ABOUT QUINCE PRODUCTIONS
Quince Productions, now in its eighth season, is dedicated to presenting plays and performances that give voice to those who do not always have a voice--challenging stereotypes, provoking thought, and encouraging understanding. Whether it’s an LGBT festival like GayFest!, a play like “The Submission” that explores the intersection of racism and homophobia, or a production like “Eastern Standard” that explores characters of varying sexualities and economic strata, Quince is devoted to producing work that helps people to look at others in a new light and makes the connection between people more important than their differences.
While we often present new work—a world premiere or a Philadelphia premiere—our history is peppered with vintage plays that still have an important message to deliver, from such comedies as “Educating Rita,” “Vanities,” and “Niagara Falls” to darker plays like “Mister, Mister.” And we don’t just stick to theater productions; our longest-running event is “Full House: A Series of Cabarets,” and we have an ongoing relationship with fellow performing arts organizations including the well-known dance company The Bang Group. In this way we hope to present a diversity of art forms as well as voices.
WHAT THE CRITICS SAY
“A welcome alternative for theatergoers tired of the usual straight fare.” (Philadelphia Weekly)
“Quince is well-known for presenting a high-quality string of LGBT-oriented plays.” (Philadelphia Gay News)
"The type of work that reminds us why we go to the theater: to be moved, to be transported.” (G Philly)
“Brutally honest, boldly funny.” (City Paper)
“A galvanizing punch to the head, activating the brain, and reaching for something well beyond a stereotype... a good starting point on the long road to healing the dangerous assumptions we are capable of carrying inside of us. (phindie.com)
“A combination of depth and entertainment." (Edge Philadelphia)
“Responsible and fabulous.” (Philly Gay Calendar)
A NOTE FROM THE PRODUCING ARTISTIC DIRECTOR
In 2007, I’d been happily out of the theater world for at least a decade when I traveled from my adopted home, Philadelphia, to New York to see my friends perform in The Bang Group’s latest dance production. “You know,” I thought , “I’d love to bring this amazing group of dancers to Philadelphia.” Within months, Quince was founded, The Bang Group was performing here, and I was back producing work for the stage. There are things I want to share with people, ideas about combatting prejudice, about people coming together, about learning to laugh in the face of adversity—that there’s really no other way to share but on a stage. Whether it’s song, dance, storytelling, theater, or performance art, there’s a connection between audience and performers that’s unlike anything in the world. That connection, heightened by the intimacy of our performance spaces, is something that drives all the work Quince does. I hope our audiences are entertained, enlightened, or stimulated. But more importantly, I hope they see something that will kindle a discussion, that will create an awareness or a sensitivity or a thought that they will carry with them once they’ve left the theater. After one GayFest! performance (by the ultra-talented R. Eric Thomas), a young man came up to me and said “I just want to thank you for putting my life on stage.” There are lots of lives that deserve to be onstage, and that is, I guess, as good a reason as any for carrying on.
Board of Directors:
Elizabeth Rogers, President
Mitchell Anthony Kaminski, Vice-President
Brian C. Andersen, Secretary/Treasurer
Rich Rubin, Producing Artistic Director
THANKS TO OUR SPONSORS!