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The Telelibrary

Yannick Trapman-O'Brien

September 10-October 4

2020 Fringe Festival

50 minutes

Pass the Hat


“Part comedy, part confessional, and part therapy.”
– Jane M. Von Bergen, The Philadelphia Inquirer

“Overall, the whole experience is what theater should be: fun, engaging, and ever so slightly weird.”
-Michelle Nugent, Broad Street Review

“The experience has a feeling of intimacy and aliveness that other remote or online interactive experiences often can’t quite capture. … It is truly a pleasure to listen, to feel taken care of, and to feel comfort in this day and age.”
– Kathryn Yu, No Proscenium

The Telelibrary is an interactive, literary telephone adventure for an audience the size of the other end of a phone call. Using cutting-edge telephonic technology, it will provide you with adventure, entertainment and edification from the comfort and social distance of your own home. The catalogue is constantly changing and evolving with new selections and features, with a system is designed to adapt to your needs and preferences. This System is friendly, easy to use, professional, and only mostly fictional.

After 17+ weeks of sold out, waitlist-only runs, these Philadelphia Fringe-exclusive sessions are the perfect chance to visit the Telelibrary and check out what it has on offer— simply choose your preferred time, sign up for your 50 minute slot, and when your appointment starts, pick up the phone and give a ring.

Artist will email ticket buyers with dial-in instructions (international calls available through WhatsApp, Skype and alternates).

Users will need only a telephone to access the 50 minute session. To maximize your experience, it is recommended that audiences take a moment to get cozy and make themselves comfortable before beginning, but coziness is not mandated.

Please Note: this show contains audience interaction. The choices and actions of audience determine outcome of performance. Content varies based on User input, and can cover a broad stretch of topics. Users can pause or change content at any time. Users with any questions or concerns are invited to message in advance.

Recommended for ages 13+.


Thursday, Sept 10 at 10am, 11am & 5pm
Saturday, Sept 12 at 5pm
Monday, Sept 14 at 10:30 am, 11:45am & 5pm
Tuesday, Sept 15 at 11:30am & 7pm
Wednesday, Sept 16 at 10:30am, 5pm & 7pm
Friday, Sept 25 at 10am, 11am & 5pm
Saturday, Sept 26 at 8:30pm & 9:30pm
Sunday, Sept 27 at 10am, 2:30pm & 5pm
Sunday, Oct 4 at 10am, 7pm, and 8:30pm


Free, Pass the Hat donations encouraged

About the Artists

Yannick Trapman-O’Brien is a Performer, Theatermaker, and Creative Hand for Hire. His practice centers on exploring the exchanges and spaces we are willing to make and share with strangers, as well as seeking unorthodox applications for performance. He is an alumni of NYU Abu Dhabi (Theater, BA), assistant director of Cirque du Nuit, Studio Manager at Monument Lab, and a frequent collaborator with Al-Bustan, Guerilla Science and NYU Open Arts. Occasionally, he sleeps.

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