Theatre Philadelphia's Barrymore Awards recognize professional theatre in the Greater Philadelphia region, honoring local artists and theatre companies while increasing public awareness of the richness and diversity of Philadelphia's thriving theatre community since 1994. During each year-long adjudication season, 75 nominators and 28 judges attend eligible productions.
The annual Barrymore Awards Ceremony and Celebration is held each fall. Productions, companies, and artists are recognized in 24 categories, and annual cash awards total over $90,000.
The following productions, on-stage between February 6th-16th, are Barrymore Eligible. Experience these shows for Free, $15, or $30, support professional theatre in the region, and see something new!
Imagine an act of unfathomable forgiveness. When an Amish couple’s two sons perish in a terrible accident, the family struggles to maintain their faith and cling to their way of life. The event brings home their eldest daughter, Miri, who was excommunicated five years earlier. When the driver of the car that killed the boys also appears, the community must seek to heal the deep wounds of the past, urging everyone into a new kind of reckoning.
A talking stork, lesbian moms, and the power to build your own baby. In this version of a near future society, prospective parents learn within the first weeks of conception which traits their child will have and what behaviors it is likely to exhibit. With rapid advances in reproductive technology today, modern eugenics is science’s Wild West.
Khepera takes the audience on a magical journey as the ancestors empower four very different women—the Daughters of Africa—to uncover their authentic selves and take their rightful place in the world. These women have forgotten the story and beauty from which they were born; they have forgotten their purpose. On the way to greatness, each woman encounters the psychological tests, emotional workouts, and spiritual development necessary to be de-programmed of the brainwashing incurred by the societies in which they live.
When 15-year-old Rory’s geography teacher father dies suddenly, she decides to pursue his lifelong dream and journey to the North Pole. Following the route he planned and the advice of the great explorers before her, Rory packs a rucksack and her father’s ashes for a journey of love, loss, and endless snow. From one of England’s most exciting new voices. Directed by Claire Moyer. Starring Satchel Williams.
Anthony and Rosemary are lovelorn farmers who haven’t got a clue when it comes to love. These hopeless singletons will need to overcome a bitter land feud, familial rivalries and their own romantic fears to find happiness. Full of dark humor and poetic prose, John Patrick Shanley’s tenderhearted portrait reminds us it’s never too late to take a chance on love.
Ruth and Estelle's A Sequins of Fortunate Events tells the story of two best friends who move to The Big Apple in the summer of '69 with nothing but a box truck and a dream. Along the way they find their home and an unexpected, but wildly successful career in Greenwich Village. Come enjoy a bagel and a cocktail while Ruth and Estelle take you back in time and regale you with the hilarious tales of their past.
A funny feminist thriller about the moment you realize the male gaze is watching you. Four Korean-American teenage girls are on a Christian mission to Bangkok. They couldn't be more different, and they made this trip for different reasons--but when they discover a camera hidden in their hotel bathroom, they're definitely gonna get their revenge. Inspired by true events, Anna Moench's "captivatingly creepy comedy" (LA Times) explores just how invasive, pervasive and perverse the male gaze can be.
A brilliant and charismatic American war correspondent-turned-professor is set to marry into an accomplished British family. But is she too much of a renegade to fit in? Renowned British playwright David Hare lays bare the shifting alliances of a family trying to come together and the past secrets that may keep them apart.
Angelina Weld Grimké’s American classic depicts an African-American family at the turn of the 20th century striving to find life, liberty, and happiness in a Northern city. Haunted by her family’s Southern past, Rachel, an ambitious high-school graduate, struggles to find a vocation, love and hope in the face of systemic racism, ultimately choosing to reject marriage and motherhood. Inspired by the writing of Chekhov, Grimké’s Rachel opened in New York on April 25, 1917, and was the first play by an African-American author with an all-black cast to be performed before an integrated audience.
Considered by many to be the greatest tragedy ever written, King Lear is an epic tale of sorrow, forgiveness, madness, and reconciliation. Led by director Eric Tucker, New York’s acclaimed Bedlam Theatre comes to BRT with a fresh interpretation of this Shakespeare classic.
Hazel and Robin, both retired nuclear physicists, live a quiet life in a cottage by the sea. Outside, the world is plagued by earthquakes, tsunamis, and a nuclear meltdown. When an old colleague turns up after forty years with a shocking request, the three friends must reckon with their shared culpability in this darkly funny disaster drama.
Anne is a housewife and mother of three in Eastern Nevada. Leland is her simple brother-in-law who was kicked in the head by a horse. For Leland's 40th birthday, Anne takes Leland hunting near the ghost town of Osceola.
In this surprisingly funny and heartfelt new work two exceptional, opinionated women are spotted kissing in Dublin’s Crumlin Shopping Centre. Now they’re in a show ... reluctantly. Defying stereotypes, they’re here to share with the audience something they’ve never dared show before. They are very nervous. And it shows. This is a beautiful love story from Ireland about two women named Alice.
Love and loathing. Desire and disgust. This is the eternal dance which Eddie and May are powerless to escape. Bound together by a pact from their youth, the two lovers chase each other across the desert, meeting in hotel rooms like atomic particles destined for collision. Fool for Love, the 1984 Pulitzer Prize Finalist and winner of the Obie Award for Best New Play, offers a searing portrait of the annihilation wreaked on others in the name of love.
When we say that something is true, it becomes true. When we say that something is false, it becomes false. A POWERFUL NEW THRILLER ABOUT TRUTH, LIES, AND THE ORIGINS OF VLADIMIR PUTIN'S POWER. Describe the Night explores the blurred lines between lies, history and conspiracy theories, as it tracks back and forth across 90 years of Soviet and post-Soviet Russia. Featuring a Putin-esque KGB officer, the play deftly incorporates the tension and intrigue of a spy thriller with a touching dive into the realm of magical realism.
Impossible tasks. The inability to get out of bed in the morning. The overwhelming feeling of "what's the point?" Peter Smith and Charlotte Northeast team up to create a show about what it's like living with depression that takes place on three very different sized ladders. Join Peter on top of the ladder to find the humor, the struggle and the complicated humanity of living with depression.
Note: Theatre Week tickets are sold out. Tickets to the full run are still available.
A world premiere by acclaimed Philadelphia author Lorene Cary, My General Tubman is a beautiful and exciting new play about the complex journey of Harriet Tubman and the impact she continues to have today.
2018 Barrymore Nominated: Outstanding Direction of a Play, Outstanding Scenic Design, Outstanding Lighting Design, Outstanding Sound Design, Outstanding Choreography/Movement, Independence Award for Outstanding New Play/Musical
¡BIENVENIDOS BLANCOS! OR WELCOME WHITE PEOPLE! is a bilingual theatrical production that explores the role of “whiteness” in the contemporary Cuban and Cuban-American experience. Created through a multi-year collaboration between Cuban and American artists, BIENVENIDOS focuses on a recurring pattern in Cuban history: the dream of independence and sovereignty thwarted by a necessity to please and appease the “white man.” From the Spanish Conquest to today’s influx of American tourists and businesses, Cuba’s racial, economic, and political history is littered with hardships and compromises that have had a direct and long-lasting impact on the lives of its people on and off the island.
Barrymore Recommended for the 2019-20 Season
You know the Nutcracker ballet, but what if the ballet was performed by only one man? If the daughter Marie, little boy Fritz, creepy uncle Drosselmeir, the mice, the Sugar Plum fairy, were all channeled through one actor. Chris Davis is proud to bring you One-Man Nutcracker, a re-telling of the original E.T.A. Hoffman Nutcracker Story and the Ballet, retold within his unique theatrical lense.
2017 Barrymore-Eligible Production
This re-envisioned remount of the 2017 IRC production will be once again staged at The Bethany Mission Gallery, and will feature updated costume and set design, celebrating the wild and free-spirited 1960’s with ample nod to the unspooling of communication post 2016 US Presidential election. Unraveling amid two hundred works of outsider art, the collection will be open to the public prior and following each evening’s performance.