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high noon

Ninth Planet

September 5–18

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September 5 at 9:15pm

September 6 at 9:15pm

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September 13 at 9:15pm

September 14 at 10:00pm

September 16 at 7:15pm

September 18 at 12:30pm

2022 Fringe Festival

75 min


Icebox Project SpaceMap

Wheelchair Accessible

you swallow the cowboy. yonder demands.

in this speculative work of dance-theatre, a group of interdisciplinary Black queer and trans* artists take on america’s poisonous lust for the lone ranger.

using live electronic and folk music, archival video, dance and poetry, high noon casts a long shadow on the cowboy under the heat of an unrelenting sun.

high noon is a new work of live performance produced by Ninth Planet, created collaboratively by a team of interdisciplinary artists. high noon is premiering in the 2022 Philadelphia Fringe Festival as a co-presentation with Cannonball Festival (a Fringe Hub produced by Almanac Dance Circus Theatre.)

high noon has been developed with support from Millay Arts, Subcircle Residency, and Headlong. Funding for high noon has been provided by Philadelphia Cultural Foundation, Charlotte Cushman Foundation, The Philadelphia Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy, Amalgamated Foundation, our Sustaining Monthly Donors, and a host of dedicated individual donors. Ninth Planet is proud to be a Headlong Incubated Artist.


Appropriate for ages 13+

Interested in a not-necessarily-romantic way to connect over art? Select the Blind Date ticket at checkout and Cannonball will pair you with another audience member for a pre- and post-show experience. Blind Date is only available for this show on Sun, Sep 18, 2022 12:30 PM. Check out for more information.

This show is presented as part of Cannonball Festival, Philly’s artist-centered performance hub, packing in 65+ full length shows and 300 performances in two nearby venues. Discover risk-taking theater, dance, circus, music, and comedy alongside a vibrant garden bar with a free nightly cabaret, pop-up events, workshops, artist talkbacks, and more. September 1–30 at the Maas Building (1320 N 5th St) and Icebox Project Space (1400 N American St). Learn more at

Content Considerations

This performance contains brief suggested violence and strobe lights.


Health & Safety

Proof of vaccination is required to attend this event, and masks must be worn for the duration of the performance. Audience members will be asked to show proof of vaccination before entering the venue. Both digital and physical proof of vaccination are accepted. Please plan accordingly.



high noon was created collaboratively by the co-creator/performers and the creative team


Director: Nia Benjamin

Co-Creator/Performers: Kris Lee, Oliver Spencer, Vitche-Boul Ra, Sam Rise

Stage Manager: Jamel Baker

Video Designer: Jordan Deal

Set/Prop/Costume Designers: Nia Benjamin and Sam Tower

Lighting Designer: Mike Inwood*

Sound Designer: Nat Merrill

Associate Director: Sam Tower


*member USA 829 high noon


includes creative contributions from Noelle Diane Johnson; Katie Croyle; and Franny Mestrich; who participated in previous development workshops

About the Artist

Ninth Planet makes experimental theatre that centers people of color, women, queer and trans* people in Philadelphia. By making original work with and for these communities, we raise them up as prominent and valuable voices within and beyond the world of theatre. We see collaborative performance making as a liberatory practice, where we get to envision possibilities, rewrite violent narratives and claim space as historically marginalized people.

Since our founding in 2018, we have shared our work with hundreds of families and young people through the Honey Honey Community Film Project, and Homeworld our performance installation for babies and their caregivers (with an accompanying Play Deck offering a series of at-home play activities for families with babies.)

Ninth Planet shares their practice of collaborative performance making with Philadelphia artists, students, and families through workshops and residencies, and offers creative process salons as a component of Headlong Performance Institute.

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