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Circadium Presents: 4:18 AM / Chaos Theory

Posted September 20th, 2019

September 20–22, 2019

A contemporary circus double feature: 4:18 AM is an introspective visual album of Let Them Eat Chaos by poet and musician Kate Tempest. In one surreal minute, seven strangers question their own humanity. Chaos Theory uses juggling, equilibristics, and theater to study the differences between order and chaos. 15-minute intermission between shows.

$20 / 90 minutes


“Circadium Presents” is an annual contemporary circus addition to the Philadelphia Fringe Festival hosted and sponsored by Circadium School of Contemporary Circus. Special thanks to Kate Tempest and wildlife entertainment for the use of “Let Them Eat Chaos” by poet and musician Kate Tempest.

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I Know It Was the Blood: The Totally True Adventures of a Newfangled Black Woman

Posted September 20th, 2019

September 20-22, 2019

In this award-winning sojourn embracing Southern roots, gospel rhythms, and queer identity, one family’s love conquers all. A scrappy Jersey girl finds the courage to live authentically in this soul-rich performance of storytelling, theater, song, and poetry. Philly Premiere!

$13 / 75 minutes


Written, Directed, and Performed by Tara Lake

Artists’ Choice Award – Chicago Fringe Festival 2018
Rochester Fringe 2018 Best Bet – Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
Not to Miss at Charm City Fringe – Baltimore Magazine

Tara Lake is a Soprano, Storyteller, Playwright, Actress and Scholar-Artist. 

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I Know It Was the Blood: The Totally True Adventures of a Newfangled Black Woman is a recipient of the 2019 Independent Artist FestiFund

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Happy Hour on the Fringe

In this episode of Happy Hour on the Fringe, April Rose, FringeArts’ Fringe Festival Coordinator, talks to Tara Lake, Terry Brennan, Jarrod Markman, and Joseph Ahmed about their independent show offerings for this year’s Fringe Festival and their experiences as newbies and seasoned veterans of Fringe. Listen below or read the transcript on the FringeArts Blog.

I Know It Was the Blood: The Totally True Adventures of a Newfangled Black Woman will play September 20-22 at The Whole Shebang.

Operation: Wawa Road Trip will play  at the Proscenium Theatre at The Drake on September 5–9, 12–16, and 19–21.

 Dissonance and Generations are visual art exhibitions that will be showing at Da Vinci Art Alliance during the 2019 Fringe Festival. Free / Gallery hours: Wednesdays–Sundays, 12–5pm. DVAA is also presenting Composition in Concert, displayed at International House Philadelphia daily from 8am–10pm during the Fringe Festival.

rail.

Posted September 20th, 2019

September 20, 22, 24, 26 + 27, 2019

Staged in the 100-year-old Racquets court inside the members-only confines of The Racquet Club of Philadelphia, rail. is a play about the cyclical nature of relationships in our lives and the ways we struggle to break free from past events to forge new paths. Sarah, a therapist and former championship squash player, is stuck in a cycle of rotating men in her life, all played by the same actor. She must decide how to break the cycle and find her most singular life.

$16 / 90 minutes


Written by Zac Kline Directed by Rachel Dart & Zac Kline Featuring Emilie Krause & Harry Watermeier Photos by Plate 3 Photography

DRESS CODE: Please note that The Racquet Club of Philadelphia enforces a ‘Smart Casual’ dress code that prohibits t-shirts, hooded sweatshirts, sweatpants, spandex, halter tops, cargo pants, shorts, sneakers, flip flops, and hats.

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Women in Mummers Project

Posted September 20th, 2019

September 20–22, 2019

The Women in Mummers Project gives a voice to the hard-working women in the Mummers organization. These women do everything: building huge suits, organizing people, marching in the parade, feeding everyone, and so much more. Come learn about these outstanding women and the Mummers.

$10 / 45 minutes


The Golden Sunrise NYA is a nonprofit dedicated to teaching Mummery to everyone. Whether you want to march down Broad Street, or work behind the scenes and help make the magic happen, there’s a number of ways to get involved at Golden Sunrise and become a part of the Mummer community.

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See Amid The Winter Snow

Posted September 19th, 2019

September 19–21*, 2019

It’s Christmastime in September! Join our lovable snowman for a drink as he narrates the Yuletide pandemonium that is the tale of Mitchell Claus and Daisy Scarlett. Their love story is threatened when a blackmail scandal emerges in Santa’s workshop amid Mrs. Claus’ critical re-election bid for mayor of the North Pole.

*Audio description for Saturday, September 21 performance at 1:30pm.

ADA accessible

$15 / 100 minutes


Peter Fenton is a Philadelphia-based writer for the stage, screen, and blog committed to creating intelligent, humorous content. He specializes in writing comedy dialog, most frequently within fantasy, fairy tale, and science fiction stories for all ages. Following his first two stage play publications in February 2019, Fenton launched ByPeterFenton.com to begin freelance script and story writing and to host information about each of his stage and screenplays as well as a periodic blog about his writing process and personal life. While they overlapped working at the Walnut Street Theatre in Philadelphia, director Amanda Pasquini and actress Chelsea Cylinder joined with Fenton to mobilize ByPeterFenton.com as a theatrical production company in May 2019, mounting the world premiere of Fenton’s holiday comedy See Amid the Winter Snow as their debut production.

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The Insanity of Mary Girard

Posted September 19th, 2019

September 19–22, 2019

In 1790, the wife of noted Philadelphian Stephen Girard awoke to find herself in the mental asylum at The Pennsylvania Hospital. How did she get here? Why has her husband not come to have her released? Is it all a mistake, or is she truly insane? Join us on the inside where we find out more as the tale unfolds.

$25 / 80 minutes


Sarah Heddins plays Mary Girard in this immersive, thought provoking, and fascinating historical drama about the roles that men and women were expected to play in early American society, and just what can happen when you don’t live up to the expectations of your station. The play centers primarily on Mary’s time in the Pennsylvania Hospital, as told by her and a “greek chorus” of inmates, who help her see clearly the path that lead her to be placed in there with them. This story is based on a letter Stephen Girard wrote to his brother in 1787 where he lamented about,

Having been so foolish as to marry this unfortunate vixen… I treat her properly but at the same time I despise her as much as it is possible to despise anyone… I hate her like the devil and note with pleasure that this feeling increases from day to day.

A powerhouse of actors in this ensemble cast bring the story to life as it is presented in the round, in an intimate theater space. Join us in the basement of the Pennsylvania Hospital as we learn more about Mary and those closest to her, and what led to the tragic fate of Mrs. Stephen Girard.

Written by Lanie Robertson Directed by Mariangela Saavedra Starring Neena Boyle, Jim Broyles, Sarah Heddins, Jessica McDonald, Willam McHattie, Teresa Nutter, Sarah Palmatory, Browning Sterner, and Sean Vermeire


For over sixty-three years, Allens Lane Theater has produced purposeful, challenging, and unique theater experiences centered around contemporary human issues which reflect the diversity and complexity of our community. We present the best in contemporary theater in a unique cabaret atmosphere. An intimate space guarantees that no one is far from the stage. Our patrons also are treated to extended time in the theater prior to each performance to enjoy the company of their neighbors and fellow theater patrons, while they savor BYOB picnic dinners and are seated a cabaret tables. This is a theater experience you won’t find anywhere else in the city!

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Translation: Cracking the Girl Code

Posted September 19th, 2019

September 19 + 22, 2019

This new musical by Terrell M. Green follows the journey of the first trans girl group to make it mainstream. Five days out from their first world tour, these women fight for equality and acceptance from the world while navigating the demands of the music industry. Think along the lines of a Trans musical inspired by Dreamgirls.

$25 / 60 minutes


September 19th performance located at Tabu Lounge & Sports Bar, September 22nd performance located at William Way Center.

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B. Franklin: Words Matter

Posted September 19th, 2019

September 19–22, 2019

Sharp in wit, frail in body, Philly’s favorite Founding Father eloquently holds court on life, liberty, and love. Family, royalty, lady friends, and surprise visitors join in. Is it truth? Exaggeration? Vanity? Legend informs the words. You decide the matter.

“Extraordinarily splendid” (Phindie)

$15 / 60 minutes


Kudos to Ben Franklin’s parents, without whom this theater experience, and the formation of our Republic, may have proved impractical.

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Between

Posted September 19th, 2019

September 19–21, 2019

Each show features a new opera and a band. The first half: a binge-staging of The 2019 Serial Opera Project (shows II and III) or the world premiere of the sci-fi opera Ganymede 5 (I and IV) by Evan Kassof and Aleksandar Hut Kono. The second half: sets from Brother Martin (I), The Cheddar Boys (II), or Lee Mo (III and IV).

$20 / 150 minutes


ENAensemble is a music and theater ensemble focused on cultivating and performing new and important works of theatrical vocal music. Based in Philadelphia and founded by Evan Kassof, Nicole Renna, and Anaïs Naharro-Murphy, ENAensemble has presented a diverse range of productions over the last year. The first production, The Propaganda Machine Show ran for four sold-out nights at the 2018 FringeArts Festival. Following that success, ENAensemble presented a rare, fully-staged version of Schoenberg’s Pierrot Lunaire with additional works by Ravel, Stravinsky, and Kassof. Since March, ENAensemble has been hard at work guiding new composer/librettist teams in the creation, production, and performance of their new opera episodes as part of the 2019 Serial Opera Project. A resident ensemble in the Music Department of the Free Library of Philadelphia, ENAensemble is constantly developing new ways to present opera, musical theater, art song, and other forms of vocal-led musical story-telling. The 2019-2020 Season has at least four new productions in the works, including a new Serial Musical Project and the 2020 Serial Opera Project.

Directed by Rose Freeman Stage Manager Casey Berner The 2019 Serial Opera Project Music and Libretto by Evan Kassof & Aleksandar Hut Kono (March), Michael Shingo Crawford & Traci Troi Justice Williams (April), Abigail Kempson & Jerry Mathes III (May), Timothy Arliss O’Brien & Jennifer Williams (June), Roger A. Martinez & Alize Rozsnyai (July), and Cortlandt Matthews & Rick Beck (August) Ganymede 5 Music and Libretto by Evan Kassof & Aleksandar Hut Kono Serial Opera Project Sung by Katie Procell and Marcelle McGuirk Ganymede 5 Sung by Megnot Toggia, Caitlin Mead, Heather Gardner, and Wesley Morgan  Instrumentalists Chelsea Meynig, Elisa Muzzillo, Joseph Dvorak, Olivia Cleri, Michael Shingo Crawford, Jennifer Boorum, and Alyssa Resh


ENAensemble is eternally grateful to Ray Banas, Leigh Urbschat, Leanne Fallo, and all the staff of the Music Department of Free Library of Philadelphia for giving us the time, space, and loving atmosphere to present the 2019 Serial Opera Project. We can’t imagine a better environment to publicly create new opera!

Between is generously funded by a grant from the Presser Foundation, awarded through Temple University’s Boyer College of Music and Dance. Thank you to Dr. Cynthia Folio, Dean Flanagan, and Dean Stroker for believing in this project and advocating for it with the Presser Foundation.

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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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Beyond The Light

Posted September 18th, 2019

September 18–22, 2019

A captivating creation story of the origin of love. One soul split into two struggles to reunite through a world of shadows and light. This all-ages story combines puppetry, dance, and stunning visual effects. Beyond the Light is sure to captivate the senses. Called “stunning!” by Jane Henson, cofounder of The Muppets.

$10/ 50 minutes


Beyond the Light is an elegant hybridization of dance, puppetry, shadow work, and lighting effects. Called “Pure Enchantment” by Jane Henson cofounder of The Muppets. In this one hour work, one soul torn into two must find its way back together again. It is an exploration of the power of love, hope, and determination that blends four different forms of puppetry to explore a world rift with drama and comedy. This work is all ages but is not recommended for children under the age of six. This piece was developed in sections through a series of residencies including Indy Convergence, The Eugene O’Neill Puppetry Conference, and Puppetry at the Carriage House (PATCH) sponsored by Jane Henson, and Emerging Artist Commissioning Program from Streb Action Mechanics Laboratory led by Elizabeth Streb. Excerpts of this work have been selected for the National Best Short Works by the Center for Puppetry Arts in Atlanta, GA.

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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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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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Alternative Theater Festival 2019

Posted September 14th, 2019

September 14, 2019

The Alternative Theater Festival is an annual festival celebrating weird, unconventional plays, all written, directed, and produced by students. This year, we bring you experiments in subjects ranging from British spies to dentists.

$5 / 80 minutes


iNtuitons Experimental Theatre is the University of Pennsylvania’s only student-run experimental theater group. iNtuitons comes from two words: intuition and automaton. The group was chartered to attract people with diverse artistic interests and in order to provide an outlet for creative people whose ideas are too classical or avant-garde to be supported by existing groups.

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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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Eurydice by Radio Eris

Posted September 13th, 2019

September 13 + 19, 2019

Discordian rock band Radio Eris tells the lost tale of Eurydice in this psychedelic rock opera, a mythological journey through the underworld and dimensions beyond time with the goddess Eris as a guide.

“Daring players … making gorgeously melodic rock with irresistibly odd storylines … [an] always epic song-story” (A.D. Amorosi, City Paper).

$8 / 110 minutes


FreeWork

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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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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A Manayunk Mystery Tour

Posted September 12th, 2019

September 12–15, 2019

It was a dark and stormy night when a young woman from Manayunk mysteriously went missing … AND WAS MURDERED!!! Follow Manayunk’s finest private investigator, a child genius turned conspiracy enthusiast, and a VERY serious podcast reporter as they try to solve the MURDER of Manayunk’s Missing Millennial.

Free / 60 minutes


Manayunk Theatre Company was founded in 2014 by locals Sean Connolly and Gabe Henninger. Five Fringe Festivals later we’re still going strong bringing interactive theater to Manayunk!

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Stripping the Yellow Wallpaper

Posted September 12th, 2019

September 12–14, 2019

A contemporary twist on “The Yellow Wallpaper,” the feminist ghost story that first illuminated the horrors of facing mental illness alone.

Audience members are invited to stay for a brief 20 minute talk back at the end of each performance to share their reactions to the piece.

Pay what you wish $10 – $20/ 50 minutes


Stripping the Yellow Wallpaper highlights the themes of mental health and feminism springing from Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s semi-autobiographical short story, “The Yellow Wallpaper.” First published in 1892, it chronicles a woman’s descent into madness from “the rest cure,” prescribed for her severe postpartum depression. Our play weaves in the resonant and discordant work of other feminists from Gilman’s time and our own, including philosopher Mary Whiton Calkins and playwright Adrienne Kennedy.