Late last week, the Arden Theatre announced a planned expansion, with plans for a new 22,000 sqft facility at 62 N 2nd St., a few doors to the north of their main building.
Formerly the location of the Classic Lighting Emporium, this building was purchased by the Arden for $1.5M back in 2010. And in the near future, this building will become the Hamilton Family Arts Center and will allow the Arden to expand programming, especially for children and families.
Future Hamilton Family Arts Center
Currently, Arden Drama School lessons are taught all over their current building, including in the lobby and backstage. With 450 performances taking place over the course of the year, space constraints have become more of a challenge in recent years. This new expansion will…
We’re a cultured bunch here at Naked Philly, and recently had the chance to catch a performance of Clybourne Park at the Arden Theater. The play, written by Bruce Norris and recipient of the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, examines a transforming neighborhood in both 1959 and 2009.
Scene from Act One
Act One describes the all-white neighborhood’s reaction to a white family selling their home to a black family, and examines racial tensions in 1950′s America. It’s implied that the family purchasing the home are the Youngers, from A Raisin in the Sun. In Act Two, the same house has fallen into disrepair as the decades have passed, but the surrounding neighborhood is experiencing rapid gentrification. A white couple has purchased the home and negotiate renovation plans with representatives of the neighborhood association.
Another scene, this time from