InterAct is committed to producing socially and politically relevant work for theater. The company's decision to award 20 new play commissions over six seasons is evidence of its commitment to new work, as is InterAct's founding membership in the National New Play Network, an alliance of nonprofit theaters that champions the development, production, and continued life of new plays. The Center has supported InterAct's strategic planning to build partnerships with local organizations that will enhance its impact, and helped it reimagine the Adrienne Theater—the venue where InterAct, alongside several other performing companies, makes its home. The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity, given one of its earliest productions at InterAct, was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize.
InterAct Theatre produced the 2008 world premiere of Philadelphia playwright Larry Loebell's House, Divided as the centerpiece of a festival of new and contemporary plays exploring American perspectives on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. In this play, A Jewish American family is torn apart when one of two brothers decides to embrace Jewish orthodoxy and move to Israel during the height of the Vietnam war. The brothers reunite thirty years later, when one is a retired officer of the Israeli army and the other is a senior director of Amnesty International.
Photo by Seth Rozin.