“…a masterpiece. The best drama, the best comedy and the best romance of the year, all rolled into one.”
—TIME OUT NEW YORK
“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.”
—JIM RUTTER, THE PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER
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.
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.Listen to Podcast
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Jeff - Understudy
He's a young man working the night shift as a security guard in an upscale apartment building, piecing his life together after getting kicked out of the Navy. Easygoing and funny, Jeff serves as a friendly ear for several characters—including Dawn, a rookie police officer, and Jeff's own boss, William. When William shares confidential information about a crime, Jeff has to decide where his loyalties lie. Is he taking the moral high ground, or really just pursuing his own interests? You'll find out at Lobby Hero. Expect some intense car ride home conversation: we guarantee that long after the play ends, you'll be debating whether or not Jeff did the right thing.
She boldly embarked on a career as an officer in the New York police department, and was lucky enough to be paired up with her precinct's star cop. But now, after stumbling onto some damning information, she's contemplating blowing the whistle. Is Dawn a hero in the making or is she simply out for revenge?
He's a charismatic cop on track to make detective. He goes out of his way to take Dawn, a rookie female cop, under his wing. He also steps in when a young black man faces off with an unjust justice system. He's just that kind of guy. But is Bill really protecting the underdog or is he serving his own ego? And why does Bill keep visiting the 22nd floor? Can you still be a hero even if you break the rules to get there?
He's responsible, hard-working, a man guided by his moral compass. He's moving his way up the ranks of a security firm. He plays strictly by the rules. But his brother was just accused of a crime he may or may not have committed. William isn't sure whether or not to tell the police what he knows for fear that his brother won't be judged fairly. Can you stay on the moral high ground when the odds are stacked against you or a loved one?
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…Read More
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.
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)…Read More
Select performances had a post show discussion.
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?
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?
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?