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Party At DeeDee’s

Posted September 11th, 2019

September 11–14, 2019

A towering coyote has been birthed from the well within this planet and declared that the Earth will cease to be. One week before the end of everything, DeeDee is throwing a party in her terrible South Philly apartment. BYOB, don’t mess with the playlist, and most importantly, have fun.

$15 / 90 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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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.

Learn more:
phillyimprovtheater.com

The Mercy Seat by Neil LaBute

Posted September 11th, 2019

September 11–15 + 17–22, 2019

What if you had a chance to hit the reset button on your life? Neil LaBute’s response to the 9/11 attacks “occurs in one of those feverish nights of the soul in which men and women lock in vicious sexual combat, as in Strindberg’s Dance of Death and Edward Albee’s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” (The New York Times). Featuring Thomas-Robert Irvin and Ruth Wells Fischer.

$25 / 90 minutes


Local theater artists Ruth Wells Fischer and Thomas-Robert Irvin collaborate to mount contemporary works exploring themes of connection, presented in non-traditional, immersive spaces. Directed by Brenna Geffers.

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Tesla’s Dream

Posted September 11th, 2019

September 11–15, 2019

Visually stunning ensemble storytelling fuses with elaborate video and sound design to tell the story of Nikola Tesla’s 1893 visit to The Franklin Institute. Was Tesla mad or a prophetic visionary? Join us as we plunge into the nightmares and daydreams of history’s most enigmatic inventor. Ages 9–99.

$20 / 65 minutes

Franklin Institute Members: Please visit http://www.fi.edu/membership-tickets or call 215.448.1200 (option 2) to purchase Franklin Institute Member rate tickets.

How It Really Happens

Posted September 11th, 2019

September 11–14, 2019

How It Really Happens is an unromantic comedy that tackles the struggles of adulting as a 20-something in the 21st century (or any century). In a world where people speak as though they have self-knowledge but still simply have bad habits, what prods us to truly change?

$15 / 65 minutes


TSquared Productions was founded when Tess Ammerman waved a toothbrush at T. Michael Vest asking why people don’t just come out and say what they mean in romantic comedies. Since then, it has grown into a theater company that embraces the comedic within the tragic and the laughs that disrupt mundane life. How It Really Happens is its inaugural production.

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The Break Fast Club

Posted September 11th, 2019

September 11 + 12, 2019

The Break Fast Club explores the lives of a few wildly different teenagers who find themselves in detention this High Holiday season. A brain (maybe he’ll be a doctor one day!), an athlete (not basketball), a basket case (oy vey!), a princess (Jewish American), and a criminal (putting the high in High Holidays).

$15 / 55 minutes

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Harrison

Posted September 11th, 2019

September 11–14, 2019

An autobiographical one-man show written and performed by Harrison Scantling. Harrison shares the story of his transition from female to male, chronicling his journey from childhood to adulthood.

$15 / 50 minutes


Since its opening in 2005, Philly Improv Theater (PHIT) has been the heart of Philadelphia’s nationally recognized comedy scene. PHIT produces over a 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.

Learn more:
phillyimprovtheater.com

Everything Okay in There?

Posted September 11th, 2019

September 11–13, 2019

Billy Joel said it best: “You know that when the truth is told, you can get what you want or you get old.” Vienna’s birthday is always celebrated with a sleepover. There are three games to play: childhood, adolescence, and adulthood. However, Youth can be neither won nor lost. Vienna waits for you…

$12 / 100 minutes


MyVision Theater Ensemble is an after-school theater company based at The Philadelphia High School for Creative and Performing Arts (CAPA). All of the Ensemble’s members are in 10th, 11th, or 12th grade. Although MyVision produces theater, the ensemble urges all members to embrace the arts in every form, and members represent every arts major offered at CAPA.

Members of MyVision take on every artistic role in our productions, including writer, director, actor, and designer, among others. The Ensemble creates and presents original, provocative productions. MyVision makes an effort to touch on a wide variety of sensitive subjects including, but not limited to domestic violence, gender identity, and abortion. MyVision Theater Ensemble was founded by and is run by the visionary artists of tomorrow.

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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

 

 

 

 

Churn

Posted September 10th, 2019

September 10, 11, 14 + 17–22, 2019

This original solo performance seeks the deep dark and exalted in human ingenuity through a queered historical sci-fi epic. From the first test of an atomic bomb to the spread of white nationalism and our race to the stars, Churn reveals: You are every age you have ever been, and every age you will ever be.

$25 / 60 minutes


Created by Nick Jonczak and Jeff Evans Performed by Jeff Evans Original music created and performed by madam data Directed by Nick Jonczak

Learn more:
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Give Your Heart

Posted September 9th, 2019

September 9, 11 + 14, 2019

Give Your Heart is a participatory sound performance designed to both involve and reflect the Philadelphia community. Participants will be able to add their heartbeats to an improvisational sound score, both generated and enjoyed by Philadelphians.

Free / 60 minutes


Using medical technology, audience members will have their heartbeats recorded, looped, and played back into LOVE Park as an abstract soundscape, reminiscent of a communal drum circle.

This project sponsored by ThinkLabs, Inc. https://www.thinklabs.com

Rain dates: Sept 16 & 18 at noon

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Happy Hour on the Fringe

On this episode of Happy Hour on the Fringe, we share a drink with Marc Wilken from Parks and Recreation and three independent Fringe Festival artists: Dana Suleymanova (Dear qupid), Eric Thayer (Give Your Heart), and Leah Stein with Asimina Chremos (RISE: Relationship is Self Existing).  All of the performances are participatory and engage with the City of Brotherly Love as they explore love, the beating heart, and how human bodies share space in LOVE Park this September. Listen to the podcast episode below or read the full transcript on the FringeArts Blog.

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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Red Lodge, Montana

Posted September 7th, 2019

September 7–9, 11–13 + 15, 2019

A mysterious death. An enigmatic detective. And some damn fine huckleberry pie. Inspired by the work of filmmaker David Lynch, Red Lodge, Montana will immerse you in a nightmare world of danger, desire, and doppelgängers. (Pie not included.)

$20 / 80 minutes


Red Lodge, Montana follows a troupe of actors as they attempt to produce their own send-up of David Lynch’s landmark television series Twin Peaks. What they end up creating is a live-action nightmare. Audience members will follow characters through the performance space as if they are walking through one of Lynch’s films.

Please Note: This performance will require audience members to stand and travel through the space, and the venue is not ADA-compliant. The performance contains strobe lights, loud sounds, simulated drug use, nudity, and moments of simulated violence. If you have additional questions about the content of the show, please e-mail info@findtheantidote.org.

There will be no late seating at this performance.

Director & Co-Creator Michael Osinski Cast & Co-Creators Terrill Braswell, Anthony Crosby, Megan Edelman, Josh Hitchens, Kelly McCaughan, Amanda Schoonover, Geremy Webne-Behrman Stage Manager Eleanor Safer Sound & Video Designer Daniel Ison Lighting Designer Sydney Norris Scenic & Props Designer Dylan FitzSimons

The Antidote is an ever-changing collective of artists led by Philadelphia-based director and theater artist Michael Osinski. The Antidote believes live performance succeeds most when it entertains audiences and gives them a puzzle to solve. We blend contemporary pop culture with classic plots to craft a new way of telling stories. One that blends timeless tales and viral videos. One that appeals to the fast-paced multi-tasking world we live in.

The Antidote’s first production in 2015—The Hamlet Project—reimagined the Shakespearean classic through the lens of daytime television talk shows, music videos, online blogs, and pharmaceutical commercials. Great Again (2017) paid homage to Ibsen’s housewife heroine Nora Helmer, blending 1950’s sitcoms, dance crazes, and pulp fiction, all within the comfort and confines of a South Philly row home. Most recently The Antidote debuted its take on the self-help seminar with The Celebrity Guide to Mental Health and Wellness at the 2019 Philadelphia SoLow Fest.

 

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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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Empanada Loca

Posted September 5th, 2019

September 5–7, 10–12 + 17–21, 2019

Deep underground, underneath the subways, Dolores is waiting to tell her story. A story of gentrification, survival, and murder inspired by the legend of Sweeney Todd, Empanada Loca is a solo Grand Guignol of one woman’s fight to survive in a bloody-minded world of reckless consumerism.

$20 / 90 minutes


Empanada Loca marks the inaugural production of Recondite Tourist Activities. We hope to produce visceral, dynamic, and character-driven narrative plays both written and devised that explore the fringes of life with empathy and craft. We live as a company somewhere between a B-movie and a broken heart.

Warning: Contains graphic depictions of sex, violence, and brief usage of racial/sexual identity slurs

BASEMENT

Posted September 5th, 2019

September 5–8, 10–15 + 17–22, 2019

Gunnar Montana transports us once again, this time downward into the dark depths of terror. Follow one man’s frightening descent into deranged madness and witness his unrelenting, visceral nightmare unfold. Graphic content. Runs through September 28; visit GunnarMontana.com for more dates.

$35 – 40* / 60 minutes

There will be a VIP Experience on Saturday, September 21st at 10pm, and tickets will be $100 for this performance only, including a reception and free swag.


Gunnar Montana Productions is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that brings cutting edge, avant-garde performing and visual arts to communities across the region.

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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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Significant Other

Posted September 5th, 2019

September 5–8 + 11–15, 2019

The Philadelphia premiere of Significant Other by Joshua Harmon. Four college friends search for relationship and commitment. As Jordan watches his best girlfriends get engaged and married, he is faced with his own circumstance as a single gay man. Will he ever find the one to marry?

$15 – $25 / 120 minutes


Founder and Artistic Director Peter Reynolds Producing Director Brandon McShaffrey Managing Director Lindsay Mauck

Mauckingbird Theatre Company produces innovative, affordable, gay-themed theater. Past productions include critically acclaimed all-male versions of The Misanthrope and Shakespeare’s R & J ; queer adaptations of Moliere’s Tartuffe and The Sisterhood, and Noel Coward’s Fallen Angels; Caroline Kava’s lesbian adaptation of Hedda Gabler and Jane Chambers’ seminal lesbian play Last Summer at Bluefish Cove; the dark crime drama Never the Sinner: The Leopold and Loeb Story; TRU and The Threshing Floor, a repertory of two one-man shows about influential gay writers Truman Capote and James Baldwin; original modern interpretations of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Much Ado About Nothing, The Importance of Being Earnest, and The Pirates of Penzance; the regional premiere of Jeff Bowen and Hunter Bell’s musical [title of show] and Hot ‘n’ Cole: A Cole Porter Celebration; the Philadelphia premiere of Jon Marans’ The Temperamentals; Jonathan Harvey’s Beautiful Thing, and staged readings of Maxwell Anderson’s Bad Seed, The Children’s Hour, The Boys in the Band and The Normal Heart.

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Richard III

Posted September 5th, 2019

September 5–9 + 11–16, 2019

Three Richards. Six women. Ninety minutes. This infamous play will be performed in one of the city’s most historic sites. Hestia Theatre Company teams up with Christ Church Burial Ground’s 300th anniversary. Whether you are new to Shakespeare or a well-seasoned lover of verse, this all-female production has something for you.

The performance on Thursday, Sept 12 was cancelled due to the rain, so there will be a rain date performance on Monday, Sept 16 at 7pm.

$25 / 90 minutes


Hestia Theatre Company is committed to showcasing marginalized voices in order to create inclusive and intimate art.

 

 

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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