Before she was an Academy Awarding-winning actress and muse of Alfred Hitchcock, before she was crowned Princess of Monaco, before she became a fashion icon, Grace Kelly was girl from Philadelphia, who began her acting career at the Bucks County Playhouse. Discover the world of Grace Kelly in the heart of where she grew up. The James A. Michener Art Museum presents "From Philadelphia to Monaco: Grace Kelly - Beyond the Icon," the only U.S. venue to display the exhibition, opening October 28 through January 26. Drawing from Kelly's personal objects housed in the archives of the Palace of Monaco and the Grimaldi Forum, including letters, photographs, awards, couture fashion, along with film clips, home movies, playbills, archival documents from the Palace of Monaco, and souvenirs from her acting career, 138 S. Pine Street, Doylestown, PA. In conjunction with the new exhibit "Local Mill Makes Good: Celebrating 75 Years of American Theater at the Bucks County Playhouse."
The Broadway tour of "Once" makes a stop in Philadelphia October 29 through November 10. Winner of eight 2012 Tony Awards including Best Musical, the show tells the love story of "Guy" and "Girl" on a set that is transformed into a Dublin pub, featuring an ensemble cast playing their own instruments onstage, at the Academy of Music, Broad Street, Philadelphia.
Onstage at Plays & Players Theatre is "Marcus; Or the Secret of Sweet," by Tarell Alvin McCraney. Winner of the 2013 MacArthur "Genius" Grant, McCraney has been described as "a playwright exploring the rich diversity of the African American experience in works that imbue the lives of ordinary people with epic significance." The play follows young, poor, black and gay Marcus on his journey to find his father or the legacy he left behind in the fictional Louisiana town of San Pere in the days before an impending storm, onstage through November 3, 1714 Delancey Place, Philadelphia. Related programs and events include a "post-show classroom," Sunday, October 27 and "Behind the Scenes" on Sunday, November 3.
Fringe Wilmington Festival kicks off Wednesday, October 30 through Sunday, November 3, offering cinematic and live performances by over 200 local, regional and national artists at multiple venues. Events include a Preview party on Wednesday, October 30 at World Cafe Live at the Queen, Extreme Filmmaking Competition, and new this year is the Halloween Costume Ball at the Delaware Center for Contemporary Arts, Thursday, October 31, from 9pm-midnight.
New City Stage Company opens their new season with a remounting of the popular, sold-out hit "RFK," a historically accurate solo performance recounting the last 4 years of Robert F. Kennedy's life from 1964 to 1968. Back from a monumental run at the Capitol Fringe Festival, the play, written by Jack Holmes, features music, film and footage from the era, including videos of the Kennedy family never released to the public before. Directed by Ginger Dayle (Founding Artistic Director), starring Producing Artistic Director Russ Widdall (HBO's The Wire) as RFK, and onstage October 31 through November 24, 2030 Sansom Street, Philadelphia. Related programs include special guest speaker for the November 22 performance commemorating the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.
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