October 12th-20th in the historic Christ Church Neighborhood House
11th Hour Theatre Company presents the Tony-Award winning musical FALSETTOS in concert. This poignant show dealing with nuances of religion and sexuality is directed by local favorite Jennie Eisenhower and music directed by Dan Matarrazo. Performances will run October 12th-20th, 2019 at Christ Church Neighborhood House. Called “the perfect musical” by the New York Times, tickets are $19-$36 (including a $4 processing fee) and can be purchased online at www.11thhourtheatrecompany.org or by phone at 267-987-9865.
“As a parent in a queer, blended family, I personally love that FALSETTOS explores the complications of navigating an unconventional family structure – and how it isn’t blood alone that makes a family, but love, friendship, and even shared adversities and trauma,” says director Jennie Eisenhower.
FALSETTOS focuses on Marvin (played by Steve Pacek), a Jewish man who seems to have a perfect life with his wife Trina and their loving son Jason. After a series of monumental life changes, including falling in love with another man and leaving his wife, he is forced to reckon with his views on love, responsibility, relationships and what it truly means to be a family.
This timely and relatable story (book by James Lapine) is paired with music that won the Tony in 1992 for Best Original Score. Eisenhower comments, “William Finn is so talented and the complexity, beauty, humor and heart he is somehow able to bring to the whole score is beyond incredible.”
The show will begin performances Saturday, October 12th, with press opening Sunday, October 13th at 3pm. Shows run until October 20th, 2019 at Christ Church Neighborhood House. The cast includes: Steve Pacek, Jenna Pinchbeck, Sav Souza, Sam Nagel, Kevin Murray, and Vincent Crocilla.
11th Hour Theatre Co. presents:
Music & Lyrics by William Finn
Book by James Lapine
Directed by Jennie Eisenhower
DATES: October 12th-20th, 2019
LOCATION: Christ Church Neighborhood House
JENNIE EISENHOWER (DIRECTOR): Directing highlights include 1776 (DC Metro Arts: Best of 2016) and CHICAGO at the Media Theatre, FLAT STANLEY and A CHRISTMAS CAROL at the Walnut Street Theatre, MEAN GIRLZ and ONLY 13 for Walnut’s touring outreach, I MIGHT BE MERMAN for 1812’s Jilline Ringle Solo Performance Program, and HOME SWEET at Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center. She served as Associate Director for the Barrymore Award winning production of FUN HOME at the Arden Theatre and for SIDE SHOW, SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER, SWEENEY TODD, and WEST SIDE STORY at Media Theatre. Jennie also served as Choreographer for ONCE IN A LIFETIME at People’s Light & Theatre. She is a summa cum laude graduate of Northwestern University and currently serves as an adjunct professor at Temple University. Visit www.jennie-eisenhower.com for more information.
About 11th Hour Theatre Company
11th Hour’s mission is to have an enduring impact on our community by producing musical works of theatre. We use the expertise of industry leaders and up-and-coming artists to create an intimate and lasting experience with our audience.
In the past fifteen years, 11th Hour Theatre Company has emerged as Philadelphia’s premier boutique musical theatre company. In 2016, 11th Hour was awarded a New Theatre Works Initiative grant by the Independence Foundation, and in 2013, 11th Hour became the first-ever recipients of the June and Steve Wolfson Award for an Evolving Theater. Our work focuses on presenting intimate, character-driven stories rather than flashy, budget-busting spectacles. Our hope is that these stories prove the relevance of musical theatre in the contemporary world, engaging audiences and inspiring the next generation of musical theatre artists for years to come.
We produce a broad spectrum of musicals that fill a niche in the diverse Philadelphia theatre landscape: musicals that spark the creativity of our artists and the imaginations of our audience. In the 2014-2015 season, we produced our first world premiere, Michael Ogborn’s Field Hockey Hot, which was a smashing success, and motivated us to create one of the first original cast albums to come out of Philadelphia in years. To date, we have produced twenty-one full-scale musicals, ten of which were Philadelphia premieres. Our hugely popular Next Step Concert Series is a staged-reading series that showcases musicals seldom seen in Philadelphia. In addition to Field Hockey Hot, the company has contributed to the development of several new musicals beginning with Angst, a ten-minute musical that premiered in the Spark Festival of 2005. We produced the American premiere of Austentatious that went on to success at the New York Musical Theatre Festival; and a 29-hour reading of Fantasy Football, the Musical? before its production at New York University. Both Austentatious and Fantasy Football have since been published and are now professionally licensed. In the fall of 2014, we partnered with University of the Arts to workshop Persephone Unplugged, a new twist on the classic Greek myth.
11th Hour has received a total of fifty-five Barrymore Award nominations to date. Our work has been recognized with fifteen awards, including two consecutive awards for “Outstanding Ensemble in a Musical” (The Bomb-itty of Errors, The World Goes ‘Round), several individual awards for our artists, and the June and Steve Wolfson Award for an Evolving Theatre. Founding member Steve Pacek was also the proud recipient of the 2012 F. Otto Haas Award for an Emerging Philadelphia Theatre Artist.