Unorthodox Methods of Cosmic Flight
Anastassia Vertjanova and Annemarie Branco
September 29–October 9
September 29 at 6:30pm
September 30 at 6:30pm
October 1 at 4:00pm
October 7 at 9:00pm
October 8 at 6:30pm
October 9 at 4:00pm
2022 Fringe Festival
Pay What You Can
NEW DATES ADDED Friday October 7 at 9pm, Saturday October 8 at 6:30pm, Sunday October 9 at 4pm
NOTE: the September 22, 23, 24, 25, and 26 performances of this show have been canceled.
How to build a slingshot big enough to shoot yourself into the cosmos: A comical journey of begrudging allies, a few Big Questions, and no helpful answers. Inspired by Ilya Kabakov’s visual art installation “The Man Who Flew Into Space From His Apartment”, Theatre and Installation Art combine into a show for anyone who has ever looked up at the night sky and felt the incomprehensible need to go.
Two cosmonauts of varying degrees of legitimacy “collaborate” to find a way into space, creating their own art installation in response to one made so many years ago.
80% of the show’s design is sourced from recycled, borrowed, salvaged, or sustainably sourced material.
This show and installation is presented as a part of Launch Point’s Living Gallery, which opens for viewing an hour and a half before every performance. We invite audience members to come earlier to hang out and explore the gallery.
Appropriate for ages 13+
This performance contains brief graphic language, strobe lights, and fog/smoke effects.
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.
Director/Producer: Anastassia Vertjanova, Production Designer/Producer: Annemarie Branco, Cosmonaut: Ella Stoller, Cosmonaut: Noah Sturtridge, Lighting Designer: Larry Barnes, Costume Designer: Lily Mcclure, Sound Designer: TBD, Poster Design: Kayce Dygert
About the Artist
Anastassia is a director and multi-media artist who celebrates manufactured magic and chaotic spontaneity. Did we make a mess and tickle your imagination? Success! Her work has been seen previously in the Philadelphia Fringe Festival, The New York Theatre SummerFest, Philadelphia Theatre Week, Philadelphia Women’s Theatre Festival, and Rabbit Punch Festival. She graduated from the University of the Arts with honors and studied through the National Theatre Institute at the Moscow Art Theatre. Visit her online at vertjanova.com
Annemarie Branco is a Production Designer and Scenic Charge based in Philadelphia PA. She is the Scenic Charge for Flannel & Hammer Scene Shop, charging shows for various companies including The Wilma, Delaware Theater Company and Gretna Theater. As a production designer, Annemarie is focused on immersive entertainment, with an emphasis on sustainability and scientific expression. Her running portfolio can be found on Instagram @annemariebranco