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Shakespeare In Clark Park’s Henry IV Comes Complete With a 100-Person Battle Scene and Pub Prelude

Photo by Jen Cleary

Cast of “Henry IV” revved up for a good battle scene. Photo by Jen Cleary

Shakespeare’s Henry IV is coming to Clark Park!

Shakespeare in Clark Park and Team Sunshine Performance Corporation (TSPC) are joining together to present a unique rendition of the classic play, combining aspects of both Parts I and II of Shakespeare’s Henry IV.

Henry IV: Your Prince and Mine, the tale of two young rebels and a king, features a 100-person battle scene made possible by a “community army” of Philadelphians. A diverse array of over 100 Philly residents—reigning from 36 neighborhoods, ages 13-59—will take the battlefield in an epic Act V fight scene that is not to be missed. Directed by TSPC’s Co-founder and Resident Director, Alex Torra, the production features local actors Brian Anthony Wilson, Charlie DelMarcelle, and Brian Ratcliffe.

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Community actors rehearsing for Henry IV’s epic 100-person battle scene.

In addition to five performances in Clark Park, there will be several community activities to take part in before the shows. A Pub Prelude will be held at Gojjo Bar at 5:30 p.m. on the night of each performance, inspired by the alcohol-fueled pub scenes of Henry IV. The pre-show fun offers an intimate look at the play hosted by four of the show’s performers (think mock battles between pint glasses and salt shakers, bawdy jokes, and pub ballads.) You can also head to the park during rehearsals for a free conversation station, where an on-going discussion about the play and the process of creating the production will take place prior to each show.

Henry IV: Your Prince and Mine will run from Wednesday, July 30th until Sunday, August 8th. All performances are free and open to the public, and begin at 7 p.m. More information about Shakespeare in Clark Park is available here.

Over 120 Shows Announced for Neighborhood Fringe 2014

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FringeArts has announced the lineup for the 2014 Neighborhood Fringe: over 120 independently produced productions by both new and established artists to take place in an array of Philadelphia neighborhoods. The shows are in addition to the selection of performances by internationally renowned artists already scheduled for the 18th Annual Fringe Festival, running September 5th through the 21st.

The lineup of over 120 shows will ignite Philadelphia’s neighborhoods with a variety of artistic happenings, encompassing dance, theater, spoken word, visual art, and more. The performances will fill unique venues from West Philadelphia to Northern Liberties, including theaters, row houses, parks, nightclubs, even cemeteries.

Highlights from this year’s Neighborhood Fringe lineup include:

Dance-performance artist Gunnar Montana returns to this year's Fringe in "Resurrection Room."

Dancer-performance artist Gunnar Montana returns to this year’s Fringe in “Resurrection Room.”

Resurrection Room: By Gunnar Montana, the performance “follows a young woman as she stumbles upon a world with no rules, no life, no death. Get lost with her as she encounters everything from hot pink hostels to demon geishas, igniting a world that’s dead set on eating her alive.”

Intimate Exchanges: Presented by 1812 Productions, “Jennifer Childs and Tony Lawton star in Alan Ayckbourn’s sensational comedy of chance where each road taken is dictated by the audience, leading to a world of outrageous outcomes.”

The Ray Charles Experience: Artist Movin’ Melvin Brown presents a “soulful journey exploring the jazz, blues, gospel music of Ray Charles and his contemporaries, Nat King Cole, Sam Cooke, Jackie Wilson, and more!”

BalletX at The Porch: BalletX, Philadelphia’s premier contemporary ballet, will perform “beside 30th Street Station against the backdrop of the Philadelphia skyline.”

For a full list of Neighborhood Fringe shows, and more details about the upcoming Fringe Festival, head here.

The Fringe Festival will run from September 5th-21st. Tickets are available for purchase online.

 

5 Things I Learned at the Sara Bareilles Concert at The Mann

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Skyline Stage at The Mann.

When I found out I was going to the Sara Bareilles concert at the Mann last Thursday, I reacted with the type of feverish panic that only female pop artists can awaken in me. I had never listened to her before. In fact, I kind of loathe her kind of pop-rock. Would I be smothered in the midst of a feel-good group hug during one of her ballads? Would I fall into a quiet coma during a set of whispered love songs, left to rot on the lawn amongst half-finished wine coolers? Or, worse … would I actually enjoy it?

Here are five things I learned at the show:

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Theatre Horizon Announces Its 2014-2015 Season Lineup

Steve Pacek, Adam Altman, Geneviève Perrier, and Damon Bonetti in Theatre Horizon's "39 Steps." Photo by Matthew J. Photography.

Steve Pacek, Adam Altman, Geneviève Perrier, and Damon Bonetti in Theatre Horizon’s “39 Steps.” Photo by Matthew J. Photography.

Norristown’s Theatre Horizon has unveiled the lineup for its 10th anniversary season, which Artistic Director Erin Reilly says is all about “giving voice to the voiceless.” Known for producing challenging yet inspirational dramas, Theatre Horizon’s upcoming season will include works by Stephen Sondheim and Suzan-Lori Park, with the stories and actors aiming to reflect the diversity of the local theater community.

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