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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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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 Pop 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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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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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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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


 

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.

$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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Translation: Cracking the Girl Code

Posted September 19th, 2019

September 19 + 22, 2019

This new musical by Terrell M. Green follows the journey of the first trans girl group to make it mainstream. Five days out from their first world tour, these women fight for equality and acceptance from the world while navigating the demands of the music industry. Think along the lines of a Trans musical inspired by Dreamgirls.

$25 / 60 minutes


September 19th performance located at Tabu Lounge & Sports Bar, September 22nd performance located at William Way Center.

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12 Chairs

Posted September 19th, 2019

September 19–22, 2019

Often funny, sometimes sad, and always engaging, the Barrymore-recommended 12 Chairs moves us through the lives of Louise and her mother Ann. As Louise empties Ann’s house after her funeral, we experience, chair-by-chair and scene-by-scene, the moments by turn tender and turbulent–that are seared into memory.

$25 / 90 minutes


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La Bolivianita

Posted September 19th, 2019

September 19–22, 2019

This autobiographical one-woman performance work by Pasión y Arte artistic director Elba Hevia y Vaca explores her story as a Bolivian immigrant and mother. La Bolivianita delves into her almost lifelong journey with Flamenco and how that has continued to evolve as she ages. The piece will culminate in an interactive dialogue with the audience. Directed by world-renowned Flamenco artist Belen Maya. World Premiere.

Photo: Aidan Un

$20 / 55 minutes


About Elba Hevia y Vaca

Born in La Paz, Bolivia, Elba Hevia y Vaca began her study of classical Spanish dance at the age of five. She studied with great masters in Spain for over 20 years, and later joined the Ana Martinez Flamenco Dance Company and Raquel Peña Spanish Dance Company in Washington D.C., where she was a soloist. In Philadelphia, she continued her study of modern dance, jazz, and contact improvisation from various Philadelphia artists. In 2000, Hevia y Vaca founded Pasión y Arte out of a strong and intensely personal conviction that highly-stylized traditional Spanish Flamenco dance is a perfect vessel to empower women. These values have been reflected in the eight original, critically acclaimed works she has created for PyA, and in the numerous grants, fellowships, and accolades awarded to Hevia y Vaca and PyA under her direction. In addition, she was nominated for a prestigious Pew Fellowship in 2018. She conducts master classes throughout the US, has taught at local Philadelphia universities, teaches various levels of Flamenco at at her Overbrook Studio in West Philadelphia, and has been teaching at Franklin & Marshall as a Senior Adjunct for the last 20 years.

About Pasión y Arte

For more than a decade, Pasión y Arte (PyA), Philadelphia’s premier all-female contemporary flamenco dance company under the direction of Elba Hevia y Vaca, has been embracing artistic excellence in performance, education and community engagement focused on modern feminist flamenco. Deemed a world classic by The Philadelphia Inquirer, Pasión y Arte continues to strengthen flamenco’s legacy as a classical form while also expanding the trajectory of modern feminist flamenco through its conservatory classes, performances, and national tours. In eight original productions, and through its presentation of the 2012 and 2014 Philadelphia Flamenco Festivals, PyA empowers women through self-expression by embracing bold experimentation that challenges traditional flamenco gender stereotypes.

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B. Franklin: Words Matter

Posted September 19th, 2019

September 19–22, 2019

Sharp in wit, frail in body, Philly’s favorite Founding Father eloquently holds court on life, liberty, and love. Family, royalty, lady friends, and surprise visitors join in. Is it truth? Exaggeration? Vanity? Legend informs the words. You decide the matter.

“Extraordinarily splendid” (Phindie)

$15 / 60 minutes


Kudos to Ben Franklin’s parents, without whom this theater experience, and the formation of our Republic, may have proved impractical.

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Between

Posted September 19th, 2019

September 19–21, 2019

Each show features a new opera and a band. The first half: a binge-staging of The 2019 Serial Opera Project (shows II and III) or the world premiere of the sci-fi opera Ganymede 5 (I and IV) by Evan Kassof and Aleksandar Hut Kono. The second half: sets from Brother Martin (I), The Cheddar Boys (II), or Lee Mo (III and IV).

$20 / 150 minutes


ENAensemble is a music and theater ensemble focused on cultivating and performing new and important works of theatrical vocal music. Based in Philadelphia and founded by Evan Kassof, Nicole Renna, and Anaïs Naharro-Murphy, ENAensemble has presented a diverse range of productions over the last year. The first production, The Propaganda Machine Show ran for four sold-out nights at the 2018 FringeArts Festival. Following that success, ENAensemble presented a rare, fully-staged version of Schoenberg’s Pierrot Lunaire with additional works by Ravel, Stravinsky, and Kassof. Since March, ENAensemble has been hard at work guiding new composer/librettist teams in the creation, production, and performance of their new opera episodes as part of the 2019 Serial Opera Project. A resident ensemble in the Music Department of the Free Library of Philadelphia, ENAensemble is constantly developing new ways to present opera, musical theater, art song, and other forms of vocal-led musical story-telling. The 2019-2020 Season has at least four new productions in the works, including a new Serial Musical Project and the 2020 Serial Opera Project.

Directed by Rose Freeman Stage Manager Casey Berner The 2019 Serial Opera Project Music and Libretto by Evan Kassof & Aleksandar Hut Kono (March), Michael Shingo Crawford & Traci Troi Justice Williams (April), Abigail Kempson & Jerry Mathes III (May), Timothy Arliss O’Brien & Jennifer Williams (June), Roger A. Martinez & Alize Rozsnyai (July), and Cortlandt Matthews & Rick Beck (August) Ganymede 5 Music and Libretto by Evan Kassof & Aleksandar Hut Kono Serial Opera Project Sung by Katie Procell and Marcelle McGuirk Ganymede 5 Sung by Megnot Toggia, Caitlin Mead, Heather Gardner, and Wesley Morgan  Instrumentalists Chelsea Meynig, Elisa Muzzillo, Joseph Dvorak, Olivia Cleri, Michael Shingo Crawford, Jennifer Boorum, and Alyssa Resh


ENAensemble is eternally grateful to Ray Banas, Leigh Urbschat, Leanne Fallo, and all the staff of the Music Department of Free Library of Philadelphia for giving us the time, space, and loving atmosphere to present the 2019 Serial Opera Project. We can’t imagine a better environment to publicly create new opera!

Between is generously funded by a grant from the Presser Foundation, awarded through Temple University’s Boyer College of Music and Dance. Thank you to Dr. Cynthia Folio, Dean Flanagan, and Dean Stroker for believing in this project and advocating for it with the Presser Foundation.

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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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