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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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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.

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$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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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

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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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RE: SHE, a litany of adventures

Posted September 13th, 2019

September 13–15 + 20*–22, 2019

Born into a lineage of hate, a band of modern-day explorers exhumes an unseen but cancerous tale. As they awaken alternative stories, some must atone for their sins and those they’ve inherited, while others must avenge wrongs still ongoing. If they don’t, they may write the next chapter in this horrific penny dreadful.

*ASL interpretation for Friday, September 20 performance at 8:30pm.

accessible seating available at all performances

$20 ($15 for Students) / 80 minutes


the after-image creates theatrical events for the passionately postmodern audience. we are a theater company contending with the stories and forms that have preserved the status quo. we conjure text, movement, video, and sound into productions that engage an active audience in the collective questions of our past, present, and future.

Co-producing artistic directors Kate St. John and Amy Shoshana Blumberg founded the after-image in 2019 after creating he called it cymbeline, an immersive rendering of Shakespeare’s Cymbeline. They earned their MFAs in scenic design and theater directing, respectively, and draw on their backgrounds in the Classics and modern dance to develop their work.

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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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Manifest Destiny

Posted September 12th, 2019

September 12–15, 2019

A theatrical presentation of alternative-rock songs written by singer-songwriter Jesus G. Inspired by the juxtaposition of his Catholic upbringing, Native-American ancestry, and sexuality, this work seeks to challenge the abuse of power and honor the soul’s journey, from its trials to its triumphs.

$15 / 55 minutes


I’ve always believed that the medium of music; while essential for escape, entertainment, and emotional release; can also be used as a tool to free the soul through political, religious, and spiritual questioning.

The term manifest destiny was originally used in reference to the European settlers who invaded North America with the proclamation that their God had promised this land to his followers. Of course, the Native Americans asked, who is this God of yours who would set man against man in conquest of a land that cannot be bought nor sold? Surely, this cannot be the great man, Jesus, whom we have heard of.

In titling this evening “Manifest Destiny,” I seek to explore the idea that we are all in charge of manifesting the life that we desire. My Manifest Destiny seeks to challenge the bigoted views of the separatist, religious person who believes that he will show up at the gates of heaven and be rewarded with a place in the eternal pantheon. In my opinion, any idea of inequality in the name of God is erroneous and is the root of all war. For truly, in the end, if one’s truth has led to the oppression and death of others, then who is this God who has influenced these actions? Was it God at all? Or was it a man-made creation posing as God?

Salvation lies within our ability to manifest moral obligation and wisdom, regardless of threats or promises of the hereafter. If one needs rules, promises, or threats in order to be a good person, were they ever a good person to begin with? We are bigger than the rules that seek to bind us. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for.

– Jesus G

It is time to speak your truth.
Create your community,
Be good to each other.
Do not look outside yourself for a leader.
There is a river flowing now very fast,
It is so great and swift.
That there are those who will be afraid,
They will try to hold onto the shore.
They will feel they are being pulled apart,
And will suffer greatly.
Understand that the river knows its destination,
The elders say we must let go of the shore.
Push off into the middle of the river,
Keep our eyes open and our heads above water.
And I say; see who is in there with you,
Hold fast to them and celebrate!
At this time in history,
We are to take nothing personally.
Least of all, ourselves!
For the moment we do,
Our spiritual growth and journey comes to an end.
The time of the Lone Wolf is over!
Gather yourselves!
Banish the word struggle from your attitude and vocabulary.
All that we do now must be done,
In a sacred manner and in celebration.
We are all about to go on a journey,
We are the ones we have been waiting for!

– Excerpt from a prophecy of the Hopi Nation, American Southwest

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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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Sock It To Me!

Posted September 7th, 2019

September 7, 8, 11, 13–15, 18, 19 + 21, 2019

Inquiring minds want to know: Where was The WaitStaff last year? The answer’s a gas! Tune in, turn on, and laugh out loud with the Real Housewives of South Philly as The WaitStaff (America’s Favorite Sketch Comedy Troupe) makes its 18th appearance in the Philadelphia Fringe Festival!

$20 / 60 minutes


THE WAITSTAFF is a mainstay of the city’s nightlife and theater scene. They’ve played to crowds in New York, Chicago and Washington DC. Dubbed “Philly’s hottest sketch-comedy troupe” by The Philadelphia Inquirer, The WaitStaff has appeared in more Philly Fringe Festivals (18) than any other group. Their fast-paced performances of original, scripted material capitalize on a variety of styles and perspectives.

THE REAL HOUSEWIVES OF SOUTH PHILLY (created by WaitStaffer, Sara Carano) have been audience favorites since the ladies first took the stage in 2008. The WaitStaff’s silly, sophisticated, rude and ridiculous shows will sell out. Get your tickets ASAP.

GERRE GARRETT is an actor, director and voice artist. She is a creative dramatics specialist who facilitates workshops for students and professionals in education, business and the healing arts.
(LAUGHTERATWORK.FUN) Currently, Gerre teaches acting and sketch comedy at Drexel University.

CHRIS MCGOVERN is an original member of The WaitStaff. He began as a standup comedian opening for Joe Conklin, Todd Glass, Damon Wayans and a host of others in major comedy clubs from New York to Washington DC. In addition to acting, writing and directing for The Waitstaff, Chris has written and performed several one man shows. His JERSEY BOY and THE LAZY BOY ACTIVIST were produced by the Philadelphia Live Arts Festival.

RYAN MCMENAMIN is a Johnny-on-the-spot/Jack-off-all-trades. He’s been pushing the buttons that make the lights and sounds go for the WaitStaff since 2004! He is honored to be part of the creative process and this art-by-committee sketch comedy craziness.

CATHERINE MARY MORONEY has been performing on Philadelphia stages for over 20 years. She last appeared with Eric Singel in his comedies, I’d Kill for an Emmy and Murder in Dixie. A dual citizen of Ireland and the U.S. she is the Controller for FLIXFLING.COM and enjoys creating music, oil and acrylic painting and traveling abroad. Catherine is currently working on her first adventure novel featuring math and magic.

ERIC SINGEL was last seen in the 2017 Fringe Festival in the one-diva show, JOAN CRAWFORD IN HER OWN WORDS. He first appeared with the WaitStaff in the 2008 where he introduced astrologist, Starzina Starfish-Browne who has since gone on to star in her own show, LOOKING FOR URANUS. His marriage equality show, THE WEDDING CONSULTANT was named “…the most engaging entertainment [of the 2007 Philadelphia New Play Festival]” by VARIETY and enjoyed a successful revival at the 2011 Fringe. Favorite roles include Arnold (TORCH SONG TRILOGY) Reverend Parris (THE CRUCIBLE) and Dan Butler’s one-man show (THE ONLY THING WORSE YOU COULD HAVE TOLD ME.)

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60s FOLK Revisited

Posted September 7th, 2019

September 7, 8, 14 + 15, 2019

Protests, prevaricating politicians, pandemonium. It feels like the ’60s again! Time to revisit songs by Woody Guthrie, Judy Collins, Bob Dylan, Bob Gibson, Shel Silverstein, Chad Mitchell, Joni Mitchell, and more. Sung by BackStage Bistro Award winner Kate Loitz. Joyful, passionate music in a gorgeous rooftop setting.

$10 / 60 minutes


Join Kate Loitz and award-winning guitarist Lenny Ranallo on the beautiful roof deck of the Davison Building. Our venue is atop a private apartment building, so you must be escorted to the roof. Please arrive early so everyone can be seated by curtain. And be aware that there are no restrooms. The show is not for children, although teens should be fine. There are dark moments, and funny ones as well. Even a couple of sing-alongs.

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Autopia

Posted September 7th, 2019

September 7, 8, 14, 15, 21 + 22, 2019

Friends try to be disappointed by each other while waiting in line at the Los Angeles Museum of Art in 1978.

$10 / 90 minutes


A failed teacher runs into her former mentor at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art while waiting in line for tickets to the King Tutankhamun exhibit. The failed teacher, Leigh, and her mentor, Mr. Porko, awkwardly reminisce and trace the paths their lives have taken, never straying far from the comfort of their own pitiable angst. Wandering LACMA, Leigh and Mr. Porko stumble upon an exhibit of an obscure Chicana artist and take comfort in being aware of a marginalized talent. Featuring an art installation by Osiris Zuniga.

All performances at 2pm

Written and directed by John Rosenberg Starring Laura Sukonick & John Rosenberg Art installation by Osiris Zuniga

About Hella Fresh Theater

Hella Fresh Theater is the resident DIY company of the Papermill Theater in Kensington, a space they built in 2010. Hella Fresh Theater champions producing outstanding plays for as little money as possible. Champagne taste on a beer budget.

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Immigrant Concierge Services

Posted September 5th, 2019

September 5, 11 + 15, 2019

What happened when a conservative billionaire had a freak accident in the Mexican desert and was rescued by a group of migrants? A mutually profitable business partnership, of course! In a tale told with live music, hear how they disrupted the current immigration system to offer a novel pathway toward the American dream.

NOTE: There has been a venue change for this event. the Sept 15th show will take place at Kismet Radio, located at 448 N and 10th street. 

$12 / 55 minutes


Written and Narrated by Brian Shapiro Directed by Seth Reichgott Live Music by Brian Shapiro, Nicholas Panasevich, and Michael Brenner

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Know Thyself

Posted September 5th, 2019

September 5–7, 13, 14, 16, 18, 20 + 21, 2019

“You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation.” – Plato

Philosophy is both familiar and mystifying. “I think therefore I am,” “Tyranny of the Majority,” “Know Thyself.” But how well do we know ourselves, and if philosophy was a game, how would we win? In this immersive, game-theater salon, the rules we live by, and our darkest impulses, are always in play.

$25 / 60 minutes


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IKantKoan is an immersive theater and game design company using play/s to explore complex systems. The company was founded by Philadelphia-based game designer and theater artist Jessica Creane, who’s work has been presented at The Franklin Institute, HERE Arts Center, Caveat Theater, FringeNYC, BostonFIG Festival, and Bandwi/d/th International. Jessica has been a resident artist at three National Parks, Fresh Ground Pepper, and Barn Arts, with an upcoming residency in the Arctic Circle. She has spoken at TEDx, game design and educational conferences, led game design and performance workshops for all ages and abilities, and teaches game design at Drexel University and UARTS. IKantKoan’s 2018 Fringe Festival show, CHAOS THEORY, is currently enjoying an extended run at Caveat Theater, NYC.

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In America, That is to Say No Where

Posted September 5th, 2019

September 5 + 6, 2019

A devised movement-driven theater piece inspired by Ubu Roi by Alfred Jarry, In America, That is to Say No Where takes a shocking and exaggerated look at the turmoil created by a gluttonous, childlike political figure as he comes to power and wreaks havoc.

$15 / 60 minutes


Directed by Melanie Stewart Written collaboratively with Brian Grace-Duff, Michael Buck, Liz Culver, Faith Lynn Diccion, Nick Flagg, Mike Grubb, Jessica Harzer, Caroline Herrick, Tyler Jacobs, Maggie O’Connor, Robin Purtell, Adriana Santilli, Mackenzie Trush

*This production includes graphic content, sexual situations, mature themes and language, and may not be suitable for all audiences*

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HABIT@

Posted September 5th, 2019

September 5–7, 10–16 + 18–22, 2019

Urban environments attempt to bury primal urges and archetypes under concrete and asphalt lucre. Withal life finds light through fractures in terrain and suspension of urbanities. Wash away the doldrums and allow the inner fire to combust. Are you a product of your environment or is your environment a product of you?

$35 / 60 minutes


Matter Movement Group (MMG) is excited to present the world premiere of HABIT@ during the 2019 Fringe Festival. This is MMG’s 2nd participation in the festival following the smash hit UNHINGED in 2018. Come and exist amongst a set that will morph and evolve, displaying scenes from many habitats around the world. Using the elements water, wind, fire and earth MMG demonstrates the worlds most unusually profound acts of nature.

Matter Movement Group is a physical dance theater company in Philadelphia, PA promoting a distinction in the community by animating the visions of Teddy Fatscher and Frank Leone. Utilizing a collaborative approach, MMG relies heavily on the brains and bodies involved with individual projects. Among annual seasons and tours, MMG uses art and entertainment to raise awareness and funds for local non-profits and charities. MMG has aspirations to bring original works from the local Philadelphia audience to other cities and countries around the world.

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Since They Left: A Pied Piper Musical

Posted September 5th, 2019

September 5–8, 2019

A musically diverse adaptation of the Pied Piper exploring the oppression of women, people with disabilities, freelance artists, and children by their own society, featuring a cast of women and nonbinary performers. Mystery to myth, myth to story, story to poem, and all pain fades. Childcare for parents in audience and open captioning for all performances by request, contact patronservices@FringeArts.com.

$10 / 90 minutes


Creative Team Nick Hatcher, Sarah Hough, Jem Rubin, Colin Sass, Hannah Sattazhan, Becca Thomas Cast Courtney Bird, Anna Caccavaro, Paige Galdieri, Dana Grossman, Camryn Harrigan, Hannah Hobson, Sam Kaufman, Linc Millard, Miranda Pilato, Kashmir Reed, Mae Waldron

Siren Songs

Posted September 5th, 2019

September 5–8, 10, 12, 13 + 15, 2019

A verbatim-styled theatrical piece focused on the topic of addiction and substance use disorder. Cultivated from first person interviews, Siren Songs follows seven individuals on their tumultuous journeys through addiction and shows how they fought their way to recovery. Representation. Humanization. Community#endthestigma

$20 / 90 minutes


Thank you to 11th Hour Theater Company, Candlelight Theater, Logan Hotel, and AlumniTIES. Also a big thank you to those who have interviewed and have shared their stories. We do this piece in memory of those who have lost their fight with addiction, “we live on in their name.”

Funded by a small grant from the U.S Department of State

Free Narcan workshops are available prior to performances on September 6, 10 + 13

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