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Pig Iron Anthology of Plays? Apparently So

Posted August 8th, 2011

The gentlemen of Pig Iron Theater CompanySpeaking of fundraising, these gentlemanly thespians wish to publish a text, possibly to finance the purchase of britches:

Pig Iron Theatre Company, a physical theatre ensemble based in Philadelphia, wishes to publish an anthology of original plays selected from our repertory of 26 performance works. Artifacts of our unusual ensemble-based process, these playscripts span almost the entire 15 years of Pig Iron’s history, and the proposed book as a whole will give a window into Pig Iron’s work as an ensemble, broaden Pig Iron’s reach as a company, allow for other theatres and academic departments to study Pig Iron, and encourage other companies to produce their own versions of these Pig Iron plays. Plays may include CHEKHOV LIZARDBRAIN (OBIE winner 2008), HELL MEETS HENRY HALFWAY (OBIE winner 2005), SHUT EYE (our collaboration with Joseph Chaikin), and GENTLEMEN VOLUNTEERS. Fittingly, the publication of these plays will coincide with the opening of the Pig Iron School of Advanced Performance Training (APT) in the fall of 2011. We will be publishing the volume in association with 53rd State Press, a not-for-profit press that publishes the texts of such notable experimental performers as Nature Theater of Oklahoma and Miguel Gutierrez.

Donations to the cause can be made here. And don’t forget, Pig Iron goes Shakespearean throughout the 2011 Live Arts Festival with Twelfth Night, or What You Will at the Suzanne Roberts Theatre, 480 S. Broad Street, Center City. Dates and times vary, $20 to $30. For tickets, click here.