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Living together in the community through the arts

Since its founding in 1953, Allens Lane Art Center has been a cornerstone of the Mt. Airy community by bringing the residents together to participate in and enjoy the arts.  Whether its art classes for children or adults, amazing art exhibitions or cutting edge plays on the mainstage, there is something for everyone at Allens Lane.

601 West Allens Lane ~ Philadelphia, PA 19119 ~ p: 215.248.0546

2013 - 2014 THEATER SEASON SCHEDULE - dedicated in memory of Kate Shaffmaster

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60th Anniversary

Written by Ossie Davis
Directed by Robert Anu
Sept. 27, 28, 29 Oct. 4, 5, 6, 11, 12

In this landmark Civil Rights era satirical comedy, Purlie V. Judson is a man on a mission to retrieve the rightful legacy of a dead relative from the conniving clutches of Ol' Cap'n Cotchipee, a dyed-in-the-wool segregationist and plantation owner. With the help of others, Purlie conspires to hoodwink Ol' Cap'n in order to reclaim his ancestral church and re-establish it as Georgia's first integrated house of worship.


  • Tiffany Bacon
  • Meryl Lynn Brown
  • Kareem Carpenter
  • Lawrence H. Geller
  • E. RaMona Sewell
  • Maurice A. Tucker
  • Brian Weiser

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Purlie Victorious

Written by Naomi Iizuka
Directed by Sarah Mitteldorf
Nov. 22, 23, 24, 29, 30 Dec. 1, 6, 7

Based on real interviews the playwright conducted with kids living on the streets, Polaroid Stories re-imagines myths of Orpheus & Eurydice, Philomel, Echo & Narcissus and others from Ovid's Metamorphosis to explore the lives and dreams of those who often are forgotten. These groups of young people, pushed to the fringes of society, attract and repel each other, and compete for attention,moving back and forth between stories, lies, beauty and violence in a constant battle for trust, selfhood and transcendence.


  • James Patefield - D (dionysus)
  • Ellie Marissa Ruttenberg -  Eurydice
  • Rachel O'Hanlon-Rodriguez -  Persephone (also Semele)
  • Davon Clark -  Orpheus (also Tereus)
  • Kelly De Vose - Philomel
  • Nina Giacobbe -  SKINHEADgirl (a. k. a. neon girl)
  • Shauntia Coley -  Narcisus
  • Asaki Kuruma - Echo
  • Nathan Logue - SKINHEADboy (a. k. a. oklahoma boy/speedracer)
  • Branden Lipford - G (aka zeus, hades)

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Polaroid Stories

Written by Tom Stoppard
Directed by Will Steinberger
Jan. 17, 18, 19, 24, 25, 26, 31 Feb. 1

Famed musical comedy duo Sandor Turai and Alex Gal board the S.S. Italian Castle bound for New York with an opening date for their new Broadway musical - but without a line written! Unfortunately, their neurotic young composer has fallen in love with the leading lady who in turn has had a fling with her co-star and former lover. Tom Stoppard's classic maritime farce follows Turai and Gal's antics as they try to keep their theatrical team together amidst declarations of love, incomprehensible stutters and the hijacks on the high seas.

Regrettably, due to unforseen circumstances, this production has been cancelled. Please note that individual ticket holders for this play will either be issued a refund or given credit for another one of our plays for this season. Season subscribers will be offered a choice of a refund, credit towards next season or they can choose to make a donation to the center. We will be reaching out to all ticket holders and subscribers via email to ask for your choice.

Rough Crossing

Written by Peter Shaffer
Directed by Noel Hanley
Mar. 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 21, 22

When Lettice Douffet, a docent at the least interesting stately home in England, is fired for lavishly embellishing the house's past, a comic and often poignant chain of events is set in motion.  A mutual love of history, beauty, and drama leads Lettice and Lotte Schoen, her Preservation Trust adversary, into an unlikely alliance. Will they blow up an ugly modern building? Will Lettice do time for attempting to decapitate her new-found friend?  And exactly what IS lovage?


  • Donna McFadden
  • Claire Golden Drake    
  • Jane Sorensen    
  • George Webster  
  • Don Gimpel        
  • Melissa McBain  
  • Hannah Hammel    
  • Gerry Alexander    

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Lettice and Lovage

Written by Martin Sherman
Directed by Maurizio Giammarco
May 2, 3, 4, 9, 10, 11, 16, 17

It’s Paris, 1923 at the home of Isadora Duncan. The "Mother of Modern Dance" is in decline. The middle-aged American expatriate scrounges for financial support to start a dance school in Italy. She hosts a dinner for a man she believes to be an Italian diplomat who can help her finance her dream.  Also in attendance are the maid who speaks only French, a 19-year-old Greek piano prodigy, a prim Russian émigré who has signed on as Duncan's translator, an American friend, and a Swedish teenager.  The dinner party proves to be a true “Tower of Babel” as well as an evening of revelations, both funny and poignant.  

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When She Danced