Twelfth Night, or What You Will

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ABINGTON ART CENTER, PULLEY & BUTTONHOLE THEATRE COMPANY, and WHITE PINES PRODUCTIONS announce the return of Shakespeare in the Summer with a production of William Shakespeare's Twelfth Night to be presented August 6, 7, 8 & 9 2018 at 7pm on the lawn of Alverthorpe Manor at the Abington Art Center. The three arts organizations are excited to once again bring an opportunity for audiences of all ages to experience the beauty of Shakespeare’s language in the beauty of the great outdoors. Instead of a fixed ticket price this year, the performances this year are “Pay What You Will,” in the hopes that this will encourage more people to give outdoor Shakespeare a try.

Shakespeare in the Summer works within the Original Practices style of presenting Shakespeare, meant to simulate the way Shakespeare's own company prepared his plays, and to rediscover a spontaneity, joy, and immediacy in performance. The show is cast, scripts distributed, and lines are learned without rehearsal. The actors will gather weekly to play games, study the play, learn techniques, and create an ensemble.  As Benjamin Lloyd, Executive Director of White Pines says, "we are attempting to imitate the way Shakespeare's actors prepared his plays for performance. It can be scary at first, but brings an unmatched spontaneity to performances." Every performance is a new experience for the audience and the ensemble!

In addition, local musician Alex Bartlett is creating original music and  Chrissie Leech of JENKINTOWN DANCE ARTS will once again work with a children’s corps to create a dance interlude. Bridget Reilly Beauchamp, Artistic Director of Pulley & Buttonhole says, "we adore collaborating with Chrissie--her ideas are fun and challenging. She encourages the children—and the adults—to have physical fun with Shakespeare!”

Abington Art Center is looking forward to once again hosting this band of motley players. Beth Lawing, Live Arts Coordinator of AAC says, "this is the sort of thing we love here. Being able to come together with other local arts organizations to give our neighbors a chance to experience something exciting is what we're here for.”

So bring a blanket, a picnic, and some bug spray and get ready to enjoy an evening of spontaneous Shakespeare under the stars!

Twelfth Night August 6, 7, 8 and 9 at 7pm (gates open at 6) at

Abington Art Center, 515 Meetinghouse Road, Jenkintown PA 19046.

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Pulitzer Prize winner to teach at White Pines

June 2, 2018


Doug Wright, author of I Am My Own Wife, to lead weekend intensive

From June 15th through June 17th, internationally produced playwright and screenwriter Doug Wright will lead Writing for the Stage at the White Pines Place in Elkins Park, PA. “These weekends are meant to offer local artists a unique opportunity to better themselves by working with master teachers on focused topics and disciplines,” says White Pines’ Executive Director Benjamin Lloyd. “We are thrilled to be hosting such a great collection of teachers!”

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Doug Wright was most recently represented on Broadway by the musical War Paint, starring Patti LuPone and Christine Ebersole, which played at the Nederlander Theater.  His earlier plays include I Am My Own Wife (Tony Award, Pulitzer Prize), Posterity, and Quills (Obie Award), as well as books for the musicals Grey Gardens (Tony Nomination), The Little Mermaid and Hands on A Hardbody. (Drama Desk Nomination).  He adapted and directed August Strindberg’s Creditors for the La Jolla Playhouse in 2009.  Films include the screen adaptation of Quills (Paul Selvin Award, WGA) and production rewrites for director Rob Marshall, Steven Spielberg and others.  Acting credits include two appearances on Law and Order: Criminal Intent, and the films Little Manhattan and Two Lovers.   He is president of The Dramatists Guild and on the Board of The New York Theater Workshop.  He has received grants from United States Artists and the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and is a graduate of Yale University (BA) and New York University (MFA).   He has been a frequent guest at Yaddo and the MacDowell Art Colonies, and has taught or guest lectured at the Yale Drama School, Princeton University, Julliard and NYU.

“I am thrilled to be supporting Ben and White Pines, and excited to meet all the budding writers at the weekend intensive!” said Wright. The weekend intensives will generally run Friday nights, and then during the day Saturday and Sunday. The cost is $250 per person and can be paid in full, or on an installment plan. Discounts are offered for those taking more than one weekend. 

More information and registration can be found at


Benjamin Lloyd, Executive Director White Pines Productions



Bright Invention at Common Space Ardmore

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Last week, Bright Invention performed the world premiere of its newest show Boys vs. Girls at Common Space Ardmore! Common Space provides a shared space where people of all ages, races, abilities, ethnicities, and economic backgrounds make connections and cross boundaries. They offer creative programming that includes classes, workshops, and discussion groups, as well as a community space to learn, meet, share, and enjoy a tasty treat. They create fair-wage jobs for community members with many talents and abilities who are seeking part-time/flexible employment and appreciate a place to belong. They partner with school and educational institutions, small businesses, and organizations to achieve their mission.

"They are very much like White Pines," remarked Benjamin Lloyd, Bright Invention Artistic Director. "They even have a similar 'living room' decor!" 

Benjamin Lloyd and Eric Walker performing as the "boy" team in Boys vs. Girls at Common Space Ardmore.

Benjamin Lloyd and Eric Walker performing as the "boy" team in Boys vs. Girls at Common Space Ardmore.

At about one half the size of the White Pines Place, Common Space is not suited to the six-actor show In The Round. But it's just right for four person and two person shows. "We developed Boys vs. Girls in part because we knew we had this opportunity to perform at Common Space, and we needed something smaller," remarks Ben. In the show, the ensemble is split into two "teams" - one male and one female. Throughout the show, they challenge each other in comedic ways to adopt various attributes. "We are making fun of the competitive set up," says Ben, "we pause and ask 'Who's winning?' every now and then, and the absurdity of that question gets some laughs."

Located at 25 Rittenhouse Square in Ardmore, Common Space will be the site of some summer shows - stay tuned! 

Happy Ardmore audience! 

Happy Ardmore audience! 

Boden & Lloyd returns . . . in Virginia!

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Josh Boden

Josh Boden

Last summer, Bright Invention Artisitc Director Benjamin Lloyd and Bright Invention member Joshua Boden created "Boden & Lloyd", a two-act longform with  . . .  just the two of them. Inspired by the duet longforms of TJ & Dave, Bassprov, and Razowsky and Bernard, The Deep End is inspired by conversations with the audience occurring just before the show. 

Benjamin Lloyd

Benjamin Lloyd

Then Joshua up and moved to Virginia! How dare he! But the desire to continue creating is relentless . . . so, come on down to Staunton VA for  the weekend, take in the Blue Ridge Mountains, and swing by The Kettle Saturday night for . . .


The Deep End,

with Boden and Lloyd! 

Tickets at the door only . . . 

Improv is the Future of Theater: a panel discussion

White Pines is excited to announce . . .

A Special Event for Theatre Philadelphia’s Theater Week

Benjamin Lloyd, Artistic Director Bright Invention

Benjamin Lloyd, Artistic Director Bright Invention

 “The impact this ephemeral art form has had on popular entertainment is undeniable. Improv has replaced jazz as America’s most popular art.”   Sam Wasson, author of Improv Nation

An exceptional panel of Philadelphia theater artists will gather for brunch and a spirited panel discussion about improvised and scripted theater, and how improv uniquely satisfies our need for communal artistic experience. The event will shed light on the many genres of unscripted theater available to Philadelphia theater-goers. The panel will include Q&A with the audience and open dialogue. 

Bobbi Block, Artistic Director Tongue & Groove Spontaneous Theatre

Bobbi Block, Artistic Director Tongue & Groove Spontaneous Theatre

The idea for the panel came from Bright Invention Artistic Director Benjamin Lloyd. “I have been thinking for a long time about the future of theater in America – scripted and unscripted,” he says. “I created White Pines with Bright Invention at its center as a new paradigm for American theater, based on the skills of the improviser. When I saw the invitation from Theatre Philadelphia to create events for Philly Theatre Week, I called Bobbi Block of Tongue & Groove Spontaneous Theater and we got to work creating this panel. She will be joined by Philly actor Scott Greer, and Dave Jadico of Comedy Sportz among others!”

Bagels provided by The Bagel Place! Check them out at

Bagels provided by The Bagel Place! Check them out at

•    Date: Saturday February 17, 2018
•    Location: Suzanne Roberts Theatre, Broad and Lombard Streets
•    Doors open 11am — brunch and mingle
•    Panel discussion:  11:30 - 12:30 (or longer, if the discussion warrants!)          
•    Bagels provided; mimosas and other beverages available at the cash bar.


Scott Greer, Philadelphia actor

Scott Greer, Philadelphia actor

¥    Benjamin Lloyd, Artistic Director, Bright Invention: The White Pines Ensemble
¥    Bobbi Block, Producing Artistic Director, Tongue & Groove Spontaneous Theater, Co-founder, ComedySportz Philadelphia
¥    Scott Greer, Veteran Philly actor, former ComedySportz company member; recently performed the one-man hybrid scripted/improvised play Every Brilliant Thing at Arden Theater.
¥    Dave Jadico, Artistic Director, ComedySportz Philadelphia, Actor/Writer and External Relations Director, 1812 Productions
¥    Tara Demmy, Instructor, Philly Improv Theater, Company member, Tribe of Fools
¥    Nick Gillette, Instructor, Philly Improv Theater, Co-Founde, Almanac Dance Circus Theater 

Moderator:   Mark Cofta, Theater Critic, Broad Street Review


Free event, registration required: