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A/B Machines

Philip Wesley Gates

September 30-October 2

2020 Fringe Festival

60 minutes

Pass the Hat


“I think everybody should be a machine.” — Andy Warhol

Featuring queer nightlife superstars Eric Jaffe (Philadelphia’s Drag Queen of the Year 2018), God Complex (Brooklyn’s Drag King of the Year 2019) and VinChelle (Philadelphia’s Drag Queen of the Year 2017), A/B Machines is a contemporary riff on the work of Andy Warhol. Broadcasting live from home, three entertainers (codenames Marilyn, Jackie, and Liz) jockey for status and grapple with mortality as they put on the perfect face for their public. Combining bathroom drag numbers, Warholian repartee, and the aesthetics of contemporary digital platforms, A/B Machines explores how we manufacture our own image — and the vulnerabilities those images are designed to hide.

RSVP required (no charge) to receive content link, artist will email attendees with guidelines for optional participation.

There will be Open Captioning for each performance.

Note: A/B Machines includes a scene of verbal abuse and graphic discussion of consensual sex acts. Recommended for ages 18+.


Wednesday, Sept 30 at 7pm
Thursday, Oct 1 at 7pm
Friday, Oct 2 at 7pm


Free to Access, Pass the Hat Donations encouraged

About the Artists

Philip Wesley Gates (they/them) is a director, performer, writer and researcher newly arrived in Philadelphia. Spanning traditional theatre, choreography, installation, and participatory performance, their work prioritizes connection, care, and queer community. Philip has previously created original work in New York, Pittsburgh, and Boston, and was recently writer-in-residence at the “zürich moves!” festival in Switzerland. MFA, Carnegie Mellon University.

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