Posts Tagged ‘Free Library of Philadelphia’


Posted June 10th, 2013

Art, all of it.

Art. All of it.

Photo: Said Johnson.

Philly Fringe Vital Stats: Reuben Wade

Posted September 10th, 2012

Paint it, my friend, PAINT THE AMERICAN EAGLE! Reuben Wade talks Charles Darwin Dickens’ trip to America, and working it for the 2012 Philly Fringe, after the jump. Oh, did I mention that the show is free? Word is bond.

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An Unlikely Playwright

Posted August 24th, 2012

Reuben Wade strikes one as an unlikely playwright. For years, he worked in building design and remodeling in Providence, R.I., before moving on to get an engineering degree at the University of Kansas. He moved to Philadelphia in 1998, and now works with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, primarily on Superfund sites and ground water treatment.

“I refer to myself in my office at the Core of Engineers as an infiltrator. I hung out with artists most of my life. I employed RISD students, for example. I self-trained to the building trade from a creative point of view; we were designing most of our projects. I always had to have a project and didn’t know how to live without one. Writing is much cheaper as long as I don’t produce plays,” he jokes. Well, half-jokes. But more seriously:

“It seems completely natural to go from creating spatial environments to creating a story,” Reuben says. “I’ve never had more fun.”

That fun, for the 2012 Philly Fringe, takes the form of a staged reading of his play Paint the American Eagle, the story of Charles Dickens’ insights into life in the United States.

After the jump: learning fiction, investigating the Charles Dickens family, and moving on to Einstein.

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