Posts Tagged ‘Sep 15’

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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Biofeedback: Brainwave Relaxation

Posted September 15th, 2019

September 15 + 22, 2019

Solo journey deep within your mind. With a brainwave sensor, a few words and guiding sounds, eyes-closed EEG biofeedback enables profound neural relaxation. Your mind may meander down to theta land where hypnagogic images arise while the bridge is open between conscious and subconscious realms. Let creativity and talent arise.

$24 / 30 minutes

Brainwave biofeedback is self-awareness and self-control for self-regulation and self-empowerment. We read your brain waves and provide sounds that guide your brain toward profound relaxation. Research shows increased creativity and performance talent with this alpha-theta EEG biofeedback or neurofeedback.

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The Live-Streaming Confessional of #stacylucky

Posted September 14th, 2019

September 14–16, 19–21 + 22, 2019

Twitch. Periscope. Instagram. Youtube. Facebook. Twitter. #stacylucky is live on all the social media apps to figure her life out post college. Her subscribers and views grow and Stacy builds a lively and invested following she depends on for advice, donations, company, and validation. As Stacy becomes an internet sensation, she begins to understand the price of revealing a private life on the most public of forums.

$20 ($10 Student Tickets) / 60 minutes

Written and Co-Directed by Leigh E. Bicica Co-Directed by Brey Ann Barrett Photo by Kevan Sullivan

Why do we feel compelled to post all our vacation snapshots on Instagram? How can people be entertained by someone discussing what they had for breakfast? What is our intention when we grieve on Facebook? Is it true humans are starting to grow horns from texting too much? Stacy Lucky is a young Midwesterner and history super-nerd who is reaching out to the world in the only way she knows how. Voyeurs welcome.

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50th Anniversary of the Original Woodstock 1969!

Posted September 14th, 2019

September 14 + 15, 2019

This year is the 50th anniversary of the original Woodstock! Rock on Pointe, the dance company that dances to rock music on pointe shoes, revisits that unforgettable concert, performing to the music that was recorded live that weekend, including Creedence Clearwater Revival, Janis Joplin, Joan Baez, and more.

$28 / 105 minutes

Rock on Pointe will dance to the original recordings from the Original 1969 Woodstock. This show is a tribute to those that organized and performed at that historic concert. Woodstock created a moment in time that will not be forgotten. We will revisit this historic moment and reawaken—if only for the time of the show— the peace and spirit that existed on a farm in New York State for those three days. Rock on Pointe claims the protection of the Copyright Act of 1976 for this historic and (for those that weren’t with us in the 1960s) educational show.

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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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Coated: 1944 Circus Fire Project

Posted September 13th, 2019

September 13–15, 2019

On July 6, 1944, the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus tent went up in flames during a matinee show in Hartford, CT. Through aerial arts and acrobatic storytelling, Coated asks questions about blame and responsibility, human fragility and resilience, while keeping the memories of the 1944 Circus Fire victims alive.

$25 / 70 minutes

About Coated

Through acrobatic storytelling and aerial arts, Open Ring Circus brings the story of the 1944 Hartford Circus Fire to the stage. The acrobats delve into the day of the tragedy and its aftermath, tracing the legacy the fire has imparted on the Hartford community, fire safety regulations, and the American circus tradition. Bridging traditions and techniques from contemporary circus and classical circus, Open Ring Circus confronts the risk and responsibility that humans face every day.

Open Ring Company Jack Kavanagh, Emma Luz, Molly Barger, Charles Keidel, Ywanne Chen, Glenna Broderick
Artistic Director/Company Founder Jack Kavanagh
Rehearsal Director Noa Schnitzer
Sound Design Emma Luz and Devon Bate
Lightning Technician Adam Brandt
Acrobatic Coaching Aidan O’Shea

Coated: 1944 Circus Fire Project is made possible with support from the Connecticut Office of the Arts, Fractured Atlas, Philadelphia School of Circus Arts, Lake Placid Center for the Arts, and Dragon’s Egg Studio.

About Open Ring Circus Company:
Open Ring Circus was originally established as a small open mic night based in a loft in Montreal which provided space for circus and experimental performance artists to show works-in-progress and receive feedback in a supportive environment. Though Open Ring Circus later developed into a production company, the original event remains a regular Montreal institution. Open Ring produced the company’s first full-length show, The Canary’s Silence (2014), initially developed and presented in Montreal, with additional performances at the New England Center for Circus Arts (2016) in Brattleboro, VT, and the International Festival of Arts and Ideas (2017) in New Haven, CT. In 2018, Open Ring received a grant from the Connecticut Office of the Arts to develop Coated, a show that explores the Hartford Circus Fire of 1944.

History of the 1944 Circus Fire:
On July 6, 1944, the Ringling Brothers, Barnum and Bailey Circus pitched their tents in Hartford, Connecticut. At their matinee show that day, as the Flying Wallendas took their place on the tightwire platform, the tent went up in flames, claiming upwards of 168 lives, and injuring more than 700. During this time, it was commonplace to waterproof the tent with a coating of highly flammable paraffin wax and gasoline and block exits with animal cages during act transitions. It was these circumstances which resulted in the profound amount of fatalities. In response to this tragedy, the United States, led by Connecticut, implemented strict legislation for circuses and circus tents, requiring firefighters on site, clear exits and aisles, and flame-retardant coating, among other preventative measures.

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Run Boy Run Production Presents: Complex[ion] Woman

Posted September 13th, 2019

September 13–15, 2019

Complex[ion] Woman explores the intricacies of contemporary women of color. From straightening or curling our hair to coping with difficulties within the Black community, women of color live lives that are unique in their experiences but universal in their issues. But that’s what makes us complex.

$25 / 75 minutes

With the promise to open your mind, RunBoyRun Productions is here to give you the most thought-evoking work by some of the brightest up and coming minds in the Philadelphia and surrounding areas. With our work covering many genres, our goal is to not only awaken the intellect but also produce conversation about your theatrical experience. If there is one thing for sure, RunBoyRun is here to give you the experience you will run and tell someone about.

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she didn’t want to be found

Posted September 13th, 2019

September 13–15 + 20–22, 2019

Three scary stories told in fragments, moments, and installations: “The Ghost of Mediocrity”, “The Body that Wouldn’t Be”, and “Papa’s Done Gone Crazy”. Marshmallows, tragic dogs, guitars, deadbeats, abandoned farmhouses, campfires, dreams, diaries of the dead, hot chocolate, shades, surgeries, and dirges gather in the dark.

$10 / 60 minutes


Posted September 13th, 2019

September 13–15 + 20–22, 2019

Welcome to NorthBank! To increase employee engagement, we’re rolling out FreeWork. No one gets a desk, and employees can work wherever. Feel free to collaborate, innovate, and even steal. Laugh along as two unlikely work friends stick it to the man in this comedy about a heist of mid-century modern furniture.

$20 / 90 minutes

FreeWork is a new play by Terrilyn McCormick. The production is directed by Elise D’Avella and stars Elizabeth Terry and Annie Fang

About Open Concept Productions
Open Concept is a new Philadelphia-based production company that will financially seed and mentor two emerging playwrights a year through the process of producing their own work. FreeWork is the company’s first production.

About Kleinbard
FreeWork will be performed in the offices of corporate sponsor, Kleinbard. Founded in 1939, Kleinbard is a respected Philadelphia-based law firm that provides sophisticated legal representation. For more information, please visit kleinbard.com

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Posted September 13th, 2019

September 13–15, 2019

An evening of original dance created and conceived by Philly-based artists Evalina “Wally” Carbonell and Melissa Rector, Honey delves into the intoxicating search for sweetness, alternately stinging and smooth, viscous and flowing.

$20 / 60 minutes

Honey is an original dance co-production making its premier at this year’s Fringe Festival. It will be an immersive evening of movement that will both inspire and entertain. Featuring dance that is sweet and stinging, syrupy, and flowing, audiences can expect innovative and moving new choreography by Evalina “Wally” Carbonell and Melissa Rector, with expressive performances by them and their diverse and talented dancers.

About the Artists

Evalina “Wally” Carbonell is a Philadelphia-based dance artist. She received her early training at the National Ballet School in Maryland. She went on to earn her BFA in Dance from Florida State University, studying with such luminaries as Jawole Willa Jo Zollar and Suzanne Farrell. Upon graduation, Evalina joined the Roxey Ballet Company, dancing as a principal artist from 2005-2011. As a free-lance artist, she has worked and choreographed extensively, and continues to be an active performer as a guest artist nationally and locally. Evalina teaches dance, GYROKINESIS® and GYROTONIC® in addition to creating her own work. A passionate performer, creator, and teacher, Evalina joined Kun-Yang Lin/Dancers in 2012. In recent years, she has produced four consecutive shows for the Fringe Festival, was the recipient of the Ellen Forman Award for Choreography in 2017, and was honored to create a new choreographic work on the dancers of KYL/D for their fall 2018 home season.

Melissa Rector started dancing at a young age with Monica Folio. She graduated from the University of the Arts in 1993. Melissa has been dancing with Koresh Dance Company since its inception in 1991 and is the company’s assistant artistic director. She is also an instructor at the Koresh School of Dance, where she teaches her unique style that blends modern jazz and Luigi technique. Her work has been performed locally at the Fringe Festival, the Annenberg Center, Drexel University, the Grier School and Brandywine Ballet. She frequently travels around the country to perform, teach master classes and set choreography on students. In 2008, Melissa helped to establish the Koresh Youth Ensemble and serves as their artistic director, setting both original choreography and company repertory on the group.

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Lysistrata, Cross Your Legs Sister!

Posted September 13th, 2019

September 13–15, 20–22 + 27–28, 2019

The women withhold sexual privileges and occupy the main bank building to force the men to make peace and end the war. This musical adaptation of Aristophanes’ Lysistrata explores the timeless message: Make love not war.

$25 / 95 minutes

Tickets to Extended Performances

Friday, Sept 27 at 7:30pm
Saturday, Sept 28 at 7:30pm

About Kaleidoscope Cultural Arts Collective
Kaleidoscope Cultural Arts Collective (KCAC, founded 2008) started as a touring company performing plays in Philadelphia. In 2011, the company was invited to NYC to perform in the off-off Broadway Dream Up International Theatre Festival hosted by Theatre for the New City. The company took a hiatus shortly afterwards but regrouped in 2015 as the members started Arden Blair Enterprises, LLC, a multi-faceted art and entertainment company (KCAC became a subsidiary Arden Blair, LLC). During that same year, the company performed Flying West and Wine in the Wilderness at the Walnut Street Theatre Studio 5 and Ain’t Nobody: A Civil Rights Musical! at the historic Church of the Advocate. In 2016, KCAC became the resident theater company at the historic Church of the Advocate and has been performing new works such as Stoop Daze and classics such as For Colored Girls.

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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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Sprout! A Full Length Not-A-Ballet

Posted September 12th, 2019

September 12-15, 2019

A sprout pops up in early spring, losing one of its precious leaves in the process. Heartbroken, it uproots to journey on in search of The Answers. Step into the surreal world of Sprout! as alligator brass bands and lonely accordion lovers take to the stage to contemplate love, loss, and what it means to be (not) human. It’s a big ol’ family-friendly fairytale with surrealist tendencies and a live band brought to you by 6 dancers, 5 musicians, 1 narrator, and a few giant puppets.

$5 for children (12 and under), $20 / 45 minutes

Creator & Choreographer Maddie Rabin Composer Addie Herbert Musical Collaborators: Gabi Shapiro, Elizabeth de Lise (Lizdelise), & Dori Byrne Performers Savannah Green, Winfield Maben, Sarah Owens, Dawn Pratson, Stephanie Stevens, & Sevon Wright

I Spy, With My Little Eye

Posted September 12th, 2019

September 12–15, 2019

I Spy, With My Little Eye slides down the Chutes and Ladders of youth into the Scrabble of your earliest memories. This interactive dance performance provides an opportunity to Connect Four a moment in the shared joys and toys of childhood experience. Through five sections of movement, eight dancers search for unified experiences that highlight moments of togetherness, of childhood friends, of special places that inspire our imaginations, of collecting precious items that define our personalities. Accompanied by original music by Alina John, we move together in spontaneous games of I Spy, Tag, Hopscotch, and Whisper Down The Lane in an exploration of presence and fun, dancing ourselves into a playful reflection on what it was like to be a kid. Children are welcome!

$5 for 12 and under, $20 / 55 minutes

Choreographer and Philadelphia native, Kalila Kingsford Smith, is an independent performer, dance educator, and dance writer. Informed by her training in modern and contemporary dance, her choreography flows between tension and release, momentum and suspension, improvisation and composition, and storytelling and abstraction. Kalila Kingsford Smith Dance is a project-based collection of dancer-artists who build interactive environments in which the dance crosses the perceived boundaries between audience and performer. Each dance is a product of the creative energies of all involved; the performers, the creative collaborators, and the audience.

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Knock ‘Em Dead

Posted September 12th, 2019

September 12–16 + 19–21, 2019

An incompetent ventriloquist, a foul-mouthed comedian, a baton-twirling babe, a lip-synching poodle, an out-of-touch chanteuse, and an overbearing hypnotist all compete at Vinnie’s Club—till Vinnie is found dead. All hell breaks loose and laughs fly as YOU must find the culprit in this interactive murder mystery.

$20 / 100 minutes

Raw Street prides ourselves on creating with love. No matter the message, we operate from a place of friendship, laughter, and openness. We jumped into this game brand new (raw!) with one universal idea that resonated within everyone at our company: Why can’t we? Why not us? Why can’t this group of young, passionate artists just decide that they can do this? So we’re here, in your face, to break rules, to say things, to be a part of the evolution of theater. To be raw, real, and beautiful.

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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.

Question Reality

Posted September 10th, 2019

September 10 + 12–15, 2019

Enter a mind-bending combination of live theater and exploration that may lead you to doubt the very nature of existence — to “Question Reality.” Step out of YOUR reality and into a Lynchian world of mystery and intrigue. Come early and stay late in our Immersive HQ Lounge, the hub for immersive entertainment at Fringe – where performances are not just a show, but an adventure.

Audience members become “players” of “Question Reality” as they are drawn to a century-old abandoned warehouse, where a tear in reality has opened a portal to another realm – where nothing is ever as it seems. Inside, discovery is paramount as players embark on a journey filled with unexpected encounters. Throughout more than 6,000 square feet, players will be thrust into a story that’s out of this world as they meet unsettling characters and explore elaborately designed sets.

$20 / 30 minutes

From our humble beginnings at the University of Pennsylvania to 4 years of wildly creative productions in Orlando, Pseudonym Productions has returned to Philadelphia to present the first in a series of revolutionary experiences.

We create thrilling immersive experiences that entertain, engage, and captivate for those who crave more adventure in their lives.

At Philly Fringe: Be among the first to enter the Pseudoverse, an infinite world of entertainment that isn’t just a place; it’s a lifestyle.

After Fringe ends: Return to Pseudonym throughout the month of October as the immersive fun continues for a social Halloween experience unlike any other. Mysterious, psychological, and foreboding, arrive ready to explore. Begin with a drink in our lounge and effortlessly get swept away to uncover mysteries and discover intriguing characters across a world filled with unexpected encounters.

Across vibrant worlds, engagingly unique performances, and astonishing visceral thrills, our productions let you choose your own experience, so you can become anyone you wish, allowing you to be the hero, or the villain, you always wanted to be.

Enter a whole new world of entertainment and connect with others in meaningful, unexpected ways.

Within our experiences, you’ll discover that every story and every adventure has a soul. They are experiences that surround you with imaginative, otherworldly sensations that stay with you long after your journey ends.

Inspired by interactive video games, our experiences transport you to a world unlike your own, where appearances deceive and even the familiar feels entirely foreign. No headsets. No controllers. This is not virtual reality, it’s real reality.

With Pseudonym Productions, take a step outside your comfort zone, live differently, and question reality.


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Khan!!! The Musical!!!

Posted September 9th, 2019

September 9, 10 + 13–15, 2019

In this live reading of the unauthorized Star Trek parody, Captain Picard and Data present an uproarious comedy adaptation of the iconic film The Wrath of Khan. Written for Trekkies and Broadway fans alike, Khan!!! is equal parts snarky, slapstick, and heartfelt. Come for the Vulcan tap dancing, stay for the mutant space chickens! 110 minutes plus 10-minute intermission.

$10 / 120 minutes

Written by Brent Black Concept co-conceived by Dany Roth

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