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The Revivalists

Venue

The Betsy Ross House
239 Arch St
Philadelphia, PA 19106 United States
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On Sept. 9, 1776, in Philadelphia, the Continental Congress renamed the Colonies the United States of America. Experience the spirit that fueled a rebellion that birthed a nation as only a Revivalist can! Be immersed in the songs and stories of our folk tradition and stand UNITED with us as we declare our independence.

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The Revivalists are a new collective of Philadelphia artists who strive to connect our own modern context with unique cultural episodes from throughout American history. Through exploration of stories, music, ritual, and philosophy, the Revivalists find modern meaning in our shared past. No tradition is too sacred, no experiment too perilous. Using found text and site specific venues, The Revivalists look to find common meaning in our history and share in that experience with our audiences. Audiences are invited to take part in the world we bring to life. True Revivalists encourage all to engage—to live and breathe the theatrical event—and move forward with the ideas presented to them. We challenge ourselves and our audiences to re-engage with the beliefs and principles on which our country was founded and thrived. The Revivalists look to build community through the synthesis of art and history. The event is all for your delight.

 

*Please Note*
Due to a weather related cancellation, a new show has been added! September 22nd at 10pm. Tickets still available!

$15 / 70 minutes

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Tom England is an actor, playwright, and producer in Philadelphia since 2012. Tom began performing in Philadelphia in La Salle University’s The Masque. Tom has since received training from Philadelphia Improv Theater and PlayPenn Education. Tom also manages and produces content for the YouTube channel Lambert Strong Productions. Recent projects: Mr. Lockhardt (Take Ten Festival NYC, nominated Best Play), The Ride (2016 Campus Movie Fest, award: Jury Award), Curtains (La Salle University), Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (La Salle University), The Last Liquidation (2015 Campus Movie Fest, award: Jury Award), The Drowsy Chaperone (La Salle University), Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Cerre Players).

Ben Smallen (MA, Theater, Villanova; BFA Acting,  Syracuse) has been working as a director, actor, and teacher in Philadelphia since 2002. Highlights include: Wendy & Peter (world premiere, 2014 Fringe), Drunk Enough to Say I Love You? (Philadelphia premiere, 2010 Fringe), Mr. Lockhardt (Take Ten Festival, NYC 2017, award: Best Director), Rocky Horro Show (Penn Players 2011), Pasek and Paul’s Edges: A Song Cycle (Philadelphia premiere, 2012 Fringe). Companies include: PTC, The Arden, Delaware Theatre Company, 1812 Productions, Act 2 Playhouse, Montgomery Theatre, University of Pennsylvania and LaSalle University. Ben is the director of communication and education for Directors Gathering (www.directorsgathering.org).