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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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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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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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La Bolivianita

Posted September 19th, 2019

September 19–22, 2019

This autobiographical one-woman performance work by Pasión y Arte artistic director Elba Hevia y Vaca explores her story as a Bolivian immigrant and mother. La Bolivianita delves into her almost lifelong journey with Flamenco and how that has continued to evolve as she ages. The piece will culminate in an interactive dialogue with the audience. Directed by world-renowned Flamenco artist Belen Maya. World Premiere.

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$20 / 55 minutes


About Elba Hevia y Vaca

Born in La Paz, Bolivia, Elba Hevia y Vaca began her study of classical Spanish dance at the age of five. She studied with great masters in Spain for over 20 years, and later joined the Ana Martinez Flamenco Dance Company and Raquel Peña Spanish Dance Company in Washington D.C., where she was a soloist. In Philadelphia, she continued her study of modern dance, jazz, and contact improvisation from various Philadelphia artists. In 2000, Hevia y Vaca founded Pasión y Arte out of a strong and intensely personal conviction that highly-stylized traditional Spanish Flamenco dance is a perfect vessel to empower women. These values have been reflected in the eight original, critically acclaimed works she has created for PyA, and in the numerous grants, fellowships, and accolades awarded to Hevia y Vaca and PyA under her direction. In addition, she was nominated for a prestigious Pew Fellowship in 2018. She conducts master classes throughout the US, has taught at local Philadelphia universities, teaches various levels of Flamenco at at her Overbrook Studio in West Philadelphia, and has been teaching at Franklin & Marshall as a Senior Adjunct for the last 20 years.

About Pasión y Arte

For more than a decade, Pasión y Arte (PyA), Philadelphia’s premier all-female contemporary flamenco dance company under the direction of Elba Hevia y Vaca, has been embracing artistic excellence in performance, education and community engagement focused on modern feminist flamenco. Deemed a world classic by The Philadelphia Inquirer, Pasión y Arte continues to strengthen flamenco’s legacy as a classical form while also expanding the trajectory of modern feminist flamenco through its conservatory classes, performances, and national tours. In eight original productions, and through its presentation of the 2012 and 2014 Philadelphia Flamenco Festivals, PyA empowers women through self-expression by embracing bold experimentation that challenges traditional flamenco gender stereotypes.

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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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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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Candle, Sword, and Fan

Posted September 14th, 2019

September 14 + 21, 2019

Candle, Sword, and Fan is a theatrical show that intertwines dance and art with archetypal themes of youth, adult, elder-with a Jungian slant. The dances are of a fusion style incorporating various balancing props.  In between dances, the audience will view The Plastic Club artists and models in action! The Plastic Club is one of the oldest artists clubs in America.

$15 / 60 minutes


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RISE: Relationship is Self Existing

Posted September 14th, 2019

September 14, 2019

A collaboration between Leah Stein and Asimina Chremos that engages dancers and community members to perform at LOVE Park, RISE raises awareness of momentary spatial relationships, groupings, and constellations created by everyday folks in our city as they travel from place to place.

Free / 25 minutes


RISE is made possible with support from the Fairmount Park Conservancy and Philadelphia Department of Parks and Recreation.

In the case of inclement weather, RISE will have a rain date on Sunday, September 15 at 2pm, 3pm, and 4 pm.

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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.

Temple of Venus

Posted September 13th, 2019

September 13, 2019

The Temple of Venus is open for worship on Friday the 13th of September. Holding space with light, sound, flesh, scent, and taste, this immersive experience is centered on the divine feminine, presented through an interactive flesh suspension, art installation, accompanied by poetry, burlesque, and ritual. Enjoy a submersion of the senses with curated cocktails and snacks as you explore an ancient artform brought to new life in the city, in honor of Venus.

$50 / 90 minutes


The Collective of Jawn is a group of multi-disciplinary practitioners who have come together to weave their magick and create beautiful environments with a blend of hook suspension, rope, dance, performance, art installations, burlesque, poetry and photography.

Using exemplary stagecraft and thoughtful curation of aesthetic elements, Temple of Venus will feature suspension of Amanda Mandalay and Will Atkins by Orban Isma of The Skin Project, performances from Eyrie Twilight, Miss V and others of Hexwork, visual alchemy from Brent of Tiv Photos, and coordination from the creative minds of ELECTROCUTE. “Beauty that exists on the fringe has always fascinated people, as strange and bewildering as it may seem,” says Amanda Mandalay, creative director of ELECTROCUTE, “Temple of Venus is a chance for us to showcase some of the more cultural aspects of the occult in modern-day terms. Beyond ancient history and beauty standards, I am happy to say that our show presents a taste of Occulture that is diverse, decadent, and playful in its respect of the divine.”

About the Artists

Eyrie Twilight has been creating live Occulture since 2014 with the inception of Hexwork- A Spellbinding Burlesk Revue, a twice annual celebration of the Sacred and the Sexy, featuring a rotating cast of performances exploring themes of death and the divine feminine.

An expert at ephemeral capture, Brent has expanded his creative vision from the camera to creating immersive pieces integrating ascetic experiences through technology. His mercurial talents inform the audience and provide beautiful, engaging backdrops for your photos.

Orban Isma is a multi-disciplinary artist, that works primarily with rope, metal, and the human body. His focus is in exploring the connections between geometry and the human sensory experience, and as a result, finds himself in the realm of the occult often. His primary medium of interest is that of body suspension, which led to his founding of Anchors Aweigh in 2011, and The Skin Project in 2015.

Amanda “SpOoky” Mandalay is a dark artist who embodies the adage “variety is the spice of life” with her diverse background in aerial acrobatics, dance, flow arts, body modification and performance coordination. Her penchant for the unusual and the beautiful show in her designs, themed acts and visually arresting stage presence. She has been directing and performing in shows with ELECTROCUTE since 2010 and is the creative force behind Nightmare Festival, Dreamscape, and others.

The Collective of Jawn celebrates all that the spirits of Love and Beauty have to offer in their show and become alchemists in their own right; blending their skills and transforming them into a fusion of their own that is the Temple of Venus.

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Fire in the Sky

Posted September 13th, 2019

September 13 + 14, 2019

This is a cosmic constellation. Come for the conversation. Stargaze for days. Costarring the interstellar Maddie & Kayla, Queenz Collective (Sanchel Brown, Caitlin Green), and Haylee Warner. This work supports and is supported by Urban Movement Arts (UMA) Come take a class! UMA welcomes adults of all ages and experience levels.

$15 / 60 minutes


Soar between the planets of our performance solar system. You will be buckled in an out of mini performances inhabiting the studios, cubbies, and closets of Urban Movement Arts (UMA). Quick feet are hidden around the corner. Orbiting bodies invite you with their gravitational field.

Fire in the Sky is a performance event produced by Urban Movement Arts (UMA) community members Queenz Collective (Sanchel Brown & Caitlin Green), Haylee Warner & collaborators, and Kayla Bobalek & Maddie Hopfield.

UMA is producing Fire in the Sky as part of its expanded Artists in Residency (AIR) programs, directed by Lily Kind. The AIR program supports creators of experimental dance, theater, and performance who walk with Afro diasporic and American folk dance traditions. UMA welcomes adults of all ages and experience levels to learn American folk dance and African Diaspora movement genres such as Hip Hop, Jazz, Breaking, Waacking, and House. UMA serves as the downtown hot spot for professional dancers in under-represented forms to practice, cipher, and build.

Additional support Austin Blakely (So Serious Live), Eppchez Yes!, Malachi Lily, Marina Oney, Ryan Blakely, Danica Strushensky, Julia Bryck, Mehgan Abdel-Moneim, Isabella Yannoni

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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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NecroPhillyAhhh: A FUNeral Cabaret

Posted September 13th, 2019

September 13, 14, 20 + 21, 2019

Tap your toes and drink yourself to “death” as you imbibe with the embalmed!

“Cocktails and cabaret that spook and stir the soul” (Philly Voice).

“Performers with killer pipes—spine-tingling, dead-on sexy” (Phindie)

Suggested attire: dress dead or undead!

$30 / 60 minutes


REV presents NecroPhillyAhhh: A FUNeral Cabaret in Ulana’s—a decadent night club in the heart of Queen Village.

Tap your toes and drink yourself to death with three departed singing souls as they journey between this world and the next. Imbibe with the embalmed with music from Bessie Smith to the Scissors and Cole Porter to Sonny and Cher. A cabaret unlike anything you’ve seen before with wild, mysterious, haunting, wickedly funny, macabre entertainment.

SEE a sailor lost at sea as his widow drowns in a bathtub.

MARVEL as a serial-killing little girl pleads for the electric chair.

BEWARE of the murdering rapist stalking his next victim.

“A show filled with nothing but highlights. GO!” (DC Metro Theatre Arts)

“This is a terrific cabaret, campy and vampy with that twist of risqué strangely life-affirming, a funereal roller coaster” (Lysander LG blog)

Note: NecroPhillyAhhh: A FUNeral Cabaret is a 21+ event

About REV Theatre Company

REV Theatre Company brings a fresh contemporary vision to existing dramatic works and company created new pieces. We believe that theater is an experience, an event: the worlds we create are visceral and immediate. The REV aesthetic fuses a profound exploration of the texts with a ferocious emotional landscape, intensely physical staging and musical production numbers.

We present our work in unique and site-specific spaces: we have performed on the steps of the Art Museum, a parking lot in New York, a pier on the Hudson River, a tiny storefront on the Lower East Side of NYC, two Philadelphia cemeteries and the previously empty, disused lot next to the Broad Street Ministry.

One of our trademarks is the active involvement of the audiences in our outdoor productions as we bring the audience into the world that we create. We acknowledge and encourage direct communication and response from our audiences, engaging them in a collective participation with the performers, the story, the action, the space and each other.

REV’s production of Hamlet in Laurel Hill Cemetery 2017 played to sold-out houses. Our summer 2019 production of The Witch of Edmonton at Laurel Hill was also a sell-out. In 2020, REV will present Macbeth, once again in partnership with Laurel Hill Cemetery.

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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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Honey

Posted September 13th, 2019

September 13–15, 2019

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

$20 / 60 minutes


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

About the Artists

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

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

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Fear Itself

Posted September 12th, 2019

September 12–14, 2019

We live with fear everyday. Fear Itself  takes the audience on a tour through a real historical cemetery to explore the concept of fear, the lost souls we encounter along the way, and the choices we get to make to either save these souls or leave them behind.

$10–$20 / 45 minutes


The Hum’n’bards Theater Troupe is dedicated to creating devised musical theater, exploring themes of science fiction, social justice, queer identity, and more. We at the Hum’n’bards believe that art needs to be accessible to people, regardless of financial ability. Therefore, our shows offer flexible ticket policies such as pay-what-you-can and sliding scale. The company was founded in 2016 by Wyatt Flynn, and has continued to create original work with primarily queer theater artists.

Past shows include:

We’ll Sleep When We’re Dead (Theater Week 2019)
God Forgive These Bastards (Fringe Festival 2018)
Not Not the Illuminati (Theater Week 2018)
Glister (Fringe Festival 2017)
Scrap’t (2017)
Pangaea (Fringe Festival 2016)

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The Destination is the Downbeat

Posted September 12th, 2019

September 12, 13, 19 + 20, 2019

This new tap dance and jazz music work by Pamela Hetherington considers how to “keep time” in jazz music. For tap dancers, how they keep time in jazz music has everything to do with who they are as human beings. Time is a feeling; it is swing, groove, and rhythm—the essence of tap dancing itself. Rhythm is personal and music is the original DM (direct message).

$15 / 75 minutes


Pamela Hetherington’s choreography explores the theme of keeping time across different types of jazz music, including blues, hard bop, free and post-bop and features the music of Bobby Timmons, Oscar Peterson, Thelonious Monk, Miles Davis, Mel Lewis, and original compositions by the band. Featuring Erica Corbo on piano, Paul Giess on trumpet, Nicholas Krolak on bass, and the company of three tap dancers. Along with the musicians, there are three tap dancers working in concert: Lauren Belasco, Alec Chupik, and Kristin Potocki.

Artistic direction and choreography by Pamela Hetherington

Pamela Hetherington brings her company Take It Away Dance to the Philadelphia Fringe Festival for four presentations of The Destination is the Downbeat, a new work that considers the notion of ‘keeping time’ in jazz music. Distinctly Philadelphian in its sound, approach and vibe, Take It Away Dance creates a thrilling combination of movement and music, improvised solos and group choreography. The show explores the theme of keeping time across different types of jazz music and leaps into compositions by Bobby Timmons, Oscar Peterson, Miles Davis and Mel Lewis, along with original compositions by the band. The musical accompaniment is provided by Erica Corbo, (who is also the music director), trumpeter, Paul Giess; and bassist, Nicholas Krolak. Along with the musicians, there are four tap dancers working in concert: Lauren Belasco, Alec Chupik, Morgan O’Shea and Kristin Potocki.

This is the company’s fifth anniversary year. Music Director, Erica Corbo and Pamela Hetherington started working together in 2018, and their musical relationship has extended into other projects that claim a space for women in jazz. The jazz future is female.

Drummers is a former warehouse space renovated into a sophisticated jazz venue by internationally-renowned drummer, Sherrie Maricle. Doors will open at 7 pm, and the music will start at 7:30 each evening. The set will last approximately 75 minutes with no intermission.

About Take It Away Dance: Take It Away Dance maintains the connection of music and dance. Our work is inspired by diverse jazz music influences with a distinctive focus on the music and grooves that originated here in Philadelphia. Take It Away Dance has been presented by Jazz Bridge Neighborhood Concerts, The Philadelphia Jazz Project (7X7 Series), Creative Philadelphia (Culture in the Courtyard), Dixon Place Eight in Show), The Barnes Foundation (Free 1st Sunday), Allentown Art Museum (3rd Thursday), and Symphony Space (Stam-Pede/APAP). The company has presented five original evening-length original concerts since 2014. They have also presented the work of world-renowned women tap dance choreographers, such as Dorothy Wasserman and Heather Cornell, through the re-staging and performance of classic repertory. Take It Away Dance has been featured on the nationally-syndicated arts program, Articulate, and has been directed by Pamela Hetherington since 2014.

About Pamela Hetherington: Pamela Hetherington is a Philadelphia tap dancer. Her artistic work aims to expand the boundaries of jazz tap, both as a soloist, a choreographer, and a composer. She was a principle dancer with Tap Team Two & Company, under the direction of Robert F. Burden, Jr., from 1996-2011. In 2014, she created Take It Away Dance, a tap dance and live music company has been presented consistently in Philadelphia and New York for the last five years. For Take It Away Dance, she has choreographed and directed five evening-length tap dance and live music concerts since 2014. Her work moves fluidly into music writing and recording: she has an original jazz composition published in the Philadelphia Real Book and is a featured recording artist on “The Whitman Project” mixtape, published by The Philadelphia Jazz Project. Pam has been interviewed about her work on Articulate (WHYY) and The Arts Desk (WRTI), and she was recognized in The Philadelphia Inquirer and Dance Teacher Magazine for her work directing The Philadelphia Community Tap Project. She owns Philadelphia’s principal studio for percussive dance: Sound Space Performing Arts.

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Shirley Valentine

Posted September 12th, 2019

September 12, 14, 20–22, 2019

Shirley Valentine is a working-class Liverpool housewife. As she stands in her dingy kitchen making egg and chips, she dreams about life beyond the wall, and the possibility of “drinking wine in a country where the grape is grown.” Eat and drink British pub grub as you enjoy this award-winning comedy by Willy Russell.

$18 / 85 minutes


Claire Golden Drake and Michelle Pauls have been theatre artists in Philadelphia and the surrounding area for over 20 years. Throughout that time they have worked together on many different productions. With a mutual respect and admiration for each others work, and a love of the play, Shirley Valentine is their first independent collaboration. Both Claire and Michelle get excited thinking about the interactive possibilities this play presents. The audience will be a major player in the production, as will the venue. Shirley Valentine will be staged in the Victoria Freehouse, an authentic English pub in the original home of the Philly Fringe, Old City. Pub fare such as Bangers and Mash, and Chips and Curry will be available during all shows. Have a pint or a glass of wine as Shirley spins tales about her life in Working Class Liverpool and her dreams of adventure in the exotic Greek islands.

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Knock ‘Em Dead

Posted September 12th, 2019

September 12–16 + 19–21, 2019

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

$20 / 100 minutes


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

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