Time Is On Our Side

“A superbly crafted two-hour mystery… Thomas creates an entire world with seeming room for all of humanity’s hopes and dreams, foibles and longings.” –Jim Rutter, The Philadelphia Inquirer.

Annie loves the past. Curtis lives for the future. Together they host a wildly unpopular podcast from Annie's living room in which they "queer history," reinterpreting Philadelphia lore...
“A superbly crafted two-hour mystery… Thomas creates an entire world with seeming room for all of humanity’s hopes and dreams, foibles and longings.” –Jim Rutter, The Philadelphia Inquirer.

Annie loves the past. Curtis lives for the future. Together they host a wildly unpopular podcast from Annie's living room in which they "queer history," reinterpreting Philadelphia lore through an modern, intersectional lens. When Annie finds a family heirloom that reveals a buried connection to the early LGBT rights movement, the political suddenly gets explosively personal. TIME IS ON OUR SIDE's shape-shifting plot bounds gleefully from the Underground Railroad to pop culture futurity, as Annie and Curtis search for answers to the questions “How do we let go of the past? And when will it let go of us?”

“[D]elivers thoughtful, clear storytelling drama that new plays frequently lack.” -Howie Shapiro, Newsworks.
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Time Is On Our Side

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  • Ian Thal:
    25 Aug. 2021
    Thomas’ script is intimately epic, recreating a Philadelphia that is vivid even for those who have not spent a day there in many years, in which queer millennial characters have messy reactions as they discover just how little they know of the history of gay and lesbian life before the AIDS crisis, before Stonewall, in a city that is neither New York nor San Francisco, when “queer” was still exclusively a slur, when the closet was often the safest choice even for people who knew exactly who they were and whom they loved.

    https://washingtoncitypaper.com/article/528916/in-time-is-on-our-side-recreating-the-past-isnt-easy/
  • Cheryl Bear:
    1 May. 2021
    A powerful reflection on time and the hope for a better future. Well done.
  • Kerri Kochanski:
    3 Aug. 2020
    A beautiful story, which captivates the audience with a tantalizing and engaging mystery. Filled with depth, humor, surprising & imaginative dialogue, enjoyable characters, and a heartbreaking historical truth. Fresh and poignant. A bright and shiny gem.

Development History

  • Commission
    ,
    Simpatico Theatre Project
    ,
    2015
  • Workshop
    ,
    PlayPenn
    ,
    2015

Production History

  • Professional
    ,
    About Face Theatre
    ,
    2018
  • Professional
    ,
    Simpatico Theatre Project
    ,
    2016

Awards

Finalist
,
Harold and Mimi Steinberg/American Theatre Critics Association New Play Award
,
American Theatre Critics Association
,
2017
Winner
,
BARRYMORE AWARD for BEST NEW PLAY
,
Theatre Philadelphia
,
2016
Winner
,
VIRIGINIA BROWN MARTIN PHILADELPHIA AWARD
,
Theatre Philadelphia
,
2016