Actors Scott Greer and Steven Wright star in the play Rizzo


There is a play running about a tall, aggressive politician who promised that if he was elected he’d make society great. No, the play isn’t about the current presidential election, but this production recaptures the racial, financial, and status battles from 1950 to 1991, along with the temperament of the controversial beat cop, who became Police Commissioner, and then Philadelphia Mayor, Frank Rizzo.

“Given the uncanny similarities between Rizzo and our current political environment, this play’s story continues to be strikingly relevant, especially given the immediacy and proximity of the upcoming election,” said executive producing director Sara Garonzik.

Performances of the play, Rizzo, are extended for an additional week through October 23, by the Philadelphia Theatre Company in the Suzanne Roberts Theatre at Broad & Lombard Streets.

The play is based on the bestselling book Rizzo: Last Big Man in Big City America by Sal Paolantonio; directed by Joe Canuso, the Founding Artistic Director of Theatre Exile; and written by Philadelphia-based playwright, Bruce Graham (who led a playwriting workshop for the Philadelphia Writers’ Conference last June).

For information call 215-985-0420 or visit http://philadelphiatheatrecompany.org/shows/rizzo/