings of Maxwell Anderson’s Bad Seed, The Children’s Hour, The Boys in the Band and The Normal Heart.