The 2009 Festival is the largest Philly Fringe in Festival history, topping 2008's record-breaking number of artists. Showcasing the work of festival veterans and first-time participants, "the diverse line-up includes theatre, dance, comedy, performance art, music, poetry, puppetry, visual art, and work that incorporates multiple genres and disciplines, offering audiences the excitement of discovering new work from the region's vibrant performing arts community as well as artists from around the country."
The Philly Fringe is billed as an "unfiltered" festival, "where new and established artists of all kinds may present their work, free of a selection process."
Artists receive box office and marketing support, and additional support from the Fringe coordinator, John Emory, who said in a July 15 statement, "The Philly Fringe presents performance with a sort of anything-goes ethos and an I'll-just-do-it-myself attitude — that's the essence of the fringe. Shows pop up in unexpected places, like where you get your hair cut or where you go to get a beer. The festival is not just an opportunity to watch a show — it's a chance to be a part of the show. Just walk down the street in early September and you know it's happening all around you."
The related Philadelphia Live Arts Festival features "performances by international and local acclaimed contemporary dance and theatre artists who are selected and invited to the Festival."
Together, the Philadelphia Live Arts Festival and Philly Fringe draw over 40,000 people annually. All Philly Fringe tickets, along with Live Arts Festival tickets, are now available for purchase online at www.livearts-fringe.org, or after Aug. 24 by calling the box office at (215) 413-1318, or by visiting in person.
The Festival box office at The Hub is located at 626 North 5th Street (SW Corner of Fifth and Fairmount Streets) in Philadelphia, PA.
For box office hours and additional ticketing information, visit www.livearts-fringe.org/box-office-ticket-info.cfm.
Troupes, artists and titles in the theatre category of the 2009 Philly Fringe follow. This is not meant to be a complete theatre listing (there are also other categories, including dance). Check the Philly Fringe website for complete and up to date information.
180 Theatre Company – One Giant Leap
Aleksandra Berczynski – Life is a Dream
Anna Watson – Teenager: Anne Frank
Anthology Project – daDAda
April Smith – Discordia
Art Riot Theatrical Company – Salvation Road
B. Someday Productions – Fractured Fairytales
Barracuda Carmela – Something With Wings
Burvil Hoist – Please Make Us Happy, or Protagonismo!
Chris Davis – Mr. Harry
Colleen Coffey – Half Way Home
Cross Cultural Theatre Initiative – Everyman
Curio Theatre Company – Missed Connections, A Craigslist Fantasia
Dark Side Theatre Company – Murder!
David Fishkin – Joey Bear and Edna Lamb
David Gaines – 7 (x1) Samurai
Dove Comm – Little Girl Blue
DysFUNctional Theater – Fefu and Her Friends
Earth Speed Productions – MEELEY or The Fun of It
EgoPo Productions – Company
ETC Theater – Like, So Totally 80s
Evil Eye Arts – Love After Death
Forbidden Culture – Topdog/Underdog
Frederick Andersen – Hermitage: The Strange Story of the Ghost Men of Harlem
Gladys Productions – Getting Your Life
IdRatherBeHere – Wawapalooza 3: The Dark Roast
Inis Nua Theatre Company – Trad The Remount
Innovative Juggler – Spherus
Iron Age Theatre – Citizen Paine
Iron Age Theatre – Shakesploitation II Iambic Boogaloo
Jen Fellman – A Singer's Circus
Johnny Showcase and the Lefty Lucy Cabaret – Purr, Pull, Reign: A Litigigus Fantasy in D
Judy Freed – Food Fight
Katie Gould – To the Girl in the Yellow Dress...
Kevin Thornton – Sex, Dreams, & Self Control
Keyspeak – Pumpernickel and Marmalade
Leon I. Rosenberg – What Fiup?
Lili Bita/The Theater Cooperative – Passion: An Evening with Lili Bita
Little Bunny Voodoo – Fractured Scary Tales: The Black Cat
LizZ – Crooked House
Lucidity Suitcase Intercontinental/Steve Cuiffo – Digital Effects
Lucidity Suitcase Intercontinental – Microworld(s) Part #1
Madhouse Theater Company – Happy Hour
Maria Shaplin and Rebecca Wright – It's Hard Times at the Camera Blanca
MasterBuilder Productions – The Ibsen Project
Matchbox Theater Company – Preparations for Departure
Melanie Stewart Dance Theater – Who Will Carry The Word?
Miho Kahn – Clean Sheets
Natalie Plays – Nuda Veritas
New Black Box/Mel Donaldson – The Stuttering Preacher
Nightjar Apothecary – Darwinii: The Comeuppance Of Man
Octorara YMCA Red Brick Players – Pills the Musical
OMBELICO Mask Ensemble – The Power Of Magic: An International Commedia for Everyone
One Man Sideshow – Cirque–ular
Parallax Theatre Company – Realm of the Unreal: The Vivian Requiem
Paul Jerue – FrankenFestival
Pink Hanger Presents – Poe–sers
Places Theatre Ensemble – Clover
Plays & Players – Super Heroes Who Are Super!
Plays & Players – Zombie! The Musical
Quinn Compositions – Katie and Pitark
Raine Djonson/Theactorlady – Pretty Young Thang
Raw Fruit – A Taste Of Sisterhood: Learning To Swim
Rebecca Wright and John Jarboe – Inside Julia Child
Renegade Performance Group – Ubu Roi, ou les polanais
Reuben Wade – Paint the American Eagle
Rhythmog the Innovation – In a Sense Nonsense
Robert Hughes – Go Irish: The Purgatory Diaries of Jason Miller
Running Fish Productions – Orphans
Ruthanne E. Ankney – The Enchanted
Secret Room Theatre – 4Play
Six Benches – Double & Small
Stripped Bare Theatre Company – Dumb Show by Joe Penhall
Stumble Goat Productions – Rails
Tayo Aluko and Friends – Call Mr. Robeson
The Assembly Theater – The Dark Heart of Meteorology
The Flanagan Project – The Brothers Flanagan
The Idiopathic Ridiculopathy Consortium – The Chairs
The WhoCares Consortium – Diving in Backwards
Theatre of the Evangelical Scientific Revolution – A History of Shit: Manson in Thebes
Thomas Tirney – Salesmanship For Life & Limb
Time Mender Productions – The Annihilation Point
Tony Lawton and the Mirror Theatre Company – Heresy
Tougue & Groove – Tongue & Groove
Traveling Jones Theater – Edgar Allan Poe Comes Alive!
Tribe of Fools – Armageddon at the Mushroom Village
University Of The Arts – Brainstorm
University Of The Arts – See What I Wanna See
Vagabond Acting Troupe – barFlies
Wellbilt Theater Factory – Other People's Money
Western Narrative Company – Desert of Hallways