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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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Dancing Again in Love

Posted September 7th, 2019

September 7, 8, 13–15 + 20–22, 2019

Dancing Again in Love is an ode to Black love, a choreopoem that puts the Black femme at the forefront of her story. Taking us on a journey through dance, poetry, and song, it asks whether we choose to repeat generational ways of love or break the cycle and redefine love for ourselves!

$10 / 70 minutes


 Black Love as a citing of resistance to oppression and stereotypes. This piece features many Black & Brown intersectional voices not often heard on stage. Inspired by Audre Lorde’s notion of women having to love in order to survive and the necessity for the “erotic.”

There will be a brief talkback and Q&A with the cast, crew, and playwright, Sabriaya Shipley, after each performance.

Cast Niya Colbert, Eric Carter, Imani Rothwell, Racine Lancaster Original Music by Jaymarie Santana, Shanel Edwards, Aaron Ball, Niles Bronze, Ronniere Spacely

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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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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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Gay Mis

Posted September 7th, 2019

September 7, 8, 14 + 15, 2019

If you like Les Miserables, you’ll LOVE Gay Mis! Join us for a queer, drag queen–infused parody of everyone’s favorite French Revolution musical! Join Parmesan, Jabear, Fontina, Epanini and the whole gang as they go on a journey through time, space, and cheese. 

$25 / 120 minutes


Following the success of Thweeney Todd: The Flaming Barber of Fleek Street, Jaffe set out to see just how queer musical theater can get. Come see everyone’s favorite farting fugitive, Parmesan, as he evades capture from arch-nemesis, Jabear. Joining in their adventures are all the classic characters you’ve come to know; desperate Fontina, lonely Epanini, and those beautiful young lovers, Marius and Baguette. Action! Romance! Ham! It’s all waiting for you at Gay Mis! September 7th, 8th, 14th, and 15th at Franky Bradley’s, September 22nd at Punchline Philly.

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KCBC x KCBCII

Posted September 7th, 2019

September 7 + 8, 2019

The Klassic Contemporary Ballet Company (KCBC) and KCBCII perform in their third annual Fringe Festival performance. Under the direction of Kimberly D. Landle, KCBC and KCBCII premiere three new pieces with vastly different ideas and concepts.

$20 / 90 minutes


Choreography by Kimberly D. Landle Photography by Brandon Wyche

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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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RE:figuring

Posted September 7th, 2019

September 7 + 8, 2019 

RE:figuring gathers, shapes, and rearranges. Leslie Elkins and foursome performance partner with Corinne Karon to play with ordered motifs and improvised ephemera, delighting in the discovery of patterns, fleeting and continuing.

$15 / 60 minutes


Foursomeperformance originally began as a dance theater collective interested in making fun and funny performances that reveled in the humor and darkness of human nature. The founding members of Foursomeperformance, Leslie Elkins, Grace Mi-He Lee, Jeff Prall, and Darcy Sebright, premiered Part I of their American Trilogy: The Pursuit of Happiness/What’s Your Problem? in the 2007  Fringe Festival. American Idle: We’ll Be With You Shortly debuted at 3rd Street Gallery in Old City. Over the next two years they performed Part II American Idol: Who Made You Boss?/Wasn’t It You? and Part III American Idyll: Love Is In The Air/What’s That Smell? both at Angler Movement Arts Center in Fishtown.

Foursomeperformance continues as a dance theater collective led by Rowan University professor Leslie Elkins. Our mission is to bring a variety of people together to experiment and devise performances that can only happen when multiple bodies, minds, voices, and talents contribute to the work. Foursomeperformance currently consists of established artists, designers, and performers working in collaboration with emerging artists. Present members include Leslie Elkins, Corinne Karon, Elizabeth Jones, Lele Tran, Jeff Warden, Michelle Campbell, Stephanie Filippo, Molly Jo Gifford, and Jayce Williams.

In last year’s 2018 Fringe Festival, Foursomeperformance premiered Embracing the Liminal, and most recently performed as part of Breaking The Glass Ceiling: A Celebration of Women in Choreography at Rowan University. Embracing the Liminal is a structured improvisational work considering transitional spaces and what it feels like “in-between,” from undone to finished, uncertainty to clarity, and indetermination to progress. We continually question these feelings; how we can feel simultaneously alone but supported, synchronized but messy, energized but afraid to breathe.

This year we are presenting RE:figuring, a performance that plays with ordered motifs and improvised ephemera. We are shaping and rearranging movements, sounds, images, and props all in an effort to discover patterns, both fleeting and continuing.

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60s FOLK Revisited

Posted September 7th, 2019

September 7, 8, 14 + 15, 2019

Protests, prevaricating politicians, pandemonium. It feels like the ’60s again! Time to revisit songs by Woody Guthrie, Judy Collins, Bob Dylan, Bob Gibson, Shel Silverstein, Chad Mitchell, Joni Mitchell, and more. Sung by BackStage Bistro Award winner Kate Loitz. Joyful, passionate music in a gorgeous rooftop setting.

$10 / 60 minutes


Join Kate Loitz and award-winning guitarist Lenny Ranallo on the beautiful roof deck of the Davison Building. Our venue is atop a private apartment building, so you must be escorted to the roof. Please arrive early so everyone can be seated by curtain. And be aware that there are no restrooms. The show is not for children, although teens should be fine. There are dark moments, and funny ones as well. Even a couple of sing-alongs.

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The Murder & Booze Cabaret

Posted September 6th, 2019

September 6–8 + 19–22, 2019

Florence and Texas have three things in common: liquor, death, and music. Real and real-crazy drunken tales of fame and violence from the 1920s fuse with jazzy riffs on modern pop songs for a night of high notes, low blows, and bespoke cocktails.

$15 / 70 minutes


Love Drunk Life is an arts production and creative lifestyle company working to cultivate theatre, film, books, music, and product for the artistic soul. We are thrilled to be coming back to Fringe.

Past Fringe productions include:

Herlock Sholmes and the Mysterious Case of the Jersey Devil or The Living Dragon (2018),
Public screenings of Happy Yummy Chicken (2016),
The Most Awkward Love Life of Peabody Magoo (2015).

The Murder & Booze Cabaret will also be presented as a part of this year’s NJ Fringe Festival. This will be the second year that Love Drunk Life has presented in NJ Fringe. Love Drunk Life has collaborated with the Princeton Public Library, EveryLibrary, the New Cannan Library, and the Burlington County Footlighters.

Check out Love Drunk Life’s line of products for artists of all types at etsy.com/shop/lovedrunklife

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bilialien

Posted September 6th, 2019

September 6–10, 2019

several short new works, one performed in blackout. let us construct a vessel made with sinusoids, capillaries, tentacles. let it be unconcerned with survival, more concerned with gulping and discharging through as many portals as it can. yesterday’s garbage follows the friday and sunday shows. In repertory with Sneakers by Nichole Canuso Dance.

$20 / 75 minutes


Lighting Design by Maria Shaplin Sound Design by Adriano Shaplin Costumes by Kylie Stetler Performances by Mina Estrada, Christina Gesualdi, Anita Holland, Laura Vriend, and more

bilialien is an evening of short new works by Annie Wilson, creator of the Fringe hit Lovertits (2014). Pieces include keening in the dark. In Celtic tradition, keening is done over a dead body, but that was in a different time. Before the internet. In a world after the internet, celestial creatures trace the periphery of the room, their time onstage, their own vision. And maybe a secret duet will emerge?
bilialien is followed by Yesterday’s Garbage on Friday and Sunday nights. Yesterday’s Garbage is the worst open mic night we could conjure. Produced and hosted in collaboration with Anita Holland, Yesterday’s Garbage is open to anyone who has ever had a bad creative idea.

All of this is performed in repertory with Nichole Canuso Dance Company’s show Sneakers at Theatre Exile in South Philly.

Annie Wilson is a 2017 Pew Fellow in the Arts. Her work has been presented by Fringearts, Bryn Mawr College, JACK, thirdbird, the Center for Performance Research, and Mascher. Recent work includes: Design Your Own Death, At Home with the Humorless Bastard, Lovertits, The Remix Festival, At the Gloaming with the Hipster Shaman, and Solo. She is an Associated Artist at Applied Mechanics, and an incubated artist at Headlong. Artists she has worked with include: Meg Foley/moving parts, Lucinda Childs, Nichole Canuso Dance Company, Almanac Dance Circus Theater, Pasion Y Arte, Mary Tuomanen. She is assistant property manager at Simpson Mid-town. You can hire Hipster Shaman for events.

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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


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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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Howie Hypnotize

Posted September 6th, 2019

September 6 + 7, 2019

Mind blown! The Howie Hypnotize Show is an interactive experience that makes you the star! Whether you stay in the audience or make it on stage, you’ll laugh, laugh, and laugh some more. Howie has performed at the NYC FRIGID, Rochester and Pittsburgh Fringe Festivals, and all over the East Coast.

$12 / 50 minutes


The Howie Hypnotize Show is a clean, interactive and audience participation show. All can participate in the cool experiments at the beginning. To be on stage you must be 13 or older. There are two steps leading into the venue. This unique venue requires shoes off to protect the beautiful floors, so bring a pair of slippers or socks.

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Dull Space and Dance

Posted September 6th, 2019

September  7, 8, 13–15 + 20–22 2019

This multidisciplinary theatrical (45 minutes, all of the above dates and times) and dance (45 minutes on Sept. 21 only) pairs the work of playwright Brian McCole with an exhibition featuring the internationally acclaimed dancers of The Rock School. See Dull Space all month long or both performances on Sept. 21; café dining (September 21 only) is also available.

$15 / 45 minutes (Dull Space OR Heart of Dance)
$25 / 90 minutes (Dull Space AND Heart of Dance)


The Rock School for Dance Education will provide a series of engaging performance events in conjunction with Light Street Pictures in September of 2019, under the umbrella of the 2019 FringeArts festival, at The Rock School’s Broad and Washington studio theater space. The series includes a small-venue staged theatrical performance of the Brian McCole screenplay Dull Space (throughout the month of September)–and a closing premiere dance concert in the expansive 5th-floor studio space (Saturday, September 21, 2019, 2:00pm only) The Heart of Dance featuring the Ramirez Castellano identical triplets from Cuba along with young artists of local, regional and international origins. Following ‘The Heart of Dance’ there will be a post-show Q&A discussion with our Directors, Bo and Stephanie Spassoff, and the student performers in the 2nd-floor Bistro with food and drinks available for purchase (ticket and dining package upgrades available).

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The Miseducation of Generation Never

Posted September 6th, 2019

September 6, 7, 13 + 14, 2019

Yes! And…’s Shadow Company delves into what it means to be a teenager as the world changes with lightning speed. They use spoken word poetry, movement, and their dynamic brand of storytelling to reveal the struggle for hope, compassion, and perseverance in the face of a crumbling social and economic infrastructure.

$10 / 50 minutes


Directed by Natalie Hann Written by Shadow Company Members with Brooke Sexton Artistic Director for Yes! And… Collaborative Arts Brooke Sexton Shadow Company Core Teen Leadership Miles Jones-Patton, Lila Shermeta, Liam Forest Shadow Company Program Director Natalie Hann

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Brown-eyed Rapunzel

Posted September 6th, 2019

September 6 + 7, 2019

Rinnie studies fairy tales and spins a story she doesn’t need. (She’s biracial.) Her mom Karen tucks them away, especially the tough ones. (Yep, she’s white.) On a rooftop under the clouds, they must learn how to tell a new story together. A dance/shadow/time-travel poem about what it’s like to mother a multiracial family.

$20 / 75 minutes


Written and Directed by Monica Flory Choreography by Jessica Noel Shadow Puppetry by Kat Caro

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Sneakers

Posted September 6th, 2019

September 6–10, 2019

When someone departs your life they also enter it in a new way. Created and performed by Nichole Canuso (Wandering Alice, TAKES, The Garden, Pandæmonium) in collaboration with director Suli Holum, Sneakers is an elegy for what has gone, and a tender tumble through what remains. “Impressive fluency and unassuming humor” (The New York Times).

*ASL Interpretation for Saturday, September 8 performance at 3:00pm.

Sneakers will be performed in repertory with bilialien by Annie Wilson

Photo Credit: painting by DC LaMothe

$20 / 60 minutes

Tickets will be available at the door if sold out online*

*NOTE: There will be no tickets available at the door on Monday 9/9


Performed by Nichole Canuso Created in collaboration with Director Suli Holum Composer and sound designer Michael Kiley Lighting designer Maria Shaplin

When someone departs your life they also enter it in a new way; Sneakers is about that shift. Sneakers also examines the architecture of memory, and the systems we construct to house the past, the present, the false, the borrowed and the buried. The last time Canuso, Holum and Kiley collaborated in these same roles, was the Fringe Festival hit Wandering Alice (2008). These three dear friends and collaborators have hovered in one another’s orbit over the years, collaborating in different constellations of artists. They return as a trio to create this deeply personal work about grief and consolation, and the architecture of memory.

Monday evening’s performance will be followed by a late-night cabaret featuring Martha Graham Cracker, Eliza Hardy Jones, Pax Ressler, Emmanuel Delpech and many more. Drinks and snacks will be available throughout the evening. BOX OFFICE: 215-413-1318.

Nichole Canuso Dance Company (NCDC) is dedicated to creating performance experiences that embrace the complexity of humanity. Projects often sit at the crossroads of movement, visual art, and theater. NCDC brings dance out of conventional spaces to engage audiences in adventurous ways. The company is currently exploring the interfaces of live, embodied presence with emerging technologies that challenge our definitions of human relationship. Founded in 2004 by choreographer Nichole Canuso, NCDC is a Philadelphia-based ensemble that has been presented by FringeArts (Philadelphia), New York Live Arts (New York), The American Repertory Theater (Cambridge, MA), The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center (College Park, MD), Dance Theatre Workshop (New York), DancePlace (Washington, D.C.), Judson Church Movement Research Exchange (New York, Philadelphia), Links Hall (Chicago), Lincoln Center Out of Doors Festival (New York), the International Festival of Art and Ideas (CT), HERE Arts Center (New York), Velocity Founders Theater (Seattle) and others.

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Wear and Tear

Posted September 5th, 2019

September 5–8, 2019

A movement-based comedy extravaganza creatively combining nonverbal performance with music, dance, and media. The Back Pack’s imaginative style has been described as a live-action cartoon, unmatched in its cleverness, and pure entertainment that will leave you with a smile on your face and a glow in your heart.

$15 / 60 minutes


The Back Pack is a physical comedy troupe that has been creating whimsical non-spoken sketch comedy since 2008. All of the work is original; created and performed entirely by the group. They have been awarded two B. Iden Payne awards from the B. Iden Payne council, and Critics Table award for Best Movement, and four Best of Fest accolades from Frontera Fest. This production, Wear and Tear, uses The Back Pack’s unique brand of storytelling featuring line drawings on large pads of paper strapped to the performers. This is coupled with movement and dance, and often also incorporates clowning, puppetry, shadows, animation, foley, and whatever else their hearts desire.

The Back Pack currently creates and performs in The Back Pack Co-Lab in East Austin, Texas.

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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