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.”

 

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:

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

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

Terrell Green “Must Go On”

On today’s podcast, I caught up with Terrell Green whose remount of his one-man show, “Must Go On: A Rite of Passage” kicks off a new year. From, struggles with addiction to yoga sessions, the production  takes a look back in an attempt to resonate, educate in a quest to find a safe space. Stay Tuned.

Local Artist Uses Theatre To Create Community Dialogue on the State of Mental Health in the Black LGBTQ Community

Local Artist Terrell M. Green is utilizing theatre in a new and innovative way; as a means to create community conversations about the Black Gay Male experience. Must Go On (#MGO) uses yoga, African-dance influenced movement, spoken word/monologue performance, video projection, and music to examine the health and wellness of Black Gay Men, while fighting for their identities to be accepted. Must Go On: A Rite of Passage, is a one man show, written and performed by Terrell Green. This is it’s third public performance.There will be a post show community conversation explore the direct link between identity inclusion and it’s impact on one’s mental/physical wellness.

www.mustgoon.eventbrite.com
#mustgoon #mgo

Sat 1/6/18 at 7pm
Sun 1/7/18 at 6pm