All summer, organizations across the city are setting up their projectors to host free screenings of American classics, mega blockbusters and even a few Philly premieres. Spray on the bug repellant and lay out under the stars. If you’re looking for a cheep date or an evening activity the whole family can enjoy, here are some options to choose from.
This tiny camper trekked all the way from Ohio to begin a new life along Columbus Boulevard at the FringeArts building. Meg Morris, venue and patron services manager at FringeArts, announced on Facebook last week that it will be the official box office for the 2015 Fringe Festival.
According to Morris, it made its way to Philly thanks to FringeArts Producing Artistic Director Nick Stuccio, who had been on the lookout for a camper for over a month. He finally found this one from a seller in Ohio, which matched just the vintage, aluminum-siding getup he was envisioning. So he drove to Ohio to buy it and lug it back to its new location. The camper is actually a registered historical vehicle, a 10-feet-by-7-feet 1962 Nomad with vintage, original interior. “It’s in great shape.”
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Philly dancer/choreographer/Instinct model (but we had him first!) Gunnar Montana has released his 2014 FringeArts hit Resurrection Room online. It’s a shame if you didn’t see it in person. The electric, at times unsettling performance was, in my opinion, Montana’s best work yet. It follows a young woman (played by dancer Stephi Lyniece) as she stumbles upon “a world with no rules, no life, no death.” Along the way she meets a series of characters, like robots, demon geishas and a mohawked, hot pink-bearded Montana doing one of the most deliciously twisted pieces of choreography I’ve ever seen. (That starts at around 29:20.)
While the video, made by Nicole Patriarca, doesn’t compare to seeing all this unfold directly in front of you, it’s a worthy next-best option. Check it out above. Revel in the sexy nightmares later.
The Sincerity Project
Of all of the fledgling theater companies in Philadelphia right now, the ensemble-based and movement-oriented Team Sunshine Performance Corporation is the most promising. Its summer co-production of Henry IV: Your Prince and Mine and 100-person sword-bearing army in Clark Park drew rave reviews. Now they’re back with this years-in-development play about the growing pains faced by millennials. Look for an onstage choir, a little nudity, and a bunch of 20-somethings baring their souls and questioning what it means to get older. Well, a little bit older, anyway.
Arden Theatre Company
Matt Decker directs just six actors in the Dickens play that features 40 characters.
Unless you’ve been living under a conveniently placed rock, you’ve seen that people are coming out of the woodwork saying they were sexually assaulted by Bill Cosby. The accusations, which run the gamut from molestation to drug-aided rape, date back to 1965 and have been in and out of the news since 2005.
Due to the “he said, she said” nature of the women’s testimonies versus Cosby’s controversial non-response to new allegations, the jury is still out in the court of public opinion. Skeptics and supporters of the women remain firmly on either side, and still others are overwhelmed with questions.
A Philly Kickstarter campaign started by Victor Fiorillo (whose day job is senior reporter for Philadelphia magazine) hopes to lay all these opinions out on the table — or the stage, that is — and explore their consequences in a new play, The Bill Cosby Assault. Looking to debut during September’s 19th annual Fringe Festival, the play is currently in development and is hoping to reach its $10,000 goal by Sunday, December 21st.
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PM: You guys have both had successful careers. Joe, you launched the Constitution Center and were recently an ambassador to the U.N. Nick, you founded FringeArts. And you’ve known each other since you went to high school together in northeastern Pennsylvania.
JOE: I actually am responsible for all of Nick’s success, by virtue of our high-school relationship. That seems bold, I know.
NICK: But it’s kinda true.
JOE: We met each other in early high school, I think in Mrs. Podesta’s … what was the class, geometry?
NICK: Geometry. We knew each other casually. But we became friends when Joe here decided to direct a play. Because Joe was going to be a famous theater director. Read more »