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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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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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Temple of Venus

Posted September 13th, 2019

September 13, 2019

The Temple of Venus is open for worship on Friday the 13th of September. Holding space with light, sound, flesh, scent, and taste, this immersive experience is centered on the divine feminine, presented through an interactive flesh suspension, art installation, accompanied by poetry, burlesque, and ritual. Enjoy a submersion of the senses with curated cocktails and snacks as you explore an ancient artform brought to new life in the city, in honor of Venus.

$50 / 90 minutes


The Collective of Jawn is a group of multi-disciplinary practitioners who have come together to weave their magick and create beautiful environments with a blend of hook suspension, rope, dance, performance, art installations, burlesque, poetry and photography.

Using exemplary stagecraft and thoughtful curation of aesthetic elements, Temple of Venus will feature suspension of Amanda Mandalay and Will Atkins by Orban Isma of The Skin Project, performances from Eyrie Twilight, Miss V and others of Hexwork, visual alchemy from Brent of Tiv Photos, and coordination from the creative minds of ELECTROCUTE. “Beauty that exists on the fringe has always fascinated people, as strange and bewildering as it may seem,” says Amanda Mandalay, creative director of ELECTROCUTE, “Temple of Venus is a chance for us to showcase some of the more cultural aspects of the occult in modern-day terms. Beyond ancient history and beauty standards, I am happy to say that our show presents a taste of Occulture that is diverse, decadent, and playful in its respect of the divine.”

About the Artists

Eyrie Twilight has been creating live Occulture since 2014 with the inception of Hexwork- A Spellbinding Burlesk Revue, a twice annual celebration of the Sacred and the Sexy, featuring a rotating cast of performances exploring themes of death and the divine feminine.

An expert at ephemeral capture, Brent has expanded his creative vision from the camera to creating immersive pieces integrating ascetic experiences through technology. His mercurial talents inform the audience and provide beautiful, engaging backdrops for your photos.

Orban Isma is a multi-disciplinary artist, that works primarily with rope, metal, and the human body. His focus is in exploring the connections between geometry and the human sensory experience, and as a result, finds himself in the realm of the occult often. His primary medium of interest is that of body suspension, which led to his founding of Anchors Aweigh in 2011, and The Skin Project in 2015.

Amanda “SpOoky” Mandalay is a dark artist who embodies the adage “variety is the spice of life” with her diverse background in aerial acrobatics, dance, flow arts, body modification and performance coordination. Her penchant for the unusual and the beautiful show in her designs, themed acts and visually arresting stage presence. She has been directing and performing in shows with ELECTROCUTE since 2010 and is the creative force behind Nightmare Festival, Dreamscape, and others.

The Collective of Jawn celebrates all that the spirits of Love and Beauty have to offer in their show and become alchemists in their own right; blending their skills and transforming them into a fusion of their own that is the Temple of Venus.

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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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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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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

 

 

 

 

Emergency Contact

Posted September 8th, 2019

September 8–11, 15–18 + 22, 2019

Headphones on, follow along. Jenny has been summoned and you agreed to help. Retrace her steps and listen to her final dispatch to discover how we break the cycle. Emergency Contact is an immersive, traveling experience for a solo audience member.

$20 / 45 minutes


Directed and created by Ann Kreitman Voice of Jenny played by Parker Sera

Emergency Contact is a show for one audience member at a time. Audience members are required to wear headphones for the duration of the performance and to walk inside and outside according to direction provided through the headphones. Accommodations will be provided during inclement weather. The performance begins and ends at The Good Karma Cafe at the Wilma Theatre.

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You Are Not a Shining Star

Posted September 7th, 2019

September 7, 8, 21 + 22, 2019

Have you ever thought about your legacy? I mean, what makes you SPECIAL? What does it mean to be YOU? Are you the experiences you’ve accumulated? Are you the thoughts in your brain? If you’ve never pondered this, don’t worry. We’re here to help. Shining Star is a movement-based performance that is weird but not boring. This work supports and is supported by Urban Movement Arts (UMA), where we both work and teach. Come dance with us! UMA welcomes adults of all ages and experience levels.

$15 / 60 minutes


Performed by Vince Johnson and Mark Wong Designed by Mark Wong Outside eye by Lily Kind Supported by UMA

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Operatic Addictions

Posted September 6th, 2019

September 6 + 7, 2019

A fully staged operatic double-bill about two of our most major addictions: coffee and smartphones, with a new adaptation of J.S. Bach’s The Coffee Cantata, and Phony, a premiere micro-opera by David Brown and Alize Rozsnyai. Accompanied by a reorchestrated chamber ensemble that includes electric guitar, bass guitar, and saxophone.

$25 / 80 minutes


Alter Ego Chamber Opera (AECO) is an emerging, Philadelphia-based opera collective that presents new works and reimagined works of history “without the ego.” Traditional barriers of language and antiquated themes are stripped away in favor of productions more relevant to today’s audiences, created right now. AECO is the brainchild of Alize Rozsnyai, Soprano/Librettist, David Matthew Brown, Composer/Violinist, Irene Moretto, Keyboardist/Collaborator, and Kaitlyn Waterson, Soprano/Creator.

Our first season, to begin this fall, will comprise three productions. The first, scheduled for Philadelphia’s Fringe Festival on the evenings of September 6th and 7th, is a double-bill: 1) J.S. Bach’s “Coffee Cantata” (BWV 211), performed to an original libretto by Alize Rozsnyai, and reorchestrated for three voices, soprano sax, violin, viola, electric guitar, electric bass, and harpsichord; and 2) Philadelphian composer, David Matthew Brown’s new opera, “Phony,” about cell phone addiction, also based on text by Rozsnyai, and scored for the same ensemble. The theme of the performance is addiction, as it pertains to seemingly innocuous habits, such as coffee and screen time. The second production, slated for February of 2020, will be TBA, but likely a brand new work or series of brand new works embracing our mission of promoting female-identifying creators and story-tellers. AECO’s final first season production, likely in the late spring of 2020, will be a reimagining of Handel’s “Alcina,” in English, reorchestrated, and staged in a modern idiom.

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re. TRANSVERBERATION

Posted September 6th, 2019

September 6–8, 2019

A formal presentation on the Divine Ecstasy of St. Teresa of Avila. Forgive the lecturer for being out of sorts, it’s a weirdly stressful subject. Please consider in advance: What makes something sacred? Do you think hallucinations make you feel more lonely or less? Can divine figures be sexy?! There may be a pop quiz!

Free / 50 minutes


Devised by Sasha Wolfe and Ellen Zahniser Written by Ellen Zahniser Sound by Gem Rosenberg Tech by Molly Hastings

*Content Warning Adult language, some sexual content, mild gore (fake blood), poetic descriptions of self-mutilation/suicide ideation/depression/anxiety


About the Artists

Sasha Wolfe is a Providence-based performer who studied dance at The New School. Her work uses somatic and environmental information to generate improvised movement, solo and in collaboration with writers and musicians. She has performed at the Vanishing Performance Festival in New Orleans, and two consecutive years at the Providence Fringe Festival, as well as various other DIY shows in Providence, Boston, and New York.

Ellen Zahniser is a Providence-based performer/writer/artist with a BA in Theatre Arts and Performance Studies from Brown. Primarily centering text, sound, and movement, she has performed new works in collaboration or solo at FringePVD 2016-2018, AS220, The Wilbury Group’s Festival of New Works, NYNW Theatre Festival, Spaceus Boston, Vanishing Performance Festival NOLA, and various other majestic locations around New England.

Together, we make work that insists upon saying aloud the things we have been told to keep silent and taking up space in ways we have been shamed out of. Rather than prioritizing “prettiness” and acceptability of product, we focus on process/processing; we strive for an ethic of accountability and care for each other (before care for the audience) by centering the humanity/tenderness/power of all involved, and attempt to embody both a fundamental opposition to white supremacist heteropatriarchy and a collaborative togetherness—which we perceive as being both aesthetically crucial (allowing creativity to grow exponentially in the space between multiple brainbodies) and politically significant (realizing the forms of togetherness that we want the world to be based upon). We engage with disruptions and ghosts, pure intensities and radical capacities, ritual and heightened states in order to enter a space beyond narrow reality where we may encounter disturbed moments of pure aesthetic pleasure and maybe even glimpses of revelation, all while pursuing an agenda of transgressive visioning. Through a lens of queerness, we ultimately imagine creative work that manifests both a future of radiant possibility and a more tenable present.

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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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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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Visionary Fringe

Posted September 5th, 2019

Ongoing, opens September 5, 2019

Visionary art is art that pushes the boundaries of perception—a lens to see reality from a different perspective or a portal to another place entirely. With our LED floor and color-changing lights, we curate an immersive fine art experience showcasing visionary and surreal works unlike anything in Philadelphia.

Free / Gallery Hours

Wednesdays + Thursdays, 2–8pm
Fridays, 2–9pm
Saturdays, 3–9pm
Sundays, 1–6pm


The Philadelphia Visionary Arts Gallery (PVAG) was founded in 2017 by visionary artist Eli Klein. He established the gallery to create an environment where visionary art can come alive and completely immerse the viewer. Our gallery has a permanent color-change LED floor installation, as well as color-change lighting that enhances and intensifies the art viewing experience.

One of the goals of PVAG is to elevate emerging artists in the visionary and surrealism genres and give them an innovative platform to showcase their creativity and passion. Our gallery believes that visionary art serves to express and illuminate the human experience in both a realistic and metaphysical sense. It is a lens to see reality from a different perspective or a portal to another place entirely. We strive to connect with and open that portal for as many people as possible.

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