Visions, ‘The Choice’ and more theater to see this week
More than 30 theaters in Philadelphia have come together for new COVID-19 requirements for customers, including proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test, which will allow children under 12 and those who cannot be vaccinated to attend.
Twelve of these theaters, including the Wilma Theater, the Philadelphia Theater Company and the Philadelphia Fringe, will only allow those who are fully vaccinated to attend performances. As per city protocols, masks should be worn indoors if not all clients are vaccinated.
“Theaters have come together to prioritize the safety of the public and theater workers, as well as to streamline facade processes for clients and staff,” said LaNeshe Miller-White, executive director of Theater Philadelphia, the umbrella marketing organization of the Philadelphia theater community. .
Some big names are missing from the list, including the Walnut Street Theater and the Kimmel Culture Campus, but they have announced their own similar policies. New Jersey theaters announced a similar policy last month.
To help theaters manage these requirements, Theater Philadelphia contracted with the Bindle app, which allows theaters to quickly check vaccines and test results for customers and employees.
Quiara Alegria Hudes’ to play, Daphne’s dive, will open the season of South Camden Theater Co. Hudes, a graduate of Philly’s Central High School, has collaborated with Hamilton creator and star Lin-Manuel Miranda to bring their award-winning musical to the Tony In the heights on the screen. (The film was released in June and aired on HBO Max.) He wrote the music and the lyrics; she wrote both the play and the screenplay. Hudes also won a Pulitzer for his 2012 play, Water with a spoon.
Daphne’s dive, located in a corner bar in North Philadelphia, relies on the matriarchal chops of Daphne, played by Jessica “Jessy” Gruver, which turns a group of characters into family with all of its quirks. Director Joel guerrero was looking for a piece that could tell the story of the region’s diverse Latin American community. “Daphne’s dive changed my way of seeing his own nuclear family and his chosen family, ”he said.
In other news from South Camden Theater Co., Dawn Varava will become the company’s interim artistic director, replacing Raymond Croce Sr., who is retiring.
Until September 26 at South Waterfront Theater, Camden. Masks required.
Usually, when the Philadelphia Fringe Festival arrives, the actor and playwright Nick jonczak getting ready for his own project. But this year he wanted something different. “I was just hungry for community. I could have done something long on my own, but I wanted to feel in community with my artistic brothers and sisters, with people that I admire.
The result is Visions – three weeks of short plays presented by 10 playwrights. Each week will offer a one hour performance with three or four short pieces. Participants can pay what they can.
“I wanted him to feel full,” Jonczak said. With the pandemic, “it’s very easy to feel lacking. I wanted the audience to leave with a feeling of abundance.
Some playwrights, he said, will present complete short works. Others will stage scenes from longer works in progress to gauge audience reaction. Some will present the same scene and adjust according to the audience.
Reaching out to his fellow playwrights, Jonczak asked them to think in terms of abundance, light and vision. “What can we envision for the future of our country, our planet or our species, or what can they envision for themselves as an artist or as a person? “
Jonczak, a graduate of American University with a degree in Theatrical Activism and continued his education at Pig Iron Theater Co., will present his own work titled Pirate / Queen, which he describes as a game of verses. “It’s just a fun, silly time watching pirates escape the queen.”
Visions takes place Sunday through Wednesday at the Maas Building as part of the Cannonball Festival, a subsidiary of the Fringe.
Until September 15: Jonczak and his fellow playwrights Nikki Brake-Silla and Carl (os) Roa; 19-22 Sep: Epchez!, LM Feldman, and Jarrett McCreary; 26-29 Sep: Emma Gibson, Johnny G. Lloyd, and Kate Kearns. Masks and proof of vaccination compulsory.
To support or not to support: that is the question for many who struggle with the question of parenthood. At a certain age it can get overwhelming as people try to figure out their own complicated relationships with fertility, pregnancy, overpopulation, loss of identity, etc.
Be actors, Jacqueline Libby, Christine Octavia Shaw, and Jacinthe Yelland does what theater people do. They formed the theater collective inFLUX and turned their personal dilemmas into a spectacle. Presented at the Philadelphia Fringe Festival, The choice is the first of five new pieces the trio will produce as part of the Motherhood Project. In The choice, they invite the public to help them decide on parenting.
Until September 18, Christ Church Neighborhood House. Masks and proof of vaccination compulsory. For information and tickets, visit the Festival Fringe website.
The beauty of the Fringe is that anything, anything, can be the subject of a show, and nowhere is this more evident in Jennifer blaine‘s solo treatise on packages left on the steps in Global market. Blaine, who has been compared to Lily Tomlin, said she decided that “the phenomenon of leaving packages on the porches in Philly was a great entry point to explore systems failure, anonymity and availability. how I feel as an artist and an aging woman. ”Her goal? “I want to make you laugh and give you something to think about too.”
September 17-18 at 7:30 p.m., at Mr. John’s music, 904 S. Ninth St. For tickets, fringearts.com/event/package-deal/
by Doylestown André Polec, who starred in Beats out of hell in New York City, won first prize in the 23rd annual Lotte Lenya competition from the Kurt Weill Foundation for Music last month. After singing four selections, each their own one-act drama, Polec, an actor, singer, songwriter and musician, received congratulations from the director of the foundation, who described Polec as a “terrific example … of singing actors. / acting singers who can do it all. He recently played at the Bucks County Playhouse.
“Once upon a time there was a little ogre named Shrek”, who has now appeared to star in the hilarious and heartwarming film Shrek the musical, at the SALT Performing Arts Center in Chester Springs. “The flagship song ‘Freak Flag’ represents a hymn to multiculturalism as expressed in the lyrics, ‘What makes us special makes us strong!’ »Declares the artistic director Lauren McComas.
On stage and live until September 26, SALT Performing Arts Center, 1645 Art School Rd. Chester Springs. Masks required. Saltpa.com
Let’s start with the villain’s name, Vernal Belch. You can probably get a clue to the nature of this family-friendly neighborhood comedy involving gentrification and a wasteland in South Philadelphia. Théâtre Exil presents The eternal present through R. Eric Thomas, free, at five parks in South Philadelphia. Pax Ressler plays Belch.
Until September 19. Wharton Square Park, September 15 at 5:30 p.m. Stephen Girard Park, Sept. 17, at 5:30 p.m. Columbus Square Park, September 18, 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. and Hawthorne Park, September 19 at 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. Bring your own chairs / blankets.