LRS wins Wolfson Award!

On Monday, October 14th at Theatre Philadelphia’s 25th annual Barrymore Awards ceremony, Lightning Rod Special won the June and Steven Wolfson Award for an evolving theatre company!

The June and Steve Wolfson Award for an Evolving Theatre Company recognizes, promotes, and rewards the creativity, growth, and excellence of evolving theatres within the Greater Philadelphia community. The award is intended to help foster interaction within the theatre community, increase the community’s richness and diversity, and focus public awareness and accessibility to the most vibrant professional theatre community in the nation. Generously funded by the June and Steve Wolfson Family Foundation, this special Barrymore Award includes a $10,000 cash prize for the recipient.

Thank you for seeing something special in a company that consistently asks actors to play animals on stage unironically.

-Alice’s acceptance speech

We are so thrilled and honored! It means so much to be recognized in this way and to be seen in our community.

BUT WAIT, THERE’S MORE!

Brett Ashley Robinson (“The Cute Fetus”) was awarded the Barrymore for Outstanding Supporting Performance in a musical! We couldn’t be more proud of her. She gave a big shout out to Women’s Medical Fund in her acceptance speech, imploring folks to donate and support their good work. If you can’t donate, she said, “say the word ‘abortion’ out loud. Destigmatize it. It’s a human right.”

Well said.

You can continue to support our growth and evolution by making a donation today! We do what we do FOR you and we can’t do it without it.

And thank you thank you thank you!!!!

EIGHT Barrymore Nominations!

WOW!

We were just nominated for an astounding EIGHT Barrymore Award nominations, including SEVEN for “The Appointment” and one for Lightning Rod Special. They are:

Outstanding Supporting Performance in a Musical, Brett Ashley Robinson

Outstanding Direction of a Musical, Eva Steinmetz

Outstanding Original Music, Alex Bechtel

Outstanding Ensemble in a Musical

Independence Foundation Award for Outstanding New Play or Musical

Outstanding Overall Musical

Brown Martin Philadelphia Award

and

Wolfson Award for an Evolving Theatre Company

The Brown Martin Philadelphia Award recognizes a production that enhances public awareness of an underserved or unrecognized community and comes with a cash prize of $25,000. The Wolfson Award recognizes a Philadelphia theatre company that is changing the game and comes with a cash prize of $10,000. We are over the moon excited and humbled to be nominated for each of these awards.

Many congratulations go out to our dear collaborators, Alex, Eva, and Brett, on their individual nominations. We are so proud of the work they put in to this show!

Awards are announced on October 14th at the big ceremony (everyone calls it “theatre prom”). Keep your fingers crossed for us!

Alice wins Best of Philly!

Congratulations to Alice who was named Philadelphia’s BEST THEATER TALENT by Philly Magazine!

Every summer Philadelphia Magazine releases their much-anticipated Best of Philly list, an exhaustive compilation of Philadelphia’s best restaurants, retailers, experiences, and offerings. They mix up the categories every year so you can always count on being introduced to the things that make Philly as special as it is.

Here’s what Philly Mag had to say about Alice:

(Click image to see it on the Philly Mag website)

She joins an exciting and growing rank of the LRS community: company member Katie Gould was awarded Best Personal Trainer in 2017 and LRS godmother Ali King was awarded Best Stationery for her company Groundswell Greetings in 2017.

We are so proud and excited for Alice! We think it is highly deserved.

Best Theatre Talent: Alice Yorke

Added Performance!

Wow! What a run we’ve been having here in New York! THE APPOINTMENT was made a Critic’s Pick by the New York Times and TimeOutNew York. We’ve had sold-out shows and, due to demand, have added an additional performance!

It’s been a wild time up here and we’ve been so excited to share the show with New York audiences. If you’re in the city, we hope you’ll join us during this last week. If you don’t have your ticket already, sales are open for our added show, Saturday May 4th at 3pm. (If you can’t make it then, the standby line opens up at 2 hours to curtain every night. People have been getting in, so be sure to come by!)

Lightning Rod Special is the Philadelphia-based company that gave us “Underground Railroad Game,” a show that used a middle-school classroom format to dive deep, really deep, into the emotional and sexual dynamics of interracial relationships. That production was a bona fide shocker, in the best tradition of taboo-busting art, and you might have thought that this troupe had gone about as far as it could go in the theater of discomfort.
But “The Appointment,” created by a four-member writing team led by Alice Yorke and directed by Eva Steinmetz, made me feel just as uneasy, offended, engrossed and, finally, enlightened as “Underground Railroad Game” had. I hasten to add that enlightenment, in this case, involves no definitive conclusions.

Only by the end are you aware of just how carefully calibrated “The Appointment” has been. This thoughtful, profoundly imaginative show concludes in a silence that is all the more eloquent for the sound and the fury that preceded it. It’s a postscript that allows plenty of space for mixed feelings.

-Ben Brantley, New York Times, https://nyti.ms/2Gzo2hZ

See you at the theatre!

One More Week in Philly!

And so many exciting announcements to make!

THE APPOINTMENT is Barrymore Recommended!

That means, for the first time ever, one of our shows is eligible to be nominated for a Barrymore Award. We are really honored to participate in a beloved hometown tradition.


Reviews are coming in!

Philly Life and Culture says, “Just as you are belly-laughing… you are sucker punched into reality.”

Philadelphia Dance says, “The laughter that the show provokes becomes the glass of water we drink to digest the bitter pills the show prescribes.”

Broad Street Review calls the show “genius,” “pitch-perfect,” “by turns hilarious and devastating,” and says, “Women are somehow both at the center of America’s obsession with abortion, and completely irrelevant to it. We’re infantilized and sexualized; glorified and stripped of agency. I hate to legitimize opposition to abortion access as a healthcare “debate.” The Appointment is not a debate. But it does confront, surprise, challenge, and entertain its audience.”


Take Us to New York!

Have you heard? THE APPOINTMENT got a last-minute offer to perform in New York Theatre Workshop’s Next Door Series just two weeks after we close in Philly! We need you to help us make it happen. If you enjoyed the show, please make a contribution in support of our tour. If you’re unable to see it, we suggest donating the price of your ticket!

This Week!

We still have six shows left in Philly and we don’t want you to miss out! Wednesday’s performance will be followed by a conversation with our partner organization, Allentown Women’s Center, about how they balance abortion care with comprehensive trans health care. We love the folks at AWC and can’t wait for our audience to hear about the amazing work they do.

Then on Friday night, stick around after the show for SEX ED TRIVIA NIGHT. Hosted by Dr. Timaree Schmit, with prizes donated by the Sexploratorium, and **free drinks** this is one time you’re gonna wanna get schooled.

Thanks for your support!

With love and lightning,

Alice, Scott, and Lightning Rod Special

LRS STRIKES NYC!

Holy moly, Batman! We got a LAST MINUTE offer from New York Theatre Workshop to perform THE APPOINTMENT as part of their Next Door Series in April and May. Yes, that’s right– two weeks after we close the show in Philly, we’re going to New York!

This is an incredible opportunity for us. There will be a lot of visibility on the company as we return to New York after the success of “Underground Railroad Game.” We believe this show, which gets more timely every day, is poised to make a big splash.

But we need your help to make it happen.

We have already raised $90,000 for this rolling, two-city presentation. We need $13,200 more to get us to the finish line.

Will you make THE APPOINTMENT?


As though that wasn’t exciting enough, WE OPEN THE SHOW IN PHILLY THIS WEEK! We hope you’ll get your tickets and join us as we lift this project off the ground. Click the image below for tickets:

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ONE WEEK OUT

IMAGE: Two people sit with their backs to the camera in a rehearsal room. They are watching five actors rehearse a scene where they are all standing downstage looking out toward the audience.

We’ve been rehearsing since mid-February and now the time has come– one week from today we have our first public audience! We’re in the middle of tech right now, which means we’re working on the set, preparing light cues, running transitions, and getting used to our costumes.

We hope that you’ll join us at FringeArts to see THE APPOINTMENT. It runs March 20-31. We have a lot of really exciting events planned around the show to continue the community engagement work from our 2017 showing. Get connected with Women’s Medical Fund, Allentown Women’s Center, and more.

Plus, we have a very exciting announcement that we’ll be making any day now. I definitely suggest following our facebook or instagram page if you want to know about it when it drops. (Psst: you do!)

But for now, a couple more pictures from rehearsal…