Posts Tagged ‘2012 Philly Fringe’

Late Night Fringe-ing: Where The Wild Things Are

Posted September 7th, 2012

Wolf-suited Max, from Maurice Sendak’s Where the Wild Things Are, is sent to his bedroom for mischievous behavior; little does his mother know that the real mischief begins at a boy’s exile post. As the moon rises outside his window, so does Max’s threshold for indoor foliage: his nightstand becomes a bush, and trees grow in place of his bedposts. Soon, an ocean sluices through the door and he rides away on a boat towards the forest where the wild things are: those bird-boar-Hagrid monstrosities depicted by Sendak.

In this year’s Philly Fringe (which, if you haven’t been living in Max’s world, should know opens tonight), there are more than a handful of shows that take place in the bewitching hour where today, tomorrow and yesterday all squat; it’s the hour where anything can–and if you’re Fringe-ing–will happen. I spoke with Jake Blouch of Jawbone Junction: Live at the Twisted Tail and Rebecca Wright of Applied Mechanic’s Some Other Mettle about what it means to perform in the time-space where the wild things lurk.

But before you jump: listen to Christopher Walken read (and improv his own lines) from Where the Wild Things Are.


After the jump: Skynyrd, and a performance that takes place at the Earth’s core.

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Philly Fringe Vital Stats: RA Friedman

Posted September 7th, 2012

Pose naked for this guy. Photo by Bernadette Dye.

Picked last, or not at all, for the nude kickball team (now being referred to as this year’s festival)? Then here’s your chance to flash your best smile, leg, or cheek for the camera: Vintage photographer  and founder of Tsirkus Fotografika RA Friedman is holding The Big Nude Pinhole Shoot as part of this year’s Fringe. The shoot will take place in close-to-total-darkness, so if you’re shy don’t fret! Plus if you participate you receive a copy of your gussied down, vintage-y self to hang alongside a picture of your cousin’s graduation. Come to RA’s opening tonight and you can sign up to bare it all on September 17. Check out CBS Philly’s coverage of the event, then read the photographer’s Stats after the jump.

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All Your Media Belong To Us

Posted September 7th, 2012

I guess we’re kind of like a big deal! You probably shouldn’t play this too loud if you’re at work (unless your workplace is awesome), but you definitely should read the articles after the jump, which number approximately the same as the shell casings in this Clipse video.

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Half-price Kabbalah . . .

Posted September 7th, 2012

Salon, that is. Rabbi Rayzel Raphael writes in to say she’s offering two-for-one tix to the Kabbalah Salon, running tonight, Saturday night, and next Friday, September 14. Email your name to rrayzel[at]shechinah[dot]com, and she’ll hook you up with a voucher. Enjoy!

–Nicholas Gilewicz

Philly Fringe Vital Stats: Leila Ghaznavi

Posted September 6th, 2012

Silken Veils is replete with…veils.

Watching The Hunger Games with my parents on Friday night (livin’ the dream, folks), I was reminded, at least in the political sense, of puppets; what Suzanne Collins’ fiction thinly veils is the question, are the impoverished just pawns in the state’s plan to keep the rich, rich and the poor, poor and ever-servile? I don’t know. I was too distracted by Elizabeth Banks’s fancy-turned-freakish costumes. Her eyelashes were butterflies!

Leila Ghaznavi eschews the political puppet and goes right for the real thing; her Philly Fringe Silken Veils uses marionettes to tell a contemporary Iranian tale of a woman, and a marriage, and a war. After a recent run at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe the performance was ‘tweet-crowned’ a MUST SEE by The Stage Edinburgh, and nominated for best new work. Let’s hope for another successful run in Philly; or as Banks’s character says with a tongue-in-cheek she’s too bedazzled to feel, “May the odds be ever in your favor.”

Read Leila’s Vitals after the jump.

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Can 3 Wishes Fracture a Personality?

Posted September 6th, 2012

Gerald van Wilgen wrote me the other day, having interviewed playwright Ari Flamingo, who Gerald may or may not be, and who may or may not be in charge of Gerald. It’s kind of hard to say. For the 2012 Philly Fringe, Ari wrote 3 Wishes, inspired by the runaway best-selling novel Fifty Shades of Grey. After the jump, Gerald dirty-talks to himself. Maybe. We’re not really sure. But it goes off the rails, as all good interviews do.

Gerald or Ari? Regardless: sexy!

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“The Middle of the Alphabet”: A Conversation with BodyFields Performance Collective

Posted September 5th, 2012

Briel Driscoll and Jonathan Childs of BodyFields Performance Collective.

Briel Driscoll wears her hair parted down the middle, in two small buns behind and below her ears; it’s playful, I think. She shifts on the tufted cushion of a faux-Victorian couch to face Nikki Roberts, co-collaborator of movement group BodyFields Performance Collective whose Experiencing people as really kind of huge is part of this year’s Philly Fringe.

“Was it Shakespeare?” Briel asks.

“No, but it was some classic literature,” Nikki says. “I would say that’s one of our early, crowning achievements. If nothing else, we were persuasive: we talked our high school English teacher into, instead of writing a paper, into letting us make a dance about it.”

“We were supposed to do it on the school stage, but for some reason we couldn’t at the time. So we said, ‘Let’s go to the library,’” Briel says. “It was that carpet that’s really rough. We got crazy rug burns. We all came out of that bleeding really heavily.”

After the jump: local musicians Son Step, and getting inked with friends

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S.O.A.R.ing through Philly Fringe

Posted September 5th, 2012

“I didn’t start dance classes until I was 11 years old. I had two girl cousins who always took dance, and they got me into it at family dinners and holidays. We were always making dances.” Her cousins—one now a nurse, another a salesperson for a medical supply company—may have introduced her to dance, but Kelli Moshen’s entrepreneurial spirit drove her to create her own dance company, Project Moshen. Their show S.O.A.R. opens this weekend at the 2012 Philly Fringe.

Kelli’s first dance class was a hip hop class, leading, a few years later, to admission to the dance programs at both CalArts and Philadelphia’s University of the Arts, but she found that CalArts focus didn’t mesh well with her affinity for popular forms. And she had worked with UArts summer program for three years, and felt at home there.

After graduating from UArts in 2009, Kelli moved to New York City to work as a junior agent with the MSA agency, whose clients have choreographed or performed in everything from Smash (for which choreographer Josh Bergasse just received an Emmy nomination) to So You Think You Can Dance. She returned to Philadelphia in September 2010, largely for the community she has here.

After the jump: pop music and popular forms

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Philly Fringe Vital Stats: Jim Ludlum

Posted September 5th, 2012

Jim’s serious about the Fringe.

The festival is coming! The festival is coming! Nothing but the glorious ravage of the redcoats of boredom from here on out. Maybe as a warm-up you’ve caught some previews, but either way now in two days it will be time to put your dog in a kennel, phone the babysitter, and devote the next two weeks to Philly Fringe: a bowl of Fringe flakes for breakfast, Fringe fettuccine at the nearest Italian joint, and dinner and a Fringe show before heading to the Festival Bar. Jumping the gun a bit, and opening a day before the festival, is The Maids, starring Jim Ludlum. Read his less-than-Philly-sports-patriotic answers to our questions below. [Audrey: Sorry, Jim. One day you’ll Revere me for my unwavering quest to keep the Fringe free of turncoats. After the jump] Read More

Preview: Jeff Coon and Ben Dibble Must Die

Posted September 5th, 2012

What does sound mean to you? Think about it, man.

The health food coordinator of the Philly Fringe has fortified this blog with Vitamin Nick.

Jeff Coon and Ben Dibble Must Die opens tonight and runs through September 10 at the Skinner Studio at the Plays and Players Theatre, 1714 Delancey Street, Center City. Times vary, $15.

–Nicholas Gilewicz

Philly Fringe Vital Stats: Rabbi Rayzel Raphael

Posted September 4th, 2012

If I can purchase a tie-dye dress at Kabbalah Salon, I’m there.

Once again, Wikipedia enlightens me and softens the slap of ignorance. Kabbalah, as defined by G-d-knows-who, is a mystical practice within Judaism meant to unlock ontological knowledge: why are we here? What is the purpose of life? Why does Madonna practice Kabbalah? I doubt Rabbi Rayzel Raphael will answer this last question in her 2012 Philly Fringe Kabbalah Salon, but she does promise to include members of all faiths in interactive storytelling and singing. Check out her Vital Stats after the jump.

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Roundup Roundup

Posted August 31st, 2012

It’s that time in a young cowboy/cowgirl’s life where we round up the roundups, as the Festivals are about to begin. Here’s some press and press-sorting of shows to help guide your way through the next three weeks:

>>>The South Philly Review has a beautiful cover story on the Aryadareis, one of the families performing in Headlong’s This Town is a Mystery.

>>>Great story from WHYY’s Peter Crimmins on the same. Hey, ditto for the Chestnut Hill Local!

>>>WHYY’s “Arts Calendar” pulls out some pics for the festivals, including Ivona, Princess of Burgundia, Brat RockPile, Tourettes: A Dancing Disorder, and Return Return Departure.

>>>uwishunu offers up lists of top participatory shows and top bets for unusual sites.

>>>Rep Radio‘s kicked off its podcast coverage of Live Arts and Philly Fringe this week. So far: interviews with Eric Balchunas about Wawapalooza, Whit MacLaughlin about 27, and commander-in-chief Nick Stuccio about all things festivals. Listen over here.

>>>J. Cooper Robb writes in Philadelphia Weekly about what is sure to be a most amazing post-show talk on body politics in the arts (following the single performance of Arguendo), featuring John Collins of Elevator Repair Service, Charlotte Ford (of this year’s Bang), and playwright Young Jean Lee (UNTITLED FEMINIST SHOW).

>>>Art Attack, the Daily News-Drexel U collab arts reporting project plugs Barbie Blended, this year’s first Philly Fringe offering (opens tomorrow, whoa!).

>>>Top ticket for Stage‘s Debra Miller? The Gate Reopened.

>>>The Montgomery News runs down the MontCo connections.

>>>Ditto for Mount Airy, via the Mount Airy Patch.

>>>Dispatch from central Jersey, who loves us. We love you too! Come on down!

–Nicholas Gilewicz

Philly Fringe Vital Stats: Douglas Repetto

Posted August 30th, 2012

Twin foals roaming.

If you haven’t already, check out the preview of Douglas Repetto and his mechanical foals we posted back in July. The video got me so geared up to create my own motorized colt: I’ve since knitted a foal-shawl, purchased several canisters of Gerber foal formula, and riffled through the local library’s baby name books (if it’s a boy, Charles after his grandfather; if it’s a girl, Mary after her great aunt). Then of course, there’s the financial burden of being a single mother; how WILL I afford college tuition on a Fringe intern salary?

Original robot foal parent Douglas tried to assuage my worries by writing about bubble tea and France in his Vital Stats; read them, and then coo at a photo of Douglas’s human foal, after the jump.

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Throwing It Out

Posted August 29th, 2012

Joanna Sycz in The Hoarder’s Child.

Early this summer I set about making space in my childhood bedroom for more adult (read: terrifying) things: student loan bills, GRE study books, and the considerable anxiety of job applications. First, I set out to tackle the at-random piles of books that marked the floor space, the desk top, and my reading chair. Soon though, I was overwhelmed. Convincing myself that a pile on the floor, in the corner, was a fine enough place to house several Murakami novels and an astronomy textbook, I moved on.

Trash was easier to remove. I tossed out a few receipts crumpled on my dresser, and jewelry that dated back to middle school. I left though the notebook from eleventh grade physics on my desk chair; I had just gotten my blog internship with Philly Fringe, and what if two Fringe artists were barreling towards each other, one moving at 10 mph, the other at 15 kph, whose show would be the sleeper hit?

Then of course, for weeks I hoarded the Q & A from Heather L. Jones, playwright of 2012 Philly Fringe’s The Hoarder’s Child, refusing to set it free (in this case, publish it on the blog); e-mail, I’ve concluded, is the greatest enabler of hoarding, because notes and photos and videos of Corgis playing in water parks all fit into one compact computer-ma-bob and its neat and small and doesn’t look messy and like the repository of all my neuroses. But it is. And I’m sorry Heather.

After the jump: we try to redeem ourselves, and Heather talks about theater in Tampa-St. Pete.

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Philly Fringe Vital Stats: Donald Drake

Posted August 29th, 2012

Hi Donald!

Following our post about dance injuries and the importance of prevention rather than treatment, it’s safe to say that the blog audience recognizes that dance isn’t for bellyachers, or as former Philadelphia Inquirer reporter Donald Drake asserts in the title of his 2012 Philly Fringe submit, Ballroom Dancing Ain’t for Sissies. Donald explains the show, and proselytizes the typewriter, after the jump.

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Dig the New Virtual Guide

Posted August 29th, 2012

Because we’re always mixing it up around here, we have for you a new virtual guide that includes the show calendar and an artist directory, so you can stalk your favorite performers and groups across the Festivals. Check it out here.

–Nicholas Gilewicz

Preview: Silken Veils

Posted August 29th, 2012

When the 2012 Philly Fringe show Silken Veils was up at Edinburgh, The Scotsman called it “a joy to watch.” Peep a bit below:

Silken Veils runs September 11 through 15 at 2nd Stage at the Adrienne, 2030 Sansom Street, Center City. All shows 7:00 pm, $10-$13.

–Nicholas Gilewicz

Preview: Napoleon Princess Groupie Newspaper

Posted August 28th, 2012


You might think that the title, and the promo video, pretty much say it all about this 2012 Philly Fringe production. But no! Check back later this week for our interview with writer/actor Amy Frear and director Chelsea Sanz.

Napoleon Princess Groupie Newspaper runs September 8 through 10 at the Laurie Beechman Cabaret Theater at the Arts Bank, 601 S. Broad Street, Avenue of the Arts. Times vary, $5.

–Nicholas Gilewicz

Philly Fringe Vital Stats: Alex Bechtel

Posted August 27th, 2012

Part of the “Must Die” team, possibly annoyed. Not pictured: Alex Bechtel.

Actor Alex Bechtel is training with those Pig Iron kids, has acted with troupes and in venues ranging from Applied Mechanics to The Walnut Street Theatre, and will seize the day at the 2012 Philly Fringe with Jeff Coon and Ben Dibble Must Die, the story of two men hungry for fame and fortune in the footlights of Philadelphia. Is his group, Los Jarochos, named after this place? He didn’t tell us. But hey, we didn’t ask, so that’ll remain one of life’s little mysteries, I suppose. After the jump: THE POWER OF GRAYSKULL!

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News About Us!

Posted August 27th, 2012

>>>6ABC loves the arts that we do; story featuring El Jefe Nick Stuccio above, and plugs for Sequence 8, Bang, and Le Grand Continental.

>>>The Inquirer plugs Barbie Blended: A Pop Rockin’ Musical, which gets a head start on the 2012 Philly Fringe with early shows this weekend.

>>>The Daily News, Technically Philly, and Newsworks all have Rafael Lozano-Hemmer’s Open Air on the brain.

>>>Alum news, via Playbill: Elephant Room, which premiered at the 2011 Live Arts Festival, goes Hollywood at the Kirk Douglas Theater.

–Nicholas Gilewicz