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The Wilma Theater

Philadelphia’s most thought-provoking mid-size theater

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Overview

The Wilma is serious about theater as art. Think poetic vision. Think metaphor. Think philosophical interpretation of contemporary life.

The Wilma was created by Blanka and Jiri Zizka, its Czech co-artistic directors who formerly lived and directed theater in Eastern and Western Europe.

Performances have ranged from the international drama of Bertolt Brecht and Tom Stoppard to American plays by Tina Howe, Romulus Linney and Quincy Long.

Innovative collaborations have included Every Good Boy Deserves Favor — working with the Philadelphia Orchestra to fuse the theater of Tom Stoppard and the music of Andre Previn.

 

The History

Established in 1973 as the temporary Wilma “Project,” it quickly became known for presenting local artists and original, avant-garde work. Later, the Zizkas helped put it on a permanent footing with their fresh adaptation of Animal Farm.

In 1981, the Wilma found a small Sansom Street theater that it quickly outgrew, so in 1996 it moved to its current 302-seat home, a space on Avenue of the Arts designed by architect Hugh Hardy in 1996.

Don’t Miss

The Wilma also hosts the successful Danceboom! series in January.

 

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