Posts Tagged ‘Bradley Wrenn’

It’s So Learning is BERSERK! Interview with Bradley Wrenn

Posted March 6th, 2017

Bradley Wrenn, co-founder of The Berserker Residents, was kind enough to sit down with the FringeArts team and talk about how they’re revamping It’s So Learning to reflect our new, terrifying political climate.  The theater-maker, clown, and deep thinker gave us a lot to chew on!  Read on, and join us at the end of the week for the newest iteration of It’s So Learning!

FringeArts: What was the moment that you realized, we can make this into a show?

Bradley Wrenn: The original impulse came from working with children as writers. We were delighted by their complete lack of regard for narrative rules and structures. But after a fair amount of exploration we found it to be a bit of a one trick pony and struggled to find a way in which it could be sustained over a full-length production. But we continued to follow the thread and found ourselves making material about school. About the emotions conjured at school. The anxiety, dread, joy and terror.  It’s So Learning is a show about the audience’s journey. A wild ride that dredges up all those strange icky feelings that institutionalized education has wrought.

FringeArts: Can you describe the setting?

Bradley Wrenn: It’s So Learning is 55 child sized classroom chairs surrounded by 4 black boards. It allows for a frenetic theatrical experience. The audience is made to twist and turn to keep up. Action happens constantly around them at all corners of the performance space. The audience is the main character in the piece. When making the piece we were always tracking their emotional journey. The performance is an entire emotional educational journey packed into 70 min.

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The Weekender: Shakespeare alfresco, art at large mosaics, and the drama of a minute

Posted July 26th, 2013

Catharine Slusar in The Tempest

Shakespeare in Clark Park is back to monologueing and soliloquizing in its eighth production that kicked off this past Wednesday, July 24th at 7pm and runs through Sunday, July 28th at you guessed it, Clark Park, 43rd Street and Chester Avenue (although the rain location will be at St. Francis De Sales School). This year’s free, alfresco Shakepearean endeavor will feature The Tempest, directed by Swim Pony Performing Arts’s Adrienne Mackey, designed by Brat Productions’s Bradley Wrenn, and starring Barrymore Award winning actress Catharine Slusar as Prospero.  Don’t forget to bring your preference of chair or blanket for optimum comfort and a flashlight for a bit of audience participation.

2013 Fringe Festival artists COSACOSA art at large, Inc. invite you to join them in the in merriment of mosaic making at an open studio event in their Healing Garden, Venango and Marvine Streets from noon to 3pm on Saturday, July 27th. COSACOSA art at large, Inc. creates public art catering to specific Philadelphia neighborhoods in the aim of fostering long-term community beautification under the principals of equitable relationships, transparency, creativity, and inclusivity. Bring your mind blossoming with uplifting designs and go wild!


White Petals Surround Your Yellow Heart

The Institute of Contemporary Art, 118 South 36th Street (at Sansom) has three free not-to-miss exhibitions ending this Sunday, July 28th!  Hurry up, then slow down a little, then engage in the inquisition of adornment with White Petals Surround Your Yellow Heart, mull over the existential quandaries surrounding repetitive action with Each One As She May: Ligon, Reich, & De Keersmaeker, and marvel at the enormity of the everyday in an amorphous sculpture exhibit by Karla Black.

If you’re over 21, EAT IT! for $10 on Saturday, July 27th at 9pm or Sunday, July 28th at Underground Arts, 1200 Callowhill Street. With cabaret giant Cleo Phatra heading the bill and “ready to blow your asses away,” enjoy a rip roarin’ Saturday night or tranquil Sunday afternoon with the most talented drag queens, burlesque girls, and opera stars in Philly. Come hungry! (TIX)

The One-Minute Play Festival

The One-Minute Play Festival

Do you have a minute? You’ve got time to see a play. Each minute will be passing a little more bitterly this upcoming week if you’re not at the The Philadelphia One-Minute Play Festival, presented by InterAct Theatre Company and New York company The One-Minute Play Festival. At 8pm from Monday, July 29th through Wednesday, July 31, the festival will absorb audiences in a drama-filled pageant of 60-second performances by nearly 50 Philadelphia playwrights at The Interact Theatre, 2030 Sansom Street. Tickets go for $20 and proceeds benefit the Philadelphia New Play Initiative, a program dedicated to supporting the voices of local playwrights. Get some insight on the event by reading Jim Christy’s reflections on being a Philadelphia playwright in the festival here. (TIX)

–Maya Beale