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August 21 Scratch Night

August 21 Scratch Night

The popular, long running works-in-progress series on the first Monday of every month. This month, we have three Scratch Night performances as we gear...

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Louis Bluver Outdoor Movies: Independence Day

Louis Bluver Outdoor Movies: Independence Day

Curated by Catherine Haas Wed, Aug 23

Part of the Louis Bluver Outdoor Movie Series. Wednesday, August 23 at 8:30pm Films, food, and drink al fresco at our waterfront Haas Biergarten...

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August 25 Scratch Night

August 25 Scratch Night

The popular, long running works-in-progress series on the first Monday of every month. This month, we have three Scratch Night performances as we gear up...

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Scratch Night at The Rotunda

Scratch Night at The Rotunda

The popular, long running works-in-progress series on the first Monday of every month. This month, we have three Scratch Night performances as we gear up...

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Louis Bluver Outdoor Movies: Weekend at Bernie's

Louis Bluver Outdoor Movies: Weekend at Bernie’s

Curated by Catherine Haas Wed, Aug 30

Part of the Louis Bluver Outdoor Movie Series. Wednesday, August 30th at 8:30pm Films, food, and drink al fresco at our waterfront Haas Biergarten...

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Kongputational Doodles

Kongputational Doodles

Sally Kong

Daily Computational Doodles: Playing with the algorithmic unpredictability to code doodles with unique personalities Goes live Sept 7 Visit: www.kongputational-doodles.world

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A1

A1

Mira Treatman

Experience: A dance on a 30 foot drywall structure. Attempted human flight. Casually walking up a wall. Radically formal, free range reverence for the...

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Queers of the Western Zombie Apocalypse

Queers of the Western Zombie Apocalypse

James Bradford

What happens when the world ends and a ragtag group of LGBTQIA Survivors band together to fight off zombies and bigots? Join them as...

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As We Know It

As We Know It

Cara Blouin, Maura Krause, Lucas Nguyen

There are many ways our civilization could end. What if you could experience more than one? A single operative is sent to record each...

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Socially Conscious Friends

Socially Conscious Friends

Irina Varina

In the past couple of years I’ve become increasingly aware of unfair things happening in the world (lucky me). I’ve also binge-watched “Friends” (a...

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This Is Boring

This Is Boring

jenny&john

Being bored sucks. But why does it suck so much? And has it always sucked, or is it especially sucky now? We don’t have...

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Pond

Pond

Ellen Duong

An immersive aquatic environment that is created with procedural modeling, texturing, and animation techniques. Goes live Sept 7 Experience: Pond            ...

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Survived By

Survived By

Anna Kroll

We are survived by the words by and about us. We live and die and then there is the story of our life and...

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DHRoME 1

DHRoME 1

TOLVA (Sam Congdon)

DHRoME 1 [Digital Hyper-Real Multimedia Experiment] is the first iteration of an ongoing project in multimedia experience design. DHRoME 1 is a webpage that...

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Interfaith Voices

Interfaith Voices

Interfaith Voices Staff

Interfaith Voices is an independent public radio show and podcast based in Washington, D.C. “The Soundscapes of Faith” is our award-winning celebration of sacred...

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Weight of Water

Weight of Water

TangenT Art Collaborative

A meditation on toxicity and trust inspired by groundwater contamination in the Philadelphia metropolitan region. Goes live Sept 7 Visit: weight of water site    ...

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Links in the Landscape

Links in the Landscape

Ellen Chenoweth

This homage to Philadelphia performing arts history expands to 5 new sites for the 2017 Digital Fringe Festival. Goes live Sept 7 Visit: linksinthelandscape.wordpress.com    ...

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KTG Talks

KTG Talks

Chris O'Rourke

KTG Talks is a podcast about the arts and the individuals who help to make art happen. Goes live Sept 7 Visit: kitchentablegallery.com      ...

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Leo P. Hylan III - Multimedia Artist

Leo P. Hylan III – Multimedia Artist

Leo P. Hylan III

Leo Hylan is a multimedia artist working in a plethora of media including programming, photography, filmmaking, video art (installation and VJ), and electronic music...

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Encore!

Encore!

Jess Conda

Philadelphia’s First Theatre talk and call in show. Real Theatre. Real Talk. Real Fans. Goes live Sept 7 Visit: soundcloud.com/encorephillypodcast  

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Rising Above the Beauty of Life

Rising Above the Beauty of Life

Dolores Miller

Video poems and essays for hope, healing and overcoming obstacles. Beautiful Warrior, Dolores M. Miller shares “Sweet Children of War”, “I Left that Shore”,...

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LEFT BEHIND

LEFT BEHIND

Carol Wisker

The 3rd Street Gallery is proud to present a multifaceted program that includes a month long sculptural installation in the Annex Gallery and an...

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21st Annual Fringe Festival Opening Night

21st Annual Fringe Festival Opening Night

Big Dance Theater Sept 7

Special preview performance followed by Opening Night reception.

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"The Soul Speaks" An Improv Dance Performance

“The Soul Speaks” An Improv Dance Performance

Bizzarro Bill

  An improv dance performance in it’s purest form. Performance is purely of the soul and purely of the state of improv, no prior...

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Love, Lenny (OR Bernstein’s Kaddish)

Love, Lenny (OR Bernstein’s Kaddish)

A reading of a new play with music by Steven Fisher

“You’re going to die a bitter and lonely, old man,” predicts Felicia Bernstein – a shocking curse to place on America’s most beloved musician. ...

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I Will Cut You

I Will Cut You

Cara Mafuta Raboteau

Artist/acupuncturist, Cara Mafuta Raboteau, weaves fibers, objects, and sound together in an installation. Experience some of the fine lines that exist between comfort and...

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break my echo

break my echo

Duende

“We don’t see things as they are, we see things as we are”-Anais Nin Three pairs of award winning composers and choreographers respond to...

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Borderlands

Borderlands

Philadelphia Theatre of the Oppressed

“To survive the Borderlands you must live sin fronteras be a crossroads.” — Gloria Anzaldúa. Come break the fourth wall as Philadelphia Theatre of...

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Festival Kick Off Party

Festival Kick Off Party

Sept 8

Free annual rager to kick of three weeks of artistic experimentation.

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The Currency of Belief: Trapeze and Spiritual Comedy

The Currency of Belief: Trapeze and Spiritual Comedy

Noa Schnitzer

A girl’s quest to understand her connection to Jewish mysticism and prayer and the cultural restrictions that keep her from it. Breath deep and...

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17c

17c

Big Dance Theater Sept 7–9

Special Preview Performances
This ensemble work of dance, theater, and music is built around the 17th century diaries of Samuel Pepys, a man who sang, strummed, shopped, strove, bullied, and groped—and recorded all of it in his diary.

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Ghost Rings

Ghost Rings

Half Straddle Sept 8-9

A tale of friendship, and the intricacies of family-making, unfurls through a soaring pop song cycle with a mix of deadpan magical realism and feminist worldview.

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Tribute to 70's rock artists

Tribute to 70’s rock artists

Rock on Pointe Dance Company

Rock on Pointe Dance Company puts music from the 1970s on pointe. We will dance, en pointe, to songs by Aerosmith, Pink Floyd, The...

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Partial Collaborations

Partial Collaborations

Denise J. Murphy

The work is a series of real and imagined conversations, experiences and collaborations between the dancers and a selection of 20th century female choreographers....

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Go Get My Mom

Go Get My Mom

CrySpace Comedy

An uproariously funny stand-up special, featuring wild stories and brutally honest commentary brought to you in three unique styles. Erik Beringer, John Barnes and...

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Life Lines

Life Lines

Tangle Movement Arts

Seven women collide and are changed forever. In this dynamic circus-theater show, strangers meet their match, empty rooms listen in, and women find their...

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Pericles

Pericles

Die-Cast

Pericles is a man who cannot find safe harbor from the storms of fate. Original music and movement help create a dark world of...

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Me, More Normal

Me, More Normal

Tenara & Krista

  Me, More Normal is a play that explores the spectrum of acceptable behavior. Tenara meditates on her childhood growing up with a brother...

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DJ Dame Luz's Virgo Dance Party: Bey is Bae

DJ Dame Luz’s Virgo Dance Party: Bey is Bae

DJ Dame Luz Sept 9

DJ, visual artist, and radical thinker pays tribute to Beyoncé.

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I'm Ok, Are You Ok?

I’m Ok, Are You Ok?

Molly Scullion/Philly Improv Theater (PHIT Comedy)

Molly Scullion’s “I’m Ok, Are You Ok?” is a one-woman comedy show about healing after trauma. Exploring some of the darkest times in her...

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It Takes One

It Takes One

Joshuah D. Simpson & Ethan Abrams

    It Takes One is a deeper look into Stephen Sondheim’s classic Into the Woods. Sondheim and Lapine created these characters who are...

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Simone R.P.T. 8

Simone R.P.T. 8

Lyell Hintz

Imagine emerging from a virtual upbringing designed to instill specific qualities within a ‘perfect’ personality. Simone R.P.T. 8 follows Simone as she is prepped...

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Then The Tail

Then The Tail

allendance

This site-specific work challenges how we hear and listen to our natural language. Creating space to change our focus from meaning to sound. Then...

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Black Berry

Black Berry

Terrell Green

  Teen lovers, Berryanna and Rouzbeh must fight to stay together during a political time when citizenship and commitment are tested, both personally and...

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Spilt Milk

Spilt Milk

Ella Cuda / Whitney Casal

Prepare for the showdown. Gaze at your opponent: ready, aim…but hold on, it’s not what you think. Perhaps the conflict is just in your...

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Becoming Vegan

Becoming Vegan

Sarah Clemency/Philly Improv Theater (PHIT Comedy)

Featuring catchy contemporary pop songs and a dancing hamburger, this world-premiere musical comedy examines the little lies we tell and their big consequences. Becoming Vegan...

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Things I Never Told My Mom

Things I Never Told My Mom

RMayFlowers and I. Danette Productions

What’s something you never told your mom? Why? We’ve gathered hilarious & heartbreaking stories from all over the country to celebrate & reveal our...

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As the Matzo Ball Turns ~ The Musical

As the Matzo Ball Turns ~ The Musical

Heart of a Lion Productions/La Princesa Productions

  Fish out of water, Jozef Rothstein, enters the shark infested waters of Tinseltown with the hopes of landing a career on the silver...

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Scattershot

Scattershot

Poison Apple Initiative

As violence rages outside in the streets, four women sit in a waiting room preparing for a very particular test. A dark comedy about...

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An Incomplete List of All the Things I'm Going to Miss When the World is No Longer

An Incomplete List of All the Things I’m Going to Miss When the World is No Longer

Dante Green

You’re invited to the last sh*t show of the year, to revel in the deaths, divorces, deception and the miserable isolation of life. We’ve...

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Game Show Show

Game Show Show

Found Theater Company

Prizes! Bonus Rounds! Catastrophe! Commercial Breaks? Found Theater presents an absurd new work set in the world of a televised quiz show. Join the...

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I Am the Machine Gunner

I Am the Machine Gunner

Sarah Gardner, John Hawthorne, & Sterling Melcher

A young street criminal tries to digest bullets, blood, fire, fear, waves, piss – his grandfather’s war stories and his own brutal existence. We...

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I have this many * * *

I have this many * * *

Mariana Catalina // Andy Sowers

I Have This Many * * * imagines a dissonant space where the desire to be understood by another human battles the tragic impossibility...

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Drunk Dads Comedy Extravaganza

Drunk Dads Comedy Extravaganza

The Sunday Funnies

We know them, we love them, see lovable drunk dads come out for a night of truth and fun advice that can only come...

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The Meatball Chronicles

The Meatball Chronicles

Debrianna Mansini

“The Meatball Chronicles” is a comical, honest, and occasionally heartbreaking story of Mansini’s immigrant family and her complicated relationships, woven through her family recipe...

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Gli$ter

Gli$ter

The Hum'n'bards

Join The Banker and his tribe of Sad American Clowns as they weave the story of Shylock, Portia, and Bassanio, all struggling to find...

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Madness 'Round Midnight

Madness ‘Round Midnight

Orchestra 2001

Orchestra 2001 performs two contemporary classical music masterpieces: “Eine kleine Mitternachtmusik” by George Crumb, based on Thelonius Monk’s ” ‘Round Midnight” and featuring pianist...

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CCW's Kaleidoscope Concert

CCW’s Kaleidoscope Concert

Center For Creative Works - Pop Pop Pop Records

CCW’s Kaleidoscope Concert will feature the musical projects of the CCW artists who have been working in our newly built recording studio. They are...

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Fringe For All

Fringe For All

South Street Headhouse District

The South Street Headhouse District presents a Fringe-for-All, evening of bits and spurts, as Fringe performers offer previews & prologues of their sundry shows...

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(miss) Julie

(miss) Julie

Svaha Theatre Collective

When the Count’s away, everyone’s gonna play in this physical, ensemble driven adaptation of Strindberg’s Miss Julie. Svaha invites you to get lost in...

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Breath Beneath

Breath Beneath

PRISM Quartet, Inc. / Drexel University

Breath Beneath is a pilot program exploring the intersection of music, interactive technology, and durational visual art. PRISM Quartet (saxophones) joins forces with two...

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DJ LaRue at FringeArts

DJ LaRue at FringeArts

DJ LaRue Sept 14

Old school and vinyl DJ with modern-day controllerist creativity.

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Andean Mountains (Montañas Andinas)

Andean Mountains (Montañas Andinas)

Carl(os) Roa, José Avilés, Elyas Harris

Andean Mountains is a digital journey through the mountains. Above all, it is a piece about personal geography: the way we relate to our...

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A Case for Magic

A Case for Magic

Robert Malissa Master Magician

Award-winning magician, Robert Malissa, puts the art of the trick on trial.  He will lie, cheat, and smile as he presents sleight of hand,...

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Last Ditch Playlist

Last Ditch Playlist

A new play by Brad Baron

How do you put back together a broken heart? Climb inside Aaron’s head where all his memories are shuffled like songs in a playlist....

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Approaching Happiness with Krish Mohan

Approaching Happiness with Krish Mohan

Krish Mohan

What makes us happy? Comedian Krish Mohan explores the idea of Happiness and perceptions of mental illness in today’s society. He is removing stigmas associated...

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Dream Sequence

Dream Sequence

Cambridge Footlights/Philly Improv Theater (PHIT)

Join “the most renowned sketch troupe of them all” (London Independent) transferring from the Edinburgh Fringe for free-flowing hilarity, excellent original writing & side-splitting...

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Festival Get Pegged

Festival Get Pegged

John Jarboe + Dieter Rita Scholl Sept 15

Featuring sets by John Jarboe and German cabaret artist Dieter Rita Scholl.

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MEGAPOLIS Audio Festival

MEGAPOLIS Audio Festival

Sept 16 - 17

Adventurous audio makers and noise artisans.

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Performing Arts for Young People: Challenging Conventions & New Ways of Thinking

Performing Arts for Young People: Challenging Conventions & New Ways of Thinking

International Performing Arts for Youth Sept 16

International Performing Arts for Youth is thrilled to launch IPAY Kindling at FringeArts, a brand new extension of their yearly Kindling programming in their...

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Running Numbers

Running Numbers

Theatre in the X

Written by Cheyenne Barboza. Directed by Christina May. Inspired by the poem, “Financial Aid” by Carvens Lissaint, Running Numbers is a drama about an...

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Trigger Warning

Trigger Warning

Prime Theatre Syndicate

In a modern take on an old-fashioned sewing circle, five women come together with a proposal to stop rape on their college campus: design...

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A Fable for the Living

A Fable for the Living

Group IV

A Fable for the Living, adapted for the stage by Group IV, explores the multilayered realms of existence while combating the stigma around death....

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The Other

The Other

Yes! And... Collaborative Arts' Shadow Company

The teens of the Shadow Company of Yes! And…Collaborative Arts are back with another original, innovative piece using the power of shadows, movement and...

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KITH

KITH

3 PONY SHOW/ Keila Cordova Dances

“What is a friend? A single soul dwelling in two bodies.” Aristotle We were once like family. But now? It’s hard to hold a...

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Death is a Cabaret Ol' Chum

Death is a Cabaret Ol’ Chum

REV Theatre Company

⋆⋆⋆⋆⋆ “BEST OF 2016 PHILLY FRINGE!” Metro Arts “Fantastic performances with killer pipes.. spine tingling… dead-on sexy” Phindie “A consistent favorite and top ticket...

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Tubas for the People

Tubas for the People

Tubular

Have you ever found yourself wondering, “I wonder how hard tubas can rock?” We know you have. Who hasn’t? Tubular, aka The Greatest Tuba...

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Floydada

Floydada

Peculiar Works Project

1927: Dalia, a prodigal artist, abruptly returns home to a chilly reception from Ada, the sister she abandoned in the small town of Floydada,...

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HOME

HOME

Geoff Sobelle Sept 13–16

World Premiere!
The story of HOME is the lifecycle of a house. And the many dreams of home cast upon it.

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Splintered Glass

Splintered Glass

Courtney Hunter and Guest Artists

Splintered Glass explores the human desire to understand what lies beyond the surface of reality as we know it. It examines the ethics of...

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Alternative Theatre Festival 2017

Alternative Theatre Festival 2017

iNtuitons Experimental Theatre

Alternative Theatre Festival (ATF) is our annual, experimental festival of experimental student playwrights at the University of Pennsylvania. The festival hosts a collection original...

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Booth Triptych: Parts I and II

Booth Triptych: Parts I and II

Gatto+Hirano

The booth returns to Haas Biergarten! Part I (Four Minute Booth): Experience a beautifully simple and personal connection with a stranger. Silent mutual gaze...

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The Passion of Kellyanne

The Passion of Kellyanne

LiveFeedNYC

How does Kellyanne Conway sleep at night? What is she thinking as she gazes into the mirror, affixing her perma-grin to face the media...

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The Hand Job

The Hand Job

Manayunk Theatre Company

Who REALLY killed Kennedy? Was 9/11 an inside job? Is Trump in bed with the Russians? Who care’s in the face of the greatest...

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Hope Street

Hope Street

Christine Rich

In 1919, three teenage friends from Philly run away to New York City with stolen money for a last week of boyhood freedom. This...

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Cotton&Gold

Cotton&Gold

AMH Productions

  Writer/director Alyse Hogan explores history to tell this story of struggle, healing and resilience. Through Afrofuturism, the town of Tulsa is re-imagined from...

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Dance Explosion

Dance Explosion

Rachel Camp + Emcee Elroy Sept 16

Dance party hosted by Rachel Camp and Emcee Elroy.

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2 INCREDIBLE 2 DREAMZ

2 INCREDIBLE 2 DREAMZ

The Incredible Dreamz

Incredible Dreamz is a comedy collective featuring The Incredible Shrinking Matt & Jacquie (Matthew Schmidt and Jacquie Baker) and The New Dreamz (Rose Luardo...

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Exhaust

Exhaust

Eamon DeFabbia Kane

A mixed media, solo exhibition featuring playful investigations of fragments of architecture and found objects. With an inventive use of materials, these objects and...

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PRIDE PARADE!

PRIDE PARADE!

Wesley Flash

PRIDE PARADE! is an interactive walking tour featuring historic hot spots in Center City Philadelphia. During this immersive storytelling adventure, we’ll dance, sing, and...

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A Billion Nights On Earth

A Billion Nights On Earth

Thaddeus Phillips + Steven Dufala Sept 14–17

World Premiere!
A  journey into an alternative universe for audiences ages 3 to 99.

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O Monsters Screening

O Monsters Screening

New Paradise Laboratories Sept 9-17

Companion piece to this year’s Hello Blackout!

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"Bon Appétit!"

“Bon Appétit!”

Julia Child and Lee Hoiby Aurora Classical of CultureTrust Greater Philadelphia

“Bon Appétit!” is a comic culinary extravaganza that taps the wit and antics of one of America’s best-loved television personalities! Written by Lee Hoiby,...

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TOWN

TOWN

Jolie Darrow & Jack O'Keeffe/Philly Improv Theater (PHIT Comedy)

Welcome to TOWN. TOWN is in America, maybe. TOWN is an inviting place where nothing bad happens. The locals of TOWN are hiding plenty...

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Lost in the Woods

Lost in the Woods

A Moment for Music

Written and Directed by: Jessica Renfro Vocals: Eva Kastner-Puschl and Jessica Renfro Piano: Lynda Saponara A Moment for Music strives to bring a world...

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Silencing the Tides

Silencing the Tides

Olive Prince Dance

An intimate experience of evocative dance asking you to witness what it means as an individual to stand up and go against the tide....

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STORM

STORM

Asya Zlatina and Dancers

Asya was born in Moscow and trained throughout the DC/Baltimore area. She graduated Goucher College and joined Koresh Dance Company in 2008. She began...

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Mistress of the Maze

Mistress of the Maze

WeftWorks

A thousand years before the Greeks wove the tale of the Labyrinth and the Minotaur, Ariadne was Mistress of the Maze. Masks, movement, and...

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Suicide Stories: Gallery of the Untold

Suicide Stories: Gallery of the Untold

Elephant Room Productions

How would you feel if your entire life was summed up by a single number? A suicide statistic. This exhibit of living art allows...

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Hello Blackout!

Hello Blackout!

New Paradise Laboratories Sept 7–17

Preview and World Premiere!
Family life before the Big Bang.

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Tilda Swinton Adopt Me Please

Tilda Swinton Adopt Me Please

The Greenfield Collective

“There’s you, there’s me, and there’s Tilda.” Set in the childhood bedroom of an unusual pair of twin siblings, Tilda Swinton Adopt Me Please...

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Roll Play: An Improvised Adventure

Roll Play: An Improvised Adventure

Roll Play

Roll Play is an improvised fantasy epic, combining the excitement of role-playing games with the spontaneity of live improv comedy. Guided by a mysterious...

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I, Peaseblossom

I, Peaseblossom

Curio Theatre Company

I, Peaseblossom is the story of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream told through the fevered dreams of a neglected fairy. It is a funny,...

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Unitard - Tard Core

Unitard – Tard Core

Unitard Comedy Group

Direct from their sold out residency at Joe’s Pub in NYC Unitard is here for you, with the perfect mental floss for your brain....

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Strange Tenants

Strange Tenants

Sam Tower + Ensemble

Four estranged friends meet in hopes of a pleasant reunion, but are faced with a mysterious disappearance. Childhood secrets are guarded and promises are...

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Mesmerized

Mesmerized

Frank Perri Live

Expand what you thought was possible in this comedy hypnosis show run fully on audience participation. A profoundly hilarious event where you and your...

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List of Common Misconceptions

List of Common Misconceptions

SEXx Interactive & Polyglamorous Productions

Mary Magdalene wasn’t a sex worker, chastity belts weren’t really a thing in the Middle Ages, the word “fuck’ was never an acronym. These...

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Gli$ter

Gli$ter

The Hum'n'bards

Join The Banker and his tribe of Sad American Clowns as they weave the story of Shylock, Portia, and Bassanio, all struggling to find...

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AmeROCKin Justice

AmeROCKin Justice

Franky's First Ladies

A patriotic production embracing the freedom to express life through dance & music in this great country. The First Ladies bring you an All AmeROCKin...

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Monarch

Monarch

Christine Doidge, Amanda Holston, James Miller

About Our Show: MONARCH is one woman’s retelling of the story of Queen Elizabeth I and Mary, Queen of Scots. Fleisher Art Memorial’s beautiful...

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Worktable

Worktable

Kate McIntosh Sept 15–18

We provide the hammer, you do the rest.
Select date from Tickets, and you will then be able to sign up at your exact showtime. Slots available every fifteen minutes.

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Aunty Ben

Aunty Ben

ReNew Theatre Company

Aunty Ben is a play for children 8+ (& Adults). The story revolves around 9 y/o Tracy and her relationship with her favorite Uncle...

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Vibraslapped!

Vibraslapped!

Mean Wendy Band

This award-winning comedy quintet always puts on a musically sound performance that boasts plenty of catchy tunes that make audiences laugh self-consciously. Vibraslapped! takes...

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The No Know Show

The No Know Show

Brian Shapiro Presents

Now is the time to celebrate self-absorption! In this joyful loungey show, hear a tale of unbridled ambition and inverted curiosity that will harden...

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#DogsOfFringeArts

#DogsOfFringeArts

FringeArts

Now’s your chance to meet the #DogsOfFringeArts in living color! With so much to see this festival, managing your time can be RUFF, but canine...

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Who Rocks the Party: A Chat with Philly's Best DJs

Who Rocks the Party: A Chat with Philly’s Best DJs

The Anderson Street Project and XO Evangeline

The Anderson Street Project and XO Exangeline will be teaming up to host a chat with members the most integral and most underappreciated component...

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KCBC x CVFFVDEUS

KCBC x CVFFVDEUS

Kimberly D. Landle & Caff Adeus

The Klassic Contemporary Ballet Company and Studio CVFFVDEUS will be making their Fringe Arts Festival debut with three new pieces performed by KCBC and...

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Martha Graham Cracker Cabaret

Martha Graham Cracker Cabaret

Sept 19

Forget everything you know about drag shows.

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First Person Arts StorySlam: Old School

First Person Arts StorySlam: Old School

First Person Arts

Got five minutes? Come lend an ear or share an experience! Audience storytellers take to the stage with real-life stories on the theme “Old...

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White Nights

White Nights

Hua Hua Zhang/Visual Expressions

Inspired by a Chinese poem, White Nights examines the universal question: How can we find peace of mind in our ever-changing society? The project...

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Poets as Grandparents

Poets as Grandparents

Moonstone Arts Center

Open mic following Richard S. Bank won an international Merit in Poetry award from the Atlanta Review. Ryan Eckes is the author of five...

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#cocktail plays

#cocktail plays

Juniper Productions

Take three actors, the dramatic space at the Philadelphia Distilling company…and write a play! Four Philadelphia playwrights mix it up to create freshly infused...

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Benthic Blast

Benthic Blast

SpArc Services' Shaky Shaky Players

  Land, sea, and air—the Shaky, Shaky Players are everywhere! Cruise through a multidimensional dive with TacoSharks and America’s favorite heroic duo, Tom Bosley...

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The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui

The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui

DBAD Productions

After fleeing Germany in 1933 Bertolt Brecht wrote this play for American audiences about a Hitler-like character rising to power in gangster run Chicago....

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Bradley's Bucks

Bradley’s Bucks are returning to the Philadelphia Fringe to transform the upstairs venue at Franky Bradley’s for the second time. In collaboration with Dave...

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Burlesque-N-Beyond, Philadelphia! the 10th Anniversary Showcase: SUGARHUSTLE

Burlesque-N-Beyond, Philadelphia! the 10th Anniversary Showcase: SUGARHUSTLE

Sept 21

It’s the 21st Festival and we’re finally old enough to drink! Tri-hosted by Christa D’agger (of Peekaboo Revue, Hard Liquor Theater and FunnyFarm) and...

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a disruption

a disruption

John Patrick Stewart

a disruption is a 50-minute musical performance of swirling, sputtering percussive dissonance. It is the latest composition by John Patrick Stewart and written for 3...

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To My Unborn Child: A Love Letter From Fred Hampton

To My Unborn Child: A Love Letter From Fred Hampton

Iron Age Theatre

Murdered by Chicago Police at 21 as he lay by his pregnant lover, visionary Black Panther Fred Hampton preached a humane, compassionate revolution against...

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Bad Activist: Sex Politics, Palestine and YOU

Bad Activist: Sex Politics, Palestine and YOU

Humble Mumbles

Two Jewish American activists. One sordid Jewish–Palestinian romance. One oppressive state! What will the heroines learn about Zionism, mismatched queer desires, cycles of abuse,...

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Psychotic Broadway

Psychotic Broadway

Midge Mattel

Welcome to Midge’s world of distorted reality and Broadway songs! It’s Midge’s day off from work. Pajamas are the dress code. Show tunes are the...

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Bye Bye Liver: The Philadelphia Drinking Play

Bye Bye Liver: The Philadelphia Drinking Play

Happy Hour Live, LLC

Two parts sketch comedy, One part drinking games: Mixed and served! Come party with us for a night you might remember with interactive drinking games...

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3 Women

3 Women

Alexis J. Walker

3 short plays about women and the spaces they make for others, in spite of themselves. $ 20/ 75 minutes

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Iphigenia At Aulis

Iphigenia At Aulis

The Philadelphia Artists' Collective

A nation on the brink of war. A family on the edge of collapse. An army poised to strike, but unable to sail –...

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Liberty City Radio Theatre

Liberty City Radio Theatre

Liberty City Radio Theatre

Liberty City Radio Theatre is a live “new-style old time” radio show, with actors on stage taking on multiple roles recreating the golden era...

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Marx in Soho by Howard Zinn

Marx in Soho by Howard Zinn

Iron Age Theatre/Radical Acts

Howard Zinn’s Marx in Soho is back! On the eve of Marx’s 200th birthday, with Das Kapital turning 150, Bob Weick returns to the...

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The Vicissitudes of Travel

The Vicissitudes of Travel

Jennifer Blaine and Karen Getz

Desperate to hold onto the brother she loves, “Sister” charters a guided tour through his brain surgery to “capture” him before it’s too late....

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DJ Haram Presents

DJ Haram Presents

DJ Haram + 700 Bliss Sept 22

Joint creation by Philly native artists Moor Mother and DJ Haram based in memory, field sounds, and club music

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Two-Man, One-Man

Two-Man, One-Man

Benjamin Behrend and Patrick Romano Sept 19-22

Two-Man, One-Man is (technically) a three-man show—about two one-man shows—being performed as a two-man show. After a venue accidentally double books their respective one-man shows,...

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The Groom's a Fag; The Bride's a Cunt; The Best Man's a Whore; and the Maiden of Honor (Just) Hung Herself in the Closet

The Groom’s a Fag; The Bride’s a Cunt; The Best Man’s a Whore; and the Maiden of Honor (Just) Hung Herself in the Closet

On the Rocks

Daniel is pretty gay, but he’s marrying Nora. Nora is a virgin that wants her wedding night to be a sexual awakening. Shit gets...

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Follow Me Through The Gates

Follow Me Through The Gates

Dragon's Eye Theatre

The company that made plays at Smith Playhouse brings you a new imaginative, interactive adventure, this time through Independence Library. Help Grandfather, Ty, Azsori,...

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The Edge of the Rock

The Edge of the Rock

The Rock School for Dance Education

Exciting, energetic young talent from around the world perform classical and contemporary vignettes that will keep you on the edge of your seat! Alumni...

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Way of Words

Way of Words

Veronica Bowlan and Andrew Christman

Way of Words is an interactive poetry and visual art event. You are invited to write and read poetry, paint and collage—or just sit...

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Stranger in a Strange Land

Stranger in a Strange Land

Rachael Basescu, Erin Brittain, Grant Mech, and Akiko Hosaki

Songs by composers and poets whose careers took them away from their homeland. The program will include selected songs by Chopin sung in Polish,...

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Tongue & Groove

Tongue & Groove

Tongue & Groove Spontaneous Theater

Inspired by personal information anonymously submitted by the audience, this Fringe-favorite ensemble instantly creates a montage of hilarious and heartbreaking scenes and monologues!  For their...

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Leaps of Faith and Other Mistakes

Leaps of Faith and Other Mistakes

Almanac Dance Circus Theatre

From the company behind Exile 2588 comes a re-envisioning of Almanac’s acclaimed tale of sublime human idiocy, isolationist seafarer cults, & the absurdity of...

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Don't Be Cruel to Your Puppy...Lemme Give YOU a Twisted Tale

Don’t Be Cruel to Your Puppy…Lemme Give YOU a Twisted Tale

Clayton Storyteller

Clayton Storyteller (Brunswick, GA) has three different programs (A, B , and C) of verse tales—ghost stories, sci-fantasy, western, period pieces, urban horror, noir, relationship...

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Elemental Forces

Elemental Forces

Dancefusion

Dancefusion, Philadelphia’s dynamic modern dance repertory company will present Elemental Forces, exploring the energy that brings us together, featuring the company in four powerful...

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Interior

Interior

Leah Stein Dance Company

Dance/choreographer Leah Stein and violinist/composer Diane Monroe invite audiences to join them in an intimate, nuanced, and surprising duet. How does the body, these...

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...strand...

…strand…

JUNK

  Set forth with this FringeArts favorite on a journey unto the … strand…, the troupe’s latest immersive site-specific production. Don your headsets and...

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FIESTA OWLSONG

FIESTA OWLSONG

OWLSONG PRODUCTIONS / Alan Lewine and Ana María Ruimonte

FIESTA OWLSONG featuring singer Ana María Ruimonte and jazz bassist/composer/arranger Alan Lewine and guests: Roses for Lecuona, songs of Cuba’s Ernesto Lecuona with special...

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Urgent Care: A Social Care Experience

Urgent Care: A Social Care Experience

The Colored Girls Museum

The Colored Girls Museum takes community matters into her own hands converting the three-story Victorian memoir museum into a Social Care Experience. Her new...

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Moonage Daydream

Moonage Daydream

Ego Actus

A woman looks back on how rock god David Bowie was her imaginary spiritual guide, helping her make it through the 1980s to become...

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Art of the Heel

Art of the Heel

Cookie Diorio

Call it cabaret for a cause or philanthropic frivolity! Drag songstress Cookie Diorio uses her 6.5 inch platforms to promote social justice by hosting a...

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Plight Release and the Diasporic Body

Plight Release and the Diasporic Body

Lela Aisha Jones | FlyGround - Temple University Reflection/Response 2017

Lela Aisha Jones | FlyGround will premiere Everyday Saturday and also feature Jesus & Egun, proclaimed by Eva Yaa Asantawaa as a choreographic world...

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These Terrible Things

These Terrible Things

University of the Arts / The Berserker Residents

Rather than create something new, The Berserker Residents have teamed with The University of the Arts to stage an old-ass play. Come see Lord...

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Fishtown – A Hipster Noir

Fishtown – A Hipster Noir

Tribe of Fools

A luddite private eye stumbles onto a virtual reality conspiracy when a new app allows you to live out your wildest fantasies . . ....

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Gli$ter

Gli$ter

The Hum'n'bards

Join The Banker and his tribe of Sad American Clowns as they weave the story of Shylock, Portia, and Bassanio, all struggling to find...

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The Storytellers

The Storytellers

Joy Madden

Choreographer Joy Madden and a spirited company of dancers weave together dance, music, and storytelling to tell the beguiling tale of heartbreak, humor, and...

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Dear Diary LOL

Dear Diary LOL

AntiGravity Theatre Project

This devising ensemble presents a theatrical excavation of their middle school diaries by staging the unaltered words found inside. We invite you to cringe/laugh/cry...

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Every Day APOCALYPSE!

Every Day APOCALYPSE!

Lone Brick Theatre Company

The death rays and nukes of outrageous fortune are aimed squarely at a struggling theater group when an irate son of God condemns the...

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Labor of Love

Labor of Love

Waitstaff Sketch Comedy

What the world needs now is laughter sweet laughter. And liquor. Uproarious comedy lovingly written and performed by “Philly’s hottest sketch troupe” (Philadelphia Inquirer) in the city’s...

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SHOW ME WHAT YOU WANT ME TO SEE

SHOW ME WHAT YOU WANT ME TO SEE

Aubrie Costello + Co.

The venue for this production is different than what is listed in the printed guide. The correct venue is 233 Federal St, Philadelphia, PA...

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Reality in Retrograde

Reality in Retrograde

Ellen Skilton

A recovering good girl explores the ways that everything flip-flops when you change the lens. Suddenly, amnesia clears, power dynamics become visible, and our...

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United

United

The Revivalists

On Sept. 9, 1776, in Philadelphia, the Continental Congress renamed the Colonies the United States of America. Experience the spirit that fueled a rebellion...

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Mirrors

Mirrors

Alessandra Mullin featuring Clete Shields

Witness contemporary ballet and motionless beauty captured by an enclosing sculpture garden. This collaborative performance and exhibition, with dancer/choreographer Alessandra Mullin and sculptor Clete...

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Movemakers Philly presents i.d.

Movemakers Philly presents i.d.

Movemakers Philly

Movemakers Philly, a hip hop dance school at 21st  and Chestnut streets, presents a poetic experience of sound and movement for all ages. Watch video...

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Wedgwood on the Green

Wedgwood on the Green

Drip Symphony Sept 21-23

A story in light and sound. A performance in and out of the round. Follow a young man up the fire escape, through the...

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Doppelbanger

Doppelbanger

Nick Jonczak

Do I want to be him, or do I want to be with him? In this multimedia solo piece combining physical theater and personal...

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Ubu Faust

Ubu Faust

Broderick Jones with Leila and Pantea Productions

Ubu assumes the role of Faust in this raucous, rapid-fire puppet comedy. Inspired by the plays of Alfred Jarry, the legends of Faust, and...

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AMERICANA PSYCHOBABBLE

AMERICANA PSYCHOBABBLE

Alexandra Tatarsky

A delirious anti-narrative of American emptiness, violence, and nonsense—part exorcism and part enema! With styrofoam wings, Xmas lights, and ketchup. “Phyllis Diller meets Artaud!”...

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The Omega Transport Video Club

The Omega Transport Video Club

The Omega Transport Video Club

The Omega Transport Video Club is a tracking adjustment for your cerebellum. Also, it is a hosted cinematic experience, highlighting the very strangest cinema...

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Puppet-delphia Fringe Slam

Puppet-delphia Fringe Slam

Leila and Pantea Productions

Watch puppets and their humans get risky and frisky at this late-night variety puppet show. Presenting a wide range of short puppet acts, from...

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Lesbian Wedding Band

Lesbian Wedding Band

Emily Bate Sept 23

Band led by Emily Bate, Philadelphia-based singer, composer, and performer.

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Containertopia

Containertopia

Casual FreyDay

An Experimental Vaudeville in Tiny Living. With synthesizer-heavy Weimar cabaret tunes, original music, and projection-based set design, our multimedia cabaret explores and exposes the...

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*The FREN BANKLIN Experience!*

*The FREN BANKLIN Experience!*

Fren Banklin

Have you ever wondered about the REVOLUTIONARY HISTORY of your Philadelphia home? Allow Fren Banklin, the NOTORIOUSLY UNRELIABLE cousin of Ben Franklin, to visit...

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SOMETHING BLUE

SOMETHING BLUE

Paige L. Morris

A solo exhibition by Paige Lizbeth Morris, inspired by gender specific stereotypes in present day monogamous relationships. The work challenges society’s perception of women...

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A Love Supreme

A Love Supreme

Salva Sanchis & Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker / Rosas Sept 22–24

Four dancers surrender themselves to John Coltrane’s spiritual ode to divine love, his 1965 jazz masterpiece A Love Supreme.

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The Turn of the Screw

The Turn of the Screw

Leila and Pantea Productions

A provocative tale of suspense, horror and repressed sexuality, The Turn of the Screw is a ghost story originally penned by Henry James in...

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GATZ

GATZ

Harrison Stengle

Philadelphia, year 2025, the tempo of the city had changed sharply. The buildings were higher, the parties were bigger, the morals were looser and...

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The Flat Earth

The Flat Earth

The Flat Earth/Philly Improv Theater (PHIT Comedy)

Favorites of comedy festival audiences across North America (multiple Best & Producer Picks), The Flat Earth return to where it all began—the Philly Fringe—and...

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Perspectives

Perspectives

AIM Academy Drama

“You look at me. What do you see? You don’t know who I am.”  Young writers share their perspectives on body shaming, gender identity,...

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WILD: A Clown Western

WILD: A Clown Western

Shoe Box Company

Harmonicas. Rugged individualists. Standoffs where gunfighters stare at each other for a while and then shoot. These are the staples of a classic Western....

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Eugene Ionesco's The Bald Soprano

Eugene Ionesco’s The Bald Soprano

The Idiopathic Ridiculopathy Consortium

The collapse of reality, a tragedy of language: classic absurdism freshly conceived! Ionesco awash in a world gone awry—causality means nothing, numbers don’t add...

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Elysian Fields

Elysian Fields

Philly Improv Theater (PHIT Comedy)

Like no improv you have seen before! A new dramatic one-act play channeling the works of the great American playwright Tennessee Williams is created...

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Triage

Triage

Bent Antennae Productions

Congratulations, you’ve been selected to appear in the studio audience for a brand-new reality competition: Triage! Watch our contestants Beth and Chris sing, solve,...

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Airswimming

Airswimming

Half Key Theatre Company

Set in 1920s Ireland, Airswimming is based on the true story of two women imprisoned in a mental hospital for daring to challenge society’s...

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Joan Crawford in Her Own Words

Joan Crawford in Her Own Words

JCProductions

An intimate evening with the ultimate movie star, as she has a cocktail (or ten) and dishes Hollywood, motherhood, and famous feuds in a...

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Close Music For Bodies

Close Music For Bodies

Michael Kiley Sept 20–24

World Premiere!
Intimate, unfiltered voices become one.

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Alchemist

Alchemist

Chris Davis & Mary Tuomanen

Veteran Fringe artists Mary Tuomanen (Peaceable Kingdom, The Body Lautrec, Hello! Sadness!, Marcus/Emma) and Chris Davis (Drunk Lion, Violence of the Lambs, Bortle 8,...

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Bind

Bind

Corinna Burns

1993, Corinna Burns dropped out of college and moved into the city of Philadelphia. Then she went a little wild and took an unusual...

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Cymbeline

Cymbeline

Revolution Shakespeare

Join RevShakes for its 4th annual FREE Fall Shakespeare in Hawthorne Park! Enjoy the cast of seven diverse performers as they tackle conflicting ways of life,...

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A Period of Animate Existence

A Period of Animate Existence

Pig Iron Theatre Company Sept 22-24

World Premiere!
Children, elders, and machines contemplate the future in a time of dire predictions.

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Statements After An Arrest Under the Immorality Act

Statements After An Arrest Under the Immorality Act

Blue Mercury Theatre

Athol Fugard’s provocative play depicts the love affair between a black man and a white woman in apartheid South Africa. They share their deepest...

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Funeral for Expectations

Funeral for Expectations

Julia Brandenberger

It is with deep sympathy that I inform you of the passing of Expectations, who measured success. Your presence is requested at the funeral....

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Onion Dances

Onion Dances

Talia Mason

Imagine walking through your grandparents’ home, each room filled with vivid memories—your great-grandmother writing a novel, your grandmother riding a motorcycle, your mother believing...

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Mujeres

Mujeres

Gavino + Carbonell

Mujeres is a compilation of dance works by female choreographers, Gavino and Carbonell. Gavino’s HERstory explores pre-colonial matrilineal bloodlines from the perspective of an indigenous Filipina....

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Gorgeousity – The Army of Love and Art

Gorgeousity – The Army of Love and Art

Karen Getz and Dawn Falato

A playromp for grownups. Have a beer and a yummy snack. Draw a picture and make a new friend. Join the play: a musical...

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We Shall Not Be Moved

We Shall Not Be Moved

Opera Philadelphia / Daniel Bernard Roumain (composer) Marc Bamuthi Joseph (libretto) Bill T. Jones (director) Sept 16-24

World Premiere!
What’s at stake here is America and its future. Who’s invited to participate?
Presented in partnership with Opera Philadelphia as part of the O17 festival.

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KINK HAÜS

KINK HAÜS

Gunnar Montana

Gunnar Montana transports us once again, this time to a brutal underground nightclub where no fucks are given, and fierceness is always welcome. Fantasy,...

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October Revolution

October Revolution

  Thu, Oct 5–Sun, Oct 8 FringeArts Tickets VIP 4-Day Pass $400 Super Early Bird 4-Day Pass $165 (SOLD OUT) Early Bird 4-Day Passes $185 (SOLD...

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Declassified Memory Fragment

Declassified Memory Fragment

Baker + Tarpaga Dance Project Oct 12-14

EXTENDED FESTIVAL
The craving for power simultaneously creates and unravels friendships—and yet a brotherhood remains.

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First Person Arts StorySlam: Incognito

First Person Arts StorySlam: Incognito

First Person Arts Tue, October 17 2017

The perfect disguise, DIY costume, undercover mission, secret admirer. We’re unmasking the mysterious with real life stories on the theme “Incognito.” ASL interpreter provided....

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