- $48 for a three-show subscription to see EgoPo Classic Theatre's A Doll's House, The Lady from the Sea, and Gint (up to an $80 value)
- When: September 4–May 11 (excluding opening nights)
- Where: A Doll's House at Playground at the Adrienne Theatre; The Lady from the Sea and Gint at Christ Church Neighborhood House
- Section: general admission
- Door time: one hour before showtime
- Ticket values include all fees.
A Doll's House
Henrik Ibsen threw a monkey wrench into the societal machine when he unleashed A Doll's House in 1897. The tale of Nora, a woman on the verge of abandoning her husband and children to embark on a life of her own, challenged 19th-century standards with its unflinching portrayal of a splintering marriage and its complete evisceration of patriarchy. Further upending expectations, EgoPo's take on A Doll's House is a crafty revision in which a thirteen-year-old actress, packing a particular set of toys and a doll's house, demolishes Ibsen's tour de force, giving birth to a new incarnation of Nora.
The Lady from the Sea
In The Lady from the Sea, Ibsen's penchant for symbolism splashes and shines. Ellida, the daughter of a lighthouse keeper, pines for the sea as much as she pines for a sailor she was once engaged to—and still is. But the sailor has been long on the lam for murdering his captain. Years later, she seems to be happily married to a widowed doctor and a happy mother to her new stepchildren. But when the sailor returns, Ellida must make a choice: to stay with her husband or follow her love of the sea.
Obie Award-winning playwright Romulus Linney's retelling of Ibsen's fairytale Peer Gynt takes the story to the Applachain Mountains of 1917 and gives it a surrealistic spin. On a quest to become "something great, grand, and glorious," the hapless, and often drunk, Pete Gint enters into dalliances with a married woman and a woman who transforms into a hog, although his heart belongs to Sally Vickso—a woman who thinks he's a cad. Although he finally wins Sally over, the hog spoils it when she arrives with Gint's child. Romance, satire, and unbridled strangeness follow as Gint escapes Appalachia to become a corporate billionaire, has the rug pulled from him, and struggles to return to the arms of Sally.
EgoPo Classic Theatre
The term EgoPo derives from the French for the physical self, and it's more than the name of a theater—it's an acting style. The work of EgoPo's thespians is intense, and the physical and vocal training is grueling. It's not a place where actors waltz into auditions with new head-shots and freshly minted business cards that say, "Up-and-Coming Professional Actor." At EgoPo, the permanent team trains year-round until they become a theatrical organism, capable of rewarding viewers who tire of the same old summer stock. Although "classic" is in their name, EgoPo's productions typically skirt tradition in favor of provocation in visceral performances.
EgoPo Classic Theatre
1219 Vine St.
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19107