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So long, and thanks for all the Fringe

Posted September 22nd, 2019

A few shows continue into next week (hello Let Me Die and Late Night Snacks!), but today marks the official last day of the 2019 Fringe Festival. We hope it’s been as good for you as it has for us.

Till next year.

Late Night Snacks: Artist Talk

Posted September 22nd, 2019
September 22 at 4pm
 
Join us at the Fringe Festival Bookstore at Cherry Street Pier, where the Bearded Ladies, John Jarboe, Anthony Martinez-Briggs, Zach Blackwood and the Late Night Snacks creative team will discuss cabaret in Philadelphia with FringeArts Artistic Producer Katy Dammers.
Free, RSVP Suggested

About The Bearded Ladies Cabaret

The Bearded Ladies Cabaret is an interdisciplinary troupe of artists who reinvigorate and redefine the form of cabaret in the 21st century by fusing it with theater, opera, and dance. They play with nostalgia and humor to question the embedded social messages in popular culture and tackle the politics of gender, identity, and artistic invention with sparkle and wit. Their work has been seen all over Philadelphia including the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Eastern State Penitentiary, Opera Philadelphia, the Wilma Theater, and FringeArts and they have brought their cabaret revolution to Miami, New Zealand, Seattle, Paris, Maryland, Delaware and New York City (Ars Nova, La Mama, and Joe’s Pub)


About the Fringe Festival Bookstore 

FringeArts partners with much-loved local bookseller Head House Books to present a pop-up emporium on Cherry Street Pier. Head down to Philadelphia’s newest, most arts-friendly waterfront park (just across Columbus Boulevard from the Festival Bar at FringeArts) to browse books and publications by and about the artists in the 2019 Fringe Festival. Delve deeper into the Curated Fringe Festival shows at a series of intimate conversations and live podcasts with the artists and community partners behind the shows. Learn more here.

Shimmy your Fringe!

Posted September 22nd, 2019

September 22, 2019

Dance performance with a short workshop American Tribal Style® dancing made famous by FatChanceBellyDance®. We will show you some fun tribal belly dance steps, then invite you up on the dance floor to GET YOUR FRINGE MOVING! Come for the show and stay for the fun!

Free / 60 minutes


State Street Tribal is Philadelphia’s premier FatChanceBellyDance® Sister Studio. This means American Tribal Style® Bellydance is here in Philly. Experience the dynamic and joyful art form in its “OG” finest. When it comes to tribal belly dance, American Tribal Style® is “often imitated –never duplicated.”

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2019 Fringe Festival Closing Night Party featuring Johnny Showcase

Posted September 21st, 2019

September 21, 2019

We’re wrapping up the Fringe Festival with an electrifying performance by Johnny Showcase!

A 10-piece absurdist soul outfit based in Philadelphia, Johnny Showcase is an innovative, joyful tour-de-force that blissfully toes the line between performance art and psychedelic soul revival. Carrying the torch of funk-rock pioneers like Funkadelic and Frank Zappa, they have gained a massive following and propelled Johnny to something of a funky Philly folk hero legend.

The brain-child of theater artist/musician David Sweeny, Johnny Showcase is a sweaty, charismatic showman from Rhode Island who is equal parts Andy Kaufman and Prince. Surrounding him is a rag tag group of performers, including a spiritual adviser named Rumi Kitchen, two vacuous vocalists collectively called The Truth, and the knife-sharp backing band the Mystic Ticket.

In 2009, they staged a sold-out run of a fantastical, unauthorized Prince inspired odyssey—Purr, Pull, Reign—as part of the 2009 Philadelphia Fringe Festival. 2011 saw the release of their debut album Love is the Message, co-produced with Henry Hirsch (Lenny Kravitz, Mick Jagger), followed up in 2012 with the self-produced EP Mystic Ticket I: The Pump Fake.

Their 2015 follow-up album THE OCTOPUS! was hailed by Philadelphia Magazine as a “thick, sweaty psychedelic masterpiece”.

“One of “8 Philly Bands You Should Be Listening to Right Now” —Philadelphia Magazine
“Johnny Showcase is a soul train back to the ’70s…” —Lindsay Lazarski, newsworks.org
“The juxtaposition of timeless, sexcentric suavity with neurotically smarmy charm is so sublimely absurd as to be almost perfect.” —Philadelphia City Paper

Puppet-delphia Fringe Slam

Posted September 21st, 2019

September 21, 2019

Watch puppets and their humans get risky and frisky at this late-night variety puppet show. Presenting a wide range of short puppet acts, from silly to bawdy to sublime, this ADULTS ONLY show will unleash the world of puppetry on Philly. With musical acts, special guest stars, and puppeteers from Philly and New York City.

$12 / 65 minutes


Come see puppets get frisky with this adults only cabaret puppet show! Featuring artists from Philadelphia, New York City, and more! Special guest artist, Broderick Jones called “pure comedic genius” by Philadelphia Weekly for his one man puppet show Ubu Faust. Philadelphia puppeteers, Gina Leigh and Aaron Lathrop return for puppet hijinks while Melissa Dunphy and Matt Dunphy with their band Up Your Cherry will be rocking the night away. Don’t miss this one night only event! Additional artists to be announced!

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The Quiet Room

Posted September 21st, 2019

September 21 + 22, 2019

The Quiet Room examines the internal and external notions of Alzheimer’s victims through movement. The movers attempt to track their improvised movements and patterns while crucial components of their archetype fade away. They fight to keep their memory alive from their impending yet uncertain outcome.

$10 / 30 minutes


The Quiet Room is a movement piece designed by an independent artist to create awareness about Alzheimer’s. During this year’s Fringe Festival we will learn, reminisce, and fundraise for the Alzheimer’s Association in their fight to find a cure for this horrible disease through dance. The choreographer, Hailey Hubbs, holds a Bachelors degree in dance from Rowan University. Hailey is a dance instructor at a South Jersey dance studio, Dance Xperience, and an upcoming choreographer in the south Jersey/Philadelphia region. She has trained under former Philadanco dancer and choreographer, Dawn Bazemore, as well as other credible artists such as Leslie Elkins (also a performer in The Quiet Room), Paule Turner, Beau Handcock, Jennifer Gordon, Mea Pangia and many others.

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Pursuit of Happiness: Community Conversation

Posted September 21st, 2019
September 21 at 4pm
 
Join us at the Fringe Festival Bookstore at Cherry Street Pier for a community conversation with Pavol Liska and Kelly Copper of the Nature Theater of Oklahoma and Iztok Kovač from EN-KNAP  about Pursuit of Happiness, joined by Cathryn Miller-Wilson, Executive Director of HIAS PA and Penn Museum Global Guide Yaroub Al-Obaidi. This community conversation will be moderated by FringeArts Audience Engagement Coordinator Tenara Calem.
Free, RSVP Suggested

About Nature Theater of Oklahoma

“Personnel is being hired for the Theater in Oklahoma! The Great Nature Theater of Oklahoma is calling you! It’s calling you today only! If you miss this opportunity, there will never be another! Anyone thinking of his future, your place is with us! All welcome! Anyone who wants to be an artist, step forward! We are the theatre that has a place for everyone, everyone in his place! If you decide to join us, we congratulate you here and now! But hurry, be sure not to miss the midnight deadline! We shut down at midnight, never to reopen! Accursed be anyone who doesn’t believe us!”
—Franz Kafka, Amerika

Nature Theater of Oklahoma is an OBIE-winning New York art and performance enterprise under the direction of Pavol Liska and Kelly Copper. With each new project, we attempt to set an impossible challenge for ourselves, the audience, and our collaborators—working from inside the codes and confines of established genres and exploding them. No two projects are formally the same, but the work is always full of humor, earnestness, rigor, and the audience plays an essential role—whether as spectators or—just as often—as participants in the work. Using ready-made material, found space, gifted properties, cosmic accident, extreme formal manipulation and plain hard work—Nature Theater of Oklahoma makes art to affect a shift in the perception of everyday reality that extends beyond the site of performance and into the world in which we live.


About the Fringe Festival Bookstore 

FringeArts partners with much-loved local bookseller Head House Books to present a pop-up emporium on Cherry Street Pier. Head down to Philadelphia’s newest, most arts-friendly waterfront park (just across Columbus Boulevard from the Festival Bar at FringeArts) to browse books and publications by and about the artists in the 2019 Fringe Festival. Delve deeper into the Curated Fringe Festival shows at a series of intimate conversations and live podcasts with the artists and community partners behind the shows. Learn more here.

Close To Home

Posted September 21st, 2019

September 21, 22, 28 + 29, 2019

An intimate performance project for eleven dancers in response to the paintings of Edith Neff, a Philadelphia native and visual artist whose subjects include family, Philadelphia public spaces, and mythological allegory. Photo: Mira Treatman.

$20 / 60 minutes


Close To Home is directed by Leah Stein in collaboration with the performers. This work is made possible by Woodmere Art Museum and the CultureWorks Festi Fund, in addition to LSDC’s 2019-20 season partners: Wyncote Foundation, PA Council on the Arts, and Philadelphia Cultural Fund.

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Close to Home is a recipient of the 2019 Independent Artist FestiFund

The Independent Artist FestiFund is a project of CultureTrust Greater Philadelphia

 

 

 

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unbird unbeast

Posted September 21st, 2019

September 21 + 22, 2019

A dance performance and sculptural installation, unbird unbeast engages in contemporary myth-making as an embodied practice. By activating a lush sensorium of dense movement within complex sculptural environment, we ask ourselves to constantly attempt to feel more and feel differently.

$8 / 45 minutes


Sound design by Niall Jones Costumes by Andrew Smith

 

Circadium Presents: 4:18 AM / Chaos Theory

Posted September 20th, 2019

September 20–22, 2019

A contemporary circus double feature: 4:18 AM is an introspective visual album of Let Them Eat Chaos by poet and musician Kate Tempest. In one surreal minute, seven strangers question their own humanity. Chaos Theory uses juggling, equilibristics, and theater to study the differences between order and chaos. 15-minute intermission between shows.

$20 / 90 minutes


“Circadium Presents” is an annual contemporary circus addition to the Philadelphia Fringe Festival hosted and sponsored by Circadium School of Contemporary Circus. Special thanks to Kate Tempest and wildlife entertainment for the use of “Let Them Eat Chaos” by poet and musician Kate Tempest.

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Proceed with Caution

Posted September 20th, 2019

September 20–22, 2019

Proceed with Caution grapples with personal, social, and global security and trust in the present-day—a time of global violence, the Trump presidency, mass shootings, and the #MeToo movement. A group of performers explore security through dance, video projection, and spoken and recorded words

$20 / 90 minutes


Refreshed and expanded after it’s premiere in the 2018 Fringe Festival, the work directed by Darcy Lyons is back to take the stage at one of Philadelphia’s best venues for dance. Expanded and updated over the past year, Proceed with Caution includes a new twenty minute section about security after 9/11. The central theme of the work comes from security expert Bruce Schneier. He writes: “Security is both a reality and a feeling and they’re not the same thing… The foundation of security is trust, both personal trust and global trust.”

The piece begins to address these questions: How do humans build trust in dance? How do we build trust with each other? How do we build trust in the world at large? How do we address and assess our fears about personal safety? How do our personal feelings of security intersect with global security? How do we make an impact on security through art and activism? With the support of projected video dispersed throughout the piece, the group of performers tell raw stories in their own voices and bodies of their real life experiences of feeling safe, feeling scared, and being truly endangered. The new hour-long version evolves as it moves from the personal to the global, addressing modern issues and how they affect our individual and collective associations and understandings of safety within an increasingly turbulent humanity. Proceed with Caution does not claim to have all the answers, but it’s worth experiencing because the work takes a brave step into exploring one of today’s greatest challenges that everyone can relate to: security.


Lyons and Tigers creates dance theater work for the stage, performance installations, and dance films. We revel in crossing those fabricated lines that often restrict dance making. We enjoy experimenting and taking risks. We are highly collaborative within the company and our work is often co-created with video projection, visual art, and text that is spoken, recorded, and projected. Our work pushes the edges of discomfort, crawls into the risky places that make our hair stand on end, make our hearts softly open to the world, or pull us into one of the many places in between. This production is not suitable for children and may contain triggering content.

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I Know It Was the Blood: The Totally True Adventures of a Newfangled Black Woman

Posted September 20th, 2019

September 20-22, 2019

In this award-winning sojourn embracing Southern roots, gospel rhythms, and queer identity, one family’s love conquers all. A scrappy Jersey girl finds the courage to live authentically in this soul-rich performance of storytelling, theater, song, and poetry. Philly Premiere!

$13 / 75 minutes


Written, Directed, and Performed by Tara Lake

Artists’ Choice Award – Chicago Fringe Festival 2018
Rochester Fringe 2018 Best Bet – Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
Not to Miss at Charm City Fringe – Baltimore Magazine

Tara Lake is a Soprano, Storyteller, Playwright, Actress and Scholar-Artist. 

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I Know It Was the Blood: The Totally True Adventures of a Newfangled Black Woman is a recipient of the 2019 Independent Artist FestiFund

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Happy Hour on the Fringe

In this episode of Happy Hour on the Fringe, April Rose, FringeArts’ Fringe Festival Coordinator, talks to Tara Lake, Terry Brennan, Jarrod Markman, and Joseph Ahmed about their independent show offerings for this year’s Fringe Festival and their experiences as newbies and seasoned veterans of Fringe. Listen below or read the transcript on the FringeArts Blog.

I Know It Was the Blood: The Totally True Adventures of a Newfangled Black Woman will play September 20-22 at The Whole Shebang.

Operation: Wawa Road Trip will play  at the Proscenium Theatre at The Drake on September 5–9, 12–16, and 19–21.

 Dissonance and Generations are visual art exhibitions that will be showing at Da Vinci Art Alliance during the 2019 Fringe Festival. Free / Gallery hours: Wednesdays–Sundays, 12–5pm. DVAA is also presenting Composition in Concert, displayed at International House Philadelphia daily from 8am–10pm during the Fringe Festival.

rail.

Posted September 20th, 2019

September 20, 22, 24, 26 + 27, 2019

Staged in the 100-year-old Racquets court inside the members-only confines of The Racquet Club of Philadelphia, rail. is a play about the cyclical nature of relationships in our lives and the ways we struggle to break free from past events to forge new paths. Sarah, a therapist and former championship squash player, is stuck in a cycle of rotating men in her life, all played by the same actor. She must decide how to break the cycle and find her most singular life.

$16 / 90 minutes


Written by Zac Kline Directed by Rachel Dart & Zac Kline Featuring Emilie Krause & Harry Watermeier Photos by Plate 3 Photography

DRESS CODE: Please note that The Racquet Club of Philadelphia enforces a ‘Smart Casual’ dress code that prohibits t-shirts, hooded sweatshirts, sweatpants, spandex, halter tops, cargo pants, shorts, sneakers, flip flops, and hats.

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Women in Mummers Project

Posted September 20th, 2019

September 20–22, 2019

The Women in Mummers Project gives a voice to the hard-working women in the Mummers organization. These women do everything: building huge suits, organizing people, marching in the parade, feeding everyone, and so much more. Come learn about these outstanding women and the Mummers.

$10 / 45 minutes


The Golden Sunrise NYA is a nonprofit dedicated to teaching Mummery to everyone. Whether you want to march down Broad Street, or work behind the scenes and help make the magic happen, there’s a number of ways to get involved at Golden Sunrise and become a part of the Mummer community.

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Brand New Pieta

Posted September 20th, 2019

September 20–22, 2019

A woman’s solitary urban existence is challenged by the public death of a stranger. One performer navigates seven characters in a storytelling experiment that explores the metaphor of survival.

$10 / 60 minutes


 

BalletX Pop-Up

Posted September 20th, 2019

September 20 at 6pm

BalletX, led by Artistic & Executive Director Christine Cox, and named “among America’s best” by The New York Times, is thrilled to kick off the company’s 2019–20 season of Pop Up performances with a presentation at FringeArts during the 2019 Fringe Festival. The season-opening Pop Up will take place in the Haas Beirgarten at 6pm on Friday, September 20. BalletX Pop Ups provide opportunities to experience signature company repertory and new works by the BalletX dancers themselves in parks, museums, libraries, historical sites, and other community centers across Philadelphia.

Free and open to the public, BalletX Pop Ups are generously supported by the William Penn Foundation’s New Places/New Audiences initiative.

Featured Photo by Chris Kendig


 

Credit: Vikki Sloviter Photography

 

Un Poyo Rojo: Live Podcast Recording

Posted September 20th, 2019
September 20 at 4pm
 
Join us at the Fringe Festival Bookstore at Cherry Street Pier for a live recording of the Happy Hour on the Fringe Podcast, featuring Luciano Rosso and Nicolás Poggi of Un Poyo Rojo ,who will be discussing the theater performance coming to the 2019 Fringe Festival with FringeArts Artistic Producer Zach Blackwood.
Free, RSVP Suggested

About Un Poyo Rojo

Un Poyo Rojo was first presented in Argentina in 2008, and has been performed to sold-out audiences throughout the country. The show set out to conquer Latin America and Europe in 2015 as it began its first world tour. The play is performed by Alfonso Barón and Luciano Rosso, two multitalented dancers, actors and choreographers. Trained in five types of dances, Luciano Rosso is a true star in his native country. His YouTube channel, filled with lip synch videos, has millions of views. Alfonso Baron is a former elite sportsman turned performer. He collaborated with several of the most recognized choreographers and dance companies in Argentina. The duo is directed by Hermes Gaido, a top stage director and graduate of the Buenos Aires Art Academy.


About the Fringe Festival Bookstore 

FringeArts partners with much-loved local bookseller Head House Books to present a pop-up emporium on Cherry Street Pier. Head down to Philadelphia’s newest, most arts-friendly waterfront park (just across Columbus Boulevard from the Festival Bar at FringeArts) to browse books and publications by and about the artists in the 2019 Fringe Festival. Delve deeper into the Curated Fringe Festival shows at a series of intimate conversations and live podcasts with the artists and community partners behind the shows. Learn more here.

See Amid The Winter Snow

Posted September 19th, 2019

September 19–21*, 2019

It’s Christmastime in September! Join our lovable snowman for a drink as he narrates the Yuletide pandemonium that is the tale of Mitchell Claus and Daisy Scarlett. Their love story is threatened when a blackmail scandal emerges in Santa’s workshop amid Mrs. Claus’ critical re-election bid for mayor of the North Pole.

*Audio description for Saturday, September 21 performance at 1:30pm.

ADA accessible

$15 / 100 minutes


Peter Fenton is a Philadelphia-based writer for the stage, screen, and blog committed to creating intelligent, humorous content. He specializes in writing comedy dialog, most frequently within fantasy, fairy tale, and science fiction stories for all ages. Following his first two stage play publications in February 2019, Fenton launched ByPeterFenton.com to begin freelance script and story writing and to host information about each of his stage and screenplays as well as a periodic blog about his writing process and personal life. While they overlapped working at the Walnut Street Theatre in Philadelphia, director Amanda Pasquini and actress Chelsea Cylinder joined with Fenton to mobilize ByPeterFenton.com as a theatrical production company in May 2019, mounting the world premiere of Fenton’s holiday comedy See Amid the Winter Snow as their debut production.

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The Insanity of Mary Girard

Posted September 19th, 2019

September 19–22, 2019

In 1790, the wife of noted Philadelphian Stephen Girard awoke to find herself in the mental asylum at The Pennsylvania Hospital. How did she get here? Why has her husband not come to have her released? Is it all a mistake, or is she truly insane? Join us on the inside where we find out more as the tale unfolds.

$25 / 80 minutes


Sarah Heddins plays Mary Girard in this immersive, thought provoking, and fascinating historical drama about the roles that men and women were expected to play in early American society, and just what can happen when you don’t live up to the expectations of your station. The play centers primarily on Mary’s time in the Pennsylvania Hospital, as told by her and a “greek chorus” of inmates, who help her see clearly the path that lead her to be placed in there with them. This story is based on a letter Stephen Girard wrote to his brother in 1787 where he lamented about,

Having been so foolish as to marry this unfortunate vixen… I treat her properly but at the same time I despise her as much as it is possible to despise anyone… I hate her like the devil and note with pleasure that this feeling increases from day to day.

A powerhouse of actors in this ensemble cast bring the story to life as it is presented in the round, in an intimate theater space. Join us in the basement of the Pennsylvania Hospital as we learn more about Mary and those closest to her, and what led to the tragic fate of Mrs. Stephen Girard.

Written by Lanie Robertson Directed by Mariangela Saavedra Starring Neena Boyle, Jim Broyles, Sarah Heddins, Jessica McDonald, Willam McHattie, Teresa Nutter, Sarah Palmatory, Browning Sterner, and Sean Vermeire


For over sixty-three years, Allens Lane Theater has produced purposeful, challenging, and unique theater experiences centered around contemporary human issues which reflect the diversity and complexity of our community. We present the best in contemporary theater in a unique cabaret atmosphere. An intimate space guarantees that no one is far from the stage. Our patrons also are treated to extended time in the theater prior to each performance to enjoy the company of their neighbors and fellow theater patrons, while they savor BYOB picnic dinners and are seated a cabaret tables. This is a theater experience you won’t find anywhere else in the city!

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