One of this year’s curated Fringe centerpiece shows, the rarely seen Lucinda Childs’ work Available Light will be presented in the massive Drexel University Armory with music by John Adams and stage design by Frank Gehry. Don’t miss it. (Photo by Craig T. Matthew)
Hey, theater fans! This week, the 2015 Philadelphia Fringe Festival commences its annual bonanza of engaging performing arts, kicking off today, September 3, and continuing for 16 days with theater, dance, visual arts, music and spoken-word and much more.
Organized by FringeArts, Philadelphia’s influential presenter of contemporary performance, Philly’s Fringe Festival features works by acclaimed contemporary artists in its FringeArts curated performances and pieces by any-and-all regional artists in its independently produced shows.
An expansive and compelling array of works make up this year’s curated show lineup, including world premieres, rarely seen works and one of the largest shows to ever be produced in Fringe history.
And that’s just the start. The festival includes more than 600 opportunities to see shows, sometimes as many as 80 performances in a single day.
We’ve outlined our primer for the festival, and now we’ve culled down the amazing array of performances to highlight the curated Fringe shows opening the festival that we think just shouldn’t be missed.
Of course, this is a mere smattering of the breadth of offerings.
Plus, the festival includes a huge culinary bash, Feastival, and we have a ticket code for savings.
Stay tuned for more top picks as the festival continues, and for the complete calendar of shows, check right here.
• After the Rehearsal/Persona
September 3-5, 8 p.m., 23rd Street Armory, 22 S. 23rd Street.
From September 3 to 5, two Ingmar Bergman screenplays – After the Rehearsal and Persona — hit the stage in an American premiere at the huge 23rd Street Armory for this festival centerpiece show. Renowned Dutch director Ivo van Hove and set designer Jan Versweyveld are known for presenting large works of theater, and After the Rehearsal/Persona employs the sweeping space with a huge set, including a 10,000-gallon pool of water. MORE INFO
• Three Shows by Jo Strømgren Kompani
September 4-6 and 9-12, curtain times vary, FringeArts, 140 N. Columbus Boulevard.
The world-renowned choreographer, director and playwright Jo Strømgren returns to FringeArts with a triptych of shows revealing the diversity of contemporary theater: Henrik Ibsen’s A Doll’s House (September 4-6) and The Border and There, the latter two of which play back-to-back on the same evening (September 9-12). MORE INFO
• Underground Railroad Game
September 2-6, 10-12, curtain times vary, Christ Church Neighborhood House, 20 N. American Street.
Philadelphia duo Jenn Kidwell and Scott Sheppard take on race relations in America through the lens of comedy, drama and absurdism. Inspired by real-life modern-day middle school lessons, the duet confronts racial issues through a host of comedic and tragic scenarios. MORE INFO
Inspired by Civil War games played in one of the co-creator and performers 5th grade class, Underground Railroad Game takes on reenactment culture gone wrong. (Photo by Tamara Rodriguez Reichberg)
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