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WURD Night: We Shall Not Be Moved

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WURD Night Promotion
WURD Family, are you looking for a night out on the town?  Maybe you need something to do for date night.  Or maybe you want to enjoy an enriching and educational program for the evening.  Why not come out on September 18th to the Wilma Theater and experience a powerful performance that is sure to be awe inspiring.
For one night only, use promo code: WURD and you will save 10% on tickets and get exclusive access to We Shall Not Be Moved on WURD Night (Monday, September 18)!*
WURD NIGHT SCHEDULE (Monday, September 18):
6pm – Doors Open
7pm – Pre-Show Panel Discussion
8pm – Show Starts
BY PHONE: Call Opera Philadelphia Guest Services at 215.732.8400 and use the promo code WURD.
We Shall Not Be Moved
World Premiere
Sept. 16, 17, 18 (WURD Night), 21, 23, 24
The Wilma Theater (265 S. Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA)
Performed in English with English supertitles
Part of O17, Opera Philadelphia’s inaugural fall festival
On the run after a series of tragic incidents, five North Philly teens find refuge in an abandoned, condemned house in West Philadelphia at the exact location that served as headquarters of the MOVE organization, where a 1985 standoff with police infamously ended with a neighborhood destroyed and 11 people dead, including five children. This self-defined family is assuaged and even inspired by the ghosts who inhabit this home and begin to see their squatting as a matter of destiny and resistance rather than urgent fear.
This World Premiere chamber opera by Daniel Bernard Roumain, an acclaimed composer and performer whose work defies genre, and librettist Marc Bamuthi Joseph, an arts activist known for spoken‐word performance, is “ambitiously interdisciplinary,” according to Bill T. Jones, the celebrated director, choreographer, dramaturge, and dancer. Combining spoken word, contemporary movement, video projection, classical, R&B and jazz singing, and a brooding, often joyful score filled with place, purpose, and possibility, We Shall Not Be Moved is a timely exploration of past and present struggles which suggests an alternate future through the eyes of its young protagonists.
*Limit 4 tickets. Not valid on previously purchased tickets; some restrictions may apply. Offer subject to availability, not transferable, and may be withdrawn at any time without notice. Cannot be combined with other offers. Applies to the purchase of only one performance. Expires 9/8/17. WURD promo can ONLY be used on WURD Night (September 18th) and is not transferable to other dates of the performance.
Major support for We Shall Not Be Moved has been provided by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.
Additional support is provided by William Penn Foundation and The Wallace Foundation.
Co-commissioned and co-produced with The Apollo Theater and Hackney Empire. Developed in partnership with Art Sanctuary.
Presented in partnership with FringeArts as part of the 2017 Fringe Festival.



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