Using Theater to Explore Archives

Contributed by Lauri Cielo, Director of Programs and Communications, Historical Society of Pennsylvania

The Historical Society of Pennsylvania is hosting a new theatrical work this April that explores the question of why archives are important, and how we interact with the history and stories within these collections. The performance, titled ArkHIVE, will be held in the Historical Society’s beautiful Reading Room in Center City Philadelphia from April 13-15. Artist Sebastienne Mundheim and her team will travel through time, using the Historical Society’s archives for inspiration. The audience will encounter dancers dressed in armor, roaring sound in a quiet library, a landscape of paper architecture, and stories of those who changed history.

There will be performances at 4, 6, and 8 p.m. on Saturday, April 13, Sunday, April 14, and Monday, April 15.

Tickets are $20 for general admission. We are offering a special $5 discount to DVAG members with the code “DVAG”. For more information or to register, visit

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