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The Adults

New Paradise Laboratories


Painted Bride Art Center
230 Vine St
Philadelphia, 19106
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“Beautiful physical theater.”
Howard Shapiro, The Philadelphia Inquirer

A family vacation to hell.

This is no run-of-the-mill vacation. Veteran and next-generation New Paradise Laboratories cast members come together to present the world premiere of The Adults, a multi-family vacation that takes an unexpected turn when adults start behaving badly. Influenced by Anton Chekhov and the paintings of Eric Fischl and set to a score by local experimental composer Bhob Rainey, The Adults is a highly physical show that explores intimate cruelty and shifting emotional landscapes.

The New York Times

90 minutes

$29 / Members save 30%

Festival Producers
Tobey and Mark Dichter
Carol Klein and Lawrence Spitz
David Seltzer and Lisa Roberts

Previous Festival shows include: 27 (2012), Extremely Public Displays Of Privacy (2011), Freedom Club (2010), and Fatebook (2009)

This presentation of The Adults has been supported by the Charlotte Cushman Foundation. The Adults has been supported by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage.

*Post-show discussion by Whit MacLaughlin in conversation with Harry Philbrick, expert on the work of Eric Fischl.

Harry Philbrick is Director of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts Museum. Mr. Philbrick is spearheading a revived engagement with contemporary art at PAFA, creating a substantial endowment to collect contemporary art. Under his guidance the Museum opened a dedicated Works on Paper Gallery in September, 2013. Mr. Philbrick has twenty-plus years of experience in museum management, exhibition curation, development, and educational programming. He was director of The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum from 1996 – 2010. He received his MFA from Goldsmiths’ College, London. His own artwork has been exhibited in the US and UK.