Philadelphia Theatre Company (PTC) produces, develops, and presents contemporary theater work focused on the American experience. Since its founding in 1974, PTC has presented more than 200 world and Philadelphia premieres, with more than half of its world premieres touring to other major cities. These include Terrence McNally’s Tony Award-winning Golden Age, Bill Irwin’s The Happiness Lecture, and Being Alive, conceived and directed by Billy Porter with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim. The company has received more than 50 Barrymore Awards from Theatre Philadelphia.
Philadelphia Theatre Company presented the Philadelphia premiere of the Tony Award-winning musical Grey Gardens by playwright Doug Wright, with music by Scott Frankel and lyrics by Michael Korie. Based on the 1975 cult documentary of the same title about Edith Ewing Bouvier Beale ("Big Edie") and her daughter ("Little Edie")—two relatives of Jacqueline Kennedy—the musical tracks the Beales' progression from American aristocrats to isolated eccentrics living on their increasingly squalid East Hampton estate.