Lobby Hero

Lobby Hero

FEB 18-MAR 13, 2016

by Kenneth Lonergan
Directed by Matthew Decker
Honorary Executive Producers: Lis & Mike Kalogris

…a masterpiece. The best drama, the best comedy and the best romance of the year, all rolled into one.

Under Matthew Decker's direction, Theatre Horizon's cast delivered forthright and accurate depictions in an engaging production of the moral dilemmas of Lonergan's play... Though I've seen Davis, Camp and Meehan many times on local stages, the respective performances of these young actors reveal a tremendous depth and maturity.

In the lobby of an upscale apartment building, four lives collide in a single night, throwing a young black man and two white cops—a female rookie and her charismatic male partner—into a moral tailspin. Confiding in Jeff, the building’s hapless young security guard, the trio faces the fallout of gender politics, police corruption and racial profiling. Oscar-nominated writer Kenneth Lonergan (You Can Count on Me, Gangs of New York) asks us to consider how to do the right thing in a world that is never black and white.

Recommended for ages 17+. Contains adult themes and strong language.

Theatre Horizon is a proud participant in the Barrymore Awards for Excellence in Theatre, a program of Theatre Philadelphia. This production was Barrymore Recommended. For more information about the Barrymore Awards and other Barrymore Recommended productions, visit www.theatrephiladelphia.org.

Lobby Hero runs 2 hours 10 minutes including one 15-minute intermission.

Rep Radio - Podcast

On this podcast from Rep Radio, Akeem Davis and Brian Radcliffe are joined by Mark Bookman and Dana Cook of the Atlantic Center for Capital Representation to dig deep into the matters of Lobby Hero by Kenneth Lonergan.

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Production Team

Matthew Decker

Set Designer
Maura Roche

Lighting Designer
Maria Shaplin

Costume Designer
Alison Roberts

Sound Designer
Larry Fowler

Properties Design
Chris Haig

Assistant Director
Liam Mulshine

Dialect Coach
Marla Burkholder

Stage Manager
Chelsea Sanz**

Assistant Stage Manager/Wardrobe Head
Mila Romero

Production & General Manager
Molly Braverman

Technical Director
Stephen Hungerford

Assistant Production Manager/Master Carpenter
Tim Odom

Master Electrician
Emalyn Witter

Scenic Painter
Amy Scheidegger

Assistant Scenic Painter
Danielle Ferguson


Jeff - Understudy
Liam Mulshine

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The Cast

Brian Ratcliffe What will Jeff do?
Rachel Camp What will Dawn do?
Kevin Meehan Will Bill save the day?
Akeem Davis What will William do?
** Member of Actors' Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers.

A Note From Our Executive Producers

Lis and Mike Kalogris

Lobby Hero premiered in Manhattan, in March of 2001, six months before 9/11 and a year into the 21st century. 2001 was filled with terror, sadness, reflection and honor—a year about caring for others, a year for heroes.

But, as the world turns, we have moved on.

In the fourteen years since 2001, we have worked ourselves right smack dab into the middle of a collective cynicism—especially when it comes to heroes. We live in a world of winners and losers, and more often than not, the winners are not good role models. We drown ourselves in sound bites and social media

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Opening Night

We are proud to recognize our 2015/16 Opening Night Sponsors. Patrons who attend Opening Night are invited to a complimentary post-show reception featuring food and drinks from the following partners: Gretz Beer, Whole Foods Plymouth Meeting, Seasons 52 King of Prussia, Bahama Breeze King of Prussia, August Moon.

Opening Night Sponsors

In the News

2/25/16, Philadelphia Inquirer - "Kenneth Lonergan's 'Lobby Hero' brings its dark comedy to Theatre Horizon" by Matt Sayles

Norristown's Theatre Horizon on Thursday opens Lobby Hero, Kenneth Lonergan's 2001 drama. Director Matthew Decker and cast will be unspooling a provocative comedy of errors embracing hot-button topics (racial profiling, police brutality, gender politics).

Lonergan, 53, is the bluntly lyrical author of the Oscar-nominated scripts for 2002's Gangs of New York and 2000's You Can Count on Me (the latter of which he directed)

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Lobby Hero
Rachel Camp & Kevin Meehan (Lobby Hero, 2016)
Photo by Matthew J. Photography

Post Show Discussion

Select performances had a post show discussion.

Bridging the Gap

Panelists: Trooper Wales Gonzalez, Trooper Loretta Miree, Rachel Camp

We discussed the career realities for women who join male-dominated workplaces, as well as the hurdles and successes along the way. What is it really like? What progress has been made? What do we still need to do?

Guilty by Association

Panelists: Judge Garrett Page, MontCo Court of Common Pleas; Curtis Watkins, Social Services Chief of MontCo; Hakim Jones, Councilman, 4th District and Norristown Men of Excellence; Akeem Davis

We discussed the "guilty by association" phenomenon, the traps of the "no snitch policy", and how we can teach young men to be leaders instead of followers. What is really going on on our streets? What can we do to help?

Rights Violated

Panelists: Marc Bookman and Dana Cook from Atlantic Center for Capital Representation, Akeem Davis

We discussed the ways in which Pennsylvania's court-appointed fee schedule incentivizes instances of poor-lawyering, creating barriers to receiving a fair trial. What resources has Pennsylvania invested in capital defense and how can Pennsylvania improve its quality of capital representation? How can we get involved?

2017/18 Season Sponsors

Horizon $5,000


Vista $3,000

Vista Sponsors

Scene $1,000

Scene Sponsors