Grand Concourse
Starring Ariella Serur & Samantha Rosentrater
Photo by Matthew J Photography

FEB 3—26, 2017

by Heidi Schreck
Directed by Beth Lopes

Associate Honorary Producers: Lis & Mike Kalogris

Artistic Sponsor: Christina Kind

Content & Length

Running Time: Approximately 100 minutes with no intermission
Adult Language: 40+ instances, including 15+ instances of the f-word
Substance Abuse: mentioned briefly twice
Violence: None
Talk of Sex: Three brief instances
Nudity: None
Sexual Situations: One
Talk of Death: Two instances

Shelley runs her church's soup kitchen in the Bronx with unsentimental efficiency, but lately her faith is wavering. Emma is a reckless young woman with a secret. When Shelley and the two men she works with, Oscar and Frog, accept the mysterious Emma as a new volunteer, she careens into their world, pushing everyone to their breaking point. Heidi Schreck’s funny and insightful play navigates the limits of forgiveness and the pursuit of something resembling joy.

Heidi Schreck’s beautiful tragicomedy of life… reminds you of why you go to the theater in the first place.
      —Chicago Sun Times

Learn more and discover how you can take action in your own community. Join local leaders and the cast of Grand Concourse as they share behind-the-scenes rehearsal footage and provide an in-depth look at Imagine No Hunger.

Featuring: State Senator Daylin Leach, Councilwoman Olivia Brady, Felicia Flora (Salvation Army), Kary LaFors (Advocates Against Hunger), Patrick Druhan (CADCOM), and actors David Bardeen*, Randy Nuñez, Samantha Rosentrater*, and Ariella Serur*.

Video produced by Crystalline Studios.

In the News

"Review: Feeding the needy in 'Grand Concourse'"

by Howard Shapiro | WHYY/Newsworks | 2/11/17
There's a ton of feeling in the soup-kitchen play "Grand Concourse," and every ounce of it rings true. That's partly because playwright Heidi Schreck draws rich characters and provides a strong story that suits them, and partly because the performers...
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"Theatre Horizon presents Heidi Schreck’s ‘Grand Concourse’: Food for the hungry soul"

by Mark Cofta | Broad Street Review | 2/12/17
The ensemble's superb acting, starting with their believable kitchen activities but excelling far beyond, highlights Grand Concourse’s strength as a deeply disturbing, profoundly moving play that examines hope's fragility, faith's responsibilities...
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"Theatre Horizon's 'Grand Concourse': The hunger nothing can satisfy"

by Julia M. Klein | The Philadelphia Inquirer | 2/12/17
The characters in Heidi Schreck’s Grand Concourse, set in a church soup kitchen, are plagued by hungers—spiritual, sexual, emotional—that food alone can’t satisfy. But a hearty soup, always vegetarian because meat is too expensive, turns out to be a reasonable starting point. With a fine ensemble...
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'Grand Concourse'

Production Team

Beth Lopes

Set Designer
Sheryl Liu

Props Masters
John Wendling

Lighting Designer
Mike Inwood

Sound Designer
Toby Pettit

Costume Designer
Caitlin Cisek

Stage Manager
Chelsea Sanz*

Assistant Director
Christina Higgins


* Member of Actors' Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers.

See a Play, Make a Difference

There are 88,000 people struggling with hunger here in the second wealthiest county in Pennsylvania. In conjunction with our production of Grand Concourse, patrons were able to take a photographic journey through the issues related to food insecurity in our lobby.

Now that the show has taken its final bow, here are some of the ways that you helped imagine no hunger.

See the Stats
Imagine No Hunger

Imagine No Hunger Partners


The Imagine No Hunger lobby exhibit was produced in part through the generosity of Cabrini University's Wolfington Center.

Linda Panetta: Lobby Exhibit Curator

Optical Realities OR Indie Arts Initiative CHOC NHC Advocates Against Hunger Network

Calvary Baptist Church of Norristown
and the WELCOME Soup Kitchen
(West End Lunch at Calvary On Mondays for Everyone)

Opening Night Sponsors

We are proud to recognize our 2016/17 Opening Night Sponsors. Patrons who attend Opening Night events are invited to a complimentary post-show reception featuring food and drinks donated from the following partners: Bahama Breeze King of Prussia, Five Saints Distilling, Gretz Beer, Seasons 52 King of Prussia, and Whole Foods Plymouth Meeting.

Opening Night Sponsors


Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Play

David Bardeen


Charlotte Cushman Award for Outstanding Leading Actress

Samantha Rosenstrater

'Grand Concourse'
David Bardeen (Grand Concourse, 2017)
Photo by Matthew J Photography

2017/18 Season Sponsors

Horizon $5,000


Vista $3,000

Vista Sponsors

Scene $1,000

Scene Sponsors