Happy Hour on the Fringe

Happy Hour on the Fringe

By FringeArts
Sit back, relax, grab a drink and chat with some of the most imaginative artists in the world.
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.
26:03
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.
31:29
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. 
26:28
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!
31:05
March 29, 2019
S3:E3–Cecily Chapman
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!
27:30
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.
27:41
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.
23:31
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.
38:42
December 21, 2018
S2:E15—Christine Gwillim
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.
29:05
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.
39:13
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.
27:13
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.
32:26
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.
31:02
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.​
43:01
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!
10:41
October 10, 2018
S2:E8—David Acosta
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. ​ ​
36:47
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.
27:42
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.
29:05
September 19, 2018
S2:E5—Donald Nally
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.
31:30
September 12, 2018
S2:E4—Meg Foley
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!
33:36
August 27, 2018
S2:E3—Trey Lyford
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!
35:47
August 23, 2018
S2:E2—Heiner Goebbels
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.
31:47
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!
31:57
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.
50:56
December 29, 2017
S1:E3—Brendan Cooney
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.
23:28
December 21, 2017
S1:E2—Sam Henderson
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.
13:16
December 1, 2017
S1:E1—Jorge Cousineau
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.
31:09
November 10, 2017
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