On, February 3rd, EgoPo Classic Theater and Drexel University’s Department of Performing Arts in the Westphal College of Media Arts and Design played host to an insightful panel on the future of American playwriting. We are happy to make the recording of this panel available to you now. Enjoy. www.drexel.edu/westphal
ABOUT THE FUTURE OF AMERICAN PLAYWRITING
The symposium will feature John Guare (House of Blue Leaves, Six Degrees of Separation), who is currently working with EgoPo on his Lydie Breeze Trilogy. Guare will be joined by Philadelphia playwrights Jacqueline Goldfinger, Bruce Graham, and James Ijames.
Moderated by Wendy Rosenfield, Editor in chief of the Broad Street Review.
On today’s podcast, we chat with Mike Durkin, Artistic Director of The Renegade Company about the Philly Theatre Week offering, “Kensington Fragments: Selections from The Olde Man and The Delaware River. Almost two years in the making, we talk about gaining trust, finding support in same and the voices of a community on the mend. Stay Tuned!
ABOUT KENSINGTON FRAGMENTS
Conceived and Directed by Mike Durkin
Created by The Renegade Company and residents of Kensington
February 13, 16, and 17
Pop-Up performances in Kensington and in Center City
Tuesday, Feb 13th, 1pm – Rittenhouse Square
Tuesday, Feb 13th, 2pm – Across From City Hall (Love Park)
Friday, Feb 16th, 12pm – Rosa’s Pizza (25 S 11th Street)
Friday, Feb 16th, 1pm – Jefferson Station (11th Street and Filbert Street)
Friday, Feb 16th, 2pm – Blue Line Train (Starting at Jefferson Station, Going West to 69th Street Station)
Friday, Feb 16th, 3pm – 30th Street Station
Saturday, Feb 17th, 12pm – Emerald Street Bridge (Emerald Street/Lehigh Avenue)
Saturday, Feb 17th, 1pm – Steak N Beer (2769 Kensington Ave)
Saturday, Feb 17th, 2pm – McPherson Square (Kensington Ave and F Street)
Saturday, Feb 17th, 3pm – Allegheny El Stop (Allegheny Avenue/Kensington Avenue)
Free, Donations Accepted
In Ernest Hemingway’s famous novel, ‘The Old Man and the Sea,’ the titular figure (named Santiago) says, “my big fish must be somewhere.” Fisherman Santiago dedicates his life towards finding the fish that will change the tide of his life and career for the better. Santiago’s story is one of fighting the odds, of maintaining perseverance in the face of extreme obstacles. The Renegade Company will use Hemingway’s novel as a starting point to ask what is the “big fish” for the community? What are the greatest individual goals of community members? What is the larger goal of Kensington? How do we work towards achieving these goals while also understanding the obstacles in the way? The project is entitled The Olde Man and the Delaware River to reflect the rich neighborhood history and referencing neighborhoods like Olde Kensington, and Olde Richmond.
Renegade will be working with residents of the Riverwards communities (Port Richmond, Somerset, Harrowgate, and Kensington) to understand their stories and perspectives on issues of their neighborhoods, particularly with substance abuse and its effects on the community. Currently the neighborhood is represented by a narrative associated with opioid addiction, open-air drug trading, prostitution, and disrepair. We aim to go beyond this narrative by working with the community towards de-stigmatization of the neighborhood. Renegade will be presenting a series of performance interactions in Center City and Kensington exploring issues and stigma of Kensington and encouraging participation and dialogue with audience members. Performers all have a relationship with addiction, homelessness, and Kensington. Hear their stories, ask them questions, engage in conversation, all as an attempt to build common ground.
On today’s podcast, I caught up with Kittson O’Neill, director of Lantern Theater Company’s extended production of “Copenhagen” by Michael Frayn. We talk about her first experience with the piece, directing the Artistic Director, the cast and their return to the work and the design. Stay Tuned!
A fascinating mystery: why did German physicist Werner Heisenberg visit his old mentor and Danish counterpart Niels Bohr in 1941 while their countries were at war? Was he looking for clues to atomic secrets, asking for absolution, or searching for something unknowable? As the characters wrestle with their memories and motives, what becomes clear is the ultimate uncertainty of why we do what we do. Perhaps the greatest play ever written about science, Michael Frayn’s riveting drama puts us in the heart of the greatest moral dilemma of the 20th century.