"Down Past Passyunk" and "Ritu Comes Home"

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World-premiere plays set in Pennsylvania explore responsibility, family, and nationality in an increasingly globalized world

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  • $49 for one ticket to see Down Past Passyunk and Ritu Comes Home (up to $100 value)
  • Where: InterAct Theatre Company – Main Stage at The Adrienne
  • Section: general admission
  • Door time: 20 minutes before showtime
  • Ticket values include all fees.<p>

Performance Dates

Down Past Passyunk

It all starts when Nicky Grillo loses his temper. The owner of Grillo’s Steaks, a South Philly institution, ignites a public-relations firestorm when he asks a customer to “speak English” while ordering a cheesesteak. In the face of his rapidly changing neighborhood, he decides to make a stand, and in the process goes toe-to-toe with an old friend, his daughter, and the owners of the Mexican steak shop across the street. This world premiere from playwright A. Zell Williams follows Grillo as he demands his neighborhood stay “American,” confronts issues much larger than faulty napkin dispensers, and struggles to accept a changing world.

Ritu Comes Home

Brendan and Jason happily pay 80 cents every day to clear their conscience. The money goes to support Ritu, a child in Bangladesh that the couple has “adopted.” This arrangement allows the pair to feel good about their contributions to the world while living a life of full of shopping and nights on the town. But reality comes crashing in when the girl, now a teenager, magically shows up in their living room. This irreverent and imaginative world premiere by Peter Gil-Sheridan explores the meaning of home, family, responsibility, and teleportation in a world that’s increasingly globalized.<p>

InterAct Theatre Company

Although the thespians of InterAct Theatre Company have entertained audiences season after season since 1988, entertainment is not their goal. What they really want to do is make audiences think—and maybe change their lives. Every play produced by InterAct hits home because it takes place in the here and now, addressing hot-button social, political, and cultural issues with fearless drama and softening humor. Some works seek to foster social change, others promote social diversity, but all seem to have moved the critics, having racked up 18 Barrymore Awards and 52 nominations.

Customer Reviews

Entertaining - an engaging performance.
Rosemary W. · November 12, 2012
The exit interview was a great performance! Can't wait for the rest of the season.
Michelle K. · November 4, 2012
The box office, somewhat obscurely located, was friendly and extremely helpful.
Louise S. · October 24, 2012

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