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Spruce Street

Allison Kelly

September 4-9

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September 4 at 8:30pm

September 8 at 5:00pm

September 9 at 10:00pm

2022 Fringe Festival

45 min


Icebox Project Space

Wheelchair Accessible

“It is a curious thing, the death of a loved one. We all know that our time in this world is limited, and that eventually all of us will end up underneath some sheet, never to wake up. And yet it is always a surprise when it happens to someone we know. It is like walking up the stairs to your bedroom in the dark, and thinking there is one more stair than there is. Your foot falls down, through the air, and there is a sickly moment of dark surprise as you try and readjust the way you thought of things.”

                              ― Lemony Snicket, Horseradish

Alice’s brother is dead, but she is pretty certain he’s not supposed to be.

Desperate to reach him before it’s too late, she embarks on a metaphysical journey through electric currents, airwaves, VHS tapes, telephone wires, and dreams.

Will determination and sheer will be enough for the universe, just this once, to make an exception?

SPRUCE STREET is an exploration of longing, grief, nostalgia, and consequently, love, but it also serves as a warning: that being human comes with spiritual and emotional costs. Created and performed by Allison Kelly, SPRUCE STREET is a convergence of media and memory; a ghost story told intimately between performer and snapshots of a forgotten life.


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 Fri, Sep 9, 2022 10:00 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 language, brief suggested violence, mental illness/suicide, death, simulated blood, 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.




Created, performed, and designed by Allison Kelly*.

*appears courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association


About the Artist

(she/her/hers) Allison is a multidisciplinary artist originally from New York, and holds an MFA in Theatre from Sarah Lawrence College. Allison’s muse is the internet, her work the result of rehabilitating, repurposing and manipulating found media to generate collaborative live performances. She is also a full blown adult horse girl. You may recognize her from a vitamin commercial that’s constantly interrupting YouTube videos, but hopefully you don’t.