Archive for the ‘Presented Fringe’ Category

Slideshow: Kill Me Now Preview at the nEW festival

Posted June 12th, 2009

Pics from last weekend’s preview of Melanie Stewart Dance Theatre‘s Kill Me Now, coming to the Live Arts Festival in September.

–Nicholas Gilewicz

Images by Alan Kolc

Save the Date(s)

Posted June 12th, 2009

What are you doing next week? Spending your days on this blog, and then what I tell you to do:

>>>Monday: Double bill at The Piazza at Schmidts (N. 2nd St., across from Liberties Walk) – kate watson-wallace/anonymous bodies (STORE), and The Mural and The Mint accompanying a mob of Philly’s best dancers. Mike Kiley, who did the sound design for Nichole Canuso’s Wandering Alice at the 2008 Live Arts Festival, helms the listener-supported band (Download their album here, please donate if you like them.) They’re providing the soundtrack for what the Piazza’s website calls “Nichole Canuso’s roaming dance installation.” Nearly every dancer is involved with this year’s Live Arts lineup. You should go, but in case you miss it, catch our report and pics in this space next week. It’s free, at 7:00 pm, at the Piazza, N. 2nd St. between Poplar and Girard, across the street from Liberties Walk.

>>>Tuesday: Where else is there to be except at the Welcome to Yuba City Pit Stop at the Arts Bank (Broad & South Streets)? Get personal with Pig Iron’s Quinn Bauriedel, Charlotte Ford, Geoff Sobelle, and Dito Van Reigersberg, who will discuss the process of creating Welcome to Yuba City. Expect talk of clowns, cowboys, and American myth, followed by a reception with the artists. It’s free, at 7:00 pm, at the Arts Bank at Broad & South streets. RSVP to robin@livearts-fringe.org.

>>>Friday: Finalize your Artists U application. For the first time, Artists U is offering an open nomination process. Founded by Andrew Simonet of Headlong Dance Theater (more.), the project is, according to its site, “…a cooperative platform for helping performing artists with planning, long-term thinking, and problem-solving.” We, in fact, proudly host Artists U, and attest that it’s helped a lot of artists you know and respect get an administrative leg up. Letters of intent are due by email on June 20.

>>>Saturday: Twofer! Come by the Popped!/2nd Street Festival(s) in our new hood, and stop by our table to say hello. Bands and food and drinks all day, oh my. But keep your game face on, because that night is the previously plugged kate watson-wallace/anonymous bodies benefit party in Old City. Can you handle the 15-hour odyssey? More details on these next week.

–Nicholas Gilewicz

Photo courtesy Pig Iron.

Dateline: Melbourne

Posted June 11th, 2009

Federation Square in Melbourne has been chockablock with action the past couple of weekends.

Two weeks ago at a Russian culture festival I watched a man in his mid-60s point and laugh as a much older lady fell down some stairs. I had hoped it was a performance, but it was not.

Last week Melbourne’s Indian students came together to protest the huge number of assaults on Indian students over the past couple of years in Australia. The country is, right now, very publicly examining and confronting racial issues. A few of the protesters were dragged off by police.

On Saturday, though, I saw some raw human joy restored in Federation Square, through Chunky Move‘s flash-mob-dance-happening, Moving One Hundred. When I was asked to cover Chunky Move’s flash-mob-dance-happening for the blog, I was delighted to play a small part in building a bridge between the Philly and Melbourne arts communities.

After the jump, pics from my walk through Melbourne’s laneways, cool stuff in Fed Square, and the Chunky Move dancers emerging from the crowd.

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You Deserve A Break

Posted June 11th, 2009

Good morning. You’re tired. Well, I’m tired, so I’m projecting. Restore yourself with this meditative video from Merián Soto’s Wissahickon Park Project. That set of site-specific performances in Philadelphia was part of her States of Gravity and Light series, which will continue in the Live Arts Festival this year with Postcards from the Woods.

–Nicholas Gilewicz

We Got Movies, They Got Moves

Posted June 10th, 2009

Theatre of Speed Vs Boz N Hok – Directed by Rhian Hinkley

Here, dear friends, is the first in what I hope will be a long line of videos we’ll have for you featuring various projects of artists from the 2009 Philadelphia Live Arts Festival and Philly Fringe.

First up: Back to Back Theatre. Their piece small metal objects, as all of their creations do, draws from the experiences of performers with disabilities. Until recently, I hadn’t fully grasped the deeply subversive facets of Back to Back Theatre’s performances in public spaces, confronting not just those who have come to the show, but passersby as well.

The video helps with that – watch it! Word from Alice Nash of Back to Back is that, “The guys wanted to be FAMOUS and be on TV, not do theater. They wanted
to make a video. So we made this.”

I’m glad they did, because I am now very, very psyched to see small metal objects in September.

–Nicholas Gilewicz

Preview: Kill Me Now

Posted June 9th, 2009

Fame hungry contestants, sudden death dance offs, overly pretentious judges, winner take all in the fight for the ultimate prize.

Is this some mashup of I Love Money and So You Think You Can Dance? Nope. It’s Kill Me Now, a dance-competition-reality-show-cum-live-theatre performance debuting at the Philadelphia Live Arts Festival this fall.

During the nEW festival last weekend, Melanie Stewart Dance Theatre previewed their immersive show, with text by OBIE Award winner John Clancy.

Entering the theater space, a screen projected video confessionals of Kill Me Now characters. Inspired by reality television participants’ solo exchanges with the camera, the characters shared guilty secrets and deepest desires, creating the base for the performance.

After the jump: my preview of the eclectic, humorous group of over-the-top characters we’ll see in September:

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Tonight: Dean & Britta at Johnny Brenda’s

Posted June 4th, 2009

Come with us to see Dean & Britta at Johnny Brenda’s later on. They’re on a brief (as in three nights through Philly/DC/New York) before taking 13 Most Beautiful…Songs for Andy Warhol’s Screen Tests worldwide. Well, Europe-wide, mostly, at least for now.

If you’re lucky (and you probably will be), you’ll get to hear a few of the songs from the 13 Most Beautiful… soundtracks, and whet your appetite for the full performance at the Live Arts Festival this fall. To learn more about the show, check out our Q&A with Dean from earlier this week. See you tonight!

–Nicholas Gilewicz

Your Performance World: Thursday, June 4, 2009

Posted June 4th, 2009

>>>Chunky Move, who’s bringing the innovative, strange, and elegant Mortal Engine to Live Arts this fall, has a cool show scheduled for Saturday (read about it in The Age). Titled Moving One Hundred, they’re using 100 volunteers to take over Melbourne’s Federation Square for two massive dance performances. You might be asking yourself: Why are they telling me about a show in Australia that I can’t possibly make? The answer: our Melbourne correspondent (we’re worldwide like that) is going to deliver a report and series of pics from square. If you do happen to be there, go check it out and say hi for us.

>>>Carolyn Huckabay continues to interview nEW festival performers on City Paper‘s The Clog. New post: Jaamil Olawale Kososko (The A.W.A.R.D. Show! 2009: Philadelphia; STORE).

>>>You know that one way or another you’re going to end up watching some portion of the 2009 Tony Awards on Sunday night. Among other reasons: they’re hosted by NPH, or Neal Patrick Harris, to those of you who haven’t seen the Harold and Kumar movies 1,000 times. John Chattman interviews him for HuffPost. And while I’m not the biggest fan of Joss Whedon (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Firefly and Serenity, Dollhouse), I do encourage you to watch NPH’s star turn in Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog. Produced during the writers’ strike a couple years back as an Internet-only feature, it’s freaking hilarious. Anyway, Tonys are Sunday night at 8:00 pm on CBS.

–Nicholas Gilewicz

nEW festival Performances Start Tonight!

Posted June 3rd, 2009

The dance joy (not Meat Joy, that was dance but rather something else) that is the nEW festival starts tonight! Everything looks awesome, but a few highlights for us are, of course, folks who are coming our way this fall:

>>>Melanie Stewart dances in a solo adaptation of Deborah Hay’s I’ll Crane for You tonight and tomorrow, and previews Kill Me Now in two special late shows on Friday and Saturday.

>>>Gabrielle Revlock (The A.W.A.R.D. Show! 2009: Philadelphia) performs SHARE! tonight and Friday.

>>>Jaamil Kosoko (The A.W.A.R.D. Show! 2009: Philadelphia, STORE) rocks VIRUS on Friday and Saturday.

>>>Jen McGinn (The A.W.A.R.D. Show! 2009: Philadelphia) presents in the DanceHouse showcase of performers new to festival. Saturday.

For the full schedule, visit www.newfestival.net. And stay tuned for recaps from our staff, and profiles of nEW festival performers in the coming week!

–Nicholas Gilewicz

Photo by Alan Kolc.

kate watson-wallace/anonymous bodies Summer Freakout Fundraiser

Posted June 3rd, 2009

Mark Saturday, June 20 down on your calendars, boys and girls. Kate Watson-Wallace just sent us the lineup for the June fundraising event, and its gonna be a fun, fun night:

Performances by: kate watson-wallace/anonymous bodies and Martha Graham Cracker and her band

DJs: Mike Z (Making Time), Gregg Foreman, Ian St. Laurent, Mr. Cisum

Video: Klip Collective

Food by: The Latest Dish

Price: $10!

This, my friends, is what dope summer nights are made of.

Fundraiser for kate watson-wallace/anonymous bodies, Saturday, June 20, 8:00 pm to 2:00 am, 122 Arch Street, 2nd Floor, $10.

–Nicholas Gilewicz

Photo by Josh McIlvain

Pushing Daisey

Posted June 2nd, 2009

Mike Daisey is unlike any other performer you’ll see at the 2009 Philadelphia Live Arts Festival. He’s not an actor. He’s not a dancer. He’s not directing or performing experimental site-specific work. He’ll be at the Suzanne Roberts Theatre, home of the Philadelphia Theatre Company, seated in a chair, at a table. But his act is a bit of a high-wire one: Mike works with ideas, and without a script.

In a 2007 New York Times profile, Jason Zinoman wrote that, “At their best his shows recreate that rare moment when you can see a performer actually thinking through an idea.” Zinoman’s article details Mike’s process very well, but of perhaps greatest note is that Mike works with an outline, a framework for his monologues, and every performance evolves differently. Jean-Michele Gregory, Mike’s director, artistic collaborator, and wife, helps the flow of ideas cohere into a stream that illustrates Mike’s own thought processes, trials, and successes, and through these, explores broader cultural phenomena and problems. The wide-ranging subjects Mike takes on through his website, www.mikedaisey.com, hint at both the pleasures his shows, and at the challenges of unifying such disparate topics into one night of theater.

How Theater Failed America generated some controversy last year as Mike, a popular and respected performer, turned his both his wit and his critical eye on his own forum and on some of his own hosts around the country. Last spring, Gothamist.com ran a great interview with Mike in which he talked about the show and the theater community’s responses. That PTC, a renowned regional theater company, is co-presenting a show that is often critical of regional theater, is most definitely to their credit.

We’re hoping to have a Q&A with Mike about The Last Cargo Cult up pretty soon. In the meantime, you should definitely check out his YouTube channel, where he’s posted a number of short videos, excerpts from his performances, and a pretty harrowing video of an audience member coming on stage and pouring water over (and destroying) his performance notes.

–Nicholas Gilewicz

Photo by Ursa Waz

Previews, Previews, Previews!

Posted June 2nd, 2009

>>>Meet the Artist: Pig Iron. Save the date – two weeks from today, Pig Iron’s Quinn Bauriedel, Geoff Sobelle, and Dito van Rigersberg talk about the creation of Welcome to Yuba City. At the Arts Bank, 601 South Broad Street, Philadelphia. Tuesday, June 16, 7:00 pm.

>>>Marilyn Jackson previews the nEW festival for the Inquirer. This dance crucible, a creation of Melanie Stewart (Kill Me Now), features Melanie performing a solo adaptation from choreographer Deborah Hay, and a slew of performers you’ll see in the Philadelphia Live Arts Festival and Philly Fringe this fall. At the Drake Theater, University of the Arts, 1512 Spruce Street, Philadelphia. Performances run June 3 through June 7, various times.

>>>UPDATE: City Paper‘s Carolyn Huckabay also has a very nice Q&A at the Clog with Gabrielle Revlock, who’s performing in the nEW festival (June 3 and June 5) and competing in The A.W.A.R.D. Show! at Live Arts this fall.

>>>Mike Daisey (How Theater Failed America, The Last Cargo Cult) is one of America’s few true raconteurs, and perhaps the only one who brings together disparate tales in a way that yields genuine insights about life and art. To get a taste of what’s in store for you this September, check out these YouTube excerpts from How Theater Failed America. But he’s not talking about us. We won’t fail you, I promise.

–Nicholas Gilewicz

Photo courtesy Pig Iron Theatre Company.

13 Most Beautiful…: Dean Wareham Q&A

Posted June 1st, 2009

From 1964 through 1966, Andy Warhol shot over 500 Screen Tests of people in and around his Silver Factory. These shorts feature some of Warhol’s “superstars” like Ultra Violet and Ingrid Superstar, artists Marcel Duchamp and Salvador Dali, and current and future cultural icons including Allen Ginsberg, Dennis Hopper, Bob Dylan, and Lou Reed. The films are surprisingly meditative, especially for the amphetamine-fueled crash through life that was the Factory scene.

The Screen Tests distill essential themes of Warhol’s work, especially his fascination with surfaces and the construction and performance of personality. Two years ago, the Andy Warhol Museum and the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust commissioned the band Dean & Britta to write soundtracks to the films. The resulting performance, 13 Most Beautiful . . . Songs for Andy Warhol Screen Tests, is coming to the Philadelphia Live Arts Festival in September.

Dean Wareham (the Dean half) has had an illustrious career: fronting Galaxie 500; garnering accolades from pretty much everyone during Luna’s 14-year run; and since 2005, doing the same with Dean & Britta. (For details, see his memoir, Black Postcards.) In advance of Thursday night’s Dean & Britta show at Johnny Brenda’s (a regular concert, not the 13 Most Beautiful . . . performance), I talked to Dean about composing soundtracks to the work of one of modern art’s giants.

When did you see Warhol’s Screen Tests for the first time?
About two years ago, when Ben Harrison called me from the Warhol museum. I’d seen Kiss, which is one of [Warhol’s] earlier films, snippets of Screen Tests and a couple of movies. It’s probably a part of his work that people aren’t that familiar with. None of the films were on DVD until now. [These 13 Screen Tests, accompanied by the Dean & Britta soundtracks, came out on DVD last month.] The only Warhol films on DVD aren’t really Warhol films, they’re Paul Morrissey films like Trash, presented by Andy Warhol, but not directed by him.

What kind of impression did they leave on you?
There’s a lot of them – almost 500. Some of them are kind of boring, but some of them are great. I think it depends on the subject. Sometimes it was just someone pulled in off the street, sometimes it was Salvador Dali. I think strange things happen to people when you put them in front of a camera. They’re almost a psychological exercise, what people present over those three minutes, but then they’re played back at silent film speed of 16 fps [frames per second] for four minutes. If you slow down our facial impressions, like a mother looking at a baby, a myriad of expressions go by that we don’t normally see.

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The Weekender: What You’re Doing and Why

Posted May 29th, 2009

If you don’t know, now you know:

>>>Tonight: Bread and Puppet Theater, world-renowned left-wing political puppetry from the wilds of Vermont, touches down in Liberty Lands Park for a free show tonight. Keep in mind, this brand of puppetry is geared more toward the inner anti-capitalist children of adults rather than toward actual children. Free, but donations accepted.
Tonight, 7:30 pm, Liberty Lands Park, North 3rd Street between Poplar and Wildey.

>>>Starting Saturday: the Peregrine Arts-produced Hidden City Philadelphia. We talked to managing producer Jay Wahl yesterday about reinterpreting historical sites through contemporary art and performance, and we are absolutely psyched about this project. Some of our staff are even volunteering! If you simply must see every site, Hidden City offers three-hour, $30 bus tours of the whole shebang twice a day on each of the next three Saturdays.
May 30 through June 28, various times, sites, and ticket prices. Visit www.hiddencityphila.org for a full schedule.

>>>Sunday: ARTspiration!, the Fleisher Art Memorial‘s community arts festival, takes over the 700 block of Catharine Street for family-friendly arts endeavors. My favorite: bicycle arts workshops that help cyclists of all ages trick out their rides. I hope there will be chrome. Be sure to visit the Philadelphia Live Arts Festival & Philly Fringe table, where we’ll be giving away two tickets to a 2009 Live Arts show of your choice!
May 31, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, 705 Christian Street, 719 Catherine Street, and the 700 block of Catherine Street.

>>>Sunday: You know you love Vox Populi and how they, along with Philly’s other art collectives, keep contemporary work vibrant in a pretty conservative art town. After saying hi to us at Fleisher and transforming your bicycle into an eight-foot-tall megalith, ride it on up to Vox Pop. PAFA‘s curator of contemporary art, Julien Robson, is having an open gallery talk with artists Stefan Abrams, Charles Hobbs, and Roxana Perez-Mendez, whose work is up right now. And in case you forgot, Sunday’s also the deadline for their fifth annual emerging artists exhibition. Jurors are Larry Mangel, founder of CerealArt, and young comer Ryan Trecartin. Who else is impressed/jealous that only five years out of RISD, Trecartin’s already had work in the Whitney Biennial and was featured in the “Younger Than Jesus” show at the New Museum? Yeah, thought so.
Vox Populi gallery talk, May 31, 3:00 pm, 319 North 11th Street.

–Nicholas Gilewicz

Your Performance World: Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Posted May 27th, 2009

>>>Bristol (UK, not PA) blogger Matthew Austin just saw Back to Back Theatre‘s small metal objects at Arnolfini, and thinks you should know that it’s a “very, very brilliant piece of theatre.” We think you should know that too.

>>>Gabrielle Revlock, who’s competing in the A.W.A.R.D. Show! during the 2009 Philadelphia Live Arts Festival, promotes her upcoming work SHARE! with a video at streettalkin.com. SHARE! will be a part of the first night of performances at the nEW festival, starting on June 3. The festival actually kicks off June 1 with community dance classes and workshops priced on a sliding scale.

>>>Heads up: The Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival, billed as the state’s “official Shakespeare Festival,” also starts on June 3 at DeSales University in Center Valley (just outside of Allentown and Bethlehem).

>>>And congrats to the Cincinnati Fringe Festival, which kicked off its sixth season last night. They too are feeding the blog beast, and both my excitement and sympathies are with them.

–Nicholas Gilewicz

Photo by Jeff Busby

Bacon Is Delicious. And Mysterious. Unless You’re Vegan. Then Only Mysterious.

Posted May 27th, 2009

Mike Daisey is, bluntly, a brilliant performer. His monologue The Last Cargo Cult will see its world premiere at the 2009 Live Arts Festival, where he’ll also perform his show How Theater Failed America. Last month, he launched “Mysteries of the Unexplained” at Joe’s Pub in Manhattan. It’s a series of one-off, one-night-only performances, each of which takes on one mysterious topic.

Mike’s posted an MP3 of live musings on Facebook, the first topic. I can’t embed it here, but follow this link to hear Mike’s discursive and incisive musings on the social media giant. (And follow this one to become our fan.) As per his website, topics also include “Maureen Dowd, the death of print media, the movie Young Guns, the evolution of douchebags, and all points between.”

Next up, in case you haven’t guessed from the title of this post and Mike’s photo illustration above: bacon. Mike promises that over the course of the night, he will cook enough for everyone.

“Bacon tastes good.”
-John Travolta as Vincent Vega in Pulp Fiction

Mike Daisey Presents Mysteries of the Unexplained: Bacon!

Monday, June 8 at 9:30 p.m.
Joe’s Pub, 425 Lafayette Street, New York.
Tickets here.

–Nicholas Gilewicz

Photo illustration via mikedaisey.com.

Live Arts Artist News: This Guy is Going to Assistant Direct at Chicago’s Steppenwolf Theatre

Posted May 26th, 2009

Congrats to Alex Torra, who’s headed to Steppenwolf Theatre Company to assistant direct their production of Up. In collaboration with Steppenwolf, the Princess Grace Foundation, which funds scholarships, apprenticeships, and fellowships to dance and theater artists, awarded Alex a new grant taking him to Chicago.

Steppenwolf is a highly collaborative ensemble-based theater that regularly produces some of the best plays in the country. When I lived in Chicago, I had the chance to see (and adored) their 2000 production of novelist Don DeLillo’s play Valparaiso. From around the same time, everybody loved Orson’s Shadow, written by ensemble member Austin Pendleton, which ultimately headed to New York’s Barrow Street Theatre in 2005 for a highly acclaimed run. Their production of August: Osage County ultimately won the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, and for the same play, director Anna D. Shapiro won a Tony Award. Alex will be assistant directing under Shapiro; one of the cast members he’ll work with is Martha Lavey, who’s served as the artistic director of Steppenwolf since 1995.

Alex first appeared with Pig Iron Theatre (Welcome to Yuba City) in Anodyne in 2001, and an earlier grant from the Princess Grace Foundation reconnected him to Pig Iron in 2007. The June 26 performance of Up, which is both written and directed by past Award-winners, will serve as a benefit for the foundation.

Quick aside: When I was in Chicago, I would sometimes hit up Vinci, the excellent rustic Italian restaurant hosting the pre-show reception and dinner. This blogger, at least, gives it a hearty recommendation.

Up runs June 18 through August 23 at Steppenwolf’s Downstairs Theatre.

–Nicholas Gilewicz

Photo courtesy of Pig Iron.

Photo Shoot: Brian Sanders/JUNK

Posted May 22nd, 2009

The Festival Blog crew headed over to Steve Belkowitz‘s Old City studio the other day to check out a photo shoot for a Brian Sanders project. At the 2008 Festival, Brian recreated the Flashdance club Mawby’s as the venue for his JUNK troupe’s irreverent performance Flushdance.

The bawdy athleticism of last year’s JUNK performers attracted a lot of critical praise. Watching dancers William Robinson (at left) and John Luna at the photo shoot, I’m guessing that the Brian Sanders/JUNK project for the 2009 Live Arts Festival is going to be remarkable. After the jump, more pics of the creatures William and John became under Brian’s direction.

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New Faces, New Fates

Posted May 20th, 2009

I never found much appeal in taking on a new persona. Sure, Halloween’s great; so are movies about Superman, Spiderman, Batman, and any other man that goes unnoticed by day and hunts villains by night. Sasha Fierce helps Beyonce double her ticket sales and publicity.

But even with all of these doppelgangers infiltrating our everyday lives, I never imagined I would want to invent my own alter ego. That is, before the launch party last Friday for New Paradise Laboratories’s FATEBOOK.

“People are so excited about creating fictional personas. . . . It’s like a masquerade ball,” says Whit MacLaughlin of his creation. “The whole FATEBOOK endeavor is a Petri dish.”

New Paradise Laboratories threw the party to introduce audiences to the idea of participating in FATEBOOK by creating online alter egos. FATEBOOK begins with character interaction and plot formation on Facebook and eventually culminates in a performance during the Live Arts Festival. The audience follows the performers’ stories as they develop online, and become a part of the show themselves.

In a hint of things to come, the night’s main attraction was the three large video projection screens surrounding the room. Some of the videos illuminating the room were of New Paradise Laboratories’s past performances. Others projections created the surreal effect of guests being illuminated by live streaming videos of themselves.

“The entire show is a catastrophic amount of stimulation,” Whit promises.

Watching myself and other guests interact in this way gave me new insight into how the FATEBOOK experiment mashes up the digital and real worlds. At the Live Arts performances of FATEBOOK, footage from the parties and live video from the show itself will be used to create a final, but indefinite product.

“Is it a show or a social experiment or a four dimensional movie?” asks Whit.

So I’m a convert: I’ve created my own alter ego. In fact, I think I’m hooked. I’m intrigued by a whole new persona to take part in a larger endeavor. And it might be the only time I’ll ever be invited to be a “performer” in a Live Arts show, so I—or, my online doppelganger—will be taking full advantage.

Look out for more FATEBOOK events in the near future. A workshop will be held at the beginning of July at which audiences and performers will shape the evolution of the story from the Internet to the stage. Two other parties will be held soon to bring the virtual and physical FATEBOOK communities together again.

–Jennifer Burrini

Photos by Matt Saunders

James Sugg Wins An OBIE!

Posted May 19th, 2009

Longtime Pig Iron member and Live Arts performer and composer James Sugg won a performance OBIE last night! Chekov Lizardbrain went off-Broadway at New York’s Ohio Theater last fall, and got a fantastic review from Christopher Isherwood in The New York Times.

Everybody is still psyched: Howard Shapiro reports on the win in the Philadelphia Inquirer, and at The Clog, Carolyn Huckabay writes that City Paper staff “can barely contain our theater-geek glee” – we can’t either!

Congrats to James from everybody here at Live Arts & Philly Fringe! He’s pictured to the left as a resident of mythic Yuba City, which will rise from the desert this fall as a dance-theater-vaudeville piece at the Live Arts Festival in September.

–Nicholas Gilewicz

Photo courtesy of Pig Iron