Thomas Gibbons' 2004 Barrymore Award winner for Outstanding New Play "Permanent Collection" returns for InterAct Theatre Company's 25th Anniversary. Inspired by the Barnes Foundation, the drama explores the controversy provoked when a suburban museum's newly appointed executive director proposes to change the permanent collection, spurring questions of racial politics, journalistic integrity and the consumption of art. Directed by Seth Rozin, the production features returning cast members Frank X, Tim Moyer, Maureen Torsney-Weir and Tom McCarthy as well as Lynette Freeman and Karen Vicks, through Sunday, May 5, 2030 Sansom Street, Philadelphia. "Permanent Collection" is the most successful production in InterAct Theatre's history.
The Philadelphia Invitational Furniture Show returns for its 19th year at the historic 23rd Street Armory, Saturday, April 6, 10am-7pm and Sunday, April 7, 10am-5pm. Bringing together patrons and artisans, the longest running exhibition of its kind features modern and traditional tables, chairs, beds, textiles, lighting and table top items, 22 South 23rd Street, Philadelphia.
The 17th Annual Poetry Ink: 100 Poets Reading is Sunday, April 7, noon, as Moonstone Arts Center hosts an open, festive, participatory event with academic poets, famous poets, free form poets, street poets, unknown poets, spoken word poets, published poets, unpublished poets and more. Each reader gets 3 minutes, Arts Bank, Broad and South Streets, Philadelphia.
Villanova Theatre takes on Oscar Wilde's "Salomé," an adaptation of the biblical tale featuring aerial silk acrobatics à la Cirque du Soleil, live drumming by Josh Totora and Hebrew chanting, under the music direction of Cantor Harold Messinger of Temple Beth Am in Penn Valley, PA. The production, directed by Rev. David Cregan, is onstage April 9-21, Vasey Hall, Lancaster and Ithan Avenues, Villanova, PA. Salomé translator Joseph Donohue, Professor of English at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst will speak following the April 18 performance.
The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University hosts the Southeastern Pennsylvania Orchid Society International Orchid Show and Sale, Friday through Sunday, April 12-14. Celebrate the arrival of spring with exhibits of exotic and common varieties of orchids and shop vendors from Japan, Malaysia, Taiwan, Brazil, Ecuador, and the United States. Free lectures and guided tours of the show and the Academy's world-renowned botanical collection are also offered, 1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia.
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