New play will visit five South Philly parks

Theatre Exile will present 10 free shows of R. Eric Thomas’s ‘The Ever Present’ at five different locations from Sept 11-19.

The fantastical, family-friendly new play written by award-winning playwright and author R. Eric Thomas, centers on a South Philly vacant lot that turns out to be more than meets the eye. Enter Pashmina Paredes, a neighborhood resident collecting petition signatures to prevent the city from selling the lot to a devious developer, Vernal Belch. She quickly learns her neighbors all have a special connection to the house that once stood there. Follow a cast of hilarious, Philadelphia-inspired characters for a mystery adventure that spans decades and spins a constellation of awe-inspiring stories. The Ever Present asks the question: “How can we share and preserve our collective history as the world continues to change?”

Dates and locations include: Sept. 11, 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. at Columbus Square (1200 Wharton St); Sept. 12, 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. at Dickinson Square (1600 E. Moyamensing Ave); Sept. 15, 5:30 p.m. at Wharton Square (2300 Wharton St); Sept. 17, 5:30 p.m. at Stephen Girard Park (2101 Shunk St); Sept. 18, 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. at Columbus Square; Sept. 19, 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. at Hawthorne Park (750 S 12th St). For more information, visit or call 215-218-4022.