A unique collaboration between talented improvisers and local playwrights, each Page One performance begins with the opening pages of a new script in development, which is then completed by the cast creating unscripted, original one-act plays in the moment.
Local playwrights are now welcome to submit the opening of original plays on which they’re working to the Artistic Director. The cast takes it from there, creating funny, wistful, and engaging theater based on the playwright’s thoughts and ideas. Each performance is a never-before-seen production — it’s new even to the playwright!
Steve Kleinedler directed Philadelphia’s original iteration of Page One based on a concept developed by Will Luera during his long tenure as Artistic Director of ImprovBoston. Lizzie Spellman, a member of PHIT’s first Page One cast, will direct this time around. David Donnella, who also performed in the original run, will return working with new cast members Gab Bottoni, Robyn Cartlidge, Rob Cutler, Shannon Fahey, Jamie Glasheen and Cecilia Watson.
Congratulations to everyone cast on this new team! And a huge thank you to everyone who took the time to come out and audition for this project. We’re excited to team-up with Philadelphia’s inspiring, diverse and talented playwrights on the return of this beloved show.