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Midwest Premiere

by JC Lee | Directed by Keira Fromm
September 27 - November 9, 2014

Luce seems to personify the American Dream. Originally from war-torn Africa and adopted by an American couple, Luce is now an all-star high school student on the fast track to achieving anything. However, when his parents confront him about a secret that has been disclosed, they must reckon their idealized image of their son with who he may really be. 



JC Lee



Keira Fromm

(Timeline Theatre's

The How and the Why)





By William Shakespeare | Directed by Jessica Thebus
January 3 - February 15, 2015

Shakespeare’s brilliant historic tale of the scheming hunchback who murders and seduces his way to the English throne is given a new twist in Next’s intimate theater space.  Jessica Thebus returns to Next to direct Michael Patrick Thornton as Richard, one of the bard’s most charismatic and complicated villains.


Michael Patrick

Jessica Thebus
(Next's Welcome Home, Jenny Sutter


World Premiere

By Jake Jeppson | Directed by Damon Kiely 

March 31 - May 10, 2015

A sea turtle waddles its way into the lives of two suburban couples, exposing cracks in their relationships and shaking their sense of stability. In this darkly comic world premiere, award-winning writer Jake Jeppson envisions a strange but brutally familiar landscape of family dynamics, American politics, and the unspoken terror that lurks at the edge of our contemporary life.


Jake Jeppson



Damon Kiely

(Next's The Luck

of the Irish)


Limited Engagement

Written and performed by Sean Christopher Lewis
Dates TBA

In the summer of 2008, it was often said that Philadelphia had “more bodies than days.” The city was in the midst of a murder epidemic that put it on par with some third world countries. Determined to take an unflinching look at the causes of the crime rate and its effect on the community, playwright and performer Sean Christopher Lewis introduces the audience to the inmates of Graterford Prison, men employed to beautify the city even as they serve out life sentences. Performed by Lewis, a performer described by the New York Press as “explicitly authentic”,  these voices and stories combine into a shocking document of life in America’s toughest town.


Sean Christopher Lewis