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Happy Hour on the Fringe

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S3:E1—Keeping Up the Good Fight with Shawn Aleong and Tony Brooks

Happy Hour on the FringeFeb 13, 2019

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S5 EP8: Candle House Collective

S5 EP8: Candle House Collective

Welcome back to Happy Hour on The Fringe. April Rose, the independent artist programs manager at FringeArts sits down with Evan Neiden of Candle House Collective, an experimental theater company that creates performances takes place over the phone for one audience member. The two discuss how this work is made, what inspires the work, and how to engage with audiences remotely, which we're all have been doing for the first time. 

Jul 07, 202123:36
S5: EP7 3AM

S5: EP7 3AM

How does a passion for comedy lead to greater forms of creativity? On this episode of Happy Hour on the Fringe, Zach Blackwood sits down with the brilliant minds behind 3AM Theatre, Kyle Driggs and Andrea Murillo. The three discuss the origins of the multidisciplinary performance company, upcoming projects, and the excitement leading up to FringeArts Hand to Hand Circus Festival. 

Support the artists of 3am by following the link below!
https://www.gofundme.com/f/3amtheatre?utm_campaign=p_cp_url&utm_medium=os&utm_source=customer

May 28, 202122:35
S5:E6 Kristin Finger

S5:E6 Kristin Finger

While being a good listener and collaborator can open a lot of doors in life, how far can it take you when death is on the table? On this episode, Ari sits down with Kristin Finger from ComedySportz Philly to talk about real world improv and how well those skills transfer to her annually sold-out brainchild Murder Manor. With this year's improvised murder mystery on the horizon, Kristin shares how she's reconciled the classic genre with classic improv heuristics, despite their seeming almost at odds, and elevated the event through its newfound virtual setting. 

Apr 30, 202124:50
S5:E5 OhOk Performance Group

S5:E5 OhOk Performance Group

During Fringe Fest 2020, OhOk Performance Group showed us how something as intimate as dance can persist in spite of any distance that may need to be put up. So on this episode of Happy Hour on the Fringe, April sits down with the two people who made it happen, Whitney Casal and Britt Davis, as they discuss the group's beginnings, the success of Do mirrors burn?, and their aspirations moving forward. Listen in on this duo's rapport to get some insight into the nature of collaboration and provoke a cathartic "oh, okay!"

Read the transcript here

Apr 16, 202122:02
S5:E4 Thaddeus Phillips (ft. a special guest)

S5:E4 Thaddeus Phillips (ft. a special guest)

On the last episode of Happy Hour on the Fringe, Producers Circle member Ed Wagner cited Thaddeus Phillips as the prime example of infusing technology and innovation into theatre. This week, Zach sat down with the dynamic artist himself to find out how he's done the same with his upcoming show, Zoo Motel, presented by Theatre Exile this spring. Listen in to get a glimpse into Thaddeus' cinematic style of theatre and enjoy a special guest appearance by Tatiana Mallarino as she unpacks her dramaturgical philosophy.

Read the transcript here


Apr 02, 202123:44
S5:E3 Ed Wagner
Mar 19, 202135:26
S5:E2 Theater in Quarantine

S5:E2 Theater in Quarantine

Bringing live theatre to a socially distant space may feel like cutting to the bone of the craft. But in the best way possible, one theatre company in particular has replaced those bones entirely. Joshua William Gelb traded the skeletons in his closet for a stage and has been putting on productions in their place for nearly a year under the Theater in Quarantine name. With Katie Rose McLaughlin aboard, the TiQ team continues to push the boundaries of the closet, and with Scott Sheppard's new (but eerily familiar) narrative, those boundaries have finally expanded to accompany a second performer in Blood Meal. On this episode of Happy Hour on the Fringe, Zach sits down with Josh, Katie Rose, and Scott to learn more about how this team came together and how they've managed to virtually deliver the live theatre experience without trying to emulate it.

Support TiQ here

Read this episode's transcript here

Mar 05, 202124:50
S5:E1 Dawn States
Feb 19, 202127:30
S4:E23 Juliana Carter
Dec 23, 202044:20
Global Pandemics and Music: Pete Dennis (Search for the Infinite Light)
Nov 14, 202052:23
S4: E22 Sally Ollove
Nov 06, 202043:14
Global Pandemics and Music: Symphony Spell and Zachary Fairbrother (Ghösh)
Oct 30, 202036:28
S4: E21 2020 Fringe Festival Wrap-Up

S4: E21 2020 Fringe Festival Wrap-Up

In this episode, Marketing Manager Raina Searles and Artistic Producer Zach Blackwood take a look back at the process leading up to the 2020 Fringe Festival, the festival itself, and try to anticipate the future of Fringe Festivals. They address how this year’s festival has been different for the Fringe Arts organization itself, and for the people working behind the scenes to make the Fringe Festival happen. Listen to Zach and Raina discuss some special moments from this year's festival, the challenges that the Fringe Arts team and the artists who they worked with had to overcome, the future of the Fringe Festival, and more!

Oct 23, 202040:58
S4: E20 Jarrod Markman and Lisa Marie Patzer

S4: E20 Jarrod Markman and Lisa Marie Patzer

In this episode of Happy Hour on the Fringe, Marketing Manager Raina Searles speak with Jarrod Markman, the Executive Director of the Da Vinci Art Alliance and creator of Da Vinci Fest Live, which will be showcasing the innovation, diversity, and artistry that makes Philadelphia so vibrant through art and science programs you can experience at home or in person with a live-stream starting on October 22nd at 6:30pm. Raina is also joined by Lisa Marie Patzer, a Philadelphia-based artist who is working on Philadelphia Forthcoming: The Endless Urban Portrait, one of the exhibits which will be featured as part of the festival. Philadelphia Forthcoming examines the histories of Philadelphia’s urban landscape in order to contextualize the contemporary urban experience and envision its possible future. Listen to Raina speak to Jarrod and Lisa Marie about the creation of this unique festival. You can find out more about the Da Vinci Art Alliance and learn how you can participate in Da Vinci Fest Live by visiting the DVAA's website here: https://www.davincifest.org/


Oct 16, 202043:10
S4: E19 Resa Mueller and Jezabel Careaga

S4: E19 Resa Mueller and Jezabel Careaga

In this mouth watering culinary themed episode of Happy Hour on the Fringe, Marketing Manager Raina Searles speaks with Bartender Resa Mueller and Chef Jezabel Careaga who will each be leading interactive culinary experiences during the 2020 Audi FEASTIVAL Virtual Dinner Series: No Pants, No Problem with Resa Mueller and Carnaval Jujeño with Jezebel Careaga. Listen to our guests discuss the origins of these events, their own backgrounds, their organizations response to the Covid Pandemic, and more! 

To learn more about Resa and Jezebel's events, along with the other events that will be presented as part of the 2020 FEASTIVAL Virtual Dinner Series you can visit our website here: https://fringearts.com/audi-feastival/. 


Oct 07, 202042:30
S4: E18 Field-Wide Talks with Tai Verley, Nichole Canuso and Brenna Geffers
Oct 02, 202053:49
S4: E17 Liz Zimmerman
Sep 25, 202029:26
S4: E16 JJ Tiziou
Sep 18, 202038:21
S4: E15 Adrienne Mackey and Lizzie Hessek
Sep 11, 202038:48
S4: E14 Rachel Gita Karp and Joseph Amodei
Sep 04, 202029:36
S4: E13 Lauren Rile Smith

S4: E13 Lauren Rile Smith

In this episode, Community Engagement Manager Tenara Calem speaks with Lauren Rile Smith about the upcoming presentation of The Way Out by her contemporary circus organization, Tangle Movement Arts. The Way Out is an outdoor, socially-distanced circus piece at the Laurel Hill Cemetery in the 2020 Fringe Festival. Carloads of audience members will flow along Laurel Hill's gently winding roads to experience the show at a series of separate performance stations located across the historic cemetery, including dancers, live flame working, and aerial artists. Participants will encounter these storytellers along the way, and navigate the cemetery as if through a maze, finding answers in unexpected places. 

To learn more about The Way Out visit the event page here.

To find out more about the Tangle Arts Movement visit their website here.

Meet the guest artists who will be performing in The Way Out!

Evalina “Wally” Carbonell and Weiwei Ma are dance artists and prominent choreographic voices locally and along the East Coast. 

Madeline Rile Smith is a sculptor specializing in glass, with a special interest in interactive art that invokes a sense of ritual and transformation. 

Ama Ma’at Gora is a nationally performing dancer and choreographer whose work pushes controversial dialogue surrounding identity, trauma, and restoration from a black, queer perspective. 

Eppchez! is a Quaker, Cuban & Jewish artist whose production company Alma’s Engine is a creative ministry for new work in music and theater. 

Christina Eltvedt is a multidisciplinary artist, performer, and choreographer, whose work uses objects and site-specific locations to generate a visual and visceral experience.



Aug 28, 202030:50
S4: E12 James Allister Sprang
Aug 24, 202018:55
S4: E11 Suso Phizer
Aug 14, 202029:25
S4: E10 Geoff Sobelle, Trey Lyford, and Steve Cuiffo
Aug 07, 202041:08
S4:E9 Nichole Canuso

S4:E9 Nichole Canuso

In this episode we talk to Nichole Canuso, Artistic Director of the Nichole Canuso Dance Company, who will be presenting her piece Being/With:HOME in this fall's Fringe Festival.  The performance experience is a meditation on separation and connection as two solo audience members, separated by venue, are connected in virtual space.  Join Nichole and Zach for this happy hour as the two of them discuss the importance of connection in these times, the evolving state of performance, and their favorite places in Philly! to find out more about Nichole, visit the NCDC website here http://nicholecanusodance.org/

Jul 31, 202023:55
Global Pandemics and Art: Dan Kamin
Jul 24, 202033:25
Global Pandemics and Art: Theatre in the X's LaNeshe Miller-White
Jul 17, 202030:25
Global Pandemics and Activism: Maori Karmael Holmes (Philly Arts for BLM part 2)
Jul 15, 202034:30
Global Pandemics and Activism: Philly Arts for Black Lives Matter
Jul 10, 202038:08
Global Pandemics and Activism: Councilman Derek Green
Jul 03, 202028:42
Global Pandemics and Activism: Smith Memorial Playground's Rebecca Dhondt
Jun 19, 202033:12
Global Pandemics and Art: Philadelphia School of Circus Arts
Jun 12, 202027:42
Global Pandemics and Health: Institute on Disabilities
Jun 05, 202051:28
Global Pandemics and Art: BalletX
May 29, 202032:06
Global Pandemics and Art: Philly Improv Theater
May 22, 202030:16
Global Pandemics and Art: Real Deep Radio's Hugh Wilikofsky and Kevin McKinney
May 15, 202033:02
Global Pandemics and Art: Ambassadors Tobie and David

Global Pandemics and Art: Ambassadors Tobie and David

During the global coronavirus pandemic, FringeArts is pivoting the focus of our podcast to checking in with our artists, our audiences, and our community partners during these unprecedented times. Since we can't gather, we'll chat remotely about how we respond to this crisis, and how the role of art during a pandemic shifts.

In this episode, FringeArts Marketing Manager Raina Searles and Artistic Producers Zach Blackwood and Katy Dammers chat with FringeArts Ambassadors Tobie and David about the ways in which they are staying connected to the arts and their communities during this time. 

May 08, 202039:35
Global Pandemics and Art: Keila Perez-Vega of Kun-Yang Lin Dancers
May 01, 202024:13
Global Pandemics and Health: Elicia Gonzales of the Women's Medical Fund
Apr 27, 202015:31
Global Pandemics and Activism: Christina Gesualdi with the Philadelphia Tenants Union
Apr 24, 202034:40
Global Pandemics and Art: Eric Jaffe
Apr 17, 202017:25
 Global Pandemics and Art: the Mütter Museum

Global Pandemics and Art: the Mütter Museum

During the global coronavirus pandemic, FringeArts is pivoting the focus of our podcast to checking in with our artists, our audiences, and our community partners during these unprecedented times. Since we can't gather, we'll chat remotely about how we respond to this crisis, and how the role of art during a pandemic shifts.

In this episode, FringeArts Community Engagement Manager Tenara Calem chats with Nancy Hill, museum manager at the Mütter Museum, and Beth Uzwiak, research director at Ethnologica about their collaboration with Blast Theory for the pandemic exhibit Spit Spreads Death last summer. In Spit Spreads Death, the team organized a processional to commemorate the victims of the 1918 Flu Pandemic in Philadelphia. Tune in to hear about the intersection of public health and art, and learn about what we have to be optimistic about during this dark time. 


Apr 09, 202046:43
Global Pandemics and Art: Blast Theory

Global Pandemics and Art: Blast Theory

During the global coronavirus pandemic, FringeArts is pivoting the focus of our podcast to checking in with our artists, our audiences, and our community partners during these unprecedented times. Since we can't gather, we'll chat remotely about how we respond to this crisis, and how the role of art during a pandemic shifts.

In this episode, FringeArts Community Engagement Manager Tenara Calem chats with Blast Theory, a performance company based in the United Kingdom that creates interactive art to explore social and political questions. Blast Theory was in Philadelphia last summer in 2019 for the opening of the Mutter Museum's pandemic exhibit Spit Spreads Death, in which they organized a processional to commemorate the victims of the 1918 Flu Pandemic in Philadelphia. Tenara chats with Blast Theory artists Matt Adams and Nick Tandavanitj about the prophetic nature of their project and how art can imagine a different future.

Plus - look out for a special Part 2 episode on April 8th with two of the brains behind the Spit Spreads Death exhibit about the role of community organizing and performance in the medical humanities.

Apr 03, 202028:50
S4:E8 Nell Bang-Jensen and Samiha Hadeed-Moore

S4:E8 Nell Bang-Jensen and Samiha Hadeed-Moore

Health and safety are our number one priorities here at FringeArts, and in compliance with CDC recommendations for staying safe during the Covid-19 pandemic, we will be postponing our 2020 High Pressure Fire Service presentations, including BOY PROJECT. More information will be available soon about when HPFS will take place. Happy Hour on the Fringe will continue to come out with podcast episodes about our artists and community partners, so don’t fear — FringeArts is still kicking! Community is crucial in this time of crisis, so please do not hesitate to reach out.

In this episode, artist Nell Bang-Jensen and student Samiha Hadeed-Moore sit down to talk about their upcoming piece, BOY PROJECT. Supported by a professional team of theater artists and designers, youth from a variety of backgrounds perform a playful and revelatory new work, the culmination of months of outreach, story circles, and workshops. Through games, fantasies, original songs, and in-the-moment contemplation of questions of desire and power, BOY PROJECT strips away the structures of traditional theater to examine and redefine our expectations of masculinity. An exploration of a new generation, BOY PROJECT invites us to ponder how young men can express their gender in a way that privileges vulnerability and the full range of human emotions. Listen to this candid conversation between Nell and Samiha to hear a new perspective on gender, sexism, and how these phenomena have presented differently over time.

Mar 27, 202024:57
S4:E7 Kyle Dacuyan and Vanessa Maria Graber

S4:E7 Kyle Dacuyan and Vanessa Maria Graber

In this episode of Happy Hour on the Fringe, you'll listen to a conversation about the themes and questions in our upcoming High Pressure Fire Service presentation Legal Tender by Antigravity Performance Project. For our HPFS episodes, we like to connect our artists to community members and advocates who are thinking about the same questions the artists explore in their HPFS pieces. This episode features a conversation between Legal Tender lead artist Kyle Dacuyan, Executive Director of The Poetry Project, and Vanessa Maria Graber, the WPPM Radio Station Manager at PhillyCAM, Philadelphia’s community access media center. Tune in and don’t forget to check out Legal Tender at FringeArts April 16-18.

Mar 13, 202040:27
S4:E6 Alexandra Tatarsky and Mario Sassi

S4:E6 Alexandra Tatarsky and Mario Sassi

In this episode of Happy Hour on the Fringe, the artist and brain behind our upcoming High Pressure Fire Service show, [SIGN FELT]: Sad Boys in Harpy Land Alexandra Tatarsky sits down with University of Pennsylvania Professor and PhD candidate Mario Sassi. They talk about the running through-line of Dante Alighieri's The Divine Comedies in Alex's April 2-4th piece, and the contemporary relevance of Dante's world view today.

For tickets and information about [SIGN FELT], visit our website at www.fringearts.com, or call our Box Office at 215-413-1318.

Feb 28, 202044:32
S4:E5 High Pressure Fire Service Preview - Bonus Episode!

S4:E5 High Pressure Fire Service Preview - Bonus Episode!

On this episode of Happy Hour on the Fringe, Raina is back with Artistic Producers Katy and Zach to continue to talk about what audiences can look forward to in our upcoming High Pressure Fire Service, a presentation series of new works from Philadelphia’s leading performers, including delving into the curation process and the artistic journeys we've travelled with the selected artists. Come see the HPFS performances April-May 2020!

Feb 21, 202016:52
S4:E4 High Pressure Fire Service Preview

S4:E4 High Pressure Fire Service Preview

On this episode of Happy Hour on the Fringe, hosts Raina and Tenara chat with Artistic Producers Katy and Zach about what audiences can look forward to in our upcoming High Pressure Fire Service, a presentation series of new works from Philadelphia’s leading performers. Come see the HPFS performances April-May 2020!

Feb 14, 202036:44
S4:E3 Tech, Production, and the Theater Technician Job Fair

S4:E3 Tech, Production, and the Theater Technician Job Fair

Happy Hour on the Fringe hosts Raina and Tenara sit down with Georgia Schlessman, Technical Director, and Evelyn Swift Shuker, Master Electrician, to talk about the upcoming Theater Technician Job Fair at FringeArts (Monday, February 10th!), the relationship between technicians and artists, and the role of design in an audience's experience. To RSVP for the Job Fair, visit our website at www.FringeArts.com.

Jan 31, 202034:18
S4:E2 Megan Stalter

S4:E2 Megan Stalter

On this episode of Happy Hour on the Fringe, we hopped on the phone with Megan Stalter, actress, comedian, writer, FreakFest curator, and performer in our 2020 Blue Heaven Comedy Festival this February. Meg shares her introduction to comedy, the woes of a high school thespian society, and what she's working on now.

Jan 17, 202020:40
S4:E1 Blue Heaven Preview

S4:E1 Blue Heaven Preview

On this episode of Happy Hour on the Fringe, hosts Tenara Calem and Zach Blackwood give you the inside information on the Blue Heaven 2020 lineup, who's who, where you've seen them, what to look out for, and what even is "going blue"?

Blue Heaven Comedy Festival runs February 7 & 8, 2020 at FringeArts with acts starting at 7pm.

Jan 03, 202032:40
S3: E24 Anthony Martinez Briggs

S3: E24 Anthony Martinez Briggs

On this episode of Happy Hour on the Fringe, we sat down with Anthony Martinez-Briggs of ILL DOOTS to talk about how ILL DOOTS was formed, their musical influences and inspirations and New Year's Funkin' Eve! 

Follow @illdoots on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Music available to stream on Spotify, Tidal, Apple Music, Bandcamp, and more.

Dec 20, 201934:37
S3:E23 Dito van Reigersberg
Dec 06, 201947:01
S3: E22 John Jarboe

S3: E22 John Jarboe

On this episode of Happy Hour on the Fringe we talked with John Jarboe, creator of Get Pegged and founder of the Bearded Ladies Cabaret about the  Get Pegged performance at FringeArts on November 15, and the curatorial process behind Get Pegged. Listen as we talk about the people who have inspired him, along with the origins of the Bearded Ladies Cabaret. 

Nov 15, 201934:31
S3:E21 Producers Circle: Jane Pepper & Christie Hartwell

S3:E21 Producers Circle: Jane Pepper & Christie Hartwell

On this episode of Happy Hour on the Fringe, we sat down with some of the people who help give life to the arts in Philadelphia and FringeArts as an organization. Jane Pepper and Christie Hartwell are longtime Fringe fans who are also a part of the FringeArts Producers Circle, a cohort of dedicated supporters who help us present the most ambitious performances while expanding our audience and accessibility to the broader community.

Jane and Christie share their introductions to FringeArts, back when we were just the Fringe Festival, their favorite experiences over the years, and the importance of supporting the arts.

Nov 01, 201936:58
S3: E20 DJ Dame Luz

S3: E20 DJ Dame Luz

On this episode of Happy Hour on the Fringe we recorded musical artist DJ Dame Luz before her upcoming Halloqweens event taking place at FringeArts October 26. Listen as she talks about the people who have inspired her,  along with the origins of the Halloqweens event.

Oct 18, 201917:29
S3:E19 Un Poyo Rojo Live Podcast Recording

S3:E19 Un Poyo Rojo Live Podcast Recording

On this episode of Happy Hour on the Fringe, we recorded live during the 2019 Fringe Festival at our pop up Bookstore at Cherry Street Pier. We sat down with Luciano Rosso and Nicolás Poggi of Un Poyo Rojo, which ran Sept 19–21 at Christ Church Neighborhood House. They share the origins of their relationship to each other and the work and how they prepared for this dynamic physical piece.

Oct 04, 201921:27
S3: E18 Fringe Festival Virgins & Veterans

S3: E18 Fringe Festival Virgins & Veterans

In this episode of Happy Hour on the Fringe, April Rose, FringeArts’ Fringe Festival Coordinator, talks to Tara Lake, Terry Brennan, Jarrod Markman, and Joseph Ahmed about their independent show offerings for this year’s Fringe Festival and their experiences as newbies and seasoned veterans of Fringe.

I Know It Was the Blood: The Totally True Adventures of a Newfangled Black Woman will play September 20-22, 2019 at The Whole Shebang.

Operation: Wawa Road Trip will play  at the Proscenium Theatre at The Drake on September 5–9, 12–16, and 19–21, 2019.

 Dissonance and Generations are visual art exhibitions that will be showing at Da Vinci Art Alliance during the 2019 Fringe Festival. Free / Gallery hours: Wednesdays–Sundays, 12–5pm. DVAA is also presenting Composition in Concert, displayed at International House Philadelphia daily from 8am–10pm during the Fringe Festival.

Aug 30, 201946:21
S3:E17 Love Park Artists

S3:E17 Love Park Artists

We hope you’re all getting ready for art to blossom throughout the city of Philadelphia in September!  Speaking of blossoming, three events will be sprouting up in LOVE Park.  We share a drink with Marc Wilken from Parks and Recreation and three independent Fringe Festival artists: Dana Suleymanova (Dear qupid), Eric Thayer (Give Your Heart), and Leah Stein with Asimina Chremos (RISE: Relationship is Self Existing).  All of the performances are participatory and engage with the City of Brotherly Love as they explore love, the beating heart, and how human bodies share space in LOVE Park this September.

Dear qupid will run September 9, 15 + 22nd.

Give Your Heart will run September 9, 11 + 14th.

RISE: Relationship is Self Existing will run September 14th.

Fringe Festival tickets are on sale now!  To purchase tickets, visit www.fringearts.com or call 215.413.1318.  Tickets and also be purchased through the FringeArts app available on App store and Google store.

Aug 23, 201938:44
S3: E16 FringeArts Ambassadors

S3: E16 FringeArts Ambassadors

The FringeArts Ambassador Program is a cohort of volunteers, artistic participants, long-time fans of FringeArts, and community stakeholders from all professional and personal backgrounds who serve as connectors between FringeArts and new audiences.

Ambassadors work with the Audience Engagement Coordinator, Tenara Calem, to bring new audiences to FringeArts. Ambassadors are active volunteers in the organization, filling a variety of roles and representing a wide range of Philadelphia communities.  In this week's episode, Tenara clinks glasses with two Ambassadors to celebrate another year of the Fringe Festival and what they're looking forward to seeing this year.

If you are interested in learning more about the Ambassador Program, please reach out to Tenara at tenara@fringearts.com.

Fringe Festival tickets are on sale now!  To purchase tickets, visit www.fringearts.com or call 215.413.1318.  Tickets and also be purchased through the FringeArts app.

Aug 16, 201945:28
S3:E15 - Pavol Liska and Kelly Copper

S3:E15 - Pavol Liska and Kelly Copper

Looks like another pair of Fringe hosts are phoning it in this week!  Raina and Katy talk to Nature Theater of Oklahoma's Pavol Liska and Kelly Copper about their latest Fringe offering, Pursuit of Happiness. Liska and Copper discuss how reality TV and the current state of American politics have influenced this part-dance, part Western movie, and part comedy of manners.

 Pursuit of Happiness will run from September 20-21st at the Mandell Theater in West Philadelphia.  For tickets, visit us online at Fringearts.com.  Tickets and also be purchased through the Fringearts app.

Aug 09, 201928:56
S3:E14 Tina Satter

S3:E14 Tina Satter

Zach and Tenara phoned it in this week (drink orders not included), but you wouldn't know it as they talk with the Half Straddle's Artistic Director, Tina Satter, about her production, Is This a Room, for this year's Fringe Festival. Is This a Room is a dramatization of the transcripts of Air Force linguist, Reality Winner, who was charged with leaking evidence of Russian interference in the 2016 election, as she was arrested at her home by FBI agents.

Is This a Room will run from September 13-15 at the  Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on the University of Pennsylvania's campus.  For tickets, visit www.fringearts.com or download the Fringearts app.

Aug 02, 201929:56
S3:E13 Mimi Lien

S3:E13 Mimi Lien

The 2019 Fringe Festival is just around the corner...or subway tunnel...or a refinery.  Who knows?  Raina and Katy are ready to take an adventure with award winning artist and designer Mimi Lien, as they explore unknown depths with  Superterranean, a collaboration with Fringe Festival veterans, Pig Iron Theatre Company.  Superterranean is a new work of visual theater driven by Lien’s fascinations with urban infrastructure and the human body’s place within it. 

Superterranean runs from September 5-15th. For ticketing information, visit us at Fringearts.com, or download the Fringearts app.

Jul 26, 201929:18
S3:E12 Blanka Zizka

S3:E12 Blanka Zizka

In this episode, we depart from our usual watering hole and join the founder and President of FringeArts, Nick Stuccio, to toast The Wilma Theater's Artistic Director, Blanka Zizka, on her newest production,  There: In the Light and the Darkness of the Self and the Other, adapted from the poem by Lebanese-American poet Etel Adnan, with visual art by renown artist Rosa Barba.  There is one of the curated shows premiering in the 2019 Fringe Festival and performed by Wilma's Hothouse Company.

 There: In the Light and the Darkness of the Self and the Other will be at The Wilma Theater this September 11–22.

Jul 19, 201933:35
S3:E11 Zach Blackwood and Katy Dammers

S3:E11 Zach Blackwood and Katy Dammers

In this episode, Tenara and Raina clink glasses (and a mug of hot chocolate) to FringeArts’ Artistic Producers, Zack Blackwood and Katy Dammers. Zach and Katy will discuss some of the exciting presentations for the 2019 in the Philadelphia Fringe Festival, including the the Festival Bookstore and this year’s Late Night Programing.
The Fringe Festival teaser is now available, and you can expect to see Fringe Festival Guides circulating this August! Plan your days to view groundbreaking performances in the City of Brotherly Love this September.
Jul 05, 201931:42
S3:E10 Mariana Arteaga - Úumbal

S3:E10 Mariana Arteaga - Úumbal

 Are you the first person to dance at a wedding? Do you turn the music up at a block party? Are you interested in community building?

JOIN US THIS SUMMER FOR ÚUMBAL: NOMADIC CHOREOGRAPHY FOR INHABITANTS, a 100-person participatory dance piece that moves through the streets of Philadelphia!

Part of the 2019 Fringe Festival in September, Úumbal is an exercise in meeting, recognizing, and celebrating a community gathered for the joy of movement and exploring new ways of moving through public space. The choreography of Úumbal is developed of, by, and for Philadelphia residents who donated their best dance moves to the project, and helmed by lead artist Mariana Arteaga and a local choreographic team.

FringeArts seeks Philadelphia residents of all communities, abilities, ages, and experiences to perform in this nomadic dance piece that includes movement, choreography, and choreographic actions in public space along the streets, parks, and sidewalks of South Philadelphia. You do not have to have a dance background in order to participate. Recommended for ages 13-75+.

Information Session and Workshop Audition

Please join us for Úumbal’s open auditions. Come dressed in clothes comfortable to move in. You do not have to prepare anything in advance. The audition dates are as follows:

Tuesday, June 25, 6-8:30pm

All auditions will meet at Mifflin Square Park. To register for the auditions, please visit uumbal.fringearts.com, or email tenara@fringearts.com.

Jun 21, 201946:05
S3:E9 Camae Ayewa

S3:E9 Camae Ayewa

On this episode of Happy Hour of the Fringe, Raina and Tenara share a drink with poet, noise musician and Afro-futurist Camae Ayewa and discuss her latest project, Circuit City.  Known as a force of nature in the Philadelphia Arts scene, Camae has also made her mark world wide as the one-woman band, Moor Mother.  Camae discusses how Circuit City explores what the concept of freedom really is, through the lens of the housing crisis and its effects on those who've spent their lifetime in their community.

Circuit City runs from June 20-22 as part of our High Pressure Fire Service. 

Jun 07, 201929:52
S3:E8—Ben Grinberg
May 24, 201931:56
S3:E7—Ben and Sydney Camp

S3:E7—Ben and Sydney Camp

On this episode of Happy Hour on the Fringe, listen to Team Sunshine Performance Corporation artist Benjamin Camp discuss getting older with his four year old daughter Sydney. Make sure to get your tickets for Team Sunshine's third installment of their 24 year performance experiment, The Sincerity Project #3 (2019), a meditation on the passage of time that draws from the real lives of its creators, running at FringeArts from June 4 - 8.

May 10, 201926:04
S3:E6—Shana Kennedy and Sierra Rhoades Nicholls
Apr 26, 201931:30
S3:E5–Jess Conda, Jenn Kidwell, and Betty Smithsonian

S3:E5–Jess Conda, Jenn Kidwell, and Betty Smithsonian

On this episode of Happy Hour on the Fringe, Jess Conda and Jenn Kidwell, two-thirds of the artistic team behind A Hard Time, sit down to chat with comedian Betty Smithsonian about what's so freaking funny. They chat about what men should do at talkbacks, what audiences can expect at A Hard Time, and why people (men) believe that women aren't funny. This episode contains explicit language. 

Apr 12, 201926:28
S3:E4—Bradley Wrenn and Christa Cywinski

S3:E4—Bradley Wrenn and Christa Cywinski

On this episode of Happy Hour on the Fringe, Bradley Wrenn, part of the The Berserker Residents and Christa Cywinski, Director of Trinity Playgroup, sat down to talk about the planning and playing behind Broccoli, Roosevelt and Mr. House! and the connection between learning, playing, and building a show for a family unit to enjoy. We took a field trip to record at Trinity Playgroup, so you may hear the sounds of...well, playtime!

Mar 29, 201931:05
S3:E3–Cecily Chapman
Mar 14, 201927:31
S3:E2—Alice Yorke and Elicia Gonzales
Mar 01, 201927:41
S3:E1—Keeping Up the Good Fight with Shawn Aleong and Tony Brooks
Feb 13, 201923:31
S2:E16—The Hosts of HHOF
Dec 21, 201838:42
S2:E15—Christine Gwillim

S2:E15—Christine Gwillim

Recorded in the midst of Fringe Festival 2018, so please forgive the audio as FringeArts headquarters was in full preparation mode, Christine Gwillim join hosts/artistic producers Zach and Katy discuss the Festival arts landscape as it looks at present, where it’s going in the future, and what FringeArts’ future looks like with the introduction two brand new festivals.
Nov 29, 201829:05
S2:E14—Nora Litz from Puentes de Salud and Rev. Dan Cortés from Esperanza

S2:E14—Nora Litz from Puentes de Salud and Rev. Dan Cortés from Esperanza

We, here at FringeArts, have had the opportunity to meet and hear about the amazing work that so many different people and organizations in Philadelphia are doing to make life better for their fellow Philly residents. Today, Nora Litz, the Director of Arts and Culture at Salud de Puentes in South Philly, and Danny Cortés, the Executive Vice President and Chief of Staff of Esperanza, take time out of their busy schedules to tell us about the work that they do. Learn more about their work, and we encourage you to learn more about what you can do to support these wonderful organizations and individuals at the links below.
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Show Notes:

Puentes de Salud (Bridges of Health) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that promotes the health and wellness of Philadelphia’s rapidly growing Latino immigrant population through high-quality health care, innovative educational programs, and community building. Please learn more at:
www.puentesdesalud.org.

Nora Litz is a Mexican-American artist who works to empower and revitalize the Mexican community through the artistic exploration of immigration and social justice in the United States and Mexico. At Puentes Nora is the director of all art related initiatives and art partnerships. In 2011, Nora created El Viaje de los Niños (The Journey of the Children), a project that tells the stories of Mexican immigrant children who have crossed the border to come to Philadelphia. In 2013-2014 Nora traveled to Mexico to create a version of El Viaje de los Niños with children from Puebla, San Lucas Atzala, San Andrés Calpan, and San Mateo Ozolco whose parents left them in order to find work in the U.S. Puentes highlighted Nora’s during the International Metropolis Conference held at the UNAM (Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México) in Mexico City in September 2015.
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Esperanza a faith-based nonprofit organization driven by the biblical mandate to “serve the least of these.” They strengthen Hispanic communities through education, economic development, and advocacy. Please learn more at: www.esperanza.us.

As Executive Vice President and Chief of Staff, Reverend Danny Cortés is responsible for the creation and implementation of new projects throughout the organization. Nationally, he has supervised projects focused on housing, youth mentoring, and capacity building and training initiatives. Rev. Cortés has been integral to securing, distributing and managing national grants totaling over $3 million in technical assistance and $25 million in capacity building, assisting faith and community-based organizations in 53 cities throughout the United States. Recently, Rev. Cortés focus has shifted towards supporting and expanding Esperanza’s educational portfolio, which includes Esperanza Academy Charter Schools, AMLA music school, Workforce Development programs, and Esperanza Cyber Charter School.
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Nov 21, 201839:13
S2:E13—Tori Gillis from Legendary
Nov 14, 201827:13
S2:E12—Gabriela Sanchez, Ivan Vila, & Virginia Sanchez
Nov 08, 201832:26
S2:E11—Jamie J. Brunson
Nov 02, 201831:02
S2:E10—Heiner Goebbels & Gelsey Bell

S2:E10—Heiner Goebbels & Gelsey Bell

This week, we bring you the live recording from singer, songwriter, and scholar Gelsey Bell's talkback with world renown composer and director Heiner Goebbels. Frankfurt-based composer and director Heiner Goebbels has had his work produced around the globe including his native Germany, Switzerland, England, New York and now Philadelphia. He taught for nearly 20 years at the Institute for Applied Theatre Studies in Giessen (1999-2018) and served as president of the Theatre Academy Hessen for twelve years (2006-2018). He was the artistic director of the International Festival of the Arts Ruhrtriennale for two years and ​received the first appointment for the newly established Georg Büchner Professorship in 2018. Two of his works, Stifters Dinge and Songs of Wars I Have Seen, were a part of the 2018 Fringe Festival. Major support for Stifters Dinge and Songs of Wars I Have Seen has been provided to FringeArts by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage.​
Oct 24, 201843:01
S2:E9—Libby McDonnell & Nathan Boyle from Circa Contemporary Circus
Oct 10, 201810:41
S2:E8—David Acosta
Oct 03, 201836:47
S2:E7—Ishmael Houston-Jones & Miguel Gutierrez
Sep 26, 201827:42
S2:E6—Phyllis Chen & Nathan Davis

S2:E6—Phyllis Chen & Nathan Davis

International Contemporary Ensemble's Phyllis Chen and Nathan Davis take a break from their residency at Christ Church to chat with hosts Zach and Katy about their Fringe Festival piece In Plain Air, the organ that will outlive us all, and Nathan's security record.

Tickets for In Plain Air are available at
fringearts.com/event/in-plain-air/ and through the FringeArts Apps. Performances will take place on September 22nd at 1 PM, 3:30 PM and 6 PM and on September 23rd at 3:30 PM and 6 PM.

To find out more about Phyllis, Nathan, and ICE visit:
www.phyllischen.net
www.nathandavis.com
www.iceorg.org

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Sep 19, 201829:05
S2:E5—Donald Nally
Sep 12, 201831:30
S2:E4—Meg Foley
Aug 27, 201833:36
S2:E3—Trey Lyford
Aug 23, 201835:47
S2:E2—Heiner Goebbels

S2:E2—Heiner Goebbels

A conversation between FringeArts president and producing director Nick Stuccio and world renown composer and director Heiner Goebbels covering Goebbels’ seminal works and long career. Frankfurt-based composer and director Heiner Goebbels has had his work produced around the globe including his native Germany, Switzerland, England, New York and now Philadelphia. He taught for nearly 20 years at the Institute for Applied Theatre Studies in Giessen (1999-2018) and served as president of the Theatre Academy Hessen for twelve years (2006-2018). He was the artistic director of the International Festival of the Arts Ruhrtriennale for two years and and received the first appointment for the newly established Georg Büchner Professorship in 2018. His works Stifters Dinge and Songs of Wars I Have Seen will be produced in the 2018 Philadelphia Fringe Festival September 7 - 9.

Major support for Stifters Dinge and Songs of Wars I Have Seen has been provided to FringeArts by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage.

Aug 08, 201831:47
S2:E1—Raja Feather Kelly and The Feath3r Theory

S2:E1—Raja Feather Kelly and The Feath3r Theory

What sat down to chat with Raja Feather Kelly and The Feath3r Theory in advance of this month's Get Pegged Cabaret!

Feb 01, 201831:57
S1:E4—Martha Stuckey and R. Eric Thomas
Dec 29, 201750:56
S1:E3—Brendan Cooney

S1:E3—Brendan Cooney

A conversation with musician, composer, teacher, and Not So Silent Cinema artistic director Brendan Cooney. Not-So-Silent Cinema provides new, original scores for classic silent films. For each of his film projects Cooney pulls together different groups, creating diverse mash-ups of musical personalities from different music scenes to create lively new platforms for interaction and creativity. His scores are tightly composed, time-coded and thematic but also have plenty of room for improvisation and interaction between players. The group live scored the classic 1932 surreal horror film Vampyr here at FringeArts this past Halloween.
Dec 21, 201723:28
S1:E2—Sam Henderson

S1:E2—Sam Henderson

A conversation with Orbiter 3 member Sam Henderson, covering Henderson's latest play, "The Brownings," as well as his history working in theater throughout the city. "The Brownings" is an immoderate re-telling of the great love of the 19th century, an unconventional, rudely comic exploration of the purpose of art and the nature of love. The show runs here at FringeArts from Dec 1 - Dec 9.

Henderson has appeared at the Arden Theatre Company, Lantern Theater Company, Theatre Exile, and the Wilma Theater, among others. Recent productions include "100" (2015 FringeArts Festival) and the Renegade Company's "Damned Dirty Apes!" Readings include "The Brownings" (PTC@Play Festival) and "HEART" (Theatre Exile's Studio X-Hibition Series). A recent finalist for the Smith Prize for Political Theatre, Henderson is a member of InterAct Theatre's Core Writer's Program, and the Foundry, a lab for emerging playwrights.
Dec 01, 201713:16
S1:E1—Jorge Cousineau
Nov 01, 201731:09