A Hard Time
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A Hard Time

Pig Iron Theatre Company

Part of High Pressure Fire Service

Venue

FringeArts
140 N Columbus Blvd
Philadelphia, PA
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May 1—12, 2019

World Premiere

“I don’t like any female comedians… a woman doing comedy doesn’t offend me but sets me back a bit. I, as a viewer, have trouble with it. I think of her as a producing machine that brings babies in the world.”
Jerry Lewis

“Men are afraid that women will laugh at them … ”
Margaret Atwood

Welcome, esteemed colleagues. Find a seat. It has been said that laughter is an indication of relaxation, so please, relax.

The topic of today’s lecture: What’s So Funny?

Our guest lecturers this evening are Jess Conda, Jenn Kidwell, and Mel Krodman, who are here to give you A Hard Time.  They’ve provided this brief introduction to their performance:

“Time to whip it out, go balls to the wall and jam out with your clam out because the maestros of menstruation are here to strip down and suit up. We’re taking your jobs and breast-feeding in public for your delight and entertainment. Settle in, buckle up, and open wide.”

Ahem. Please give them a warm, collegial welcome.

Run Time: 80 minutes

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$150 Six-Show Package / $120 for members*
15% off tickets to 3-5 performances / 30% off for members*
All subscribers receive free ticket exchanges and reduced fees.

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Single Tickets:
$31 general / $21.70 members*
$15 students and 25-and-under
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Feature Photo by Jauhien Sasnou


High Pressure Fire Service

A Presentation Series for Philadelphia Artists

High Pressure Fire Service (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. Addressing issues of representation, gender, accessibility, reproductive justice, and more through devised theater, comedy, and participatory play, these productions embody the vast range and exceptional talent of Philadelphia’s rich performing arts community.

Support for High Pressure Fire Service has been provided by the Wyncote Foundation.