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