high pressure fire service

High Pressure Fire Service

A FringeArts presentation series of Philadelphia artists

March 1—June 22, 2019

This Spring, FringeArts presents six new works from some of Philadelphia’s leading performers in a new series titled High Pressure Fire Service. Addressing issues of representation, gender, accessibility, reproductive justice, and more through devised theater, comedy, and participatory play, these new productions embody the vast range and exceptional talent of Philadelphia’s rich performing arts community.

High Pressure Fire Service (HPFS) takes its name from FringeArts’ historic building, the first high pressure pump house in the country. Opened in 1903, the station pumped water from the Delaware River to fire hydrants across Philadelphia, connecting the city and helping it grow and thrive. This history of creativity and connectivity is at the very heart of the High Pressure Fire Service festival.

You can still purchase tickets to the final four shows with a High Pressure Fire Service Subscription.

HPFS Subscriptions:
$150 Six-Show Package / $120 for members*
15% off tickets to 3-5 performances / 30% off for members*
All subscribers receive free ticket exchanges and reduced fees.


Support for High Pressure Fire Service has been provided by the Wyncote Foundation.

Read more about HPFS on the FringeArts Blog. You can check out our HPFS Spash series where our HPFS artists share insights about their shows, local inspirations, and living in Philly. You can also learn more about the connections HPFS artists have in Who’s Who in High Pressure Fire Service, part one, and Who’s Who in High Pressure Fire Service, part two!

a fierce kind of love banner imageA Fierce Kind of Love
Written by Suli Holum
Directed by David Bradley
Produced by the Institute on Disabilities, Temple University
March 1—3, 2019
A cast of artists with and without disabilities chronicles the largely untold story of Pennsylvania’s Intellectual Disability Rights Movement in a remount of this deeply poignant work.

the appointment bannerThe Appointment
Lightning Rod Special
March 20—31, 2019
Alice Yorke and Lightning Rod Special address the misogyny, hypocrisy, and absurdity surrounding the abortion debate in America in this musical satire.

broccoli roosevelt mr. house bannerBroccoli, Roosevelt and Mr. House!
The Berserker Residents
April 12—14, 2019
World Premiere
An unpredictable, vibrant comedy for all ages that combines snazzy games, silly sounds, and physical flights of fancy.

a hard time bannerA Hard Time
Pig Iron Theatre Company
May 1—12, 2019
World Premiere
Jess Conda, Jenn Kidwell, and Mel Krodman want to give you A Hard Time—an outrageous alt-comedy and futurist cabaret.

sincerity projectThe Sincerity Project #3 (2019)
Team Sunshine Performance Corporation
June 4—8, 2019
World Premiere
A meditation on the passage of time that explores aging, shifting expectations and identities, and how we all—as individuals and a culture—change, respond, evolve, and fail.

CIRCUIT CITY banner imageCircuit City
Written by Camae Ayewa
Music by Moor Mother
June 20—22, 2019
World Premiere
A futuristic exploration—part musical, part choreopoem, part play—of public/private ownership, housing, and technology.