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Neighborhood House Play Festival

September 10, 2022 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm


In August, we presented the inaugural version of a short play competition inviting script submissions with the theme of “revolutionary spirit.” This theme elicited an eclectic mix of creative artists using varied mediums. The top plays (selected by the audience) received support from Christ Church Neighborhood House (CCNH) to cover production costs for the 2022 Fringe Festival, plus the use of our fully-equipped Neighborhood House Theater, rehearsal space, technical assistance, and publicity.

Christ Church Neighborhood House Program’s mission is simple – to support artists and audiences by providing a platform for the creation and curation of new work. As the Neighborhood House Program evolves, we hope to offer more artistic residency and presenting opportunities that contextualize our unique history and offer space to emerging artists.

Wine, beer, and snacks will be available.

While the Neighborhood House Play Fest is free admission, we greatly appreciate any donation you are able to make to the CCNH program. The Neighborhood House has served populations in need and the immediate Old City community since opening its doors in 1915. Today, Neighborhood House is a performance venue and gathering place through which Christ Church Preservation Trust supports arts programming and cross-disciplinary performing artists through subsidized rehearsal and performance rentals.

Your donations help artists continue to imagine new and experimental works in our ADA-accessible theater and throughout the broader historic Christ Church campus.


Man of La Manchin
By Nick Jonczak
Music by James Allen
Lyrics by James Allen and Nick Jonczak
Democratic Senator Joe Manchin III is eaten alive by a mysterious woman in this new satirical musical that’s not at all based on Man of La Mancha.

By Joe Madsen
A woman walks into her apartment to find a half-naked masked man chained to her radiator. She has no clue how he got there, and she’s equally perplexed by his demands to be released as if she were his captor. This is how Neonatal begins. Taking the theme of revolution at a very personal level, the play tells the story of where redemption can start between two people who once loved each other but fell apart over years of grief and destruction. Thrust into an unwittingly mortifying situation that shatters the ice between them, they dissect whether they can rebuild, if they even want to, and what the rebirth of their bond might look like.


September 10, 2022
8:00 pm - 10:00 pm


Neighborhood House
20 N American Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106 United States
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