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Act II Playhouse takes leap of faith; announces 2020-2021 season


Act II Playhouse takes a leap of faith and announces its 2020-2021 season.

“The timing could not be more challenging, and this is a decision we did not make lightly,” said Tony Braithwaite, Artistic Director. “Our production model is year-round and we launch our seven-show mainstage season in July.

“We have already invested in the production rights, we have the full support of our board, and our subscribers were asking when we’d announce. This is a stressful time for both theaters and patrons, and we wanted to offer something to look forward to. We are all taking a leap of faith together.

“This season is filled with shows that will both impact and entertain our audience and they’ll fit squarely into our little vest-pocket theater,” continued Braithwaite. “In 2018-2019, we started experimenting with a year-round, seven-show mainstage season hoping our audience would stay with us, and they resoundingly did, so we plan to stay the course.”

The season is a celebration of the Great American Songbook, election-year political humor, Pulitzer Prize-winning drama, a tour-de-force homage to a beloved film, women writing about women, and legendary tales of Hollywood. In addition to the seven-show mainstage season, Act II is producing a chapter of its popular and holiday-inspired mystery series for kids.

Productions run July 14, 2020 through June 27, 2021. Subscriptions are available at, 215-654-0200, or Act II Playhouse, 56 E. Butler Ave., Ambler, PA 19002. Subscribers create their own seven, five or four-show packages.

Single tickets go on sale May 15 for the first show, and July 1 for the full season. The Box Office is closed to retail traffic due to the mandated state and county closures; however, all staff are working off-site.

Past subscribers can renew and be seated now, and new subscribers will be seated starting April 16.

The mainstage season opens with “Too Darn Hot: An Evening of Cole Porter,” July 14 to Aug. 9; followed by “Electile Dysfunction: Hindsight is 2020,” Aug. 25 to Sept. 27; Pulitzer Prize-winner “Doubt, A Parable” by John Patrick Shanley, Oct. 20 to Nov. 15; and “This Wonderful Life” by Steve Murray, featuring Tony Braithwaite in a one-person tour de force of the famous Frank Capra film, “It’s A Wonderful Life,” Dec. 1 to 27.

The season continues in 2021 with “Erma Bombeck: At Wit’s End” by Allison Engel and Margaret Engel, Jan. 26 to Feb. 28; “Moonlight and Magnolias” by Ron Hutchinson, March 23 to April 25; and Neil Simon’s Pulitzer Prize-winning “Lost in Yonkers,” May 18 to June 27.

For families, “Mikey the Elf and The Case of The Terrifying Tinsel,” an Act II exclusive “Toyland Mystery Series” installment that includes the youngest audience members in solving the case runs Dec. 18 to 30. Ticket pricing is family friendly.