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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

*AEA

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Happy Days

Posted September 17th, 2019

September 17, 2019

SpArc Services presents a new take on an old classic. A lonely girl is transported to a mystical land where she meets new friends, conquers fears, and faces challenges. Join Jill, Evil Batman, Peter, and Paul, Fabulous, and more as they sing and dance their way through Peaceful Meadow in search of a way home.

$10 / 50 minutes


The mission of the Cultural Arts Center at SpArc Services is to foster creativity, self-confidence, and community connections for adults with developmental disabilities through classes in the visual and performing arts, outings to cultural venues, and opportunities with other arts-based organizations.

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Another Agatha: a myth of perception

Posted September 17th, 2019

September 17–19, 2019

A mother and a daughter imagine each other’s lives in this immersive, subversive prayer from Migration Theory. Their stories loop, collide, morph, and transform in this dance meditation on perception, survival, and unbridgeable distances. Accompanied by music, dark humor, and dessert. Preview performance $10 (Sept 17 at 6:30pm).

$10–$20 / 60 minutes


Migration Theory is a physical art company from Boise, Idaho. We’re artists exploring the spaces between disciplines in order to create original work that is kinetic, participatory, heartfelt. We believe in the potential and power of real-time art experiences. We seek joy in all we do. We aspire to bring our work to other places. We create art that moves.

Artistic Director Tracy Sunderland Associate Artists Sarah Gardner & Heidi Kraay Performed by Antony Bolante, Donna Jean Fogel, Sarah Gardner, Lisa Lechner, Callie Ritter & Tracy Sunderland

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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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SPIES!! Even More Spying

Posted September 10th, 2019

September 10, 12, 14, 17, 19 + 21, 2019

Agent, you must infiltrate the Future Summit conference to investigate a new threat against your country. Keep in touch with your Spy Handler via text message as you navigate drinks, lightning talks, overenthusiastic influencers, and dad jokes. Maybe you saved the world before. Time to do it again.

MORE DATES AVAILABLE!

Thursday, September 26th

Saturday, September 28th

 

$20–35 / 90 minutes


Ticket types:

Unsuspecting Conference Guest: Attend the show. Watch the evening unfold around you.
($20) – 2 tickets per show

Secret Agent (with interactive chatbot): Live out your dreams of being a Secret Agent infiltrating a high-profile event. Throughout the evening, your Spy Handler will be texting you to obtain your strategy. YOUR choices directly affect how events unfold.
($30) – 15 tickets per show

Super Secret Agent VIP experience: Same as a Secret Agent, plus additional super secret scenes that no one else gets to see and an additional mission just for the VIPs.
($35) – 4 tickets per show

 

TICKETING FAQ:

– I’ve heard about the chatbot / interactive texting element. I want to do that. Which ticket should I get?
If you want to be a spy at the show (use the interactive chatbot to help determine the path the show takes), choose either: Secret Agent (with interactive chatbot) or Super Secret Agent VIP experience. Secret Agents and Super Secret Agent VIPs should bring fully charged phones.

-Will I have to download an app to use the chatbot?
No, your phone just has to be able to receive text messages.

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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

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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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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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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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Come Back, Little Sheba by William Inge

Posted September 3rd, 2019

September 3–8, 10–15 + 17–22, 2019

Precarious sobriety: poignant and potent with humor to spare, the quietness of quiet desperation explodes the claustrophobic lives of Lola and Doc. Inge’s 1950 classic comes alive amid outsider art in The Bethany Mission Gallery, illustrating how the pursuit of primal instincts derails and illuminates everyday lives.

$15–$28 / 100 minutes


Founded in 2006, the Idiopathic Ridiculopathy Consortium (IRC) is the only theater company in the nation dedicated solely to the production, preservation, and study of absurdist drama. The IRC’s mission and signature style has repeatedly earned the company the title “absurdist masters.” The poignancy of repression defining a Midwestern marriage in crisis provides the undercurrent for William Inge’s resilient 1950 classic Come Back, Little Sheba. The pursuit of primal instincts and how they derail everyday lives frames the 1950 play—Inge’s first—written while he was a teacher at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. “…an old house in one of those semi-respectable neighborhoods in a Midwestern city …” is the setting for Come Back, Little Sheba.

The humor and psychological undercurrent of Inge’s classic will come to life amidst over two hundred works of outsider art including drawings & paintings by James Castle, Sam Doyle, Howard Finster, William Hawkins, Martin Ramirez, Bill Traylor and George Widener. Modern renovations to the 1869 Quaker meeting house were completed in February 2012 to accommodate and display the internationally-recognized collection, which also features objects including radios, antique metal toys and milk glass. The gallery will be open to the public one hour prior and following each performance. The Bethany Mission Gallery was the setting for the IRC’s critically-recognized 2018 Fringe production of Tennessee Williams’ The Eccentricities of a Nightingale, and their 2017 production of Eugene Ionesco’s The Bald Soprano.


History of the Play

Come Back, Little Sheba premiered on Broadway at the Booth Theatre on February 15, 1950. The cast included Shirley Booth as Lola, Sidney Blackmer as Doc, and Joan Lorring as Marie. Booth won the Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Play and Blackmer won Best Actor. Reprising her Broadway role, Booth starred opposite Burt Lancaster as Doc and Terry Moore as Marie in a 1952 film adaptation. Booth won both the 1953 Best Actress Academy award and Best Actress – Drama Golden Globe for her portrayal of Lola. William Inge, (born May 3, 1913, Independence, KS—died June 10, 1973, Hollywood Hills, CA) was an American playwright best known for his plays Come Back, Little Sheba (1950; filmed 1952); Picnic (1953; filmed 1956), for which he won a Pulitzer Prize; and Bus Stop (1955; filmed 1956). Inge was educated at the University of Kansas at Lawrence and at the George Peabody College for Teachers in Nashville, Tennessee.

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