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City Theater Company returns to its roots with a special “Depp & Dickens” event - two short original works by local actor-playwrights, running in tandem this February at The Delaware Contemporary.

Limited run, four shows only.

Tickets are available NOW at

For Immediate Release: January 16, 2024

Media Contact: Michelle Kramer-Fitzgerald, City Theater Company, 302-377-3156 or

The 30th Anniversary Season at City Theater Company keeps the party going in 2024 with two unique and original one-person shows - Johnny Depp: A Retrospective On Late-Stage

Capitalism by Jenna Kuerzi and Generous Fire: Charles Dickens In America by Brian McCann.

Each play is a mini-masterpiece - entirely conceived, written, and performed by the playwright - with the authors taking on the respective titular character of the real-life person. Each will be performed twice between February 21-24, 2024.

Johnny Depp: A Retrospective On Late-Stage Capitalism stars Kuerzi as Depp, in full Jack

Sparrow regalia, as the preteen heart-throb turned wino forever - offering a retrospective on

every film in his entire career, even the ones we didn’t watch, in order to ask… what happened? A satirical powerpoint "extravaganza” that is part ritual and part drunken singalong, the play features throwing things at random intervals, “fabulous” prizes, and a celebrity circus we keep tuning in to.

Generous Fire: Charles Dickens In America stars McCann as Dickens in a fictionalized “lecture” at one of the author’s late-in-life public readings in the United States. While the presentation is a flight of the imagination, the circumstances are true and nearly all of the words spoken come from Mr. Dickens himself. The celebrated writer has already survived one stroke, but the end of his life is imminent. The strain of his second American tour has proven too much for him, and his doctor has become his sole traveling companion. The public mask slips, and we catch a glimpse of things "Boz" would never willingly present to his public.

Both Kuerzi and McCann are successful Philadelphia-based actors. Kuerzi is known to CTC

audiences for her work here in Sunday In the Park With George, Love’s Labour’s Lost, Xanadu, and Bat Boy: The Musical. McCann is making his CTC debut and performs regularly throughout the region and with ComedySportz Philadelphia.

Artistic Director Kerry Kristine McElrone is thrilled to bring these two plays and performers to

Delaware as part of CTC’s 30th anniversary celebration.

Says McElrone “City Theater Company throughout our 30-year history has been a proud

champion of new plays and playwrights. We have produced several World Premieres,

workshopping full plays from page to stage, and through our One-Act and Ten-Minute Play

Festivals have given voice to many playwrights, both those established and those just

starting out.

“Supporting new and original work is a critical part of CTC's mission, and as Artistic Director

I am thrilled that these two plays and their authors are joining the many voices we have

been privileged to partner with over the past 30 years in this respect.”

Johnny Depp: A Retrospective On Late-Stage Capitalism stars Jenna Kuerzi. Generous Fire;

Charles Dickens In America stars Brian McCann. Stage Managed by Stuart Thomas. House

Manager Julie Snow Regan. Photos courtesy of the actor-playwrights; promotional art by Joe


TICKET DETAILS: General admission $30. Military/ Student with ID $25.

Johnny Depp: A Retrospective On Late-Stage Capitalism shows Wednesday, February 21 at

8:00 P.M. and Saturday, February 24 at 2:00 P.M.

Generous Fire: Charles Dickens In America shows Thursday, February 22 at 8:00 P.M. and

Saturday, February 24 at 8:00 P.M.

All shows at The Delaware Contemporary, 200 South Madison Street, Wilmington, DE 19801.

The museum’s art galleries are open prior to showtime. All CTC shows feature an in-house cash bar with drinks/snacks. Tickets available now at

City Theater Company, founded in 1993, performs contemporary comedies, new works, and

classic musicals to critical acclaim in an intimate black box theater on the Wilmington waterfront. This organization is supported, in part, by a grant from the Delaware Division of the Arts, a state agency, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts. The Division promotes Delaware arts events on



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