Bold Philly Theater

April–May 2020

Launched in 2019, High Pressure Fire Service (HPFS) is FringeArts’ series of new theater and performance works from Philadelphia’s leading talent. 

HPFS takes its name from FringeArts’ historic building, the first high pressure pump house in the country. Opened in 1903, the station pumped water from the Delaware River to fire hydrants across Philadelphia, connecting the city and helping it grow and thrive. This history of creativity and connectivity is at the very heart of the High Pressure Fire Service festival, reflected in the artists’ innovative practice and uniquely relevant work that exemplifies why Philadelphia has remained such a hotbed for excellence and experimentation in contemporary performance. All HPFS presentations will take place at FringeArts.

 The 2020 series features original works from performance artist Alexandra Tatarsky, devising ensemble Antigravity Performance Project in collaboration with poet Kyle Dacuyan, multidisciplinary artist James Allister Sprang, and celebrated director Nell Bang-Jensen, as well as a two-day workshop with composer and choral music conductor Emily Bate. All HPFS works were developed during Camp Fringe, FringeArts’ summer residency program that provides rehearsal space, work-in-progress showings, on-site staff support, and more.

All 2020 High Pressure Fire Service presentations were developed through the Camp Fringe residency supported by the Independence Foundation.

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2020 Shows

[SIGN FELT] Sad Boys in Harpy Land

Alexandra Tatarsky
An unhinged, hysterical journey into the hellscape of the mind.

April 2-April 4


2020 High Pressure Fire Service

Legal Tender

Kyle Dacuyan + Antigravity Performance Project
Dance, Theater,
A duet of movement & poetry informed by queer clubs & hypnosis.

April 16-April 18


2020 High Pressure Fire Service

Explore your voice and engage in communal singing in this interactive workshop.

April 20-April 22


2020 High Pressure Fire Service

Turning Towards a Radical Listening

James Allister Sprang
Music, Theater,
An intimate sonic experience exploring the chasm between information and knowledge.

May 1-May 2


2020 High Pressure Fire Service


Nell Bang-Jensen
Interdisciplinary, Theater,
Philadelphia teens explore what it means to be a man in 2020.

May 14-May 17


2020 High Pressure Fire Service

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