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  • 8:00 PMFire / Truce
  • 8:00 PM - 9:00 PM Fire / Truce <!-- Column 1 --> by Beacon Theatre Productions Theater / 45 minutes 1911: The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire. 1914: The Christmas Eve Truce. Two landmark events marred by man’s inhumanity, yet highlighted by the triumph of the human spirit. Join Beacon Theatre Productions as they examine both with pathos, humor, and hope in what is ultimately a celebration of life amidst tragedy. Performances (All are at The Rotunda): Thu. Sep 1, 8pm (pre-Fringe preview; pay what you can!) Fri, Sep 2, 8pm Sun, Sep 4, 2pm Sun, Sep 4, 8pm Tue, Sep 6, 7pm Wed, Sep 7, 8pm Tickets for Sep 2, 4, 6, and 7 are $10. Visit http://www.livearts-fringe.org to purchase. Sep 1 is a pay-what-you-can performance.
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  • 8:00 PMFire / Truce
  • 8:00 PM - 9:00 PM Fire / Truce <!-- Column 1 --> by Beacon Theatre Productions Theater / 45 minutes 1911: The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire. 1914: The Christmas Eve Truce. Two landmark events marred by man’s inhumanity, yet highlighted by the triumph of the human spirit. Join Beacon Theatre Productions as they examine both with pathos, humor, and hope in what is ultimately a celebration of life amidst tragedy. Performances (All are at The Rotunda): Thu. Sep 1, 8pm (pre-Fringe preview; pay what you can!) Fri, Sep 2, 8pm Sun, Sep 4, 2pm Sun, Sep 4, 8pm Tue, Sep 6, 7pm Wed, Sep 7, 8pm Tickets for Sep 2, 4, 6, and 7 are $10. Visit http://www.livearts-fringe.org to purchase. Sep 1 is a pay-what-you-can performance.
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  • 8:30 PMFive Minute Follies
  • 8:30 PM - 10:00 PM Five Minute Follies <!-- Column 1 --> Five Minute Follies Interdisciplinary / 90 minutes The golden age of variety is back. Five Minute Follies is a fast-paced variety extravaganza in the Ed Sullivan tradition, featuring dancers, singers, comics, magicians, and more. Acts include belly dancer Fatima Bassmah, wacky singing duo Lords of Liechtenstein, and gangster/illusionist “Big Daddy Cool.” No act longer than five minutes! Tickets are $10. Purchase at http://www.livearts-fringe.org
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  • 2:00 PMFire/ Truce
  • 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM Fire / Truce <!-- Column 1 --> by Beacon Theatre Productions Theater / 45 minutes 1911: The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire. 1914: The Christmas Eve Truce. Two landmark events marred by man’s inhumanity, yet highlighted by the triumph of the human spirit. Join Beacon Theatre Productions as they examine both with pathos, humor, and hope in what is ultimately a celebration of life amidst tragedy. Performances (All are at The Rotunda): Thu. Sep 1, 8pm (pre-Fringe preview; pay what you can!) Fri, Sep 2, 8pm Sun, Sep 4, 2pm Sun, Sep 4, 8pm Tue, Sep 6, 7pm Wed, Sep 7, 8pm Tickets for Sep 2, 4, 6, and 7 are $10. Visit http://www.livearts-fringe.org to purchase. Sep 1 is a pay-what-you-can performance.
  • 8:00 PMFire / Truce
  • 8:00 PM - 9:00 PM Fire / Truce <!-- Column 1 --> by Beacon Theatre Productions Theater / 45 minutes 1911: The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire. 1914: The Christmas Eve Truce. Two landmark events marred by man’s inhumanity, yet highlighted by the triumph of the human spirit. Join Beacon Theatre Productions as they examine both with pathos, humor, and hope in what is ultimately a celebration of life amidst tragedy. Performances (All are at The Rotunda): Thu. Sep 1, 8pm (pre-Fringe preview; pay what you can!) Fri, Sep 2, 8pm Sun, Sep 4, 2pm Sun, Sep 4, 8pm Tue, Sep 6, 7pm Wed, Sep 7, 8pm Tickets for Sep 2, 4, 6, and 7 are $10. Visit http://www.livearts-fringe.org to purchase. Sep 1 is a pay-what-you-can performance.
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  • 8:00 PMLe Mirage/Dead City Philly
  • 8:00 PM - 9:00 PM Philly’s Most Unusual New Band Creates Celtic-Rock Opera Sylvia Platypus Re-Imagines 19th Century French Novella for Fringe 2011 Contact : Ruchama Bilenky 267-679-4098 ruchama@comcast.net FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (Philadelphia, PA): DysFUNctional Theater and Sylvia Platypus will present a new work, , during the 2011 Philadelphia Fringe Festival. Shows take place at the following times: Monday September 5: 8pm Monday September 12: 7pm and 9pm Thursday September 15: 8pm and 10pm Tickets are $10 and can be purchased HERE or at the door. “Le Mirage/Dead City Philly is based on Georges Rodenbach’s Bruges-la-Morte,” says Ruchama Bilenky founder of DysFUNctionalTheater and bass player for the band Sylvia Platypus. “But we’ve re-framed the tale as a love triangle between the man, the woman and the ghost.” Bruges-la-Morte (and Le Mirage, Rodenbach’s theatrical adaptation of the same book) is the story of a young widower’s obsession with a woman who resembles his dead wife. In Bruges-la-Morte, Bruges, Belgium is the “dead” city- and it’s almost a character itself,  casting deep shadows and choking the life from its inhabitants. “Our version is a multimedia production incorporating elements of theater, dance, video and live music,” says Bilenky. “To celebrate DysFUNctional Theater’s 10th anniversary we wanted to do something different.” Ruchama Bilenky founded DysFUNctional Theater when she was just 18 years old with the mission of bringing challenging and obscure female-oriented works to the Philadelphia stage. Previously, DysFUNctional Theater has presented Sam Shepard and Patti Smith’s Cowboy Mouth, Tom Eyen’s The White Whore and the Bit Player, Caridad Svich’s Alchemy of Desire/ Dead Man’s Blues, Maria Irene Fornes’ Fefu and Her Friends and Athol Fugard’s Statements. Sylvia Platypus vocalist Janet Bressler has collaborated with Grammy-winner Scot Sax for some of the songs in Le Mirage/Dead City Philly. Bressler’s work with other co-songwriters will also be featured. The band’s unique and haunting sound serves the narrative as a rock’n’roll Greek chorus. In addition to Bressler and Bilenky (who portrays the woman), Sylvia Platypus includes Bill Barone, lead guitar, Michael Southerton on rhythm guitar (and in the male role) and Charlie Rutan on bagpipes, English horn and tin whistles. Rutan, who has piped for pop stars and presidents, will provide incidental music throughout the show.Artist, designer, and dancer Ginger Bedlam will play the ghost.
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  • 7:00 PMFire / Truce
  • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM Fire / Truce <!-- Column 1 --> by Beacon Theatre Productions Theater / 45 minutes 1911: The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire. 1914: The Christmas Eve Truce. Two landmark events marred by man’s inhumanity, yet highlighted by the triumph of the human spirit. Join Beacon Theatre Productions as they examine both with pathos, humor, and hope in what is ultimately a celebration of life amidst tragedy. Performances (All are at The Rotunda): Thu. Sep 1, 8pm (pre-Fringe preview; pay what you can!) Fri, Sep 2, 8pm Sun, Sep 4, 2pm Sun, Sep 4, 8pm Tue, Sep 6, 7pm Wed, Sep 7, 8pm Tickets for Sep 2, 4, 6, and 7 are $10. Visit http://www.livearts-fringe.org to purchase. Sep 1 is a pay-what-you-can performance.
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  • 8:00 PMFire / Truce
  • 8:00 PM - 9:00 PM Fire / Truce <!-- Column 1 --> by Beacon Theatre Productions Theater / 45 minutes 1911: The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire. 1914: The Christmas Eve Truce. Two landmark events marred by man’s inhumanity, yet highlighted by the triumph of the human spirit. Join Beacon Theatre Productions as they examine both with pathos, humor, and hope in what is ultimately a celebration of life amidst tragedy. Performances (All are at The Rotunda): Thu. Sep 1, 8pm (pre-Fringe preview; pay what you can!) Fri, Sep 2, 8pm Sun, Sep 4, 2pm Sun, Sep 4, 8pm Tue, Sep 6, 7pm Wed, Sep 7, 8pm Tickets for Sep 2, 4, 6, and 7 are $10. Visit http://www.livearts-fringe.org to purchase. Sep 1 is a pay-what-you-can performance.
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  • 8:00 PMAndrew's Video Vault screens Seventeen and Dadetown
  • 8:00 PM - 11:00 PM Seventeen (1983 / 118 minutes)  Teen pregnancy, racism & cross burning, automobile fatality, drugs, heavy drinking & all night parties. . .  Joel DeMott & Jeff Kreines’ (Demon Lover Diary) controversial, long-unseen and unusually intimate documentary chronicles the senior year of a teen-age bad girl and her lower-middle-class circle in Muncie, Indiana. Dadetown (1995 / 93 minutes)  Half Roger and Me, half Blair Witch Project—Russ Hexter’s facetious documentary examines the effects of the closing of a New York state paper clip factory.  With Edith Meeks. Admission is FREE
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  • 7:00 PMWars and Whores: The Henry IV Musical
  • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM Wars and Whores: The Henry IV Musical <!-- Column 1 --> Underground Shakespeare Company Theater / 90 minutes You never knew Shakespeare was all about the hootenanny. This raucous original new musical presents the Bard’s classic tale of a prince’s coming-of-age as it was intended—with all the foot-stomping, harmonica-blowing, acoustic-throwdown tunes your boxcar-riding bones can handle. And yes, whores. Performances: Fri, Sep 9, 7pm Sat, Sep 10, 2pm Sat, Sep 10, 7pm Sun, Sep 11, 2pm Tickets are $10 ($5 for Penn students). Purchase advance tickets HERE.
  • 8:00 PMThe Gray Area
  • 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM The Gray Area <!-- Column 1 --> Ocelot on a Leash Theater Company Theater / 90 minutes You are entering a world in which the defining line between black and white fades and you are left to navigate The Gray Area. Original stories of science fiction and suspense brought to you live on stage in total grayscale, reminiscent of an old television in the living rooms of yesteryear. Performances at The Rotunda: Fri, Sep 9, 8pm Sat, Sep 10, 3pm Sat, Sep 10, 8pm Sun, Sep 11, 3pm Sun, Sep 11, 8pm Tickets are $15.00. Purchase at http://www.livearts-fringe.org
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  • 8:00 AMCasting Call for RENT: the High School Version
  • 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM OPEN CASTING CALL Project Theater Project is excited to announce our production of RENT School Edition. Set in the East Village of New York City, Rent School Edition is about falling in love, finding your voice and living for today. Winner of the Tony Award® for Best Musical and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, Rent has become a pop cultural phenomenon with songs that rock and a story that resonates with audiences of all ages. This adaptation has been carefully done to retain the dramatic intent of the groundbreaking rock musical, and consists of minimal changes to language and the removal of one song (CONTACT) to make it possible for students to perform this piece. OPEN CALL INSTRUCTIONS: Please prepare two songs of approximately three minutes in length. Project Theater Project prefers songs from the RENT soundtrack. Emotive songs or original compositions from the student’s repertoire are also considered appropriate audition material. Please provide your own back-up music or plan to sing a cappella. Musical accompaniment can be provided for student use if from the RENT soundtrack or from other common karaoke tracks. Advanced notice is required. Please email projecttheaterproject@gmail.com to make arrangements. This is a student and a non-union production. Headshots and resumes are not required, but will be accepted at the casting call. It is not necessary for students to have prior theater experience. Students that are cast for roles in RENT will be required to attend sixteen three-hour rehearsals in September, October, and November and to perform in shows during the month of December. Parental permission is required. Seeking high school students, age 14-21*. If you have other inquiries or if you wish to help, please contact projecttheaterproject@gmail.com DATES of OPEN CASTING CALL: September 10th, 8:00am-noon, Sept. 11th, 8am-noon, Sept. 17 10am-1pm (1:30-5 are call backs) *Special education law in Pennsylvania allows for high school students to be up to 21 years of age. Must be available (but won’t be required to be at all the rehearsals and shows) every Monday and Tuesday from (6:00 – 9:00) on the following dates; (Rehearsals) Sept. 19th 20th Oct 3rd 4th 10th 11th 17th 18th, Nov. 1st 8th 14th 21st 22nd and 28th 29th (6-11) (Performances) Nov. 30th (6-10) Dec. 4th 5th 10th (6-10) 11th (12-5) 17th (12-5) 18th (12-5) 22nd (6-10) 23rd (6-10) Contact and Information Rich Wexler 215-260-1298 Email projecttheaterproject@gmail.com
  • 2:00 PMWars and Whores: The Henry IV Musical
  • 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM Wars and Whores: The Henry IV Musical <!-- Column 1 --> Underground Shakespeare Company Theater / 90 minutes You never knew Shakespeare was all about the hootenanny. This raucous original new musical presents the Bard’s classic tale of a prince’s coming-of-age as it was intended—with all the foot-stomping, harmonica-blowing, acoustic-throwdown tunes your boxcar-riding bones can handle. And yes, whores. Performances: Fri, Sep 9, 7pm Sat, Sep 10, 2pm Sat, Sep 10, 7pm Sun, Sep 11, 2pm Tickets are $10 ($5 for Penn students). Purchase advance tickets HERE.
  • 3:00 PMThe Gray Area
  • 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM The Gray Area <!-- Column 1 --> Ocelot on a Leash Theater Company Theater / 90 minutes You are entering a world in which the defining line between black and white fades and you are left to navigate The Gray Area. Original stories of science fiction and suspense brought to you live on stage in total grayscale, reminiscent of an old television in the living rooms of yesteryear. Performances at The Rotunda: Fri, Sep 9, 8pm Sat, Sep 10, 3pm Sat, Sep 10, 8pm Sun, Sep 11, 3pm Sun, Sep 11, 8pm Tickets are $15.00. Purchase at http://www.livearts-fringe.org
  • 7:00 PMWars and Whores: The Henry IV Musical
  • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM Wars and Whores: The Henry IV Musical <!-- Column 1 --> Underground Shakespeare Company Theater / 90 minutes You never knew Shakespeare was all about the hootenanny. This raucous original new musical presents the Bard’s classic tale of a prince’s coming-of-age as it was intended—with all the foot-stomping, harmonica-blowing, acoustic-throwdown tunes your boxcar-riding bones can handle. And yes, whores. Performances: Fri, Sep 9, 7pm Sat, Sep 10, 2pm Sat, Sep 10, 7pm Sun, Sep 11, 2pm Tickets are $10 ($5 for Penn students). Purchase advance tickets HERE.
  • 8:00 PMThe Gray Area
  • 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM The Gray Area <!-- Column 1 --> Ocelot on a Leash Theater Company Theater / 90 minutes You are entering a world in which the defining line between black and white fades and you are left to navigate The Gray Area. Original stories of science fiction and suspense brought to you live on stage in total grayscale, reminiscent of an old television in the living rooms of yesteryear. Performances at The Rotunda: Fri, Sep 9, 8pm Sat, Sep 10, 3pm Sat, Sep 10, 8pm Sun, Sep 11, 3pm Sun, Sep 11, 8pm Tickets are $15.00. Purchase at http://www.livearts-fringe.org
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  • 8:00 AMCasting Call for RENT: High School Version
  • 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM OPEN CASTING CALL Project Theater Project is excited to announce our production of RENT School Edition. Set in the East Village of New York City, Rent School Edition is about falling in love, finding your voice and living for today. Winner of the Tony Award® for Best Musical and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, Rent has become a pop cultural phenomenon with songs that rock and a story that resonates with audiences of all ages. This adaptation has been carefully done to retain the dramatic intent of the groundbreaking rock musical, and consists of minimal changes to language and the removal of one song (CONTACT) to make it possible for students to perform this piece. OPEN CALL INSTRUCTIONS: Please prepare two songs of approximately three minutes in length. Project Theater Project prefers songs from the RENT soundtrack. Emotive songs or original compositions from the student’s repertoire are also considered appropriate audition material. Please provide your own back-up music or plan to sing a cappella. Musical accompaniment can be provided for student use if from the RENT soundtrack or from other common karaoke tracks. Advanced notice is required. Please email projecttheaterproject@gmail.com to make arrangements. This is a student and a non-union production. Headshots and resumes are not required, but will be accepted at the casting call. It is not necessary for students to have prior theater experience. Students that are cast for roles in RENT will be required to attend sixteen three-hour rehearsals in September, October, and November and to perform in shows during the month of December. Parental permission is required. Seeking high school students, age 14-21*. If you have other inquiries or if you wish to help, please contact projecttheaterproject@gmail.com DATES of OPEN CASTING CALL: September 10th, 8:00am-noon, Sept. 11th, 8am-noon, Sept. 17 10am-1pm (1:30-5 are call backs) *Special education law in Pennsylvania allows for high school students to be up to 21 years of age. Must be available (but won’t be required to be at all the rehearsals and shows) every Monday and Tuesday from (6:00 – 9:00) on the following dates; (Rehearsals) Sept. 19th 20th Oct 3rd 4th 10th 11th 17th 18th, Nov. 1st 8th 14th 21st 22nd and 28th 29th (6-11) (Performances) Nov. 30th (6-10) Dec. 4th 5th 10th (6-10) 11th (12-5) 17th (12-5) 18th (12-5) 22nd (6-10) 23rd (6-10) Contact and Information Rich Wexler 215-260-1298 Email projecttheaterproject@gmail.com
  • 2:00 PMWars and Whores: The Henry IV Musical
  • 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM Wars and Whores: The Henry IV Musical <!-- Column 1 --> Underground Shakespeare Company Theater / 90 minutes You never knew Shakespeare was all about the hootenanny. This raucous original new musical presents the Bard’s classic tale of a prince’s coming-of-age as it was intended—with all the foot-stomping, harmonica-blowing, acoustic-throwdown tunes your boxcar-riding bones can handle. And yes, whores. Performances: Fri, Sep 9, 7pm Sat, Sep 10, 2pm Sat, Sep 10, 7pm Sun, Sep 11, 2pm Tickets are $10 ($5 for Penn students). Purchase advance tickets HERE.
  • 3:00 PMThe Gray Area
  • 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM The Gray Area <!-- Column 1 --> Ocelot on a Leash Theater Company Theater / 90 minutes You are entering a world in which the defining line between black and white fades and you are left to navigate The Gray Area. Original stories of science fiction and suspense brought to you live on stage in total grayscale, reminiscent of an old television in the living rooms of yesteryear. Performances at The Rotunda: Fri, Sep 9, 8pm Sat, Sep 10, 3pm Sat, Sep 10, 8pm Sun, Sep 11, 3pm Sun, Sep 11, 8pm Tickets are $15.00. Purchase at http://www.livearts-fringe.org
  • 8:00 PMThe Gray Area
  • 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM The Gray Area <!-- Column 1 --> Ocelot on a Leash Theater Company Theater / 90 minutes You are entering a world in which the defining line between black and white fades and you are left to navigate The Gray Area. Original stories of science fiction and suspense brought to you live on stage in total grayscale, reminiscent of an old television in the living rooms of yesteryear. Performances at The Rotunda: Fri, Sep 9, 8pm Sat, Sep 10, 3pm Sat, Sep 10, 8pm Sun, Sep 11, 3pm Sun, Sep 11, 8pm Tickets are $15.00. Purchase at http://www.livearts-fringe.org
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  • 7:00 PMLe Mirage/Dead City Philly
  • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM Philly’s Most Unusual New Band Creates Celtic-Rock Opera Sylvia Platypus Re-Imagines 19th Century French Novella for Fringe 2011 Contact : Ruchama Bilenky 267-679-4098 ruchama@comcast.net FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (Philadelphia, PA): DysFUNctional Theater and Sylvia Platypus will present a new work during the 2011 Philadelphia Fringe Festival. Shows take place at the following times: Monday September 5: 8pm Monday September 12: 7pm and 9pm Thursday September 15: 8pm and 10pm Tickets are $10 and can be purchased HERE or at the door. “Le Mirage/Dead City Philly is based on Georges Rodenbach’s Bruges-la-Morte,” says Ruchama Bilenky founder of DysFUNctionalTheater and bass player for the band Sylvia Platypus. “But we’ve re-framed the tale as a love triangle between the man, the woman and the ghost.” Bruges-la-Morte (and Le Mirage, Rodenbach’s theatrical adaptation of the same book) is the story of a young widower’s obsession with a woman who resembles his dead wife. In Bruges-la-Morte, Bruges, Belgium is the “dead” city- and it’s almost a character itself,  casting deep shadows and choking the life from its inhabitants. “Our version is a multimedia production incorporating elements of theater, dance, video and live music,” says Bilenky. “To celebrate DysFUNctional Theater’s 10th anniversary we wanted to do something different.” Ruchama Bilenky founded DysFUNctional Theater when she was just 18 years old with the mission of bringing challenging and obscure female-oriented works to the Philadelphia stage. Previously, DysFUNctional Theater has presented Sam Shepard and Patti Smith’s Cowboy Mouth, Tom Eyen’s The White Whore and the Bit Player, Caridad Svich’s Alchemy of Desire/ Dead Man’s Blues, Maria Irene Fornes’ Fefu and Her Friends and Athol Fugard’s Statements. Sylvia Platypus vocalist Janet Bressler has collaborated with Grammy-winner Scot Sax for some of the songs in Le Mirage/Dead City Philly. Bressler’s work with other co-songwriters will also be featured. The band’s unique and haunting sound serves the narrative as a rock’n’roll Greek chorus. In addition to Bressler and Bilenky (who portrays the woman), Sylvia Platypus includes Bill Barone, lead guitar, Michael Southerton on rhythm guitar (and in the male role) and Charlie Rutan on bagpipes, English horn and tin whistles. Rutan, who has piped for pop stars and presidents, will provide incidental music throughout the show.Artist, designer, and dancer Ginger Bedlam will play the ghost.
  • 9:00 PMLe Mirage/Dead City Philly
  • 9:00 PM - 10:00 PM Philly’s Most Unusual New Band Creates Celtic-Rock Opera for Fringe 2011 Contact : Ruchama Bilenky 267-679-4098 ruchama@comcast.net FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (Philadelphia, PA): DysFUNctional Theater and Sylvia Platypus will present a new work during the 2011 Philadelphia Fringe Festival. Shows take place at the following times: Monday September 5: 8pm Monday September 12: 7pm and 9pm Thursday September 15: 8pm and 10pm Tickets are $10 and can be purchased HERE or at the door. “Le Mirage/Dead City Philly is based on Georges Rodenbach’s Bruges-la-Morte,” says Ruchama Bilenky founder of DysFUNctionalTheater and bass player for the band Sylvia Platypus. “But we’ve re-framed the tale as a love triangle between the man, the woman and the ghost.” Bruges-la-Morte (and Le Mirage, Rodenbach’s theatrical adaptation of the same book) is the story of a young widower’s obsession with a woman who resembles his dead wife. In Bruges-la-Morte, Bruges, Belgium is the “dead” city- and it’s almost a character itself,  casting deep shadows and choking the life from its inhabitants. “Our version is a multimedia production incorporating elements of theater, dance, video and live music,” says Bilenky. “To celebrate DysFUNctional Theater’s 10th anniversary we wanted to do something different.” Ruchama Bilenky founded DysFUNctional Theater when she was just 18 years old with the mission of bringing challenging and obscure female-oriented works to the Philadelphia stage. Previously, DysFUNctional Theater has presented Sam Shepard and Patti Smith’s Cowboy Mouth, Tom Eyen’s The White Whore and the Bit Player, Caridad Svich’s Alchemy of Desire/ Dead Man’s Blues, Maria Irene Fornes’ Fefu and Her Friends and Athol Fugard’s Statements. Sylvia Platypus vocalist Janet Bressler has collaborated with Grammy-winner Scot Sax for some of the songs in Le Mirage/Dead City Philly. Bressler’s work with other co-songwriters will also be featured. The band’s unique and haunting sound serves the narrative as a rock’n’roll Greek chorus. In addition to Bressler and Bilenky (who portrays the woman), Sylvia Platypus includes Bill Barone, lead guitar, Michael Southerton on rhythm guitar (and in the male role) and Charlie Rutan on bagpipes, English horn and tin whistles. Rutan, who has piped for pop stars and presidents, will provide incidental music throughout the show.Artist, designer, and dancer Ginger Bedlam will play the ghost.
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  • 8:00 PMThe Bacchae
  • 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM The Bacchae <!-- Column 1 --> The Theater Cooperative Theater / 90 minutes Unspeakable acts . . . impossible crimes . . . unbearable pleasures. When the gods descend, all bets are off. The Theatre Cooperative presents a new adaptation of Euripides’s The Bacchae, the harrowing spectacle of divine incarnation, orgy, and violence that has been blowing minds for more than 2000 years. With renowned Greek actress Lili Bita. Performances: Tue, Sep 13, 8pm Wed, Sep 14, 8pm Sat, Sep 17, 8pm Tickets are $15. Purchase at http://www.livearts-fringe.org
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  • 8:00 PMThe Bacchae
  • 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM <!-- Column 1 --> The Bacchae The Theater Cooperative Theater / 90 minutes Unspeakable acts . . . impossible crimes . . . unbearable pleasures. When the gods descend, all bets are off. The Theatre Cooperative presents a new adaptation of Euripides’s The Bacchae, the harrowing spectacle of divine incarnation, orgy, and violence that has been blowing minds for more than 2000 years. With renowned Greek actress Lili Bita. Performances: Tue, Sep 13, 8pm Wed, Sep 14, 8pm Sat, Sep 17, 8pm Tickets are $15. Purchase at http://www.livearts-fringe.org
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  • 8:00 PMLe Mirage/Dead City Philly
  • 8:00 PM - 9:00 PM Philly’s Most Unusual New Band Creates Celtic-Rock Opera for Fringe 2011 for Fringe 2011 Contact : Ruchama Bilenky 267-679-4098 ruchama@comcast.net FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (Philadelphia, PA): DysFUNctional Theater and Sylvia Platypus will present a new work during the 2011 Philadelphia Fringe Festival. Shows take place at the following times: Monday September 5: 8pm Monday September 12: 7pm and 9pm Thursday September 15: 8pm and 10pm Tickets are $10 and can be purchased HERE or at the door. “Le Mirage/Dead City Philly is based on Georges Rodenbach’s Bruges-la-Morte,” says Ruchama Bilenky founder of DysFUNctionalTheater and bass player for the band Sylvia Platypus. “But we’ve re-framed the tale as a love triangle between the man, the woman and the ghost.” Bruges-la-Morte (and Le Mirage, Rodenbach’s theatrical adaptation of the same book) is the story of a young widower’s obsession with a woman who resembles his dead wife. In Bruges-la-Morte, Bruges, Belgium is the “dead” city- and it’s almost a character itself,  casting deep shadows and choking the life from its inhabitants. “Our version is a multimedia production incorporating elements of theater, dance, video and live music,” says Bilenky. “To celebrate DysFUNctional Theater’s 10th anniversary we wanted to do something different.” Ruchama Bilenky founded DysFUNctional Theater when she was just 18 years old with the mission of bringing challenging and obscure female-oriented works to the Philadelphia stage. Previously, DysFUNctional Theater has presented Sam Shepard and Patti Smith’s Cowboy Mouth, Tom Eyen’s The White Whore and the Bit Player, Caridad Svich’s Alchemy of Desire/ Dead Man’s Blues, Maria Irene Fornes’ Fefu and Her Friends and Athol Fugard’s Statements. Sylvia Platypus vocalist Janet Bressler has collaborated with Grammy-winner Scot Sax for some of the songs in Le Mirage/Dead City Philly. Bressler’s work with other co-songwriters will also be featured. The band’s unique and haunting sound serves the narrative as a rock’n’roll Greek chorus. In addition to Bressler and Bilenky (who portrays the woman), Sylvia Platypus includes Bill Barone, lead guitar, Michael Southerton on rhythm guitar (and in the male role) and Charlie Rutan on bagpipes, English horn and tin whistles. Rutan, who has piped for pop stars and presidents, will provide incidental music throughout the show.Artist, designer, and dancer Ginger Bedlam will play the ghost.
  • 10:00 PMLe Mirage/Dead City Philly
  • 10:00 PM - 11:00 PM Philly’s Most Unusual New Band Creates Celtic-Rock Opera for Fringe 2011 Contact : Ruchama Bilenky 267-679-4098 ruchama@comcast.net FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (Philadelphia, PA): DysFUNctional Theater and Sylvia Platypus will present a new work during the 2011 Philadelphia Fringe Festival. Shows take place at the following times: Monday September 5: 8pm Monday September 12: 7pm and 9pm Thursday September 15: 8pm and 10pm Tickets are $10 and can be purchased HERE or at the door. “Le Mirage/Dead City Philly is based on Georges Rodenbach’s Bruges-la-Morte,” says Ruchama Bilenky founder of DysFUNctionalTheater and bass player for the band Sylvia Platypus. “But we’ve re-framed the tale as a love triangle between the man, the woman and the ghost.” Bruges-la-Morte (and Le Mirage, Rodenbach’s theatrical adaptation of the same book) is the story of a young widower’s obsession with a woman who resembles his dead wife. In Bruges-la-Morte, Bruges, Belgium is the “dead” city- and it’s almost a character itself,  casting deep shadows and choking the life from its inhabitants. “Our version is a multimedia production incorporating elements of theater, dance, video and live music,” says Bilenky. “To celebrate DysFUNctional Theater’s 10th anniversary we wanted to do something different.” Ruchama Bilenky founded DysFUNctional Theater when she was just 18 years old with the mission of bringing challenging and obscure female-oriented works to the Philadelphia stage. Previously, DysFUNctional Theater has presented Sam Shepard and Patti Smith’s Cowboy Mouth, Tom Eyen’s The White Whore and the Bit Player, Caridad Svich’s Alchemy of Desire/ Dead Man’s Blues, Maria Irene Fornes’ Fefu and Her Friends and Athol Fugard’s Statements. Sylvia Platypus vocalist Janet Bressler has collaborated with Grammy-winner Scot Sax for some of the songs in Le Mirage/Dead City Philly. Bressler’s work with other co-songwriters will also be featured. The band’s unique and haunting sound serves the narrative as a rock’n’roll Greek chorus. In addition to Bressler and Bilenky (who portrays the woman), Sylvia Platypus includes Bill Barone, lead guitar, Michael Southerton on rhythm guitar (and in the male role) and Charlie Rutan on bagpipes, English horn and tin whistles. Rutan, who has piped for pop stars and presidents, will provide incidental music throughout the show.Artist, designer, and dancer Ginger Bedlam will play the ghost.
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  • 8:00 PMCarnivores Anonymous
  • 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM Carnivores Anonymous <!-- Column 1 --> by Public Eye: Artists for Animals Comedy/Improv / 90 minutes Get vegucated at Carnivores Anonymous with celebrities sharing their vegan evolution. Public Eye: Artists for Animals teaches compassion for animals through the arts. We are an interdisciplinary company that integrates diverse forms of art including theater, dance, storytelling, puppetry, music, and visual art. We appeal to audiences through the use of popular culture, drama, and humor. Our current Fringe show, Carnivores Anonymous, features the following performers: anti-war activist Cindy Sheehan, comedian Myq Kaplan, musician Cassendre Xavier, and "chef to the stars" Kurt E. Smith. The show is hosted by Daily News 'V for Veg' columnist Vance Lehmkuhl. Carnivores Anonymous is our fourth Fringe performance. Previous performances included, "The Pig, The Cow, & The Chicken," "Veggie Cabaret I", and "Veggie Cabaret II." Tickets are $15. Visit http://www.livearts-fringe.org to purchase.
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  • 10:00 AMCasting Call for RENT: High School Version
  • 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM OPEN CASTING CALL Project Theater Project is excited to announce our production of RENT School Edition. Set in the East Village of New York City, Rent School Edition is about falling in love, finding your voice and living for today. Winner of the Tony Award® for Best Musical and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, Rent has become a pop cultural phenomenon with songs that rock and a story that resonates with audiences of all ages. This adaptation has been carefully done to retain the dramatic intent of the groundbreaking rock musical, and consists of minimal changes to language and the removal of one song (CONTACT) to make it possible for students to perform this piece. OPEN CALL INSTRUCTIONS: Please prepare two songs of approximately three minutes in length. Project Theater Project prefers songs from the RENT soundtrack. Emotive songs or original compositions from the student’s repertoire are also considered appropriate audition material. Please provide your own back-up music or plan to sing a cappella. Musical accompaniment can be provided for student use if from the RENT soundtrack or from other common karaoke tracks. Advanced notice is required. Please email projecttheaterproject@gmail.com to make arrangements. This is a student and a non-union production. Headshots and resumes are not required, but will be accepted at the casting call. It is not necessary for students to have prior theater experience. Students that are cast for roles in RENT will be required to attend sixteen three-hour rehearsals in September, October, and November and to perform in shows during the month of December. Parental permission is required. Seeking high school students, age 14-21*. If you have other inquiries or if you wish to help, please contact projecttheaterproject@gmail.com DATES of OPEN CASTING CALL: September 10th, 8:00am-noon, Sept. 11th, 8am-noon, Sept. 17 10am-1pm (1:30-5 are call backs) *Special education law in Pennsylvania allows for high school students to be up to 21 years of age. Must be available (but won’t be required to be at all the rehearsals and shows) every Monday and Tuesday from (6:00 – 9:00) on the following dates; (Rehearsals) Sept. 19th 20th Oct 3rd 4th 10th 11th 17th 18th, Nov. 1st 8th 14th 21st 22nd and 28th 29th (6-11) (Performances) Nov. 30th (6-10) Dec. 4th 5th 10th (6-10) 11th (12-5) 17th (12-5) 18th (12-5) 22nd (6-10) 23rd (6-10) Contact and Information Rich Wexler 215-260-1298 Email projecttheaterproject@gmail.com
  • 8:00 PMThe Bacchae
  • 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM <!-- Column 1 --> The Bacchae The Theater Cooperative Theater / 90 minutes Unspeakable acts . . . impossible crimes . . . unbearable pleasures. When the gods descend, all bets are off. The Theatre Cooperative presents a new adaptation of Euripides’s The Bacchae, the harrowing spectacle of divine incarnation, orgy, and violence that has been blowing minds for more than 2000 years. With renowned Greek actress Lili Bita. Performances: Tue, Sep 13, 8pm Wed, Sep 14, 8pm Sat, Sep 17, 8pm Tickets are $15. Purchase at http://www.livearts-fringe.org
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  • 2:00 PMDr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog screening
  • 2:00 PM - 6:00 PM Can't Stop the Serenity fundraiser for Equality Now Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog is a 2008 musical tragicomedy miniseries released in three acts and produced exclusively for internet distribution. Filmed and set in Los Angeles, the series tells the story of Dr. Horrible, an aspiring supervillain; Captain Hammer, his superhero nemesis; and Penny, their shared love interest. Dr. Horrible's Sing Along Blog was written by writer/director Joss Whedon, his sons, Zack Whedon (a television writer) and Jed Whedon (a composer), and actress Maurissa Tancharoen during the 2007–2008 Writers Guild of America strike. The idea was to create something small and inexpensive, yet professionally done, in a way that would circumvent the issues that were being protested during the strike. Upon its release, Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog became an instant sensation, garnering the series much buzz and a number of awards. On October 31, 2008, Time magazine named it #15 in Time's Top 50 Inventions of 2008. It also won the People's Choice Award for "Favorite Online Sensation", and the 2009 Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form. In the inaugural 2009 Streamy Awards for web television, Dr. Horrible won seven awards. It also won a 2009 Creative Arts Emmy Award for Outstanding Special Class – Short-format Live-Action Entertainment Programs. More info tba.
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  • 8:00 PMEvent Horizon pres. Electronic Memory, Twyndyllyngs, Richard Lainhart
  • 8:00 PM - 10:30 PM Event Horizon presents Electronic Memory, Twyndyllyngs and Richard Lainhart About the artists: Electronic Memory (Ken Palmer and Mike Hunter) Members of the Space Rock outfit Brainstatik step away from space/ambient/electronic/rock/prog/world music and dive into pure electronic music in a compelling way. Ken also performs solo under the PYXL8R name and Mike Hunter under the Ombient moniker. Twyndyllyngs (Howard Moscovitz and Bill Fox): Two long time solo electronic music artists combine to form a unique sounding electronic music duo.  Also part of the trio, xeroid entity, these musicians have together and individually played concerts in England, The Netherlands, Norway, Israel, Canada, Poland, Italy, Canary Islands in Spain, Berlin, Croatia, Romania, Montana, California, Arizona, Florida, New Jersey, upstate New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore, and Atlanta.  Twyndyllyngs may be heard on a weekly internet concert called Chez Mosc on electro-music radio.  They play improvised experimental music which has been aired on Star's End (WXPN), Galactic Travels (WDIY), Thought Radio (WMUH), Music with Space (WPRB) and many internet-only programs Richard Lainhart (rlainhart@otownmedia.com)  is an award-winning composer, author, and filmmaker - a digital artisan who works with sonic and visual data. Since childhood, he's been interested in natural processes such as waves, flames and clouds, in harmonics and harmony, and in creative interactions with machines, using them as compositional methods to present sounds and images that are as beautiful as he can make them. Admission is FREE
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  • 6:00 PMMOVED TO THE ROTUNDA due to impending rain! 40th St Summer Series pres. Billy Martin w/ Bill Evans and G. Calvin Weston; Jay Sand (of All Around this World) opens
  • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM MOVED TO THE ROTUNDA, due to rain! The Rotunda, University of Pennsylvania, and University City District present the 40th Street Summer Series - a free summer concert series every fourth Saturday in June, July, August, and September at the 40th Street Field (40th between Walnut and Locust) -which began with the world-renowned big band Sun Ra Arkestra on June 25 We are pleased to announce the expanded 2011 40th Street Summer Series. Every fourth Saturday in June through September from 6-8pm, the Summer Series will feature FREE outdoor performances from exceptional internationally-renowned artists. All concerts will be held on the beautiful green space just behind the Walnut Street Free Library at 40th and Walnut Streets. Complimentary (first come, first served) Rita's Water Ice will also be given out during the performances. UCD and The Rotunda are pleased to announce the artists for the FINAL Summer Series event: BILLY MARTIN & FRIENDS + JAY SAND (From All Around this World) Join us for this very special performance led by the dynamic percussionist Billy Martin of Medeski Martin and Wood, one of the most popular and vibrant modern instrumental ensembles that have performed to packed houses from Budokan to Bonnaroo. With results ranging from the exploratory to the downright funky, Martin has performed with everyone from Chuck Mangione to the Lounge Lizards. Philadelphia's Jay Sand opens the final Summer Series concert with a performance focused on encouraging kids to explore the world by enjoying global music, rhythms and movement. For more information on these events, visit universitycity.org
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  • 8:00 PMDeathwaltz Media presents iNFiNiEN and friends
  • 8:00 PM - 10:30 PM More InfoJoin us as we welcome iNFiNiEN & Friends to The Rotunda as part of our Diaspora Series (www.deathwaltz.com/diaspora). The night will consist of a set from iNFiNiEN as well as guest musicians hand picked by the band themselves. ... Sure to be a great night! ===iNFiNiEN=== Philadelphia-born iNFiNiEN combines eclectic musical personalities into a visionary, unified force. Using rock, jazz, soul, world, and classical influences, the quartet plays intricately composed songs with a focus on improvisation. With two albums under their belt the band has found it’s niche as something truly unique within the Philly and National scenes. After playing, touring and writing together for six years, iNFiNiEN has developed their distinctive voice through their consistent dedication to powerful live shows and bold experimentation in the studio. Far from the typical rock band, they explore new territories of sound by using exotic scales, chords, and rhythms. The drums project driving tribal beats, mixing elements of hardcore, funk, and jazz as bass grooves move through a complex and fluidly changing web of pulse. The guitar and keyboard create a wash of texture, deep harmony and colorful melodies while fluid female vocals add a strong emotional element through soulful poetry and deliberate dynamics. Taking cues from all over the music world, their compositions borrow equally from romantic composers like Debussy and Faure; contemporary artists like Bjork, Tori Amos and Radiohead; world music like Indian Classical, Balkan, African, Middle Eastern and Latin; and even adventurous avant-garde fusion like Mahavishnu Orchestra, John Coltrane and John Zorn. An entity unto itself, iNFiNiEN stirs listeners through a moving musical adventure. http://www.deathwaltz.com/artists/infinien
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  • 8:00 PMArs Nova Workshop presents MIKROKOLEKTYW
  • 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM Ars Nova Workshop presents MIKROKOLEKTYW Artur Majewski, trumpet + electronics Kuba Suchar, drums + electronics Join Ars Nova Workshop as we present the Philadelphia debut of MIKROKOLEKTYW, a duo featuring Polish musicians Kuba Suchar and Artur Majewski. MIKROKOLEKTYW's debut for Delmark Recordings, Revisit (2010), starts with two reverb-sprinkled trumpet phrases conversing above a constellation of glistening electronic warbles, pings, and splatters. The discussion is initially vibrant but placid, though the stride of the exchange ever-so-gradually accelerates, ultimately mutating into a tight, dynamic polyrhythmic groove. Suchar and Majewski have been creating music together for over a decade, and it shows. The two Polish composers and improvisers first partnered in the late-1990s with Robotobibok, a quintet that released three albums on their own Vytvornia OM imprint between 2000 and 2004. They've also collaborated with Austrian guitarist-electronicist Fennesz, Rob Mazurek's Exploding Star Orchestra, and Norwegian trumpeter Nils Petter Molvær. In 2004, they formed MIKROKOLEKTYW as an improvising duo aiming to explore fresh territories between and beyond jazz and electronic musics. With hints of Don Cherry, Miles Davis, Max Roach, Tortoise, and ECM's glacial breeze, Suchar and Majewski's sonic architecture is supported by pondering spaces, propulsive beats, digital elation and glitch, and ebullient, perpetually expanding melodies. MIKROKOLEKTYW is presented in collaboration with the Polish Cultural Institute in New York. Admission is FREE
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  • 10:00 PMThe Gathering
  • 10:00 PM - 2:00 AM (nearly every last Thursday) Established in 1996, The Gathering is the longest/strongest-running truly Hip Hop event in Philly. The Gathering IS b-boys/b-girls, pop-lockers, emcees, graffiti writers, DJs, men, women, and children of all ages enjoying an organic, community-based celebration of The struggle, the Love,and the culture of Hip Hop. DJs spin Hiphop, breaks, and funk all night, and there are open cyphas, a tag wall, and a featured performance and graffiti panel each month. Admission is $3
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  • 7:00 PMBenefit for RENT School Edition
  • 7:00 PM - 11:30 PM Benefit for RENT School Edition Presented by Project Theater Project and The Rotunda Featuring: Archer Sounds (members of Lion Versus) Steph Hayes Christine Meehan Kevin James Mulholland Lance Pawling Attia Taylor Nicola Visaggio Becca Jennings Sava and Songo Found Theater Company Flat Mary Road Needles Jones teens from the show! and more! Project Theater Project aims to produce quality alternative amateur theater to foster positive social change and cultural development in our community.  We will work with diverse and underserved populations including youth, the elderly, and the disabled.  Amateurs will have a chance to be involved in theater in a meaningful way.  These new voices will bring to the forefront issues that are current and important and that resonate with local audiences.  Currently, the goal is to produce one show a year, though this may increase as PTP develops.  The subject matter of shows will include material that is progressive, mature, and contemporary.   Each show will contain a health based and an education component tailored to match the participants and subject of the show.  Facilitators will create a curriculum for each performance that will contextualize the experience of the artists and a part of the proceeds will be donated to health organizations or will fund health education.   We are committed to keeping the cost of attending shows very low.  Adult tickets will not exceed $10.  Free tickets will be made available to educational institutions and other community groups.  This ensures that our shows are accessible to locals who might not ordinarily attend professional theater due to the cost. We aim to produce original works as well as shows that have been commercially produced. Our last production was William Finn's "March of The Falsettos" in 2008. OUR NEXT PRODUCTION 2011 Project Summary: Rent School Edition This year’s show is the rock-opera, RENT, as performed by high school students.  RENT tells the story of a group of impoverished young artists and musicians struggling to survive and create in the Lower East Side under the shadow of HIV/AIDS.  Our process will utilize improvisation to work on group dynamic skills, conflict resolution, cooperation, and self-esteem.  The ten hour education component includes a session moderated by a Philly FIGHT peer educator on a range of topics including, but not limited to, deciding when to have sex, teens dating adults, condom negotiation, oppression, and sexual orientation. Workshops are designed to provide young people with the knowledge and skills to maintain their sexual health and think critically about their social choices.  This education component will also include a summary of the history of the early days of HIV/AIDS.  One of the purposes of the show is to raise awareness of the lack of health care for artists in our community.
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