Act II Playhouse

1 Dec 2016


David Whalen in The Pride of Parnell Street. Photo by Bill D'Agostino.

Act II Playhouse produces classic and contemporary plays and musicals in suburban Ambler, Pennsylvania. Solo shows as well as works generally performed on a large scale, including The Tempest and My Fair Lady, have been mounted in Act II's intimate venue, which consists of just nine rows of seats. With Center support, the Playhouse mounted the first-ever American production of Sebastian Barry's The Pride of Parnell Street, introducing a renowned Irish playwright to their audiences. Through alternating monologues from a husband and wife, the play depicts deep love followed by vicious abuse. Because the Playhouse knew the subject matter would deeply challenge their audience base, ancillary programming was planned carefully and included a public lecture by a psychologist specializing in family therapy and a symposium on domestic violence, co-hosted by their community partner Women's Center of Montgomery County.