During select performances, Power Street will offer complimentary bus transportation to and from the theatre and North Philly “Community Conversations.” Complimentary childcare will also be available during the performances.
Power Street Theatre is reviving their first production, Erlina Ortiz’s MinorityLand, a timely piece exploring gentrification, in a co-production with Montgomery County’s Theatre Horizon. The staging also kicks off a new community program from Power Street called Comunidades Conectadas, which will feature a number of initiatives including complimentary bus transportation to select performances in Philadelphia. MinorityLand will perform September 25-October 5 at West Kensington Ministry before transferring to Theatre Horizon in Norristown October 11-13. Reviewing press are invited to the September 27 performance at 7PM in Philadelphia. Lead support is provided by the William Penn Foundation.
“MinorityLand was Power Street’s first production, premiering in the 2013 FringeArts Festival at Taller Puertorriqueño, followed by a staged reading at the University of Pennsylvania for the 2014 Festival Latino,” explained Power Street’s Founder and Co-Artistic Director Gabriela Sanchez. “Six years later, the themes of this play inspired by the gentrification in North Philadelphia continue to resonate.”
In addition, Power Street is thrilled to announce their new audiences programming, called Comunidades Conectadas. Coordinated by resident artists Rachel O’Hanlon-Rodriguez and Lori Felipe-Barkin, Power Street will host community conversations in order to investigate North Philadelphia’s current relationship to theater while offering participants free tickets to the show. In addition to these North Philly community discussions, Power Street will offer three performances with accompanying bus rides from four different areas in the city: Chinatown, West Philadelphia, South Philadelphia, and the Northeast. Bus participants will receive free transportation to and from the theater and discounted $15 tickets to the show. Childcare is included with all ticket sales, but audience members must RSVP for these services.
Power Street is thrilled to welcome back familiar faces and new voices in their first ever co-production, co-directed by Ortiz and Cat Ramirez. Sanchez will reprise the role of Mama Julia. Resident Artist Angoli Santiago will also join the team following her role as Sor Juana in last year’s Las Mujeres. Additional cast members include Freddy Amill, Amy Boehly, Emily Fernandez, and Thomas Choinacky. The production will also feature a multimedia lobby display created by students of the Esperanza Academy Charter School. Students will showcase their work inspired by the themes of the play and their own experiences in their communities under the mentorship of Sanchez.
For more information, visit powerstreettheatre.com.
By Erlina Ortiz
Directed by Erlina Ortiz and Cat Ramirez
Featuring Gabriela Sanchez as Mama Julia, Freddy Amill as Otis, Emily Fernandez as Amelia, Anjoli Santiago as Deborah, Thomas Choinacky as Saxon, and Amy Boehly as George.
West Kensington Ministry, 2140 North Hancock Street, Philadelphia
September 25 through October 5, 2019
General Admission: $20
North Philadelphia residents/ Industry: $15
Youth 18 years old and under: Pay-what-you-can
Tickets at powerstreettheatre.com.
Theatre Horizon, 401 DeKalb Street, Norristown
October 11 through October 13
Tickets on sale September 6 by visiting theatrehorizon.org
About the show: Exploring the minority experience in modern day America, MinorityLand shines light on a diverse neighborhood in forced transition. When the local University begins to buy houses in el barrio, residents are pushed out of their homes. Block by block the fabric of the community unravels. Audiences are invited into Mama Julia’s home located in a historically brown and black neighborhood of North Philadelphia. The vibrant homes that once lined the block are vacant, awaiting to be transformed into student housing units and luxury lofts. Two white students move into Mama Julia’s home, and a new but tense community begins to form. Assumptions and accusations linger. Each character is tested under the weight of systemic oppression, and forced to decide how far they are willing to go to save one another.
About Power Street Theatre: Power Street Theatre (PST) is a womxn of color led multicultural theater company in Philadelphia founded in 2012. PST is a home to a collective of fierce multicultural and multidisciplinary artists dedicated to connecting communities through the performing arts by sharing powerful stories that innovate and inspire.
About Theatre Horizon: Theatre Horizon brings Philadelphia’s finest professional actors and artists to Norristown to present compelling, contemporary theatre. Founded in 2005, Theatre Horizon has become a lauded contributor to the arts in Montgomery County, staging a critically-acclaimed season annually, reaching over 950 children each year through our drama classes and camps, and pioneering an autism drama program that inspires imagination and social development in individuals on the autism spectrum. These programs are the building blocks of the Theatre Horizon community in which all participants are encouraged to grow. Their offerings provide opportunities to understand unfamiliar perspectives, discuss common struggles, and simply enjoy a good story together. More at theatrehorizon.org.
About West Kensington Ministry: West Kensington Ministry, led by Pastor Adan, has been a long-time collaborator with PST. Opening their doors to community members and providing a space for people to come together, West Kensington Ministry is an integral element of the Norris Square neighborhood.
About William Penn Foundation: The William Penn Foundation, founded in 1945 by Otto and Phoebe Haas, is dedicated to improving the quality of life in the Greater Philadelphia region through efforts that increase educational opportunities for children from low-income families, ensure a sustainable environment, foster creativity that enhances civic life, and advance philanthropy in the Philadelphia region. Since inception, the Foundation has made nearly 10,000 grants totaling over $1.6 billion.