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Tonight: Neighborhood Fringe Scratch Night Spotlight, Vol. 3

Posted August 18th, 2014

Every Monday night in August, we’re offering free previews of the 2014 Fringe Festival–Neighborhood Fringe artists are serving up short excerpts of their work, and we’re serving up free beer. Tonight, Volume 3:

BENT_Truth-Be-Told-Productions

Truth Be Told Productions offers a taste of Martin Sherman’s play Bent, about one gay man’s life in Germany, from the 1930s through World War II. The play had a major role in widening consciousness about the persecution of gays in Nazi Germany, starting with its first production in London’s West End in 1979, starring Ian McKellen.

FleetwoodMacBrian Shapiro shares tales from the 1970s, as his family’s fortunes swelled and ebbed along with the band Fleetwood Mac–Brian’s father was their attorney through their rise to global fame. He’s offered the suggestive title: It Was All Downhill After Fleetwood Mac.

Oedipus The Musical will give you a taste of what to expect in their show. I’m not even going to try to top Van.Martin Productions’s own show description: “Oedipus The Musical takes place in Ancient Thebes. When a herpes plague spreads through the city, King Oedipus is forced to discover the incestuous roots of his dysfunctional family tree. Sophocles’s tragedy is retold in comedy through songs like ‘YOLO Apollo,’ ‘Hashtag Plague,’ and ‘Ballad of a Cougar.’

Tweaking a classic title, playwright Brandon Monokian serves up a “play about douchebags” called Peter Pan Is Dead. Preview below:

The-Disappearing-Quarterback_Plays-Players-copy-200x300And after a successful run at Plays & Players in January, former Eagles quarterback Mike Boryla (turned lawyer, turned investor, turned actor/writer) returns with his one-man-show, The Disappearing Quarterback.

Free! RSVP here.
FringeArts
140 N. Columbus Blvd
Philadelphia, PA 19106
August 18 at 7 pm

–Nicholas Gilewicz

Romeo, Romeo: Castellucci Film Screening and Discussion

Posted August 12th, 2014

castelluccifilmscreeningOn August 19, FringeArts wants you to come talk about Italian theater director Romeo Castellucci. We presented his On the concept of the face, regarding the Son of God as the centerpiece of last year’s festival. As part of the 2014 Presented Fringe, we’re offering The Four Seasons Restaurant.

If you saw one, or want to see the other, stop on by. We’re screening Castellucci excerpts, and Yale School of Drama professor Tom Sellar (who also edits the renowned performance journal Theater) will discuss things like: why does Castellucci use a NASA-recorded sound of a black hole? Are those police in that picture actually helping that guy? And why might women appear to cut of their tongues? I’m not sure if there will be free beer, but I’m guessing the evening should be mind-altering anyway.

RSVP here.

Romeo Castellucci Film Screening and Discussion with Tom Sellar
Free
Tuesday, August 19
7:30 pm
FringeArts
140 N. Columbus Boulevard

–Nicholas Gilewicz

Experiment on Me!

Posted August 12th, 2014

For the 2014 Presented Fringe, FringeArts is bringing the Institute for Psychogeographic Adventure to Old City for Experiment #39. In case you’re wondering, the experiment is kind of on you. No details on this one quite yet, but for a sense of what you can expect, check out this video from their 2013 Brooklyn experiment, Experiment #17:



Experiment #39
Old City Location TBA to ticket holders
September 6 and 7, 11:30 am to 4:30 pm
Starts every 15 minutes
(Tix selling fast, FYI).

–Nicholas Gilewicz

AE$OP: Interview with Drexel Players

Posted August 12th, 2014

AE$OP_Drexel PlayersMeet the Drexel Players, who decided for this year’s Neighborhood Fringe Festival show to tell an old tale with a mature and modern twist. It opens on September 5 and runs through September 14.

FringeArts: What inspired the show?

Drexel Players: AE$OP is not like previous productions we’ve done in that it is an adapted piece. This challenge to adapt is exactly what made us want to do this show. Over the past academic year, we were exposed to adapted work in a couple different capacities: we preformed Yasuhiko Shashi’s Godzilla in the fall and worked with Book-It Repertory Theatre in the winter to premier a reading of A Tale of Two Cities. Aesop’s fables are classical Greek stories, but they are very different from the Greek tragedies like Medea and Oedipus. Still, we felt a desire to bring these tales about cute little animals screwing each other over to life. We knew we wanted to make them modern and mature. In exploring the fables themselves, we saw pretty early on that the stories lent themselves to the corporate setting. We were also inspired by writers who have explored the office environment in their work, such as Elizabeth Meriwether (The Mistakes Madeline Made), Carly Churchill (Top Girls), and Mike Judge (Office Space). We’ve used these works to guide us as we develop this piece.

FringeArts: What have you gained from performing?

Drexel Players: This will be our third performance in the Fringe Festival and from our participation in the past, we’ve learned that theater isn’t easy! That’s not a complaint or a discouragement, just an honest realization. And yet somehow, we figure it out and put on super-fun and challenging shows. It’s that earned satisfaction that I think keeps us coming back to FringeArts.

FringeArts: Who are your role models?

Drexel Players: As a group, we have a number of different role models. The Drexel theater faculty (Nick Anselmo, Bill Fennelly, Mark Andrews, and Paul Jerue) has certainly shaped the way we approach theater. They have all provided us with diverse exposure to all manifestations and aspects of theater. At times, we find ourselves emulating their styles, but yet at others we may be emulating the styles of other theater professionals that we have met as a result of our faculty. They have inspired us to push the boundaries and create new and exciting theater.

Thank you, Drexel Players!

All 2014 Fringe Festival tickets are on sale online. Tickets to AE$OP are available here.

AE$OP
URBN Annex Black Box Theater
3401 Filbert Street
Wheelchair accessible
September 5 + 6 at 7pm
September 6 at 11pm
September 7 at 6pm
September 8 + 11 at 7pm
September 12 + 13 at 8pm
September 14 at 2pm

—Devan Sims

Tonight: Neighborhood Fringe Scratch Night Spotlight Part 2

Posted August 11th, 2014

Every Monday night in August, we’re offering free previews of the 2014 Fringe Festival–Neighborhood Fringe artists are serving up short excerpts of their work, and we’re serving up free beer. Tonight is round two:

Get a taste of Susan Chase’s Susan’s Undoing:

RealLivePeople‘s humanism will be on display with Would I lie to you?

DC Theatre Scene called the acting of RHolt Productions’s Sisters of Ellery Hollow by DC playwright Stephen Spotswood “exceptional” when it was in DC Fringe a couple years ago; actor Rachel Hold will reprise her role in the Neighborhood Fringe edition.

Philadelphia Artists’ Collective offer’s a one-man-performance take on Shakespeare’s poem The Rape of Lucrece.

And New Street Dance Group’s Another Word for Missing will be there too. Catch them in rehearsal:


Free! RSVP here.
FringeArts
140 N. Columbus Blvd
Philadelphia, PA 19106
August 11 at 7 pm

–Nicholas Gilewicz

Other Voices: Culturebot on The Four Seasons Restaurant

Posted August 5th, 2014
Scene from The Four Seasons Restaurarnt with Moana Ball, Myriam Sokoloff, Silvia Costa, Marie Dissais, Laura Dondoli, Chiara Causa, Irene Petris. Photo by Christophe Raynaud de Lage

Scene from The Four Seasons Restaurarnt with Moana Ball, Myriam Sokoloff, Silvia Costa, Marie Dissais, Laura Dondoli, Chiara Causa, Irene Petris. Photo by Christophe Raynaud de Lage

“The thing with Castellucci is that he doesn’t direct your responses as most plays do. He makes work without explanation, without irony and without apology, and there you are as an audience member, in the presence of it. His pieces are ruthless and demand that you approach them in a state of wonder. You get out in direct proportion to what you put in.”

The Four Seasons Restaurant
Societas Raffaello Sanzio
$15 to $39
23rd Street Armory
22 S. 23rd Street
September 11, 8 pm
September 12, 8 pm
September 13, 8 pm

Behind the Scenes: Shakespeare in Clark Park Army

Posted August 5th, 2014

From the Department of Things We Wish We Could’ve Done Last Weekend: join the 100-person army for this past weekend’s Henry IV from Shakespeare in Clark Park. It’s a “preview,” but worth watching to hear Benjamin Camp talk about working with a crazy-large crowd.

–Nicholas Gilewicz

Tonight! Scratch Night: Neighborhood Fringe Spotlight

Posted August 4th, 2014

Every Monday night in August, we’re offering free previews of the 2014 Fringe Festival–Neighborhood Fringe artists are serving up short excerpts of their work, and we’re serving up free beer. First one is TONIGHT!

This week’s lineup:

Laurencio Ruiz, with whom we spoke last week, offers up Incongruous, puppetry exploring the variations of the human form. Preview below.

Emily Schuman offers a new translation of Fernando Arrabal’s absurdist play Fando y Lis. Hey, we talked to her last week too!

Gunnar Montana returns to the Fringe with RESURRECTION ROOM. He explains the show below, promising, in the friendliest of voices, “demon geishas and hysterical body snatchers.” The vid closes with excerpts from his last work, Hybernate.

Factory Productions featuring Ann Artist will take you Through the Glass Ceiling as they explore the limitations of gender and feminine identity.

And choreographer Joanne McBride’s Broken Road tackles childhood, loyalty, and love.

First Scratch Night is tonight!
Free
FringeArts
140 N. Columbus Blvd
Philadelphia, PA 19106
August 4 at 7 pm

–Nicholas Gilewicz