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Events When All Else Fails: or, Why Not Choose Me?

When All Else Fails: or, Why Not Choose Me?

Madeline Shuron

September 21–23

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September 21 at 7:30pm

September 22 at 8:30pm

September 23 at 8:30pm

2022 Fringe Festival

55 min


The MAAS Building Cottage

Ashley W. is looking for the one and she’s tired of settling – but you sure could! Taking cues from ABC’s “The Bachelor” and other reality dating shows, When All Else Fails is a clownish exploration on love and our human tendency to overromanticize it. Through this semi-immersive piece, audiences will be delighted with Shuron’s signature mix of dance, theatre, film, and puppetry that grips at the heartstrings through its most joyous and darkest moments.

For ages 18+

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 frequent suggested language.

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 and performed by Madeline Shuron.


About the Artist

Madeline Shuron studied theatre at Bryn Mawr College and is an MFA candidate in dance at Temple University. As an artist and educator in Philadelphia, she is interested in investigating embodied affect and interrogating the audience-performer relationship through an interdisciplinary approach of dance, theatre, film, puppetry, and clowning. Her work is the feeling of holding three hundred balloons in your fist; each string shifting and caressing across your palm, the frantic feeling of trying to hold them all tightly enough to not slip free. If you are alive right now, you have been practicing self-defense. Spill your guts.