Philadelphia, Here I Come!

Philadelphia, Here I Come!

Brian Friel’s PHILADELPHIA HERE I COME premiered at the Gaiety Theatre, Dublin on 28th September 1964. It ran on Broadway for 326 performances and earned several Tony Award nominations.

Danny Tan is your typical middle class boy, born and bred in Cheras. Feeling unfulfilled, he decides to take up his aunt’s offer to join her in Philadelphia. He fantasises about his new life in Philadelphia… one that he doesn’t have to face his former love of his life, one without his uncommunicative father.

It takes place on the night before, and the morning of, Danny’s departure to America. The role of Danny is portrayed by two characters, Danny PUBLIC (the Danny that people see, talk to and talk about), and Danny PRIVATE (the unseen man, the man within, the conscience).

The original play, set in the fictional town of Ballybeg, County Donegal, has been adapted for the Malaysian stage by Joe Hasham OAM and takes place in Cheras, Kuala Lumpur. It has been staged thrice to critical success – in 1994, 1998 and 2013 – each time to full houses. He revisits this iconic play and brings back some of its original cast members including the beloved Dato’ Dr. Faridah Merican, Patrick Teoh and Andre D’Cruz along with all-new cast members.

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“…witty and outrageous comedy-cum-poignant drama of human frailty… it had soul.…Faridah Merican’s Makcik Esah is the most endearing and compelling character in the play. The accomplished actress with years of experience was so good that I can’t see anyone else playing that role after her..” – Tan Ling Ai, New Straits Times, 1998

“Besides lauding the cast…as well as director Joe Hasham and producer Faridah Merican, who Malaysianised the play so well, the ultimate mastery still belongs to Brian Friel, for creating something of such unquenchable truth and feeling that its appeal remains immortal” – Sherry Siebel, Day & Night, 1998

“ ‘Malaysianising’ a foreign play is an idea that often looks good on paper but fails in the execution…it succeeded in holding the attention of the audience, who shared the roller-coaster ride of emotions of the characters.” – Gerald Martinez, The Malay Mail, 1998


Presented by The Actors Studio Seni Teater Rakyat

Supported by klpac & MyCreative Ventures

Date & Time:
9 July, 12 – 16 July 2022 @ 8pm
10 & 17 July 2022 @ 3pm

Venue: Pentas 2, klpac

Tickets: RM68 flat

Early Bird Promotion – (ends 19 June 2022 @ 11.59pm)
RM48 Flat

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Executive Producer | Dato’ Dr. Faridah Merican
Artistic Director & Director | Joe Hasham OAM
Dramaturg | Omar Ali
Scenographer | Yusman Mokhtar
Lighting Designer | Amelia Tan
Sound Designer | Christopher Higgs
Set Builder | Paul Hasham
Production & Stage Manager | Catherine Lee
Assistant Stage Manager | Hendrix Heng
Cast | Faridah Merican, Patrick Teoh, Jun Teoh, Nabil Zakaria, Amanda Ang, Andre D’Cruz, Freddy Tan, Samuel Low, Tan Meng Kheng, Chloe Lee, Chen Wen Xuen, Daniel Hussin, Nandagopall Mohan Sundarram, Nicholas Lai, and Tin Raman

Philadelphia, Here I Come!

Show type

Live show


9 July, 12 - 16 July 2022 @ 8pm
10 & 17 July 2022 @ 3pm



PresenterThe Actors Studio Seni Teater Rakyat
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