#PhillyFringe16 – On today’s podcast, we meet Melissa Cameron, Artistic Director of Birds On A Wire Dance Theatre. Their production of “In The Clearing” debuts in #PhillyFringe16. We learn about Melissa’s journey to Philadelphia, the process of creating a dance piece and the time it takes to bring the art expressed in movement to life. Stay Tuned!
ABOUT BIRDS ON A WIRE – IN THE CLEARING
A whisper in the woods. A light through the trees. We enter the forest to find spirits and shadows, trails and pathways, light and dark, the best and worst of ourselves. Once in, we find a clearing. Join Philly’s own Birds on a Wire on this immersive and explorative journey into the woods.
Featuring performances by Kate Abernethy, CrystalNicole, Vanessa Erin Gross, Kathy Kerner, Claire Lutz, Brianne Scott, and Molly Woytowicz, costume design by Ixchel Mendez, lighting design by Michael Lambui, scenic design by Kevin Jordan, sound design by Cory Neale, and choreography and direction by Melissa Cameron.
Normally, around this time of year, we are knee-deep in Fringe coverage. But, we thought a break was in order. We have worked tirelessly over that last six seasons and we thought, we deserved a break. So, we took the summer to relax and we entertained the occasional interview request. Then, Hannah Van Sciver reached out and we snapped back into the thick of it to bring you this interview for the FRINGE ARTS production of FIFTY DAYS at ILIAM. Stay Tuned!
Fifty Days at Iliam is a bold new piece exploring the Trojan War as told through the paintings of Cy Twombly. Featuring a dynamic ensemble led by Hannah Van Sciver and direction by William Steinberger, it is an unflinching look at the role of the artist in the final days of a decade-long slaughter.
$12 / 70 minutes
Fifty Days at Iliam features a diverse ensemble of like-minded, professional theatre makers from New York, Philadelphia and beyond. We are actors, directors, playwrights, musicians, vocalists, dancers, choreographers and martial artists. Led by Hannah Van Sciver, Directed by William Steinberger.
On today’s podcast, Hank Curry is joined by the team behind the #Philadelphia Premiere of Temple Theaters’ #FRINGEARTS production of “Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo”. #StayTuned!
ABOUT BENGAL TIGER AT THE BAGHDAD ZOO
Described by the Los Angeles Times as “the most original play about the Iraq war,” BENGAL TIGER AT THE BAGHDAD ZOO is an imaginative exploration of the power and perils of human nature. The lives of two American soldiers and an Iraqi translator are forever changed by an encounter with a clever, sardonic tiger haunting the streets of war-torn Baghdad. Tragic and disturbing, darkly comic and highly theatrical, the play is a meditation on life, death, and the afterlife.
The Philadelphia premiere of BENGAL TIGER AT THE BAGHDAD ZOO will be staged at the Adrienne Theater in Center City in conjunction with the city-wide Fringe Arts festival!
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Today’s podcast features Found Theater Company and their FRINGE offering “TWILIGHT KINGDOM”. Melissa Amilani finds out what is so interesting about space in the exploration of this production. Stay Tuned!
ABOUT TWILIGHT KINGDOM
This year, we ask: Why are we so drawn to outer space? What happens to us when we reflect on the big cosmological questions? With our hearts to the stars, with music, bodies, and science, we offer a piece of quantum theater that lies somewhere between waking and dreaming.
Celestial Bodies! Dark Energy! Time Travel!
For this Fringe, Found Theater Company asks: Why are we so drawn to outer space? What happens to us when we reflect on the big cosmological questions? With an upward gaze, with music, bodies, and science, Found offers a piece of quantum theater that lies somewhere between waking and dreaming.
In the Twilight Kingdom, paradox is law. Up is down. Dark is light. Chasm is chaos and chaos yields harmony. In this ethereal space of the beyond, we are guided into a world of impossible questions, where space demons serenade us with songs from the dream world, and scientists of sorts teach the theory of everything. We need not fear this realm, for the seven stewards of space-time are here to welcome those who wish to enter. With their help, we will transcend the conventions of this world, into an inter-dimensional space, a between space, where an infinite universe meets finite bodies.
Today’s podcast features Jennifer Blaine and director Vashti DuBois. Their production “DIRTY JOKE” opens in the FRINGE and is the culmination of 17 years of character development. Stay Tuned!
ABOUT DIRTY JOKE
“Dirty Joke” centers on one of Jennifer’s most popular characters: Ruth, an elderly Jewish woman with a penchant for off-color humor. Ruth sings, dances, tells jokes, and makes light out of the dark moment in which she finds herself — struggling to hold onto her apartment. As Ruth convenes the first live “Superwoman Conference” (which includes 1 man), Jennifer portrays 8 real-life changemakers who have made a significant impact on our world.
Inspired by one of Jennifer’s relatives, the character of Ruth challenges the audience’s expectations of what an elderly person will say or do. Although she is deeply attached to her home and her intention to keep it, she willingly enters into other character’s worlds and worldviews. Ruth provides the throughline of comic relief because, as Jennifer explains, “Laughter is a gateway to talking and thinking about larger social justice issues.”