Don’t just watch the show.
Be the show.

About the Project

Who lives in Philadelphia?

And what conversations might happen if we open our doors a little?

This Town Is a Mystery combines local dinner and performance in four different Philadelphia homes. A diverse group of four Philadelphia households was chosen from over forty applications. We are making performances in each home to be performed by the household (no professional performers).

Audience members will travel to a Philadelphia neighborhood, one perhaps geographically and culturally far from their own. They will enter a home and sit in a living room with ten other audience members. The residents of the home perform their piece, blending stories of the neighborhood, the household, and their lives.

Afterwards, performers and audience share a potluck dinner. And talk.


Because every household is a universe.

Because the stories, lives, and homes of real Philadelphians are epic and surprising and moving and hilarious.

Because breaking bread with someone annihilates stereotypes.

Because being the show is better than watching the show.

Because Philadelphia has beautiful mysteries on every block.


This Town Is a Mystery has been supported by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage through Dance AdvanceThe MAP Fund, a program of Creative Capital supported by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and theRockefeller FoundationThe National Endowment for the Arts, and The Stockton Rush Bartol Foundation.



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