2015-2016 Season

DOGFALL by Caleb Lewis

Directed by John Doyle
Luke Moyer
Adam Altman
Jenna Kuerzi

photo by Josiah and Steph Photography

I can picture in my mind a world without war, a world without hate. And I can picture us attacking that world, because they'd never expect it.
It starts in the Somme, 1916. Two men fight to survive the war whole, but the battle keeps shifting and the enemy changes. And then the dogs begin to fall… Over one hundred years, Will and Jack hold post in a bunker fighting a never-ending war. From the Somme to Stalingrad, Vietnam to Abu Ghraib, the play depicts a world gone mad, where outside the sky rains cats and dogs, men behave like beasts, and death is all around.

Costume Design by Rory Zummo
Sound Design by Ben Levan
Fight Choreography by AJ Gagliardi
Props by Avista Custom Props

An ambitious story of tremendous sweep and scope. impeccably delivered, superbly written with controlled power and insight, Dogfall exceeds all expectations.
Adelaide Theatre Guide

Complex themes, sympathetic characters and an absurd plot that avoids the traditional body count by concentrating on falling dogs. This makes for a tense, riveting play about the ironies of war and the deadly games soldiers play.
Aussie Theatre Guide

The scenario is a war-time convention. The wonder is Lewis’s imaginative insight. He arrays wars past and present like tin cans in a rough-shot shooting gallery till we end up bogged down in mud, mired in oil and blood with the dying and the dead.

This play is extraordinary - imaginative, lyrical and heartfelt with a nightmarish imagery that suggests Ionesco at his most absurdly bleak and Donny Darko at its most cogent.
The Adelaide Review

Lewis's script is stunning, lyrical and frightening, yet it escapes total blackness by touching and often funny moments of humanity. As horror is piled upon horror and the absurdity of man is mirrored by the heavens, this emotional rollercoaster escalates to its frightening climax, leaving you breathless. This is the best thing I've seen in a very long time.
City Messenger



An unbreakable soldier. An unwinnable war. 

by James Christy Jr.

On the 100th anniversary of World War One, Iron Age Theatre presents the dynamic premiere of the remarkable journey of a German Jewish soldier who survives the deadliest battles of the Great War, only to learn the devastating truth about its origins. 

at The MAAS Space
1325 N Randolph St Philadelphia


Thursday Sept 10 - Sun Sept 27 2015

2014 Season

A Lesson Before Dying

by Romulus Linney Based on a novel by Ernest J. Gaines

Directed and Designed by Randall Wise and John Doyle

Walter DeShields
Richard Bradford
Liz Priestley
Damien Wallace
Lenny Daniels
Eric Wunsch
Dave Fiebert

Jefferson, an innocent young man, is condemned to death in Louisiana in 1948. At the trial his lawyer, trying to save his life, called him no more a human being than a hog. In prison, Jefferson says will be dragged like that hog to his death in the electric chair. His godmother asks a schoolteacher to teach him to die like a man. The teacher struggling with his own identity in the South, faces both Jefferson and himself as execution day arrives. Ernest J. Gaines' celebrated novel makes an engrossing, moving and finally devastating play for the stage.


Up from the Ashes

by Kate McGrath
World Premiere
PCD @ Iron Age Residency

Directed and Designed by John Doyle

featuring: Isa St. Clair

Up From The Ashes takes the audience right to the fire. And not just to the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire of 1911 itself, but smack into the daily lives of those immigrant teengers who had to decide whether to burn or to jump...and helps ussee thru the eyes of the factory owners, the feisty union organizers, the witnesses to the infamous tragedy... A myriad of characters from history are played by Philadelphia favorite Isa St. Clair in a theatrical whirlwind, asking t he question: what has changed, and what has remained the same when it comes to workers rights? This new play by Kate McGrath, Philadelphia Dramatist Center playwright in residence this year, uses sound, music and projections to bring this ever-evolving issue to life and to bring you right into those moments of life-changing decision that haunt each and every one of us.


Buried Child

by Sam Shepard

Directed and Designed by Randall Wise and John Doyle

Dave Fiebert
Eric Wunsch
Gina Martino
Michelle Pauls
Luke Moyer
Chuck Beishl
and Ray Saraceni.


MARCH 2014

The Toughest Boy in Philadelphia

by Andrea Kennedy Hart

Directed and Designed by John Doyle

Gina Martino
Michelle Pauls
Susan Giddings
Colleen Hughes
Sound Design by Luke Moyer

June 2014
The Gender Bending True Story of A Philadelphia Gangster
A new play about identity, ambition, and authenticity. Jack rises in the Irish Mob with a secret hidden under his smart suits and spats. Explore his daring adventures, his deep loves and his struggle to find acceptance. Celebrate Gay Pride month with this forgotten hero of the LGBT past.


by Ray Saraceni
A World Premiere
Directed and Designed by Randall Wise and John Doyle
with Laurie Norton, Adam Altman, Mark Cairns

November 2013
at The Centre Theater and at Off Broad Street in Philadelphia

Mysterious Easter Island is about as far away from civilization as possible. Thousands of miles of the Pacific Ocean have helped keep the secrets of the huge statues from the world. Why they were built and what happened to the people is an enigma that has obsessed people since the island was discovered. �Mana� the new play by Ray Saracen explores the haunting, often terrifying experiences of the first archaeologists on the island.
Based on the true events of Katherine and Scoresby Routledge�s "Mana" expedition to Easter Island in 1914, the play tears apart the thin fa�ade of British nobility as the proper British researchers come face to face with the bloody reality of life on the island. Even darker secrets are buried in the island�s history, and their own past.
Haunted by ghosts of her own ancestors and the spirits of the island, Katherine struggles to solve the mysteries of the giant statues before war engulfs the island and the world.
Iron Age is proud to present this world premier by Ray Saraceni, the author of last year�s huge hit show about the early days of football "Maroons, The Anthracite Gridiron."