This fall, The Philadelphia Artists’ Collective (PAC) will present a free original play featuring Shakespearean speeches and swordplay as part of the Philadelphia Fringe Festival. QvK, PAC’s 10th Fringe production, will be performed at Bardascino Park. Over the course of the 45-minute show, actors engage in a monologue battle, performing famous speeches from classical plays and competing to win the audience’s vote of supremacy. As the competition goes on, the fight becomes more heated and tactics become more desperate, with actors resorting to flattery, bribery, secret weapons, and actual weapons. The performance ultimately serves as a crafty satire about how power eventually corrupts.
QvK will feature a cast of four local actors and one musician. PAC’s Artistic Associate and certified member of the Society of American Fight Directors, Eli Lynn, composed the script and will direct the stage violence. PAC’s Producing Artistic Director, Damon Bonetti, will direct the production.
QvK was created to suit social distancing requirements and celebrate the resumption of live theatre events.
Playwright: Eli Lynn . . .and Shakespeare . . .
Director: Damon Bonetti
Fight Director: Eli Lynn
Stage Manager: Hunter Smith
Cast: Joseph Ahmed, Cassandra Alexander, Gabriel Elmore and Brittany Onukwugha
Appropriate for Ages 13+
Sword fighting, mild language
COME TO BARDASCINO PARK – BRING A CHAIR IF YOU LIKE (SHOW IS 45 MINUTES) – LOOK FOR THE PAC SIGNS / TABLE!
(CHAIRS WILL BE PROVIDED FOR THOSE THAT NEED THEM.)
About the Artists
The Philadelphia Artists’ Collective (PAC) is dedicated to creating unique theatrical events that examine our humanity through rare classical plays and multidisciplinary collaboration. By staging rarely produced texts, PAC expands the classical canon to be more inclusive of world cultures. PAC tells stories with an engaging and visceral clarity that inspires audiences to lean in and more deeply consider our society. PAC productions have been widely recognized as fringe hits (CREDITORS, THE SEA PLAYS, IPHIGENIA AT AULIS, THE SEA VOYAGE, MARY ROSE) and they specialize in site-specific, must see events.