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Making Art in 2017: Harrison Stengle on GATZ

Posted September 1st, 2017

Name: Harrison Stengle

Company: Thinking about establishing a company called “Macho Goat.” As of right now it is just me.

Show in 2017 Festival: GATZ

Role: Writer, Director

Past Festival showsSword of the Unicorn (which is going to New York)

Julie Stackhouse, Jesse Bradley, Jonny Long, Jenna McLaughlin, and Lamar Bumbrey in rehearsal.

FringeArts: Tell us a bit about your show. 

Harrison Stengle: GATZ is a post-apocalyptic, vaporwave infused, interracial, post-modernist parody of the original work by F. Scott Fitzgerald. It tackles the themes that are presented in the original book as well as some that might not have been seen before. For example, Gatsby and Daisy’s interracial relationship is a major theme as well as white privilege. The idea is to twist the symbolism of the original story in a way that younger audiences can better associate with.

FAHow have your interests in or approach to art making changed in the last year? 

Harrison Stengle: I am mastering non-subliminal surrealism/symbolism. I want audiences to understand the collective unconsciousness. This can be very difficult to achieve. Understanding the science of it has been something I will continuously develop and strive for.

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The Weekender: What You’re Doing and Why

Posted July 13th, 2012

Nick G’s daughter, Dr. Paddles, will adorable up the South Philly Summer Fest on Sunday. You cannot out-cute her.

OBEY US:

>>>Friday: David Lynch movie-themed art opening? Count us in. Philebrity comments upon the amusing and ongoing naming contest going on over the Eraserhood/Spring Garden/Callowhill/Loft District/Chinatown North/GilewiczTowne neighborhood, but we pretty much all agree that Eraserhood is the best. Eraserhood Forever opens tonight at PhilaMOCA, 521 North 12th Street, Eraserhood. $10.

>>>Friday: Are you in New York? Batz, a parody of Elevator Repair Service’s Gatz (this writer’s favorite play of ever, FYI), is up tonight and next Friday at Joe’s Pub, reading from old Batman comics. The run time is only 90 minutes, which makes me sad: wouldn’t a proper parody perform the entire Batman oeuvre? If you’re not in New York, you can find something comparable here in Philly from these folks, from time to time. And don’t forget: ERS comes back to Live Arts this year with Arguendo.

>>>Saturday: Germantown has crazy cool historic properties. This weekend kicks off the neighborhood’s Second Saturday series, where 15 different spots are open to visitors from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm. Our friends at First Person Arts are joining forces there, offering their second First Person Story Market, where you can buy personal stories from a variety of performers. FPA’s at Wyck House, 6026 Germantown Avenue, Germantown, from 1:00 to 4:00 pm.

>>>Saturday: R5 Productions and Morgan’s Pier are throwing some nice free shows this summer. Saturday sees the return of The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, who are pretty good. Morgan’s Pier, 221 N. Columbus Avenue, Old City(ish). Show at 6:30 pm, 21+, free!

>>>Sunday: The South Philly Summer Fest, hosted by Sweet Jane Vintage and Lucky 13 Pub, brightens up East Passyunk Avenue. Bands! Drinks! My baby in baby sunglasses! 1800 block of E. Passyunk Ave., 1:00 to 8:00 pm. Free!

–Nicholas Gilewicz

Photo by Nicholas Gilewicz