Coffee and a Play Presents: DigiREP!
Coffee and a Play
September 17-September 27
$2 – $10
DigiREP, produced by Coffee and a Play, is a BIPOC new work repertory festival, featuring new and up-and-coming Philadelphia playwrights, focused on the values of representation, workshopping, and development. Our goal is to hybrid theater and film, to give the experience of a theatrical performance through your device of choice!
DigiRep will be showing three different plays, one of which is interactive. The shows being presented will be:
Discovering Blackness; a short film by Briana Gause, dir. Devon Sinclair
In 2032 at Prince Washington Institute, Freshman, Destiny Jones, creates a documentary where she interviews students about their experiences with Blackness at PWI. As the campus begins to implement rules to create a more post-racial campus, students fight to embrace their identity, whatever that may mean.
Young Money by Erlina Ortiz, dir. Briana Gause
Tomasina AKA Kila – T is Hip-hop’s newest chart-topper. Elegant and prideful Gardenia has been laid off from her job of 20 years and now she cleans Kila’s dressing room. When an attack on Kila’s concert forces the two women together, questions of morality, success, and redemption are danced around as these women discover they may have more to learn from each other than they think.
Lawrence’s Law of Pawn Shops by Jaedto Israel, dir. Christina Ann Peña
Lawrence, the non-human owner of a magical pawn shop in a small town, is in trouble. He needs 200 crimsons by the end of the day to keep his store open! Luckily for him, a child walks into the store just before closing, and Lawrence is going to do anything he can to get those 200 crimsons out of them. Unluckily for Lawrence, he has a 25% chance of getting shot in the face tonight.
This play explores how chance can play a role in storytelling, using the flip of an enchanted coin to determine the outcome. Fitted with four different endings, these characters are put through any number of strange occurrences until someone eventually comes out on top! or… dead.
Join us for one, two, or all of the shows!
More information about the shows can be found at digirep.weebly.com
Buyers will be emailed a link to the stream with ticket purchase
Please Note: Lawrence’s Law of Pawn Shops contains audience interaction via Menti.com. The choices and actions of audience determine outcome of performance. Young Money contains brief graphic language. Recommended for ages 13+.
Discovering Blackness; a short film
Thursday, Sept 17 at 2pm
Friday, Sept 18 at 8pm
Sunday, Sept 20 at 2pm
Thursday, Sept 24 at 8pm
Saturday, Sept 26 at 2pm
Sunday, Sept 27 at 8pm
Thursday, Sept 17 at 8pm
Saturday, Sept 19 at 2pm
Sunday, Sept 20 at 8pm
Friday, Sept 25 at 2pm
Saturday, Sept 26 at 8pm
Lawrence's Law of Pawn Shops
Friday, Sept 18 at 2pm
Saturday, Sept 19 at 8pm
Thursday, Sept 24 at 2pm
Friday, Sept 25 at 8pm
Sunday, Sept 27 at 2pm
$10 general admission
$2 FringeACCESS admission
About the Artists
Discovering Blackness Cast:
Claire- Tamika Reed Newman
Harmony- Donovan Lockett
Israel- Dana Orange
James- Philip Anthony Wilson
Kerry- Quanece Thompson
Peter- Malik Muhammad
Terrel- Eyakeno Ekpo
Slim- Gabby Huggins
Destiny- Jenece Upton”
Lawrence’s Law of Pawn Shops Cast:
Lawrence- CJ Higgins
Kid- Michael Jernick Puntiel”
Young Money Cast:
Kila- Alyssa Valdez
Gardenia- Diana Rodriguez
Coffee and a Play was founded in the wake of COVID-19 by Amanda Shaffern and Frank Schierloh. Starting as a series of play readings, read by a diverse group of Philadelphia performers, the weekly play readings had grown and we decided to take the next steps!
Our goal is to create a platform for workshopping, development, and networking for fully-realized digital productions of new works by local BIPOC playwrights.
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