Making Art in 2017: Harrison Stengle on GATZ
Name: Harrison Stengle
Company: Thinking about establishing a company called “Macho Goat.” As of right now it is just me.
Show in 2017 Festival: GATZ
Role: Writer, Director
Past Festival shows: Sword of the Unicorn (which is going to New York)
FringeArts: Tell us a bit about your show.
Harrison Stengle: GATZ is a post-apocalyptic, vaporwave infused, interracial, post-
FA: How have your interests in or approach to art making changed in the last year?
Harrison Stengle: I am mastering non-subliminal surrealism/
FA: Tell us about an instance from 2017 when your interaction with art provided some much needed solace or refuge from outside troubles.
Harrison Stengle: My work is very emotional and it helps people. For Sword of the Unicorn I had people come up to me after the performance crying, telling me the play filled a void in their heart. I still hold friends from that show that are practically family now. I cross boundaries and changed peoples lives. When you create an environment where the actor can create freely and perform something meaningful, you find magic. GATZ will do the same thing. I cannot embody in a short email the amount of time, effort, emotion, and work that goes into them. I only hope that when people come to the show, they know. Like all my shows they are as complicated as you want them to be. At the surface it is a Gatsby parody, at its core it is a call for revolution.
$20 / 80 Minutes
Sept 8-10, 13, 15-17, 20, 22-24 @ Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre, 2111 Sansom St