West Chester’s Grace Slear Helps Bring ‘The Tattooed Lady’ On Stage – Delco Times


There’s a new rock musical on stage at the Suzanne Roberts Theater in Philadelphia with an interesting story and featuring West Chester native Grace Slear as part of the ensemble cast.

“The Tattooed Lady” is a new musical starring one of the biggest stars of the sideshow, the fictional Ida Gibson, in a fantastical and moving tale that reveals the generational chasms and the bonds between Ida and her granddaughter Joy. .

A parade of alluring characters appear, on a mission to free Ida from her self-imposed exile and help Joy find freedom through forgiveness. The musical celebrates the resilience of women whose choices have the power to set them free.

One such character is played by Slear, a graduate of the Center for Performing and Fine Arts at the Pennsylvania Leadership Charter School. They play Lady Viola and recently made their Broadway debut in “Jagged Little Pill.”

Other recent credits include Urleen in Kennedy Center’s “Footloose,” directed by Walter Bobbie and Stephen Brackett’s New York Workshop on Reefer Madness.

For the show’s creative producer, Paige Price, “Tattooed” represents a new direction for theater in Philadelphia.

“Theaters these days can’t afford to play it safe anymore,” Price said.

The play by Obie Award-winning playwright Erin Courtney and Lortel winner Max Vernon; developed and directed by Drama League winner Ellie Heyman; and choreographed by Mayte Natalio, from October 29 to November 20.

During the show, look for special events like Ink Industry Night, tattoo-themed art experiences, talks with local experts, themed cocktail parties and more.

All shows are at the Suzanne Roberts Theater, 480 S. Broad St. Tickets are on sale from $25 and up. Tickets are available at www.philatheatreco.org, by calling 215-985-0420 or by visiting the box office.

Emmy-nominated and Obie Award-winning Jackie Hoffman (“Hairspray,” “Feud,” and “Only Murders in the Building”) stars as fictional star Gibson.

Co-artistic directors Taibi Mager and Tyler Dobrowksy said the show exemplifies the type of work they want to see developed in the future.

“We are incredibly thrilled to open our first season as the new Artistic Directors of PTC (Philadelphia Theater Company) with this vibrant and exciting new musical from some of the nation’s finest theater creators,” said Magar.

Co-writer Erin Courtney, who is covered in more than a dozen tattoos herself, also felt a soul connection to the material.

“As a huge fan of tattoos and female-centric storytelling, I immediately said yes to the idea of ​​imagining a musical about these brave and creative women who changed the American cultural landscape in refusing to accept the traditional route. Some of the characters in the musical are very loosely based on real women, Nora Hildebrandt and Maud Wagner. Our lead character, Ida (Imagena) Gibson is a fictional creation. Over the years of imagination, writing, editing, we found an essential theme to the narrative: “It is better to be weird than ordinary.”

While there are some important takeaways artists want audiences to walk away with, they also want audiences to prepare for a wild ride.

“‘The Tattooed Lady’ is a complete meal,” Vernon said. “The show is wild, provocative, hilarious and entertaining like any trip to the freak show should be. Beneath Our Tattooed Surface is truly a musical about liberation and self-love even when it’s really, really hard.

While the cast and crew worked hard on stage, PTC worked on a larger immersive experience for the audience.

When the curtains are drawn, the story continues.

Kristel Oreto, owner of Now and Forever Tattoo Collective, a Philly-based tattoo collective organized for women, non-binary and trans artists, will join Magar and Dobrowsky for talks Nov. 6-13.


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