Fall 2017 Season Announcement
It Takes One
a solo show from Joshuah Simpson
It Takes One is a deeper look into one of Stephen Sondheim’s most revered pieces, Into the Woods. This solo piece asks what happens when we step back to realize that we all are each and every character in Into the Woods; from the Narrators opening line, to Cinderella’s final note, the writers of this show managed to created these stock characters that have a thinly veiled layer of complexity as to forewarn us against an array of our own desires. It Takes One dives in between the lines of the show to talk about the greater level of identity politics as presented through the words of Sondheim and Lapine.
Arts Bank Cabaret
Performances: September 8-10 | Sept 8 7:30pm, Sept 9 2pm, Sept 9 7:30pm, Sept 10 2pm
These Terrible Things
The Berserker Residents, Philly’s alt-comedy theater company, will research and develop their next show, These Terrible Things, for the 2017 FringeArts Festival. Student-creators will work alongside the company in crafting this new comedy skewering regional theatre-making, testing the audience-performer relationship, and ultimately shining light on the literal and figurative people we overlook the most – those who work behind-the-scenes. In addition to performing, students will be asked to discover the play through improvisation, prompt-driven creation, and traditional comedy playwriting.
Caplan Studio Theater
Performances: September 14-23 | Sept 14 7:30pm, Sept 15 7:30pm, Sept 16 2pm, Sept 16 7:30pm, Sept 21 7:30pm, Sept 22 7:30pm, Sept 23 2pm, Sept 23 7:30pm
Tickets will be available through FringeArts.
The Bourgeois Gentleman by Moliére
directed by KC MacMillan
The Bourgeois Gentleman is a five-act comédie–ballet play intermingled with music, dance and singing– gently satirizing the pretensions of a social climber whose affectations are absurd to everyone but himself.
Arts Bank Theater
Performances: October 5-8 | October 5 7:30pm, October 6 7:30pm, October 7 2pm, October 7 7:30pm, October 8 2pm
The Maids by Jean Genet
directed by Torez Mosley
Solange and Claire come up with strange subversive rituals while their wealthy employer (Madame) is away. They fantasize about murdering her in great detail. This is an absurdist play that explores the love-hate relationship that those in servitude might feel. This is also a fictionalized account of a high profile murder case that happened in France in the 1930s.
Gershman Black Box
Performances: October 26-29 | October 26 7:30pm, October 27 7:30pm, October 28 2pm, October 28 7:30pm, October 29 2pm
directed by Matt Decker
American Idiot takes Green Day™’s chart-topping 2005 punk rock album and brings it vibrantly to life. American Idiot follows a young anti-hero, Johnny, the self-proclaimed “Jesus of Suburbia”, and his two buddies, Will and Tunny, as they attempt to break out of their mind-numbing, aimless suburban existence.
Arts Bank Theater
Performances: November 9-19 | November 9 7:30pm, November 10 7:30pm, November 11 2pm, November 11 7:30pm, November 12 2pm, November 16 7:30pm, November 17 7:30pm, November 18 2pm, November 18 7:30pm, November 19 2pm
The Hunchback of Notre Dame
directed by Nicholas Wainwright
Quasimodo, the deformed bell-ringer who longs to be Out There, observes all of Paris reveling in the Feast of Fools. Held captive by his devious caretaker, he escapes for the day and joins the boisterous crowd, only to be treated cruelly by all but the beautiful gypsy, Esmeralda. Quasimodo isn’t the only one captivated by her free spirit, though the handsome Captain Phoebus and Frollo are equally enthralled. As the three vie for her attention, Frollo embarks on a mission to destroy the gypsies, and it’s up to Quasimodo to save them all.
Caplan Studio Theater
Performances: December 7-10 | December 7 7:30pm, December 8 7:30pm, December 9 2pm, December 9 7:30pm, December 10 2pm
- A new musical by Michael R Jackson
- Bound in Darkness by Stefania Zamparelli
- Acedia by Taj Rauch
Dates to be determined and announced