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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.

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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¡Que Ridículo!

Posted September 18th, 2019

September 18–21, 2019

Comedy that will make you say “How Ridiculous!” This cross-cultural comedy show was constructed through the lens of the immigrant experience. Featuring sketch and improv by ¿Qué?—an all-Spanish-speaking group (except for one white dude)—this show is meant to be enjoyed by English speakers as well as Spanish speakers.

$15 / 60 minutes


Since its opening in 2005, Philly Improv Theater (PHIT) has been the heart of Philadelphia’s nationally recognized comedy scene. PHIT produces over one thousand performances annually, with shows on multiple stages, seven nights a week, every week of the year. Beyond Philadelphia, Philly Improv Theater’s performers tour regularly, making appearances at the most prestigious comedy venues across North America.­

Dedicated to developing talent locally, the PHIT Training Center teaches over 1,000 adults, kids and teens how to improvise, write sketch comedy, and perform stand-up each year. Alumni and performers seen on PHIT’s stages have worked on Saturday Night Live, The Tonight Show, 30 Rock, The Late Show, Two and Half Men, Raising Hope, Key & Peele, Kroll Show, The State, Girl Code, Guy Code, Orange is the New Black, and The Kids in the Hall.

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Prestige Drama

Posted September 18th, 2019

September 18–21, 2019

One man is pushed to the edge in a story of betrayal, sex, drugs, murder, hot dogs, karaoke, and muscle milk. You know, just like on those basic cable dramas like Breaking Bad, True Detective, or Mad Men. From the visionary minds of Michael S. Watkins and Joe Bell (hosts of Comedian Psychoanalysis). Student tickets $12.

$20 / 70 minutes


About the Artists

Michael S. Watkins and Joe Bell are the hosts of the popular monthly show Comedian Psychoanalysis at Good Good Comedy Theatre. They regularly perform together as the sketch duo Scrote. They also wrote and starred in the original narrative shows Extreme Wrestling Smacksplosion and Prestige Drama for the Five Dollar Comedy Week comedy festival.

Michael S. Watkins is a comedian, performer, writer and musician based out of Philadelphia. Michael hosts the show Comedian Psychoanalysis and is a member of the sketch group Darlings, both at Good Good Comedy Theatre. He is a writer/content creator for The Hard Times and The Hard Drive. He has opened for such acts as Brody Stevens, Andy Blitz and Kyle Dunnigan. He has performed and written shows for Five Dollar Comedy Week, The Fringe Festival and the Blue Heaven Comedy Festival.

Joe Bell is a comedian, performer and writer based out of Philadelphia. Joe hosts the show Comedian Psychoanalysis and is 1/16th of the sketch group Darlings, both at Good Good Comedy Theatre. He’s written and animated cartoons for Comedy Central, as part of Saturday Morning(ish) Cartoons. In 2018, he wrote the ten-issue comic “Last of the Burger Bunch” for the launch of Collegehumor’s Dropout.tv. He’s performed at and written shows for Five Dollar Comedy Week, The Fringe Festival and the Blue Heaven Comedy Festival.

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Beyond The Light

Posted September 18th, 2019

September 18–22, 2019

A captivating creation story of the origin of love. One soul split into two struggles to reunite through a world of shadows and light. This all-ages story combines puppetry, dance, and stunning visual effects. Beyond the Light is sure to captivate the senses. Called “stunning!” by Jane Henson, cofounder of The Muppets.

$10/ 50 minutes


Beyond the Light is an elegant hybridization of dance, puppetry, shadow work, and lighting effects. Called “Pure Enchantment” by Jane Henson cofounder of The Muppets. In this one hour work, one soul torn into two must find its way back together again. It is an exploration of the power of love, hope, and determination that blends four different forms of puppetry to explore a world rift with drama and comedy. This work is all ages but is not recommended for children under the age of six. This piece was developed in sections through a series of residencies including Indy Convergence, The Eugene O’Neill Puppetry Conference, and Puppetry at the Carriage House (PATCH) sponsored by Jane Henson, and Emerging Artist Commissioning Program from Streb Action Mechanics Laboratory led by Elizabeth Streb. Excerpts of this work have been selected for the National Best Short Works by the Center for Puppetry Arts in Atlanta, GA.

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Medusa Volution

Posted September 17th, 2019

September 17–20, 2019

A true story of sex, power, and monsters.

“Feel of an ancient epic” (playstosee.com)

“Deliciously sticky … unexpected rapid fire of emotions“ (BKReader.com)

“Conceptually ambitious” (culturecatch.com)

Medusa Volution takes a darkly comedic look at what is really going on with Medusa and her sister archetypes, intertwining their stories with those of modern womanhood, ultimately with a hopeful urge toward transcendence.

$22 / 90 minutes

$5 tickets on September 17th only!


In Ovid’s Metamorphoses, Medusa was a young maiden in service to the temple of Athena. When she caught Poseidon’s attention her fate was sealed—the god forced himself on her in the temple, yet Athena condemned Medusa for having lost her purity, and turned her into the hideous gorgon monster we know, with snakes for hair, so dangerous and hideous that her gaze will turn a man to stone.

Medusa Volution is inspired by her story—by the loss of her humanity, and her condemnation and isolation as a punishment for her sexuality meted out by both male and female gods. Medusa the monster is but one in a Pantheon of female archetypes whose stories are the morality plays of the patriarchy.

“Medusa Volution packs a millenia-spanning deconstruction of the Othering of women…”  (culturecatch.com)

” …unabashedly and successfully delves deeper into the histories of Medusa, Salome and Eve…” (BKReader.com).

“…the truth-seeking Chorus dance, chant and curse the unwritten inaccuracies of Medusa’s plight…” (stagebiz.com).

“… disturbingly familiar (…) play written by an artist and a lawyer” “…mastered all the perceptions of Woman presented in the story: docile, beautiful, scary, vengeful, life-giving, and anything in between.”  (playstosee.com).

Conceived and directed by Sophie Amieva Written by Sophie Amieva and Susu Bagert Stage manager Wednesday Derrico Set and costume by Katerina Marcelja Lighting by Sarah Lurie Sound Design by Liz Stanton Butoh Choreography by Vangeline Ensemble Chandler Eliah Eason, Kayla Juntilla, Liz Stanton*, Irina Varina

*AEA

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our ouija board, the games we played, the shit we conjured, & the dead dude we hate-fucked

Posted September 15th, 2019

September 15, 16 + 18–22, 2019

ouija boards | necrophilia | Kelly Rowland | yearbooks | Satan | YA fiction | sexual perversions | kitten play | instas | finstas | high school reunions | dog attacks | mascots | christianity | lesbians | crocodile teeth | passing notes | road head | celebrity ghost hunters | gotta sign a waiver | BYOB

$20 / 120 minutes

ON THE ROCKS creates bold queer theater that is messy, absurd, terrifying, and hilarious. Our plays take a challenging look at millennial culture inside of systems of homophobia and white supremacy through a lens of deconstructed horror, humor, and sex. It is our mission to build wild, exciting performance that feel like a party for our audiences, while still engaging with important topics and relevant social issues. Our shows are late-night, BYOB & full of surprises. We here at ON THE ROCKS will challenge your expectations, chase them with a shot of tequila, and sending you stumbling off into the night.

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Alternative Theater Festival 2019

Posted September 14th, 2019

September 14, 2019

The Alternative Theater Festival is an annual festival celebrating weird, unconventional plays, all written, directed, and produced by students. This year, we bring you experiments in subjects ranging from British spies to dentists.

$5 / 80 minutes


iNtuitons Experimental Theatre is the University of Pennsylvania’s only student-run experimental theater group. iNtuitons comes from two words: intuition and automaton. The group was chartered to attract people with diverse artistic interests and in order to provide an outlet for creative people whose ideas are too classical or avant-garde to be supported by existing groups.

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Fire in the Sky

Posted September 13th, 2019

September 13 + 14, 2019

This is a cosmic constellation. Come for the conversation. Stargaze for days. Costarring the interstellar Maddie & Kayla, Queenz Collective (Sanchel Brown, Caitlin Green), and Haylee Warner. This work supports and is supported by Urban Movement Arts (UMA) Come take a class! UMA welcomes adults of all ages and experience levels.

$15 / 60 minutes


Soar between the planets of our performance solar system. You will be buckled in an out of mini performances inhabiting the studios, cubbies, and closets of Urban Movement Arts (UMA). Quick feet are hidden around the corner. Orbiting bodies invite you with their gravitational field.

Fire in the Sky is a performance event produced by Urban Movement Arts (UMA) community members Queenz Collective (Sanchel Brown & Caitlin Green), Haylee Warner & collaborators, and Kayla Bobalek & Maddie Hopfield.

UMA is producing Fire in the Sky as part of its expanded Artists in Residency (AIR) programs, directed by Lily Kind. The AIR program supports creators of experimental dance, theater, and performance who walk with Afro diasporic and American folk dance traditions. UMA welcomes adults of all ages and experience levels to learn American folk dance and African Diaspora movement genres such as Hip Hop, Jazz, Breaking, Waacking, and House. UMA serves as the downtown hot spot for professional dancers in under-represented forms to practice, cipher, and build.

Additional support Austin Blakely (So Serious Live), Eppchez Yes!, Malachi Lily, Marina Oney, Ryan Blakely, Danica Strushensky, Julia Bryck, Mehgan Abdel-Moneim, Isabella Yannoni

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FreeWork

Posted September 13th, 2019

September 13–15 + 20–22, 2019

Welcome to NorthBank! To increase employee engagement, we’re rolling out FreeWork. No one gets a desk, and employees can work wherever. Feel free to collaborate, innovate, and even steal. Laugh along as two unlikely work friends stick it to the man in this comedy about a heist of mid-century modern furniture.

$20 / 90 minutes


FreeWork is a new play by Terrilyn McCormick. The production is directed by Elise D’Avella and stars Elizabeth Terry and Annie Fang

About Open Concept Productions
Open Concept is a new Philadelphia-based production company that will financially seed and mentor two emerging playwrights a year through the process of producing their own work. FreeWork is the company’s first production.

About Kleinbard
FreeWork will be performed in the offices of corporate sponsor, Kleinbard. Founded in 1939, Kleinbard is a respected Philadelphia-based law firm that provides sophisticated legal representation. For more information, please visit kleinbard.com

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The Rose Garden

Posted September 13th, 2019

September 13–15, 2019

An existentialist play masquerading as a ridiculous farce. The Rose Garden toes the line between raucous comedy and cerebral drama, and leaves audiences asking themselves: What are you waiting for?

$10 / 45 minutes


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Sprout! A Full Length Not-A-Ballet

Posted September 12th, 2019

September 12-15, 2019

A sprout pops up in early spring, losing one of its precious leaves in the process. Heartbroken, it uproots to journey on in search of The Answers. Step into the surreal world of Sprout! as alligator brass bands and lonely accordion lovers take to the stage to contemplate love, loss, and what it means to be (not) human. It’s a big ol’ family-friendly fairytale with surrealist tendencies and a live band brought to you by 6 dancers, 5 musicians, 1 narrator, and a few giant puppets.

$5 for children (12 and under), $20 / 45 minutes


Creator & Choreographer Maddie Rabin Composer Addie Herbert Musical Collaborators: Gabi Shapiro, Elizabeth de Lise (Lizdelise), & Dori Byrne Performers Savannah Green, Winfield Maben, Sarah Owens, Dawn Pratson, Stephanie Stevens, & Sevon Wright

Shirley Valentine

Posted September 12th, 2019

September 12, 14, 20–22, 2019

Shirley Valentine is a working-class Liverpool housewife. As she stands in her dingy kitchen making egg and chips, she dreams about life beyond the wall, and the possibility of “drinking wine in a country where the grape is grown.” Eat and drink British pub grub as you enjoy this award-winning comedy by Willy Russell.

$18 / 85 minutes


Claire Golden Drake and Michelle Pauls have been theatre artists in Philadelphia and the surrounding area for over 20 years. Throughout that time they have worked together on many different productions. With a mutual respect and admiration for each others work, and a love of the play, Shirley Valentine is their first independent collaboration. Both Claire and Michelle get excited thinking about the interactive possibilities this play presents. The audience will be a major player in the production, as will the venue. Shirley Valentine will be staged in the Victoria Freehouse, an authentic English pub in the original home of the Philly Fringe, Old City. Pub fare such as Bangers and Mash, and Chips and Curry will be available during all shows. Have a pint or a glass of wine as Shirley spins tales about her life in Working Class Liverpool and her dreams of adventure in the exotic Greek islands.

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Party At DeeDee’s

Posted September 11th, 2019

September 11–14, 2019

A towering coyote has been birthed from the well within this planet and declared that the Earth will cease to be. One week before the end of everything, DeeDee is throwing a party in her terrible South Philly apartment. BYOB, don’t mess with the playlist, and most importantly, have fun.

$15 / 90 minutes


Since its opening in 2005, Philly Improv Theater (PHIT) has been the heart of Philadelphia’s nationally recognized comedy scene. PHIT produces over one thousand performances annually, with shows on multiple stages, seven nights a week, every week of the year. Beyond Philadelphia, Philly Improv Theater’s performers tour regularly, making appearances at the most prestigious comedy venues across North America.­

Dedicated to developing talent locally, the PHIT Training Center teaches over 1,000 adults, kids and teens how to improvise, write sketch comedy, and perform stand-up each year. Alumni and performers seen on PHIT’s stages have worked on Saturday Night Live, The Tonight Show, 30 Rock, The Late Show, Two and Half Men, Raising Hope, Key & Peele, Kroll Show, The State, Girl Code, Guy Code, Orange is the New Black, and The Kids in the Hall.

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Riot In Rittenhouse: A Sketch Comedy Show About Philadelphia

Posted September 11th, 2019

September 11–14, 2019

Sketch comedy about New Philadelphia—not what we were, but what we’re becoming. A show about Philadelphia by Philadelphians, but also by non-Philadelphians, but also by people who lived here but moved. This is getting confusing—just get down here before the theater gets turned into luxury condos.

$15 / 60 minutes


Since its opening in 2005, Philly Improv Theater (PHIT) has been the heart of Philadelphia’s nationally recognized comedy scene. PHIT produces over one thousand performances annually, with shows on multiple stages, seven nights a week, every week of the year. Beyond Philadelphia, Philly Improv Theater’s performers tour regularly, making appearances at the most prestigious comedy venues across North America.­

Dedicated to developing talent locally, the PHIT Training Center teaches over 1,000 adults, kids and teens how to improvise, write sketch comedy, and perform stand-up each year. Alumni and performers seen on PHIT’s stages have worked on Saturday Night Live, The Tonight Show, 30 Rock, The Late Show, Two and Half Men, Raising Hope, Key & Peele, Kroll Show, The State, Girl Code, Guy Code, Orange is the New Black, and The Kids in the Hall.

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How It Really Happens

Posted September 11th, 2019

September 11–14, 2019

How It Really Happens is an unromantic comedy that tackles the struggles of adulting as a 20-something in the 21st century (or any century). In a world where people speak as though they have self-knowledge but still simply have bad habits, what prods us to truly change?

$15 / 65 minutes


TSquared Productions was founded when Tess Ammerman waved a toothbrush at T. Michael Vest asking why people don’t just come out and say what they mean in romantic comedies. Since then, it has grown into a theater company that embraces the comedic within the tragic and the laughs that disrupt mundane life. How It Really Happens is its inaugural production.

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Harrison

Posted September 11th, 2019

September 11–14, 2019

An autobiographical one-man show written and performed by Harrison Scantling. Harrison shares the story of his transition from female to male, chronicling his journey from childhood to adulthood.

$15 / 50 minutes


Since its opening in 2005, Philly Improv Theater (PHIT) has been the heart of Philadelphia’s nationally recognized comedy scene. PHIT produces over a thousand performances annually, with shows on multiple stages, seven nights a week, every week of the year. Beyond Philadelphia, Philly Improv Theater’s performers tour regularly, making appearances at the most prestigious comedy venues across North America.

Dedicated to developing talent locally, the PHIT Training Center teaches over 1,000 adults, kids and teens how to improvise, write sketch comedy, and perform stand-up each year. Alumni and performers seen on PHIT’s stages have worked on Saturday Night Live, The Tonight Show, 30 Rock, The Late Show, Two and Half Men, Raising Hope, Key & Peele, Kroll Show, The State, Girl Code, Guy Code, Orange is the New Black, and The Kids in the Hall.

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Everything Okay in There?

Posted September 11th, 2019

September 11–13, 2019

Billy Joel said it best: “You know that when the truth is told, you can get what you want or you get old.” Vienna’s birthday is always celebrated with a sleepover. There are three games to play: childhood, adolescence, and adulthood. However, Youth can be neither won nor lost. Vienna waits for you…

$12 / 100 minutes


MyVision Theater Ensemble is an after-school theater company based at The Philadelphia High School for Creative and Performing Arts (CAPA). All of the Ensemble’s members are in 10th, 11th, or 12th grade. Although MyVision produces theater, the ensemble urges all members to embrace the arts in every form, and members represent every arts major offered at CAPA.

Members of MyVision take on every artistic role in our productions, including writer, director, actor, and designer, among others. The Ensemble creates and presents original, provocative productions. MyVision makes an effort to touch on a wide variety of sensitive subjects including, but not limited to domestic violence, gender identity, and abortion. MyVision Theater Ensemble was founded by and is run by the visionary artists of tomorrow.

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Dumpster Dance for Garbage People

Posted September 10th, 2019

September 10 + 11, 2019
Dumpster Dance for Garbage People is not a solution, it’s a recognition of a process. A bizarre fever dream of aggressive camp dance, it embraces so much wrong that it’s right. We are all garbage—own it and feel the fantasy. Dumpster Dance for Garbage People: welcome to the void.

$15 / 90 minutes


Bio: Prudence Anne Amsden has recently received her MFA in dance from Temple University and is an emerging interdisciplinary artist in Philadelphia. Once a native of California she has a degree from Mills College in Art History. Through her developing career she has worked with dance artist Molissa Fenly, Shelly Senter, Merian Soto and Awilda Sterling-Duprey, and Lela Aisha Jones. Since moving to Philadelphia, she has become involved in the local drag and queer performance community and now works to bring not traditional drag and experimental improvisation dance together whenever she can. As an artist she is interested in improvisation, performance, drag, video, surrealism, kitsch, camp, horror, humor, feminism, unicorns, garbage and glitter. She is a self identifying dumpster fire, and love to attract and work with people who identify the same way.

No one will be turned down due to lack of funds.

Parking and Location Information:

Street Parking is available in the neighborhood, there are two paid lots nearby the venue. Franky Bradley’s is a short walk for the Walnut/Locust st stop on the Broad Street Line. The performance will take place upstairs in Franky Bradley’s lounge.

Show Information:

21+ performances due to *mature content*: Tuesday, September 10th & Wednesday September 11th

Doors 7:30pm, Performance 8:30pm

Slight audience participation

Tipping is encouraged

Audience free to get up and get a drink and use restroom through the performance

Safe Space

Music by Mary Koszycki Costumes and Props by Olan Reeves Head Choreographer Prudence Anne Amsden Cast Pritika Agarwal, Ron Binary, Khaki Capri, Zsa Zsa St. James, Mercury, Moonbaby, Pretty Girl, Samantha Sayten

 

 

 

 

SPIES!! Even More Spying

Posted September 10th, 2019

September 10, 12, 14, 17, 19 + 21, 2019

Agent, you must infiltrate the Future Summit conference to investigate a new threat against your country. Keep in touch with your Spy Handler via text message as you navigate drinks, lightning talks, overenthusiastic influencers, and dad jokes. Maybe you saved the world before. Time to do it again.

MORE DATES AVAILABLE!

Thursday, September 26th

Saturday, September 28th

 

$20–35 / 90 minutes


Ticket types:

Unsuspecting Conference Guest: Attend the show. Watch the evening unfold around you.
($20) – 2 tickets per show

Secret Agent (with interactive chatbot): Live out your dreams of being a Secret Agent infiltrating a high-profile event. Throughout the evening, your Spy Handler will be texting you to obtain your strategy. YOUR choices directly affect how events unfold.
($30) – 15 tickets per show

Super Secret Agent VIP experience: Same as a Secret Agent, plus additional super secret scenes that no one else gets to see and an additional mission just for the VIPs.
($35) – 4 tickets per show

 

TICKETING FAQ:

– I’ve heard about the chatbot / interactive texting element. I want to do that. Which ticket should I get?
If you want to be a spy at the show (use the interactive chatbot to help determine the path the show takes), choose either: Secret Agent (with interactive chatbot) or Super Secret Agent VIP experience. Secret Agents and Super Secret Agent VIPs should bring fully charged phones.

-Will I have to download an app to use the chatbot?
No, your phone just has to be able to receive text messages.

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