Posts Tagged ‘Sep 18’

¡Que Ridículo!

Posted September 18th, 2019

September 18–21, 2019

Comedy that will make you say “How Ridiculous!” This cross-cultural comedy show was constructed through the lens of the immigrant experience. Featuring sketch and improv by ¿Qué?—an all-Spanish-speaking group (except for one white dude)—this show is meant to be enjoyed by English speakers as well as Spanish speakers.

$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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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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Everybody Loves Each Other These Days

Posted September 18th, 2019

September 18–21, 2019

Without a job or a home after graduating from college, Ezra crashes with his sister. After his boyfriend dumps him, Ezra develops a crush on his sister’s roommate, Sam. Sam complicates matters by leaving it unclear whether she knows Ezra is pansexual or is wrongly assuming he is gay.

$15 / 80 minutes

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Period House

Posted September 7th, 2019

September 7, 8, 14, 15, 18, 21, + 22, 2019

Welcome to Period House, the luxury hotel and spa exclusively for ladies at that time of the month! Margaret isn’t the typical guest, and she has a lot to learn. Fortunately, an eclectic group of fellow guests and expert staff are there to guide and support her with ice cream, martinis, sass, and steam treatments.

$13 / 75 minutes

Ragtime Players coagulated just this summer to bring new local play Period House to Philly Fringe.  This wildly diverse crew includes actors who identify as African American, South Asian, and lesbian. The cast ranges from theater professors to fresh-in-town talent, and our playwright is a gay man who was raised and still resides in Northeast Philly. This melting pot of a theater company exists to crack up every kind of human out there.

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Period House is a recipient of the 2019 Independent Artist FestiFund

The Independent Artist FestiFund is a project of CultureTrust Greater Philadelphia




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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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Posted September 6th, 2019

September 6, 13, 18, 20 + 21, 2019

T&G’s improvised show is inspired by stories and pics of your tattoos, and other personal symbols.
Whether you have a tattoo, want one, or would never get one, tell us the things that are so important to you that they’re forever etched in your heart…or on your skin.

“Hilarious and fearless” – Philadelphia Weekly.

“Dazzling” – Philadelphia Inquirer.

$18 / 65 minutes

($13 student tickets)

Here’s what will happen at INK: When you arrive at the theater, you’re invited to anonymously fill out a card with the answer to this prompt:

“Briefly tell us something about your tattoo—the meaning behind its words or symbols, or the story behind how you got it. If you don’t have a tattoo: what words or symbols are so important to you that you feel they are etched in your heart?”

Your responses are collected in a basket and randomly selected by the actors throughout the show, who use your stories to inspire an improvised one-hour montage of scenes and monologues.

In addition, when you enter the theater, you’ll be invited to have your tattoo photographed, if comfortable. Then, during a portion of the show, the photographed tattoos will be projected, and the ensemble will use the images to inspire their improvisation.

The content of the show will not focus on tattoos, but rather on what the tattoos represent—a person or place, a concept or feeling—the actors will use that information to create scenes of life experiences & relationships, both hilarious and touching.

Come Early to connect and share tattoo stories!


Doors open 30 minutes prior to curtain for pre-show lobby event.

•Free mini Henna tattoos provided by ’Stay Groovy with Henna.’
•Free temporary tattoo station with a variety of tattoos to play with!
•Info and discounts from local tattoo artists
•and more!

•Free glass of wine or beer at the following performances only: Friday, Sept 13 at 10pm; Wednesday, Sept 18 at 7pm; and Friday, Sept 20 at 10pm.

Those attending opening night, Sept 6, can register to win a $50 gift certificate to use at Hunter Gatherer Tattoo & Piercing!

“The name Tongue & Groove means ‘seamlessly connected’,” says Bobbi Block, artistic director, “The goal of INK is to connect those within and outside the tattoo community through shared story-telling. Our pre-show lobby event encourages that connection—we want the lobby to buzz with a friendly vibe of meeting strangers & sharing stories. Everyone is welcome! We hope untattooed people will feel intrigued to learn about the tattooed community, and that those with tattoos will feel excited to share their tattoo stories with new friends,” says Block.

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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

Lavender Life

Posted September 5th, 2019

September 5, 6 + 18–20, 2019

Slip into the Lavender Lounge, a 1930s speakeasy where the underground LGBTQ+ community comes together in search of strength amid the rise of fascism. Come as you are and BYOB as the music of the era tells the story of a community whose spirits cannot be broken, where everyone can be themselves for a little while.

$10 / 45 minutes

Directed by Molly Jo Music Direction by Kylie Westerbeck Executive Produced by CGO Productions

This event is BYOB.

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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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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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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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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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Destiny is a Careless Waiter

Posted September 4th, 2019

September 4, 8, 11, 15, 18 + 22, 2019

The course of true love never did run smooth, especially when a waiter disrupts the path of romantic destiny over dessert. Three delightful comedic short plays set in a café by local playwright Julie Zaffarano. Delicious food available. Doors open at 6pm for you to pre-order dinner. Plays served at 6:30pm.

$18 / 60 minutes

Juniper Productions is an independent theatre-producing agency that serves artists and audiences in Philadelphia and beyond. We bring fresh, original theatre to non-traditional places where people are dining, drinking and gathering, such as local distilleries, cafes, restaurants, and hotels. We also produce world-premiere theatrical productions in unused former industrial spaces in Philadelphia.

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Pictured from Left to right: Ellen Cohn, David Christopher Roche, Sisi Wright, Chauncey Meeks-Owens Photo by Juniper Productions

Pictured: Ellen Cohn & Sisi Wright Photo by Juniper Productions

Pictured: Ellen Cohn & David Christopher Roche Photo by Juniper Productions