Theatre Exile presents Rizzo

15 Oct - 8 Nov 2015
Christ Church Neighborhood House Theater, 20 North American Street, Philadelphia


Frank Rizzo mural in the Italian Market.

Theatre Exile presents the world premiere production of Rizzo, based on Sal Paolantonio's best selling book Frank Rizzo: The Last Big Man in Big City America. Pew Fellow and award-winning playwright Bruce Graham worked closely with director Joe Canuso on the script.

Funded by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage, Theatre Exile explored ways to dramatize the story of Frank Rizzo, a polarizing Philadelphia political icon. Rizzo, who served as police commissioner (1967–71) and mayor of Philadelphia (1971–79), presided over the city during a time when many Americans were frightened by attacks on the status quo. For many, Rizzo became a champion to protect their values, while others viewed him differently. Rizzo is Theatre Exile's first commissioned play for development.