For the first production by Voices for a New City — the education program run by New City Stage Company — director Kevin Rodden selected seven local young thespians who, he explains, “care about addressing themes that often make young people squirm: mortality and faith and community, how we got where we are.” They devised short scenes that, to their surprise, grew into “that most dangerous of beasts, a play” — an apocalyptic mystery titled Midnight on a School Night. “Eight artists looked at Philadelphia and started digging,” Rodden says. “Come see what we found.”
Through Jan. 6, free (reservations required), Adrienne Theatre Main Stage, 2030 Sansom St., 215-563-7500 ext. 1, newcitystage.org.