BSR_S05E12 - R.Eric Thomas - The Ever Present


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Directed by Brett Ashley Robinson
Featuring Kimie Muroya, Nathan Alford-Tate, Pax Ressler, Eleni Delopoulos, and Cathy Simpson

The Ever Present, a fantastical, family-friendly new play written by award-winning playwright and author R. Eric Thomas, centers on a South Philly vacant lot that turns out to be more than meets the eye. Enter Pashmina Paredes (Kimie Muroya), a neighborhood resident collecting signatures for a petition to prevent the city from selling the lot to a devious developer, Vernal Belch (Pax Ressler). She quickly learns her neighbors all have a special connection to the house that once stood there. Follow a cast of hilarious, Philadelphia-inspired characters for a mystery adventure that spans decades and spins a constellation of awe-inspiring stories. The Ever Present asks the question: “How can we share and preserve our collective history as the world continues to change?”

For each show, guests are invited to bring blankets and lawn seating. The Ever Present was made possible thanks to funding from The William Penn Foundation’s New Audiences New Places Grant, and National New Play Network’s Bridge Program Grant.

Show Dates, Times, & Locations*: September 11-19, 2021

Saturday, September 11, 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. at Columbus Square (1200 Wharton St)

Sunday, September 12, 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. at Dickinson Square (1600 E. Moyamensing Ave)

Wednesday, September 15, 5:30 p.m. at Wharton Square (2300 Wharton St)

Friday, September 17, 5:30 p.m. at Stephen Girard Park (2101 Shunk St)

Saturday, September 18, 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. – Columbus Square (1200 Wharton St)

Sunday, September 19, 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. – Hawthorne Park (750 S 12th St)


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