1812 PRODUCTIONS INC

Philadelphia's All Comedy Theatre Company

Philadelphia, PA   |  www.1812productions.org

Mission

1812 Productions is dedicated to creating theatrical works of comedy and comedic works of theater that explore and celebrate our sense of community, our history and our humanity.

Ruling year info

1998

Producing Artistic Director

Ms. Jennifer Childs

Main address

2329 South 3rd Street

Philadelphia, PA 19148 USA

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EIN

23-2938464

NTEE code info

Theater (A65)

Arts Education/Schools (A25)

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Theatrical Productions and Educational Outreach

The world needs more comedy. 1812 Productions, Philadelphia’s All-Comedy Theatre Company, was founded on the belief that laughter is a powerful communication tool. When people are laughing they are open and ready to connect, debate, listen and engage. For over twenty years, 1812 has been connecting with community and making people laugh by producing high quality, exciting theatre for our region.

1812 Productions is the only regional theatre company in the country dedicated to an all-comedy mission. Because of this unique mission, 1812 was recognized in 2010 and again in 2016 by the American Theatre Wing of the Tony Awards to be the recipient of National Theatre Company Grant. Grants Committee Chair Lucie Arnaz referred to 1812 and the other grantees as “…what we feel are some of the most inspiring and innovative theater companies on our national landscape".

Our programming encompasses a wide range of comedic styles, including new works, musicals, and established comedies by some of the country’s sharpest comedic voices. We have produced over 60 productions in our history, by both emerging and established playwrights including Neil Simon, Itamar Moses, Jane Wagner, Craig Wright, Billy Aronson, David Mamet, Evan Smith, and Alan Ayckbourn among others. 1812 is perhaps best known for the ongoing This Is The Week That Is political comedy show, now in its fourteenth year. Always new, with material that changes night to night, this show follows ongoing current events and features savvy political satire that has been described as “The Carol Burnett Show meets The Daily Show for the live stage”. Additionally, the show was the subject of a documentary film from the Working in the Theatre: In The Field series produced by the American Theatre Wing, and was nominate for a 2019 Mid-Atlantic Emmy® Award (viewable at the Wing’s website).

1812 has also made a name for itself by creating its own original work. Of our world premieres, over twenty have been created by our Producing Artistic Director Jennifer Childs. Our series of tributes to periods of American comedy including Always a Lady (women in comedy), Double Down (famous comedic double acts), and Our Show Of Shows (tribute to TV’s Your Show of Shows) among others, have benefited from the personal participation and guidance of comic luminaries such as Sid Caesar, Mort Sahl, Dick Gregory, Bob Elliot, and Phyllis Diller. Other 1812 original works, such as the musicals The Carols, I Will Not Go Gently, Let’s Pretend We’re Married and the autobiographical Why I'm Scared of Dance have all been presented by other theaters around the country including City Theatre and Carnegie Stage in Pittsburgh, the Kohler Arts Center in Wisconsin, Act II Playhouse, Montgomery Theatre, and Delaware Theatre Company. Ms. Child’s comedy, To The Moon, garnered six Barrymore Award Nominations, including one for Best New Play, and her 2016 musical, I Will Not Go Gently received three Barrymore Award Nominations, including Outstanding Overall Production of a Musical, Outstanding Original Music, and won a Barrymore for Outstanding Leading Actress in a Musical.

Additional to our stage productions, 1812 realizes a major part of its mission by providing the public schools South Philadelphia High School, The Franklin Learning Center, and The Widener School for Children with Disabilities with high-quality theatre-education programming at no cost to the participants. 1812 Outreach, winner of the 2012 George Bartol Arts Education Award, and the 2016 Victory Foundation Award, is a unique, in-school, education program serving over 150 at-risk students each year and has been in operation for over twenty years.

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1812 PRODUCTIONS INC

Board of directors
as of 1/13/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Glenn Gundersen

Dechert LLP

Term: 2013 -


Board co-chair

Jeffrey Weiss

Transcor, Inc.

Term: 2013 -

Terry Graboyes

Graboyes Commercial Window Co

Glenn Gundersen

Dechert LLP

Jennifer Childs

1812 Productions

Kristin McLaughlin

no affiliation

David Jadico

1812 Productions

Nadine Lomakin

no affiliation

Kyle Midkiff, CPA

Marcum, LLP

Clare Osman

no affiliation

Nancy Roth

Philadelphia FIGHT

Jeffrey Weiss

Transcor, Inc

Elizabeth Fenton

Saul Ewing LLP

Ellen Hutton

Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates

Theresa Loscalzo

Schnader LLP

June Wolfson

no affiliation

Peter Haas

Devon Preparatory School

Deborah Fleischman

no affiliation

Michael Buckley

no affiliation