Cover artwork of the Season in review 2020/21: A group of friends open a time capsule labelled 2020.
Philadelphia Season in Review 2020/21: Empty Stages, Full Schedules
Philadelphia Banner for Season in Review 2020/21
Artwork by Bekka Lindstrom, Drawings by Ian Sklarsky

Something new popped up in theatre advertising in Philly this past year. Suddenly, every postcard, email, and web ad contained the time zone. For the first time local performances were starting promptly at 8pm EST.

While theatre buildings were closed all across town, our theatrical productions were being seen all across the country. Like theatre artists everywhere, we embraced Zoom, learned to livestream, and became best friends with YouTube, Facebook Live, and even the postal service. The results gave us a theatre season that was as lively as it was different!

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Marjorie Bicknell
Marjorie Bicknell

(1949-2023) received the Joseph Jefferson Award and the John Gassner Memorial Playwrighting Award, won the TNTPops! New Play Contest, and was nominated for the Weissberger Prize. She is published by Dramatic Publishing, Heartland Plays, and ARTemis Arts. She is the founder of Playwrights Alliance of PA, Marathon Acts, and was president emeritus of Philadelphia Dramatists Center.