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Category: Season 2

Nicole Burgio – XOXO MoonGirl

On today’s podcast, Nicole Burgio talks about autobiographical piece that explores the trauma of domestic abuse in a troubled home. Using elements of circus arts, dance and music, Nicole revisits a tough time in her life that, through the creation of art, may present a way forward. Stay Tuned.

ABOUT XOXO MOONGIRL

“I come from a broken home, where chaos, domestic abuse, and fighting was a daily routine. I firmly believe that stories like this need to be told, and they need to happen now. Women’s stories of all kinds need to be heard now more than ever. This is how I’m choosing to use my voice in an era where sexism, bullying, and abuse is rampant. I believe art about tough topics doesn’t have to be grim. It can be uplifting. Bad things happen and they don’t have to define you. This is for the underdogs, the under-heard, and the improbable. “

Those are the words of Nicole Burgio, multidisciplinary artist and creator of Almanac Dance Circus Theatre’s new production, xoxo moongirl.  The autobiographically-inspired circus fantasia, which runs June 26 through 28, 2018 at Christ Church Neighborhood House (20 N. American Street, Philadelphia, PA), incorporates breathtaking aerials and acrobatics to tell the story of a girl in a troubled home and her flight to the moon to escape and prevail.

 

FOR TICKETS AND INFORMATION:

http://thealmanac.us

Here is the link to my campaign:

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/xoxo-moongirl-a-new-original-work-by-almanac-family-drama#/

Or if you just want to buy a ticket:

https://almanac.ticketleap.com/moongirl/

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Simpatico – Red Bike

On today’s podcast, Director Sam Tower and artist Torez Mosley sign on to talk about Simpatico Theatre Project’s production of “RED BIKE” by Caridad Svich. This production is a National New Play Network Rolling World Premiere. We discuss the process of bringing this piece to life, take a trip to childhood and reminisce about a time in our lives where we were more carefree. Stay Tuned!

ABOUT RED BIKE

So, it’s like this: you’re eleven years old, you live in a small town and the times are dark, as they say. But you have a bike, a bike you love, a bike that makes you dream about a world bigger than the one you live in. One day you take a ride through the outer edges of your town and something goes awry. Let’s call it an accident. Let’s say it causes you to see the world anew. Or maybe it just causes you to see the world for what it truly is.”

FOR TICKETS AND INFORMATION:

http://simpaticotheatre.org

 

 

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A “Live Connection” with Clarinetist, Kinan Azmeh

On today’s podcast, I caught up with clarinetist, Kinan Azmeh, a Syrian transplant, lives in Brooklyn, NY whose talents grant the opportunity to work with the likes of Silk Road Ensemble and Yo-Yo Ma. Live Connections, her in Philadelphia, will play host to an intimate presentation with Kinan Azmeh and the Aizuri String Quartet On May 31st at World Cafe Live. We discuss Kinan’s artistic journey and a temporary derailment as he was caught up in the current administration’s travel ban. Stay Tuned!

ABOUT KINAN AZMEH

Hailed as a “Virtuoso” and “Intensely Soulful” by the New York Times and “Spellbinding”  by the New Yorker, and “Incredibly Rich Sound” by the CBC.  His utterly distinctive sound across different musical genres has gained him international recognition as  clarinetist and composer. Kinan was recently named composer-in-residence with Classical Movements for the 2017-2018 season.

Kinan is a graduate of New York’s Juilliard school as a student of Charles Neidich, and of both the Damascus High institute of Music where he studied with Shukry Sahwki, Nicolay Viovanof and Anatoly Moratof, and Damascus University’s School of Electrical Engineering in his native Syria.  Kinan earned his doctorate degree in music  from the City University of New York in 2013.

www.kinanazmeh.com

 

ABOUT LIVE CONNECTIONS

“LiveConnections turns 10 years old in May, and this concert kicks off a full year of 10th Anniversary programming,” says Executive Director Melinda Steffy. “It’s the first of our ‘10 Collaborations for 10 Years’ — a series of innovative, community-based projects that engage in important social conversations through music.”

The collaboration draws on the artists’ inventive and thought-provoking approaches to music-making, featuring works by Armenian priest Komitas Vartaped, Russian composer Yevgeniy Sharlat, and a world premiere of a work by Kinan Azmeh.

In addition, students from LiveConnections’ “Immigrant Songs” after-school program will open the show with their original stories and songs. LiveConnections’ program engages refugee teenagers who have been in the U.S. for less than 3 years in story-telling and song-writing aimed at boosting English language skills and helping students build connections in their new community. The program takes place at Northeast High School in collaboration with HIAS Pennsylvania.

http://www.liveconnections.org

 

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Wilma – PASSAGE

On today’s podcast, I visit Wilma Theater’s HotHouse Company to talk about the World Premiere of Christopher Chen’s “PASSAGE”. I am joined by Krista Apple, Lindsay Smiling and Sarah Gliko to talk about a production stripped down for simplicity  with many layers of complexity that make for a mindful night of theatre. Stay Tuned!

Photo of Krista Apple, Lindsay Smiling, and Justin Jain by Bill Hebert.

ABOUT PASSAGE

A World Premiere by Christopher Chen
Directed by Blanka Zizka

Imagine you’re in an exotic new country — occupied by your nation. Now you are a distinguished doctor, but a cab will not stop for you. Now you’re in a cave so dark, so quiet, you lose track of who you are. Suddenly, there’s a sound and —

Welcome to Passage, a fantasia inspired by E.M. Forster’s A Passage to India that uses the theater’s primal evocative powers to examine the most essential questions of our time. 

Written by Obie Award-winning playwright Christopher Chen, this World Premiere is a perfect vehicle for the Wilma HotHouse Company’s passion and transformative prowess.

FOR TICKETS AND INFORMATION

http://wilmatheater.org

 

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Pig Iron Students go Cross-Country…for Inspiration!

On today’s podcast, we travel to Northern Liberties to Pig Iron Theatre School to chat with two students, Jacinta Rasma Lee Yelland and Mark Kennedy-McClellen who traveled across the country via Amtrak in search of inspiration. Being the first time chatting about the Pig Iron Theatre School, what a great conversation to have.

ABOUT UARTS / PIG IRON DEVISED PERFORMANCE PROGRAM

Students from the University of the Arts/Pig Iron Devised Performance Program will travel across America by train in March 2018, journeying from Philadelphia to San Francisco on Amtrak. Led by Devised Performance Program Director and Pig Iron Co-Artistic Director Quinn Bauriedel, the students of the Class of the 2019 will seek inspiration for original performance creations, attempting to make a ‘snapshot’ of America as it is right now–its landscapes and cities, its people and their stories. Along the way the students will meet and collaborate with fellow artists in Chicago and Omaha, forging connections and fostering creative exchanges.

About Pig Iron

Founded in 1995 as an interdisciplinary ensemble, Pig Iron Theatre Company is dedicated to the creation of new and exuberant performance works that defy easy categorization. Over the course of its more than two-decade lifespan, Pig Iron has created over thirty original works, toured to festivals and theatres nationally and internationally, and received two OBIE awards. The New York Times named Pig Iron “one of the few groups successfully taking theatre in new directions.”

 

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Kash Goins – V to X

On today’s podcast, we return to GoKash OnStage to talk about the production “V to X”, a remount in residence at Arden Theatre Company. In this piece, Kash takes a hard look at the U.S. Prison System as a business and show how the inmates lives and value are always up for debate. This piece touches on so many elements of a vicious cycle that makes prisoners more than it aims to rehabilitate. Stay Tuned!

 

ABOUT V to X

GoKash OnSTAGE in residence at the Arden returns in Spring with a sobering look at privatized incarceration, “V to X”.  In this look at the U.S. justice system, writer/director Kash Goins draws inspiration from the tragic experience of N.Y. teen Kalief Browder, whose diminished mental state after three years of abusive Rikers Island incarceration without having ever gone to trial, drove him to suicide upon release in 2015.

Hailed by The Philadelphia Inquirer as “A work that erupts with tragic power and vicious humor.”, “V to X” debuted in October, 2015 and encored in February of the following year, proving to be one of the hottest theatre tickets in town.
The interactive drama that Goins has coined theatre in 3-D takes Arden’s brand new Bob and Selma Studio Theatre stage on 3/28/18 – 4/15/18. 
FOR TICKETS AND INFORMATION:
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The Future of American Playwriting Panel

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.

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Kensington Fragments

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.

For more information, email coordinator, Mike Durkin: mddurkin@gmail.com

This event is part of Theatre Philadelphia’s Philly Theatre Week.

FOR MORE INFORMATION:

http://therenegadecompany.org

Part of Philly Theatre Week

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Kittson O’Neill on Copenhagen

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!

Photo Credit: Interact Theatre Company

ABOUT COPENHAGEN

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.

 

FOR TICKETS AND INFORMATION:

http://lanterntheater.org

Part of Philly Theatre Week

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