Archive for the ‘Tribe of Fools’ Category

An Antihero Returns

Posted September 12th, 2016

Peter Smith and Kyle Yackoski (photo by Plate 3 Photography)

Pow! Blam! Zip! Bang! These are just a few of the terms found emblazoned on comic book panels, and sometimes, across our movie screens. They represent and highlight the violence that takes place in these fictional stories of heroes versus villains, but the Earth-shattering showdowns and the impending doom our heroes are trying to upend can be aggressively severe. Recent, mainstream silver screen adaptations have indulged fans with a chance to revel in the chaos of cities crumbling, bullets flying, and punches landing as our defenders in tights attempt to save the day. These films and colorful comics have arguably painted violence in an inconsequential light. Audiences have become all too unfazed and that’s a serious problem according to the Tribe of Fools, a Philly based physical theatre company, and the architects behind Antihero.

Antihero uses dynamic fight-movement comedy to explore the depths of society’s fascination with violence and vigilantes, and how it ties into violence as entertainment in superhero films and comic books. Tribe of Fools aims to shine a light on this polarizing topic once again by bringing Antihero back to Fringe, after 3 years. “This show looks at how easy violence can become and the permanence of its consequences,” explains Tyler Brennan, the show’s director.

Brennan’s interest in the subject arose from looking at his own personal life. “What really got me interested in the subject was how often I would find myself thinking of my daily struggles in life in similar terms as the entertainment I was consuming. I would always envision myself destroying whatever problem I encountered. When you’re dealing with an insurance company or some sort of technology problem, it’s really no big deal, in some ways it helps. When I was dealing with people though, it became a huge problem. Everything was an argument and I always needed to win. It never escalated to violence in my personal life, but I would find myself enraged all the time.”

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Festival MVP Brett Mapp’s 2016 Schedule

Posted September 7th, 2016

Opening night of the Festival is tomorrow, can you believe it? It will no doubt be an incredible couple weeks of inspired performances, but if you’re like me you haven’t quite locked down your festival schedule yet. I mean, who has times for puzzles these days? It might seem overwhelming to fit all these amazing shows into just little more than two weeks, but thankfully there’s hope. Fringe Festival veteran, Old City District director of operations, general man about town, and self-described “hardcore Fringer” Brett Mapp has been kind enough to share his 2016 Fringe Festival schedule with us. If you’re looking for some guidance on what to see and how to fit it all together, it can’t hurt to start here.

the chairs

Tomas Dura, Bob Schmidt, and Tina Brock in Eugene Ionesco’s The Chairs (photo by Johanna Austin @ AustinArt.org)

Eugene Ionesco’s The Chairs @ 7:30pm


Exile 2588 @ 7pm
Feed @ 8:30pm
Anithero @ 10pm

Raphstravaganza The Kinetic Experience @ 12pm
Levée des conflits @ 8pm

who would be king

Rebecca Lehrhoff, Rachel Wiese, Jesse Garlick, and Veronica Barron in Who Would Be King (photo by Chris McIntosh)

Who Would Be King @ 2pm
They’ll Be Callin Us Witches @ 4:30pm
Notes of a Native Song @ 8pm

The Sincerity Project @ 7pm

Gala @ 8pm

I Fucking Dare You @ 8:30pm

Animal Farm to Table @ 6pm
Wroughtland @ 9pm

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Fringe at 20 Profile: Terry Brennan

Posted May 27th, 2016

Name: Terry BrennanTerry Brennan

Type of Artist: Devised Theater Actor/Director

Company: Tribe of Fools

Fringe shows I’ve participated in: Echo (2007), Armageddon at the Mushroom Village (2009), Dracula (2010), Heavy Metal Dance Fag (2011), Antihero (2013), Two Street (2014), Zombies . . . with Guns (2015).

2016 Fringe show I’m participating in: Antihero (remount), director

First Fringe I attended: 2004. The highlight was Pig Iron’s Hell Meets Henry Halfway.

First Fringe I participated in: 2007. The Metro didn’t review our show (Echo) because we only ran one week, but they later called us one of the “best surprises of 2007.” That was a really big deal for us at the time.

A Fringe show that influenced me as an artist: Berserker Residents—The Jersey Devil. Before I saw The Jersey Devil I was always trying to “make art” or “do what a good artist would do,” and these guys made a show that had all the kind of stuff that I loved—AND IT WAS ART. It made me realize that I was my own artist and I had the ability and permission to make the type of work that—at the time—wasn’t being made as much and that’s not only okay, that is art.IMG_1882

Artists I have met or was exposed to in the Fringe who I went on to collaborate with: The Berserker Residents. After seeing The Jersey Devil I was up in their face as often as possible about possibly helping them, working together, whatever. They needed someone to play a small role that originally was supposed to only be a mentioned character. As the process went on they realized this character was going to need to make a cameo appearance at the end of the play. Because of my intense love of The Jersey Devil and my less than subtle offers to work with them, they asked me to play the role.

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More Press!

Posted September 1st, 2011

And the champagne bottle won’t smash on the bow of the 2011 Live Arts Festival and Philly Fringe until tomorrow!

>>>For Philadelphia Magazine, Victor Fiorillo writes up ten of the most talented Live Arts and Philly Fringe artists, including Geoff Sobelle (Elephant Room), Sebastienne Mundheim (Paris Wheels and The Ready-Maids present . . . Not the Henri Rousseau that Some of You Know . . .), David Disbrow (Red Rovers), Jess Conda (Heavy Metal Dance Fag, Water Bears in Space, Festival bar!), James Ijames (WHaLE OPTICS), Adrienne Mackey (Lady M), Matt Pfeiffer (The Aliens), Sarah Sanford (Twelfth Night, or What You Will), J.J. Tiziou (photog extraordinaire), and Leah Stein (Rock Reed Tatami Stream).

>>>Today’s City Paper belongs to us: Holly Otterbein talks to the magicians of the Elephant Room, A.D. Amorosi talks to the Rude Mechs about Method Gun, Joshua Middleton writes up four of this year’s puppetry shows, Mark Cofta rounds up some of this year’s Shakespeare, and Shaun Brady writes a big piece on the more experimental edge of the festivals.

>>>The Metro says we’re playful. We agree.

>>>Steven Weisz writes up Red Rovers for The Dance Journal.

>>>I missed this somehow, but the Northeast Times wrote a big piece on the tap show Too Darn Hot!

>>>Christopher Munden rounds up some NoLibs/Fishtown/Kensington picks for The Spirit, including Red Rovers, My Dad is Now Ready for His Sponge Bath, Jericho Road Improvement Association, A Vegan Kids Dance for Adults with Nudity, Task, and Grab Bag. And of course, recommends the Festival Bar for your nightcaps.

>>>Montgomery Newspapers runs big stories on Iron Age’s Christie in Love and MM2’s One Word.

>>>The Chestnut Hill Local profiles Lauren Rile Smith, whose Tangle Movement Arts will present Ampersand at Philly Fringe. Do people in Chestnut Hill actually refer to themselves as “hillers?” Just curious.

–Nicholas Gilewicz

Newspaper photo by Daniel R. Blume via Wikimedia Commons.

Red Rovers image by Chris Doyle.

Fringe Preview: “Heavy Metal Dance Fag”

Posted June 28th, 2011

The title alone makes you want to see it, right? Tribe of Fools returns to Philly Fringe for 2011 with Heavy Metal Dance Fag!

If, like me, you missed their happy hour at Quig’s last night, don’t worry—you can grind it out at Tabu after work on Wednesday. From the Tribe:

“Join us for a sneak peak of Tribe of Fools much anticipated 2011 Fringe show, Heavy Metal Dance Fag!
When: Wednesday, June 29, 7:00 pm
Where: Tabu Lounge and Sports Bar, 200 S. 12th Street

A five dollar cover will get you in the door and includes one free well drink. Once inside you will get to hang out with the cast and crew of Heavy Metal Dance Fag. You will also see TWO preview dances including a sizzling towel dance performed by our coverboy, Peter Smith.

Drink Specials Include:
$3 Well Drinks
$3 Jager Shots
$3 Blue Moon Drafts

Behind the bar guest bartender Jeff Antsen will be keeping it hot. You may recognize him from down the street at Icandy!”

Shots, shots, shots, shots shots shots!

–Nicholas Gilewicz

Drink Beer with Live Arts and Philly Fringe Artists

Posted June 2nd, 2010

It’s that time of the year again, Philly Beer Week! We talked to past and present Live Arts and Philly Fringe artists about their favorite local brews and bars, plus what they’re up to this summer (besides boozing).

Bonnie Quick
Favorite local beer: Philadelphia Brewing Company’s Joe Porter
Favorite place to drink: “My friend’s roof in South Philly. Gotta climb through a tiny window
onto the roof next door than scale a wall, but has the most unobstructed amazing views of the city.”
What’s on tap: Wawapalooza 4: Damaged Goods for the Philly Fringe.

Justin Jain of The Berserker Residents
Favorite local beer: Kenzinger
Favorite place to drink: “We love drinking at the parties we throw. The one in the picture is from our annual Halloween party, Halloweensplosion! At that party we had a keg of Kenzinger. We basically love to drink wherever the three of us are present. But mostly at our parties.”
What’s on tap: This is their first year not doing Fringe after three straight years, including last year’s The Annihilation Point. Why? They’re working on their first two commissions (!!!), one at Christmas with Theatre Horizon (working title The Don Rutherford Christmas Carol) and the other in 2011 at New York City’s Ars Nova (working title The Game Show). Look for workshop performances of these shows during the Fringe.

Want to know what happens when you get drunk and contact improvise in a fully furnished living room? Click more.

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