The Outsider

Parking will be difficult on Friday, April 26th, due to the Swarthmore Food Truckathon.  Details are below in red. Give yourself extra time, or come even earlier to enjoy the food.

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Author: Paul Slade Smith

Directed by Lorraine Barret

April 19, 20, 21*, 26**, 27, 28*, 2024

Evenings at 8 PM – *Matinee at 3 PM

Tickets $18.00

Seniors (65+) and Students (High School & College w/student id) $15.00

In politics, the less you know, the higher you’ll go! A smart satire and an inspirational tribute to democracy, “The Outsider” is a timely and hilarious (non-partisan) send-up of modern American politics.

“…an old-fashioned rapid-fire comedy about back-room politics, Chicago-style. It’s the kind of play that has good guys and bad guys, with lines the audience spontaneously applauds.” —Life Newspaper.

“…crackles with suspense…When you find [a play] with the color and impetus of this one, you sit up and take notice.” —Philadelphia Inquirer.

“Funny, timely, and dare we say, entirely possible, The Outsider is a wonderfully crafted, superbly presented show… It is an insightful, witty satire about modern American politics that will appeal to a vast audience.” — Broadway World

“Mr. Smith deserves to go to Washington, and all around our nation, with this inspired satire.” –Green Bay Press

For a review of this current production of The Outsider, click here.



There is a Food Truckathon scheduled for downtown Swarthmore from 5:00 PM until 9:00 PM on Friday, April 26th.  Park Avenue will be closed off from traffic beginning at the theater (129 Park Avenue) all the way up to Chester Road.  The borough parking lot, Dartmouth Road and Lincoln Way by the food co-op will be closed as well. Spotlight Theatre patrons are advised to approach Swarthmore from Yale Avenue, and utilize the residential neighborhood of Park Avenue and Harvard Avenue for street parking.  Mass transit is also available via regional rail on the Media-Wawa line, stopping in Swarthmore.

For more information and a link to google maps, click here to go to the Directions and Parking webpage.

Purchase tickets in advance from TicketLeap (fees apply). Online ticket sales end 30 minutes before each performance. Please note that if the online tickets are sold out for a performance, a few tickets may be available at the door, but availability is not guaranteed.

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Please remember to check in with the box office before entering the performance.