The Philadelphia Inquirer calls Theatre Exile "the go-to company for fierce, sexy theater." Among the company's goals is to produce plays that contain a sense of true Philadelphia grit and passion. From their base in South Philadelphia, Theatre Exile is currently working with playwright Bruce Graham on a new play about political icon Frank Rizzo, who grew up in the neighborhood. Theatre Exile's production of Martin McDonagh's bloody comedy The Lieutenant of Inishmore, mounted with Center support, featured pyrotechnics and special effects on a scale unprecedented for the company.
This project grant supported a 2008 production of Roosters by Milcha Sanchez-Scott, directed by Deborah Block. Live guitar music underscored the performance. Roosters tells the story of a father's return after seven years in prison for manslaughter. Father and son engage in a blood dance not only over the ownership of the family's prized cock-fighting rooster but also over who is now the cock-of-the-walk. The production ran in conjunction with Theatre Exile's outreach program, Paper Wings, which brings theater and education to the community of Norris Square to help raise self-esteem and expand each student's communication and conflict resolution skills.
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