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August 27, 2015

Arden Theatre announces benefit performance of 'Metamorphoses' for chef Eli Kulp

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Chef Eli Kulp, co-owner of High Street on Market and Fork.

Arden Theatre Company announced Thursday that its "Pay-What-You-Can" performance for the opening show in the 2015/16 season, "Metamorphoses," will benefit Fork Restaurant’s chef Eli Kulp. 

Kulp, who owns High Street on Market and Fork in Philadelphia, was severely injured in the May 12 Amtrak derailment that killed eight people and injured 200 others.

The performance, which will take place on Sept. 30, will be the Arden’s final dress rehearsal before "Metamorphoses" opens to a paying audience. The show, from acclaimed playwright Mary Zimmerman, is an adaptation of Ovid’s classic myths.

Instead of purchasing tickets, attendees will be asked to make a donation at the door, and all proceeds will go to the Kulp Family Medical Fund. 

Ellen Yin, owner of Fork Restaurant in Old City, is an Arden Theatre Company board member. 

“Ellen Yin and Fork Restaurant have been valuable neighbors and longtime supporters of the Arden," Arden Theatre Company Managing Director Amy L. Murphy said. "We were heartbroken when we heard of Eli’s injuries and want to lend a helping hand.”

The theatre opens its 28th season with "Metamorphoses," from Oct. 1 to Nov. 1, 2015. Tickets or reservations are not necessary for the benefit performance.

Benefit Performance of 'Metamorphoses'

Wednesday, Sept. 30
8 p.m. | Donations accepted
Arden Theatre's F. Otto Haas Stage
40 N. 2nd St.
(215) 922-1122