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.
July 7, 2021
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, 2021
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.
April 30, 2021
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
April 16, 2021
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
April 2, 2021
S5:E3 Ed Wagner
With FringeArts’ 25th Anniversary on the horizon, Raina sits down with longtime friend of the Fringe Ed Wagner to take a look into the most notable moments from Fringemas past, present, and future. So sit back, spike that iced tea with a bit of water, and listen in on the Philly arts scene’s long and weird history. Read this episode's transcript here
March 19, 2021
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
March 5, 2021
S5:E1 Dawn States
For the premiere episode of Happy Hour on the Fringe's 5th season, Marketing Manager Raina sits down with dancer/dance teacher Dawn States of Dawn States Company fame. Grab some lemonade and, hell, put some ice in it as Raina and Dawn talk about her latest work Healing Connections, accessibility in art, and the life of an elf in Tamriel. Read the transcript here
February 19, 2021
S4:E23 Juliana Carter
For our final episode of 2020, Marketing Manager Raina Searles and Individual Giving Manager Jennifer Shorstein sit down with Juliana Carter, our newest Board member and co-chair of our Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee. We cover the ups and downs of 2020, where FringeArts is headed, and what we're ready to leave behind this year. Learn how you can support the work of FringeArts this year at FringeArts.com/support.
December 23, 2020
Global Pandemics and Music: Pete Dennis (Search for the Infinite Light)
In this episode of Happy Hour on the Fringe, Henry McDevitt, Podcast Production Intern speaks with Pete Dennis, a multi-instrumentalist, a composer, and the person behind “Search for the Infinite Light”. Listen to Henry and Pete discuss Pete’s background, improvisation, the upright bass, live performance, and the concerts that Pete has been organizing in an empty lot in North Philly. You can check out Pete’s music by visiting https://sftil.bandcamp.com/music.
November 14, 2020
S4: E22 Sally Ollove
In this episode of Happy Hour on the Fringe, Artistic Producer Zach Blackwood speaks with Sally Ollove, a Philadelphia and Seattle based director and dramaturg who is the associate artistic director of Philadelphia’s Bearded Ladies Cabaret. This year The Bearded Ladies Cabaret is bringing you: Get Pegged Cabaret Feat. Tareke Ortiz, Veronica Chapman-Smith, and Emyne, as well as Sophie Sucre which will be presented Via Zoom on Friday, November 13th, and it is pay what you can. Listen to Zach and Sally discuss Sally’s background, the origins of The Bearded Ladies Cabaret, poison cookies, The Bearded Ladies’ transition to a digital medium, what audience members can expect at Get Pegged, and much more. Later in the episode, listen to Sally discuss the artists involved in Get Pegged, their origins, and their diverse performance styles. You can find out more about Get Pegged by visiting https://fringearts.com/
November 6, 2020
Global Pandemics and Music: Symphony Spell and Zachary Fairbrother (Ghösh)
In this episode of Happy Hour on the Fringe, Henry McDevitt, Podcast Production Intern speaks with Symphony Spell and Zachary Fairbrother of the Philadelphia-based band Ghösh. Listen to this conversation about satire in music, what is good or bad taste, the ritualistic nature of Ghösh’s live performances, the effect that Covid-19 has had on live music performance, Ghösh’s response to current unrest in Philadelphia, and more. You can find out more about Ghösh and listen to their music by visiting: https://ghosh.bandcamp.com/music. This episode will be the first installment in a three-part extension of our Global Pandemics series, in which we will talk with Philadelphia-based musicians and discuss the challenges that they are facing in the current moment.
October 30, 2020
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!
October 23, 2020
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/
October 16, 2020
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/.
October 7, 2020
S4: E18 Field-Wide Talks with Tai Verley, Nichole Canuso and Brenna Geffers
As the 2020 Fringe Festival winds down we bring you this three part special. Artistic Producer Zach Blackwood and Fringe Festival coordinator April Rose are joined by three Philadelphia-based artists from both the independent and curated slates in the 2020 Fringe Festival: Tai Verley, an actor, artist, and Artistic Director of Revolution Shakespeare which presented 154 Revisited During Fringe; Nichole Canuso, choreographer and founder of Nichole Canuso Dance Company, which presented Being/With: Home during Fringe; and Brenna Geffers, a theater maker, director and cofounder of Die-Cast which presented Temporary Occupancy during Fringe. Listen to Zach and April speak to these artists about the transition from live presentation to digital media in the ongoing Coronavirus Pandemic, the nuts and bolts of the development process, what feels different in this new performance environment, and what they plan on taking with them into the future of their practices. To learn more about these artists you can visit their organizations’ websites here: https://www.revolutionshakespeare.org/ (Tai Verley), http://nicholecanusodance.org/ (Nichole Canuso), https://www.die-castphilly.org/ (Brenna Geffers).
October 2, 2020
S4: E17 Liz Zimmerman
In this episode of Happy Hour on the Fringe, Marketing Manager Raina Searles speaks with Liz Zimmerman, a local Philadelphia theater and event producer, a performer, and a certified project management professional. Liz will be presenting, “Project Management for Producers” as part of the 2020 Fringe Festival. Listen to Raina and Liz discuss theater production and what that work entails, how shared knowledge can supplement the areas where arts education is lacking, Liz's workshop video, bellydancing, and much more! You can find out more about Liz, and view "Project Management for Producers" by visiting the event page: https://fringearts.com/event/project-management-for-producers/
September 25, 2020
S4: E16 JJ Tiziou
In this episode of Happy Hour on the Fringe, Marketing Manager Raina Searles speaks with JJ Tiziou about "Walk Around Philadelphia: A Perimeter Pilgrimage", which is being presented as part of the 2020 Fringe Festival. This interactive experience gives participants the opportunity to transform their perspective on the city of Philadelphia by circumnavigating the perimeter. JJ describes this journey as an "opportunity to observe, to take in, to discover, and to embark on this in a spirit of curiosity, good will, and open-mindedness... The process of experiencing." Listen to JJ discuss his own experiences walking the perimeter, the sights and sounds which he has encountered, and the relationships he has developed along the way. JJ discusses how people can get involved with this project, and accessibility. To learn more about "Walk Around Philadelphia: A Perimeter Pilgrimage" and to find out how you can get involved, visit the Fringe Arts event page: https://fringearts.com/event/walk-around-philadelphia-a-perimeter-pilgrimage/. To find out more about JJ and his other interactive public art experiences visit his website here: https://www.jjtiziou.net/.
September 18, 2020
S4: E15 Adrienne Mackey and Lizzie Hessek
Today on the podcast artistic producer Katy Dammers speaks with Adrienne Mackey, founder and artistic director of Swim Pony, as well as Lizzie Hessek, a Program Manager of Trails and Recreation at the Pennsylvania Environmental Council. Adrienne and Lizzie discuss how Swim Pony and the PEC came together to collaborate alongside Toaster Lab and Michael Kiley to create the unique project that is TrailOff, which will be launching via the TrailOff app as part of the 2020 Fringe Festival. TrailOff is an immersive augmented reality audio performance which presents ten original audio narratives, each connected to paths within the Philadelphia region’s expansive Circuit Trails network. In this conversation, Lizzie and Adrienne discuss how their project grapples with environmental injustice by centering experiences that connect with communities traditionally underserved by environmental programming. Learn how you can download the TrailOff app, and find out more about the collaborators involved in this project by visiting the TrailOff event page on the FringeArts website: https://fringearts.com/event/trailoff/
September 11, 2020
S4: E14 Rachel Gita Karp and Joseph Amodei
In this episode of Happy Hour on the Fringe Marketing Manager Raina Searles talks with Rachel Gita Karp and Joseph Amodei whose production Packing and Cracking will run from September 23-September 30 as part of the 2020 Fringe festival. Packing and Cracking will be presented via zoom, and is an interactive mapmaking event which explores how politicians choose their voters through gerrymandering. Packing and Cracking combines critical cartography, gerrymandering history, and interviews with today’s politicians and reformers to reveal how easy and disenfranchising gerrymandering can be and to ask participants the critical question of “what, if anything, we should do about it?” Listen to Raina, Rachel, and Joseph discuss the making of Packing and Cracking, Gerrymandering in Pennsylvania, and what you can expect as a participant in Packing and Cracking. To Learn more about Packing and Cracking and how to get involved you can visit the event page on Fringearts.com: https://fringearts.com/event/packing-and-cracking/ Visit the Packing and Cracking website here: https://www.packingandcracking.com/ Learn more about the creators and their other projects by visiting their websites: https://www.jamodei.com/ https://www.rachelkarp.com/
September 4, 2020
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.
August 28, 2020
S4: E12 James Allister Sprang
In this episode, Artistic Producer Zach Blackwood speaks with James Allister Sprang about Sprang’s upcoming performance, Aquifer of the Ducts, which will run in this fall’s Fringe Festival. During performances, Sprang will guide listeners through a soundscape composed of field recordings and synthesizers. Blackwood and Sprang anticipate this performance in the context of a digital festival, and discuss how Aquifer of the Ducts will allow for a shared experience through a digital platform. Sprang describes his creative process of walking around the world with his Panasonic cassette tape player, and how for him this interaction with sound allows him to be more present in “the moment that just passed”. For more information on Aquifer of the Ducts and to find free tickets visit our website: https://fringearts.com/event/aquifer-of-the-ducts/, performances will run from September 29th to October 1st. To learn more about James Allister Sprang you can visit his website here: https://jamesallistersprang.com/About-1
August 24, 2020
S4: E11 Suso Phizer
In this episode we talk to Suso Phizer, who will be presenting and facilitating Zoom Reality TV in this fall's Fringe Festival. The event explores frustration and loneliness in the COVID era, as participants are invited to explore these emotions through Live Action Role Play. Join Raina and Suso as they discuss Nordic LARP, how group dynamics have shaped Suso's work, and Love Island! To learn more about Zoom Reality TV and how to Participate, visit this link: https://fringearts.com/event/zoom-reality-tv/ To learn more about Suso and how to support, visit her website: https://www.susopomorphizer.org/
August 14, 2020
S4: E10 Geoff Sobelle, Trey Lyford, and Steve Cuiffo
Artistic Producers Katy Dammers and Zach Blackwood sit down with the team behind the Elephant Room 2, a sequel to FringeArts' previous presentation of Geoff Sobelle, Trey Lyford, and Steve Cuiffo's magical clown show. From the artists that brought you Festival favorites like HOME and The Accountant, Elephant Room 2: Dust from the Stars puts magicians Daryl Hannah, Dennis Diamond, and Louie Magic out in space! Listen up as Geoff, Trey, and Steve talk about what audiences can expect in this second installment, and how they might experience Elephant Room 2 on Zoom! For more information about Elephant Room 2: Dust from the Stars, visit our website www.fringearts.com/2020-fringe-festival/ on Monday, August 10th! Tickets available August 14th.
August 7, 2020
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/
July 31, 2020
Global Pandemics and Art: Dan Kamin
On this episode of Happy Hour on the Fringe, Jacob Colker, the podcast production intern, takes over the epsiode to interview Dan Kamin, a magician and performer from the Pittsburgh area. Dan and Jacob discuss how Dan got his start performing magic, the influence that silent film has had on his work, as well as how he as been able to get back to performing magic during the Pandemic. You can find out more about Dan and reach out to him at http://dankamin.com/
July 24, 2020
Global Pandemics and Art: Theatre in the X's LaNeshe Miller-White
In this episode of Happy Hour on the Fringe, Marketing Manager Raina Searles talks with LaNeshe Miller-White, the Executive Director and one of the founders of Theatre in the X. Raina and LaNeshe discuss what things were like for the theatre in the early days of the pandemic, the the changes made to the West Philadelphia Play, as well as some of the online theatre that LaNeshe now is focusing on. To learn more about the Theatre in the X you can visit their website here: http://www.theatreinthex.com/
July 17, 2020
Global Pandemics and Activism: Maori Karmael Holmes (Philly Arts for BLM part 2)
As promised, a bonus episode with BlackStar Film Festival's Artistic Director & CEO, Maori Karmael Holmes. Due to technical difficulties, some of Maori's audio cut out during the conversation we had in the previous episode with Danny Orendorff and Anne Ishii, and so we set out to have a deeper and more intimate conversation about white supremacy, the arts, and Black Lives Matter. You can read more about BlackStar Film Festival here, and can find out more information about Philly Artists for Black Lives here.
July 15, 2020
Global Pandemics and Activism: Philly Arts for Black Lives Matter
In this episode, Community Engagement Manager Tenara Calem sits down with Anne Ishii (Executive Director of Asian Arts Initiative), Danny Orendorff (Executive Director of Vox Populi), and Maori Karmael Holmes (Artistic Director and CEO of BlackStar Film Festival), the leaders of a new coalition called Philly Arts for Black Lives Matter. Philly Arts for BLM emerged following the proposed city budget cuts to Philadelphia's municipal arts funding. Though the budget has already been voted on (and with it, restored the Philadelphia Cultural Fund), this important conversation demonstrates all the ways in which arts organizations can illuminate the path ahead for racial and economic justice in the city of Philadelphia. To learn more about this work, visit: http://phlartsforblacklives.com/
July 10, 2020
Global Pandemics and Activism: Councilman Derek Green
In this episode of Happy Hour on the Fringe, Marketing Manager Raina Searles chats with Philadelphia City Councilman Derek Green. The two of them discuss Green's efforts to provide more funding for the Philadelphia Cultural Fund despite budget gaps, his optimism for the future of the Black Lives Matter movement, interacting with his constituents on Facebook live, and what he thinks the green phase should look like in Philadelphia. To learn more Councilman Green and the Philadelphia City Council visit https://www.phila.gov/
July 3, 2020
Global Pandemics and Activism: Smith Memorial Playground's Rebecca Dhondt
In this episode of Happy Hour on the Fringe, Marketing Manager Raina Searles and Community Engagement Manager Tenara Calem chat with Rebecca Dhondt, the Director of Visitor Programs and Fun at Smith Memorial Playground and Playhouse, an inclusive space for unstructured free play for children. The three of them discuss how Smith has had to pivot their focus during coronavirus, why children (and adults) need to play now more than ever, and what the future of Smith will look like amidst a global pandemic. To learn more about Smith you can visit their website at http://smithplayground.org/
June 19, 2020
Global Pandemics and Art: Philadelphia School of Circus Arts
During the global 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 the pandemic shifts. In this episode, FringeArts Marketing Manager Raina Searles and Artistic Producer Katy Dammers chat with Kitsie O'Neill, Executive Director of the Philadelphia School of Circus Arts. The three discuss how PSCA is continuing to teach classes amid the pandemic, why being connected during this time is so important, and tightrope walking with chalk! To learn more about PSCA and how to take classes, visit their website at http://phillycircus.com/
June 12, 2020
Global Pandemics and Health: Institute on Disabilities
In this episode, Marketing Manager Raina Searles chats with three incredible advocates and activists from the Institute on Disabilities: Jamie Ray-Leonetti, Kim Singleton, and Lisa Sonneborn. The Institute on Disabilities was last working with FringeArts in early 2019 for the presentation of their show A Fierce Kind of Love in the inaugural High Pressure Fire Service festival. Listen in on this smart and incisive conversation about the way the Institute has had to pivot their work in the time of the coronavirus, and how the pandemic has intersected with the experience of those living with disabilities. If you're interested in learning more about policy initiatives at the Institute, visit their website here: https://disabilities.temple.edu/policy/. To learn more about their Personal Directed Services: Stories project, visit the page here: https://disabilities.temple.edu/programs/pds/pdss-my-story.shtml.
June 5, 2020
Global Pandemics and Art: BalletX
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 Producer Katy Dammers chat with Anne White, dancer and Education/Community Relations Specialist at BalletX, Philadelphia's premiere contemporary ballet company founded in 2005. The three discuss what it takes to keep dancing during lockdown, the essential nature of the arts, and how hope for a brighter future is instilled through togetherness and creativity. Visit https://www.balletx.org/ to learn more.
May 29, 2020
Global Pandemics and Art: Philly Improv Theater
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 Producer Zach Blackwood chat with Greg Maughan, founder and Executive Director of Philly Improv Theater. Hear about how PHIT made the switch to a weekly roster of Zoom comedy shows, adjusting to a virtual comedy festival, and using the shift to digital to allow for creativity in show design. Learn more at https://phillyimprovtheater.com/.
May 22, 2020
Global Pandemics and Art: Real Deep Radio's Hugh Wilikofsky and Kevin McKinney
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 Producer Zach Blackwood chat with Hugh Wilikofsky and Kevin McKinney about their quarantine creation, Real Deep Radio. The group talks about how Real Deep Radio came to be, how it has organically grown throughout quarantine, why radio is experiencing a renaissance, how memes can exist in the audio sphere, and the ways in which passion keeps us together in times of isolation. Subscribe to Real Deep Radio's newsletter for updates on their programming.
May 15, 2020
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 8, 2020
Global Pandemics and Art: Keila Perez-Vega of Kun-Yang Lin Dancers
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 chats with Keila Perez-Vega, Marketing Associate for Kun-Yang Lin Dancers. They discuss KYLD's recently streamed, previously archived show, SANTUARIO, and how the decision to stream it came to be. They also delve into what it means to be in a dance company during the pandemic, and ways to stay connected to your body during this time of isolation.
May 1, 2020
Global Pandemics and Health: Elicia Gonzales of the Women's Medical Fund
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 Elicia Gonzales, Executive Director of the Women's Medical Fund. They discuss the nuanced ways in which abortion needs and access are impacted by the pandemic, and what our community can do to help. Check out their website, Twitter and Facebook to learn more, and take a look at the Women’s Medical Fund’s upcoming events here.
April 27, 2020
Global Pandemics and Activism: Christina Gesualdi with the Philadelphia Tenants Union
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 Christina Gesualdi of the Philadelphia Tenants Union. They explore the priorities of the Philadelphia Tenants Union during this time, the importance of organizing your neighbors on a foundation of trust, and how Christina's experience as a dancer intersects with her work in the union. As mentioned in the episode, here are some additional resources: PTU's Tenant Organizing guide for guidance during the pandemic Information on the illegality of evictions (until May 31st) Article on the housing crisis/waves of eviction Threat of forced evictions A bill to cancel rent and mortgage payments How landlords are concerned with optics For Tenants Only Office Hours
April 24, 2020
Global Pandemics and Art: Eric Jaffe
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 and Artistic Producer Zach Blackwood chat with Eric Jaffe, full-time drag performer and organizer of queer communities in Philadelphia. They delve into their corona-catalyzed consolidation effort to gather information about digital performances by other queer artists into an accessible weekly list, as well as ways for you to help and get involved. Check out their Facebook page, website and YouTube channel for more information - and be sure to tune in to Digital Drag Brunch every Saturday at 12pm EST.
April 17, 2020
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.
April 9, 2020
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.
April 3, 2020
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.
March 27, 2020
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.
March 13, 2020
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.
February 28, 2020
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!
February 21, 2020
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!
February 14, 2020
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.
January 31, 2020
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.
January 17, 2020
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.
January 3, 2020
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.
December 20, 2019
S3:E23 Dito van Reigersberg
On this episode of Happy Hour on the Fringe, we sipped tea and spilled the tea with Dito van Reigersberg AKA THE Martha Graham Cracker, Drag Queen King of Philadelphia. As one of the founders of Pig Iron, Dito shares his experiences with the very first Fringe Festival, his artistic journey since, and the development of Martha Graham Cracker as we know her today. No two performances are ever the same, which is good because you can see Martha twice in a row at FringeArts this December 19–20, 2019! Thursday, December 19 features a Choral Extravaganza, and Friday, December 20th will be the final Martha Graham Cracker performance of 2019 AND of the decade...make sure you don't miss out! Tickets at FringeArts.com. Intro features "Let Me Sit On It" from Martha Graham Cracker's newest album out December 12, Lashed But Not Leashed. Available to stream on Bandcamp.
December 6, 2019
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.
November 15, 2019
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.
November 1, 2019
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.
October 18, 2019
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.
October 4, 2019
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.
August 30, 2019
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.
August 23, 2019
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
August 16, 2019
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.
August 9, 2019
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.
August 2, 2019
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.
July 26, 2019
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.
July 19, 2019
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.
July 5, 2019
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 email@example.com.
June 21, 2019
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.
June 7, 2019
On this episode of Happy Hour on the Fringe, we had drinks with Ben Grinberg, Artistic Director of Almanac Dance Circus Theatre, instructor at Circadium and Pig Iron, and the curator and host for Test Flights, a circus scratch night. Join our conversation about how Ben found his way into circus, the growth of contemporary circus in Philadelphia, Almanac's 5 year anniversary celebration season, and a teaser for who you may see at this July's Test Flights! Learn more about Hand to Hand Circus Festival, running June 28—July 1, at FringeArts.com. Also, this weekend (May 24th) check out the final performances of "Communitas: Five Years Later" by Almanac Dance Circus Theatre at https://www.thealmanac.us/.
May 24, 2019
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, 2019
S3:E6—Shana Kennedy and Sierra Rhoades Nicholls
In anticipation of our Hand to Hand festival in partnership with Circadium School of Contemporary Circus, Katy and Raina sit down with Circadium's Executive Director, Shana Kennedy, and first-year student, Sierra Rhoades Nicholls, to discuss the future of contemporary circus. Shana and Sierra walk the hosts through their personal introductions to the circus arts and the intense training required to pursue a professional career. The group dives into the importance of Circadium's professional program for the growth of American contemporary circus and how opportunities like the first-year student showcase, Circadium Springboard, is preparing students to succeed in the circus world and beyond. Learn more about Hand to Hand and Circadium Springboard here.
April 26, 2019
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.
April 12, 2019
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!
March 29, 2019
Tenara and Zach sit down with FringeArts ambassador and Le Super Grand Continental alum Cecily Chapman. The trio discuss the importance of public practice performances and Cecily goes into detail about her personal experience as a performer in a large-scale production. She talks about the physical, mental, and social aspects of the process and even gives some advice to those who are curious about performing in the future. The conversation acts as wonderful insight for people interested in getting involved in the 2019 Fringe Festival participatory piece, Úumbal: Nomadic Choreography for Inhabitants. Learn more about Úumbal and how to participate in the Step Library here!
March 14, 2019
S3:E2—Alice Yorke and Elicia Gonzales
Alice Yorke, Lead Artist of The Appointment and Co-Director of Lightning Rod Special and Elicia Gonzales, Executive Director of Women’s Medical Fund, sat down to talk about the research and rehearsal process Lightning Rod Special went through and what the American abortion debate really means for issues of health care, education, race, and more. Learn more about the Women's Medical Fund here.
March 1, 2019
S3:E1—Keeping Up the Good Fight with Shawn Aleong and Tony Brooks
A Fierce Kind of Love cast-member Shawn Aleong and ADAPT activist Tony Brooks sit down and talk about living with disabilities in an exclusive world, and the missing history of disability rights advocacy. Learn more about ADAPT here.
February 13, 2019
S2:E16—The Hosts of HHOF
You’ve heard from many of the artists and community members who have worked with FringeArts this year; why not learn more about the people on the other side of the mic? On this very special end-of-year episode of Happy Hour on the Fringe, all four hosts, Raina, Zach, Tenara, and Katy, sit down together and reflect on their journeys to FringeArts, what they’ve accomplished over the course of the last year, and what they hope 2019 holds in store for them. Sit back and relax over your holiday break and get to know our hosts a little better, then let us know what your 2019 resolutions are! Show Notes: Learn more about the upcoming FringeArts’ programming mentioned on this episode: Blue Heaven: https://fringearts.com/event/blue-heaven-comedy-festival/ High Pressure Fire Service: https://fringearts.com/programs/high-pressure-fire-service/ Learn more about FringeArt's exciting new accessibility initiatives: https://fringearts.com/accessibility/ Follow FringeArts on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and Snapchat and visit us on the web at https://fringearts.com. Leave a comment or share your thoughts on social media using the hashtag #HHOF.
December 21, 2018
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.
November 29, 2018
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. - 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: http://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. - 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: http://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. - Follow FringeArts on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and Snapchat and visit us on the web at https://fringearts.com. Leave a comment and let us know what you thought of this podcast.
November 21, 2018
S2:E13—Tori Gillis from Legendary
Voguing may have come to prominence in 1980s New York, but it’s very much alive and well here in present-day Philadelphia. Assistant Director of the First Person Arts Festival show Legendary by Kemar Jewel, Tori Gillis, stops by Happy Hour on the Fringe to give us a rundown of the voguers that we should be following, share how she became involved in Legendary, and explain the difference between a ‘dip’ and a ‘shwam.’ **Hint: If you don’t want to be embarrassed at your next Ball, this episode is required listening. Enjoy! Legendary runs Nov 14 - 16 at FringeArts. To purchase your ticket, visit https://fringearts.com/event/legendary/2018-11-14/. Show Notes: To see more of Kemar Jewel's work, check out his YouTube page at https://www.youtube.com/user/MrKemarJewel, and follow Kemar on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/mars.jewel1. To see the full First Person Arts Festival line up visit https://firstpersonarts.org. Follow FringeArts on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and Snapchat and visit us on the web at https://fringearts.com. Leave a comment and let us know what you thought of this podcast.
November 14, 2018
S2:E12—Gabriela Sanchez, Ivan Vila, & Virginia Sanchez
Director of upcoming First Person Arts Festival's show Pa'lante, Gabriela Sanchez stops by the FringeArts office with Pa'lante actors Ivan Vila and Virginia Sanchez (also known as Gabby's mother) to discuss the creation of the piece, traditions and what Pa'lante truly means. Enjoy! Pa'lante runs Nov 11 + 12 at FringeArts. To purchase your ticket visit https://fringearts.com/event/palante/2018-11-11/. Show notes: Learn more about Power Street Theatre at https://www.powerstreettheatre.com. To see the full First Person Arts Festival line up visit https://firstpersonarts.org. Follow FringeArts on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and Snapchat and visit us on the web at https://fringearts.com. Leave a comment and let us know what you thought of this podcast.
November 8, 2018
S2:E11—Jamie J. Brunson
Jamie J. Brunson, the executive director of First Person Arts as well as a talented storyteller, poet, and playwright in her own right, stops by the FringeArts offices to give us a preview of this year's First Person Arts Festival, tell us a Halloween story, and explain why she believes that real life makes the best drama. Shownotes: First Person Arts Festival runs Nov 4 through 17. To learn more and purchase your ticket visit firstpersonarts.org. Also, follow First Person Arts on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook. To take a look at what shows will be presented at FringeArts visit FringeArts.com. Follow FringeArts on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and Snapchat and visit us on the web at https://fringearts.com. Leave a comment and let us know what you thought of this podcast.
November 2, 2018
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.
October 24, 2018
S2:E9—Libby McDonnell & Nathan Boyle from Circa Contemporary Circus
Circa Contemporary Circus has traveled all the way from Australia to bring their breathtaking mixture of circus, dance, and physical theatre to this year’s Philadelphia Fringe Festival. On this week’s episode of Happy Hour on the Fringe, Libby McDonnell and Nathan Boyle from Circa Contemporary Circus take a moment to sit down with host Zach Blackwood and chat about Circa, their Fringe Festival show Humans, and Nathan’s parents' struggle to define what exactly it is that he does. Shownotes: Learn more about Circa Contemporary Circus at https://circa.org.au and follow the company on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. Follow FringeArts on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and Snapchat, download the FringeArts App in the Google Play Store and Apple App Store, and visit us on the web at https://fringearts.com. Leave a comment and let us know what you thought of this podcast!
October 10, 2018
Our conversation about Variations on Themes from Lost and Found: Scenes from a Life and other works by John Bernd continues on this episode of Happy Hour on the Fringe. Despite our office being abuzz with festival activity, writer, cultural worker, activist and co-founder of Casa de Duende, David Acosta stopped by to sit down with hosts Katy and Zach. He shared his experience as an activist during the height of the HIV/AIDS epidemic of the 80s and 90s and told us more about the history portrayed in the exhibition that he helped our hosts create for Variations on Themes from Lost And Found. Show Notes: Act Up Philadelphia’s Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/actupphilly/ Act Up Philadelphia’s Website: http://www.actupphilly.org Oral History Clips: 215-398-4534 Health Information Hotline for more information on HIV/AIDS services including testing: 215-985-2437 Follow FringeArts on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and Snapchat and visit us on the web at https://fringearts.com. Leave a comment and let us know what you thought of this podcast.
October 3, 2018
S2:E7—Ishmael Houston-Jones & Miguel Gutierrez
In the midst of the Philadelphia premiere of their latest collaboration, Variations on Themes from Lost and Found: Scenes from a Life and other works by John Bernd, Ishmael Houston-Jones and Miguel Gutierrez stop by the FringeArts office and talk with hosts Raina, Zach, and Katy about the art, life and legacy of Ishmael’s friend John Bernd and the legacies of other artists lost to the HIV/AIDS epidemic. Show Notes: Miguel’s Website: miguelgutierrez.org This Bridge Called My Ass: https://chocolatefactorytheater.org/miguel-gutierrez-this-bridge-called-my/ Fat and Other Stories by Ishmael Houston-Jones: http://yonkersinternational.press/fat.html Oral History Clips: 215-398-4534 Health Information Hotline for more information on HIV/AIDS services including testing: 215-985-2437 Follow FringeArts on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and Snapchat and visit us on the web at https://fringearts.com.
September 26, 2018
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 https://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: http://www.phyllischen.net http://www.nathandavis.com https://www.iceorg.org Follow FringeArts on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and Snapchat and visit us on the web at https://fringearts.com.
September 19, 2018
Just ahead of Fringe Festival 2018’s opening weekend, Donald Nally, co-founder and conductor of The Crossing, joins hosts Zach and Raina to discuss the choral group’s unexpected origins, his brand spanking new Grammy hat, and The Crossing’s Fringe Festival show Of Arms and the Man. Of Arms and the Man will premier September 16 at 8PM at FringeArts. Tickets are available at FringeArts.com or on the FringeArts app, available in the Apple app store or Google Play. Learn more about The Crossing at https://www.crossingchoir.org. Follow FringeArts on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and Snapchat and visit us on the web at https://fringearts.com.
September 12, 2018
Hosts Zach and Raina sit down with performer, choreographer, educator, and double libra with a moon in pisces, Meg Foley. They discuss Meg’s Fringe Festival show the undergird, how identity shapes Meg’s work, and, just between us, breaking the space-time continuum. To support Meg Foley and the undergird, donate to the undergird’s kickstarter at http://bit.ly/theundergird. The undergird opens at Icebox Project Space on September 13th and runs through September 16th. To buy your tickets, visit our website. To learn more and stay up to date with Meg Foley and her work, visit http://www.megfoley.org. Enjoy!
August 27, 2018
Today on Happy Hour on the Fringe, hosts Zach Blackwood and Raina Searles chat with theatre artist, director, longtime friend of the Fringe and occasional magician Trey Lyford on the nature of memory, Trey's artistic process, and the story behind his latest work The Accountant. Catch the world premiere of The Accountant opening week of the 2018 Philadelphia Fringe Festival! To get your tickets, visit http://fringearts.com/event/the-accountant-4-2/. Learn more about The Accountant, the (Re)Collection Project and Trey's work here. Follow Fringearts on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat and Youtube!
August 23, 2018
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.
August 8, 2018
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!
February 1, 2018
S1:E4—Martha Stuckey and R. Eric Thomas
Recorded several months back, this conversation with theatre artist and singer Martha Stuckey and playwright, storyteller, and humorist R. Eric Thomas covers everything from Stuckey's clown-funk alter-ego Red 40 and Thomas' popular online humor column for Elle, to pitching reality shows and the therapeutic nature of baking (both the act of, and watching The Great British Bake Off). Martha Stuckey is a Philadelphia-based theatre artist by way of Minnesota. She has performed and devised work with Pig Iron Theatre Company, Team Sunshine Performance Group, Bearded Ladies, and BRAT Productions and performed at such venues as Joe's Pub. Red 40 and the Last Groovement is a clown funk outfit that graces stages such as FringeArts, Union Transfer, Trocadero, and L'Etage with The Martha Graham Cracker Cabaret. The band released their first album, "She's Keen To Feed," in October of 2016. R. Eric Thomas is a Barrymore Award-winning playwright and humorist. He is the long-running host of The Moth in Philadelphia. He is a Senior Staff Writer for Elle.com where he writes “Eric Reads the News,” a daily current events and culture column. He is the recipient of a 2017 National New Play Network commission and is at work on his debut memoir-in-essays, entitled "Here For It," which will be published by Ballantine Books in 2019. His forthcoming play "Mrs. Harrison" will have its premiere at Azuka Theatre in May 2018.
December 29, 2017
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.
December 21, 2017
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.
December 1, 2017
This premiere episode of Happy Hour on the Fringe features an in depth conversation with Subcircle co-founder Jorge Cousineau. The Dresden-born, Philadelphia-based artist has worked as a theater designer for the last two decades with many of this city's—and others'—most lauded theater companies, receiving widespread acclaim for his imaginative integration of technology into many performances. The conversation covers a wide-range of topics including Cousineau's beginnings in theater, his relocation to Philadelphia, some of his most memorable projects, as well as the concepts behind and his work as a live sound designer for Subcircle's latest show, "HOLD STILL while I figure this out" (coming to FringeArts Nov 16-18). You can hear snippets of this work, generated in rehearsals, throughout the episode and find more information and tickets here.
November 1, 2017