• Read the press release for 2012/2013 Season

    2012-2013 Season Announcement

    Philadelphia, PA- 1812 Productions, Philadelphia’s all comedy theatre company, is pleased to announce its 16th season. The 2012-2013 season will pair three original works with a celebrated Jeffrey Hatcher adaptation.

    1812 Productions kicks off its season with its signature political comedy This Is The Week That Is: The Election Special!, 1812’s original political satire returns just in time for the 2012 presidential election, ready to put President Obama and his yet-to-be-determined opponent to the test. Voters can look forward to a special Election Pageant (complete with swimwear and talent competitions), hearing the candidates do some confrontational crooning in American Presidential Idol, up to the minute reporting from 1812’s This Is The Week That Is news team, and, of course, a visit from the voice of reason Herself, Patsy from South Philly. This Is The Week That Is: The Election Special! will run from September 27th through November 4th, 2012 at Plays and Players Theatre, 1714 Delancey Street. Opening Night will be Wednesday, October 3rd at 7:00pm.

    Hot on the heels of This Is The Week That Is: The Election Special!, 1812 Productions heads into the holidays with a visually stunning, wordless comedy with music. Dave & Aaron Go To Work tells the story of two buttoned-down everymen, one fastidious and one rumpled, living their lives in a shoebox-sized apartment. With more than a nod to Laurel and Hardy, Charlie Chaplin, and Buster Keaton, Dave & Aaron Go To Work features Barrymore Award winning neo-vaudevillians Dave Jadico and Aaron Cromie, tightly choreographed slapstick, large-scale puppetry, and stage magic in a show that will delight audiences from 6 to 106. Dave & Aaron Go To Work will run from November 29th through December 31st, 2012 at Plays and Players Theatre, 1714 Delancey Street. Opening Night will be Wednesday, December 4th at 7:00pm.

    1812 Productions continues its season with a special co-production with The Mandell Professionals in Residence Project at Drexel University. To Fool The Eye, a new adaptation of Jean Anouilh's romantic comedy Leocadia, is a gossamer comedy confection. Amanda, a poor hat maker from Paris, is invited to a chateau by an eccentric duchess to spend a weekend trying to make the duchess’ suicidal nephew forget about the death of his great love—the divine Leocadia. But Amanda soon finds she isn’t the only one asked to play a part as, throughout the weekend, layers of reality literally fall away to reveal that the trick of true love is no trick at all. To Fool The Eye will run from February 14th through March 3rd, 2013 at The Mandell Theater at Drexel University, 33rd and Chestnut Streets. Opening Night will be Wednesday, February 20th at 7:00pm. The Mandell Professionals in Residence Project (MPiRP) is supported in part by a grant from the Samuel P. Mandell Foundation.

    1812 Productions will close its 2012-2013 season with an original comedy two years in the making. It’s My Party: The Women and Comedy Project is the brainchild of 1812 Productions’ Artistic Director Jennifer Childs and will be the culmination of two years of research, a dozen workshops, and nearly a hundred interviews with women from all walks of life—races, ages, body types, sexual identities, social and economic backgrounds, and political views. It’s My Party: The Women and Comedy Project began its journey with the questions ‘how do women use comedy in their daily lives and how does this change as they age?’ This initiative will continue to grow and take shape over the next several months. Further details about the physical production will be available in early 2013, but Ms. Childs is documenting its process and development online at It’s My Party: The Women and Comedy Project will run from April 25th through May 19th, 2013 at Plays & Players Theatre, 1714 Delancey Street. Opening Night will be Wednesday, May 1st at 7:00pm.

  • This is the Week That Is—Inquirer Review

    'This Is the Week That Is' spoofs the presidential race

    Howard Shapiro, Inquirer Theater Critic

    "I've seen many versions of 1812 Productions' annual This Is the Week That Is, a satire on news and life in general, and this year's 'Election Special' is the funniest and meatiest I can recall. It brings much needed balance to this election year—two-plus hours of laughter, and I mean some big ones, skewering the race for the White House."


  • This is the Week That Is—Daily News

    A cure for the election blues

    Chris Brennan, Philadelphia Daily News

    "A cast of seven sing, dance and joke their way through a dead-on parody of stiff presidential candidates trying to relate to everyman America, fatuous cable-news pundits eager to coin the next hot buzzword and infuriating fact-checking that leaves voters longing for better choices."

  • This is the Week That Is—Stage Magazine

    1812's This Is the Week That Is: A Delightful Escape

    Connie Giordano

    "With our political climate in such disarray, the company dedicated to comedy is a wonderful escape from current events...Go and enjoy!"

  • Stockton Rush Bartol Foundation Selects 1812 Productions to Receive 2012 George Bartol Arts Education Award


    Long-Standing Award Honors Artistic Excellence and Commitment to Community

    1812 Outreach Program Uses Comedy to Inspire Philadelphia’s Most Challenged Youth

    Philadelphia, PA—The Stockton Rush Bartol Foundation announced that it has selected 1812 Productions as the 2012 recipient of the George Bartol Arts Education Award, the first theatre company to receive this award. The Award is given to an organization that provides sustained, meaningful exposure and participation in the arts; that demonstrates an active engagement in the lives of its students and community; and that maintains high artistic standards for its faculty and students.

    The George Bartol Arts Education Award was established in 2001 to recognize outstanding arts education programs by a non-profit cultural organization. Each year, a grant of $5,000 is made in memory of George Bartol, founder of the Stockton Rush Bartol Foundation, who believed that the key to a thriving arts community was an investment in arts education for its children. As part of its annual grant review process, the Foundation designates one grantee to receive this additional award of $5,000 to further support its arts education programs. This year’s award is made possible through a gift from Mr. Bartol’s children. More information on the award and the Bartol Foundation is available at

    For 14 years, 1812 Outreach has worked with students at the Widener Memorial School for Children with Disabilities and South Philadelphia High School to use comedy to explore and celebrate young people’s sense of community, history and humanity. The year-round program, provided at no cost to the partner school, teaches students basic elements of theatre while building life skills for students with significant disabilities at the Widener School and building bridges across students from different cultures at South Philadelphia High School.

    “This Award is made to 1812 Productions for its commitment to arts education excellence over its entire history,” said Beth Feldman Brandt, Executive Director of the Stockton Rush Bartol Foundation. “Since its inception, 1812 has very quietly provided inventive, in-depth, joyful programs to young people without other access to theatre programs like this one. We applaud their dedication.”

    “Comedy is a natural way for all young people to learn to work together as a group, take risks, and try out new ideas through laughter, “ explained Jen Childs, Artistic Director of 1812 Productions. “At Widener especially, students learn to explore their imaginations and tell their stories in ways that are not limited by their disabilities but instead celebrate their creativity.”

    The Stockton Rush Bartol Foundation, as the only local Foundation devoted solely to supporting local arts organizations, seeks to foster an environment where arts and culture can flourish. Created in 1984, the Foundation provides financial and technical support to non-profit arts and cultural organizations in Philadelphia. Through its grantmaking, the Foundation works to ensure a vibrant cultural life for all of its citizens through programs that use art as a catalyst for meaningful communication and connections, strengthening the social fabric of Philadelphia’s neighborhoods.


Performance Location:

Christ Church Neighborhood House Theater

20 N. American Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106


1812 Productions Administrative Office:

2329 S. 3rd St.  Philadelphia PA 19148

PH: 215.592.9560

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.