Nomadically-Nominated “Exile’s” 2017-18 Season

Before the mind-bending madness of Fringe Arts, I sat down with Deb Block to talk about the nomadic Theatre Exile and their 2017-18 season. Now, with offices in the company of 1812 and 11th Hour, we ran down the lineup while celebrating the 3 Barrymore Award nominations received last season. Exile will also play host to one of four plays presented in the region by playwright, Michael Hollinger, whom we hope to get some time with before the season ends. Exile will present at the Latvian Society this season and it will be a wonder how they use this space after getting so comfortable at home in Studio X. Stay Tuned!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ideation by Aaron Loeb

Directed by Joe Canuso

Honorary Producers: June and Steve Wolfson

Associate Producers: Gayle and David Smith

Season Sponsors: Bruce and Giuliana Zallie and Zallie ShopRite Supermarkets

Philadelphia Premiere

October 12 – November 5

The Latvian Society (531 N. 7th Street)

Featuring D’Arcy Dersham, Alex Hughes, Allen Radway, Harry Watermeier, Bill Zielinshi

 

Ninety minutes from now, a group of stressed-out corporate consultants is slated to present their work on a mysterious project. It’s time to brainstorm within the morally ambiguous parameters they’ve been given so they can make it to their kids’ soccer games and continue their ill-advised affairs. But as they work, the question of what they aren’t being told looms ever larger, becoming harder to ignore. If something truly monstrous is going on, it wouldn’t be happening over Starbucks scones… would it? A ferocious and hilarious thriller.

Really by Jackie Sibbles Drury

Directed by Matt Pfeiffer

Season Sponsors: Bruce and Giuliana Zallie and Zallie ShopRite Supermarkets

Philadelphia Premiere

January 25 – February 18

The Latvian Society (531 N. 7th Street)

 

In the studio she once shared with Calvin, a photographer poses his mother for a portrait. Like many artists, she struggles to capture on film what she envisions in her mind. As the photo shoot progresses, the women grapple with their memories of the man who was once the center of their lives. In the age of selfies, Really examines the particular and diverse lenses through which we see ourselves, each other, and our place in the world.

Sing the Body Electric

BY MICHAEL HOLLINGER

World Premiere

Directed by Deborah Block

Season Sponsors: Bruce and Giuliana Zallie and Zallie ShopRite Supermarkets

April 19 – May 13

The Latvian Society (531 N. 7th Street)

Featuring: Kim Fairbanks & Tony Lawton

Jess is tanking in Physics, so her mom hires Lloyd to help her pass. But she’d rather study his son, the survivor of a lightning strike that killed his girlfriend a year ago, and tattooed his body with elegant scars. When Lloyd and Mom hit it off, these two broken families are bound ever closer, inexorably — with explosive results. An intricate, atmospheric tale of love, sex, and the unseen forces that draw us together and drive us apart.

FOR TICKETS AND INFORMATION:

http://theatreexile.org

 

 

Who was Fred Hampton? Iron Age Theatre has the answer.

I spoke with Iron Age Theatre’s John Doyle last in 2012 on a sunny day on UPENN’s campus. It was Fringe and we talked about Fringe Wraiths, an online theatre experience using QR codes as a gateway.

5 years later, we return with “To My Unborn Child: A Love Letter From Fred Hampton”. Local artist, Richard Bradford wrote this piece and portrays the Black Panther and Founder of the Rainbow Coalition who lost his life at the age of 21. Upon hearing this story, the question, “How far have we come”, comes to mind. Have we made any progress? I knew I needed to talk about this piece and if you have not experienced it as of this podcast, I hope you are so inclined to get tickets, plural, because this experience is sure to be one you will want to talk about with your plus one. So, here’s our interview with John Doyle and Richard Bradford for Iron Age Theatre’s “To My Unborn Child: A Love Letter From Fred Hampton”. Stay Tuned!

Richard Bradford as Fred Hampton – Photo Credit: Josiah Blizzard

ABOUT TO MY UNBORN CHILD: A LOVE LETTER FROM FRED HAMPTON

Fred Hampton, Black Panther, Founder of the Rainbow Coalition and victim of police violence. Hampton was murdered at 21 in his home by Chicago police as he lay next to his pregnant lover. Iron Age Theatre freezes a moment in time so that Hampton can share his unique vision, his hope-filled dreams and his brilliant analysis of American issues of race, economic justice, and human dignity with his son. This play is part of the Iron Age Theatre Radical Thinkers stable of original works. Written by Iron Age Theatre core member, this world premiere will challenge and inspire.

 

 

 

 

 

FOR TICKETS AND INFORMATION:

To My Unborn Child: A Love Letter From Fred Hampton

IRC’s “The Bald Soprano” on display.

On today’s podcast, I went to a rehearsal for Idiopathic Ridiculopathy Consortium’s production of “The Bald Soprano” by Eugene Ionesco. My last experience with this piece was back in 2010 when Brat Productions produced a 24-Hour version of the piece at the Annenberg Center. The piece is about 65 minutes and moves at that pace but, so much is going on that you cannot help but focus in on the segmented moments where the work the cast has put into interpretation is clearly on display. IRC’s production is no different.

The space always lends dramatically to an Ionesco piece and this production will be staged at the Bethany Mission Gallery in the Fairmount area of Philadelphia. This rehearsal took place at The BeardCave in University City. Stay Tuned.

ABOUT THE BALD SOPRANO

The collapse of reality, a tragedy of language: classic absurdism freshly conceived! Ionesco awash in a world gone awry—causality means nothing, numbers don’t add up, names have no validity, existence is surreal. A comedy for our time, at Bethany Mission Gallery, the ultimate evening of Idiopathic outsider art!

 

 

 

 

 

FOR TICKETS AND INFORMATION:

http://www.idiopathicridiculopathyconsortium.org/

Eugene Ionesco’s The Bald Soprano

Rebroadcast: WHITE – James Ijames

On today’s podcast, on a beautiful night in Old City, I caught up with James Ijames, whose star is shining so brightly right now with his latest production of WHITE, onstage at Theatre Horizon. We talk about the production’s journey and what motivates him to create the work he does. Stay Tuned.

ABOUT WHITE

Gus is an artist. He’s just not a famousartist. So when a major art museum puts out a call for “new perspectives,” Gus—a white man—decides to seize his opportunity. He hires a black actress to present his work as her own, but as the actress gets more deeply into her role, Gus’s scheme spirals out of his control. Award-winning Philadelphia playwright James Ijames challenges assumptions about race, gender, identity and art in this seriously funny new comedy.

FOR TICKETS AND INFORMATION:

http://theatrehorizon.org

 

Rebroadcast: Inis Nua’s “Swallow”

On today’s podcast, I check in on Inis Nua’s production of “Swallow”. I was able to catch playwright, Stef Smith and director, Claire Moyer to talk about how these characters made their way from page to stage. Stay Tuned!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ABOUT SWALLOW

Anna feels a bit of herself fall away every day. Rebecca teeters on the edge after a breakup, wondering who she is on her own. Sam wants to step forward to meet the future. These three strangers’ fragile connections with each other might lead to a shift in their worlds. Stepping or falling, sometimes there is no difference.

FOR TICKETS AND INFORMATION:

http://inisnuatheatre.org

 

Rebroadcast: The Arsonists

On today’s podcast, Jacqueline Goldfinger talks about her latest production, “The Arsonists”, which will receive an NNPN Rolling World Premiere! We talk about the process of putting this piece together as she finishes her “Southern Gothic” trilogy which included “The Terrible Girls” and “Skin and Bone”. Stay Tuned!

ABOUT THE ARSONISTS

When M loses her father in an arson gone wrong, she goes on a journey with his ghost to reclaim her life and reframe his memory. Set deep in a Florida swamp, The Arsonists is a lyrical Southern Gothic myth about a father-daughter arson team deconstructing their personal demons. Inspired by the Greek tragedy Electra, this play with music explores the relationship between parent and child in that small space between life and death, the last breath before the awakening. The final play in Goldfinger’s Southern Gothic trilogy, which began with the terrible girls and Skin & Bone, The Arsonists is the 2016 Runner Up for the Leah Ryan Prize and was developed at The Kennedy Center.

FOR TICKETS AND INFORMATION:

http://azukatheatre.org

Rebroadcast: We The Detectives

On today’s podcast, Whit MacLaughlin, Artistic Director of New Paradise Laboratories stops by to talk about GUMSHOE 101, a collaboration with the Free library of Philadelphia and the Rosenbach. This immersive experience takes you on a tour of the Free Library’s bones in an effort to find the truth. Stay Tuned!

 

ABOUT GUMSHOE 101

New Paradise Laboratories invites you into an immersive adventure in detection. GUMSHOE is also an expedition into the treasures of the great Parkway Central Library. It will blend disguise, subterfuge, infiltration, half-truths, and bald-faced lies, to get to the bottom of a crime that hasn’t yet happened. We’ll lead you through secret doors and down escape hatches, both real and imagined, into the underbelly of the building. The truth of life is its mystery.

FOR MORE INFORMATION:

http://newparadiselaboratories.org