Philadelphia Theater: Philadelphia Artists' Collective Brings Classic Pirate Tale to Stage with The Fair Maid of the West

Pirates, barmaids, swashbucklers ho! Philadelphia Artists’ Collective presents Thomas Heywood’s The Fair Maid of the West from April 1-18, 2015 at Broad Street Ministry (315 S. Broad Street). Guts and glory storm the stage in full leather boots in this sweeping adventure tale of sublime silliness. Join us for dashing heroes, treacherous villains, plucky heroines and love on the high seas!

This English Renaissance comedy, dating back to 1631, uproots traditional gender roles of the early Modern Period as a barmaid with a heart of gold wields a sword, outwits her enemies, and becomes a pirate queen. 

Charlotte Northeast directs a stellar cast lead by Barrymore Award winner Rachel Camp as Bess, the Fair Maid of the West who will stop at nothing to be with Adam Altman's Spencer.  There's love, danger and enough buffoonery to warm any heart.

Tickets are $20 (general admission) and $15 (with student identification) and available by visiting


Philadelphia Artists' Collective is dedicated to creating unique theatrical events that celebrate our humanity: through the lens of rare classical theatre, and through multidisciplinary collaboration. We stage our plays with engaging and visceral clarity, presenting classical stories full of human complexity that bring audiences to the edge of their seats. By collaborating with artists from other disciplines we seek to encourage the development of a common vocabulary, and to promote arts awareness in the Philadelphia community.

Founded in 2008 by Damon Bonetti and Dan Hodge, the PAC’s first evenings were staged readings of plays. Since then, we have presented six full productions: John Webster’s Duchess of Malfi (2010), Pierre de Marivaux’ Changes of Heart (Spring 2012), August Strindberg’s Creditors (Fall 2012), Shakespeare’s Timon of Athens (Spring 2013), Eugene O’Neill’s The Sea Plays (Fall 2013), and Friedrich Schiller’s Mary Stuart (Spring 2014).