Bigger Than Ever, 2009 Philly Fringe Will Play Sept. 4-19

News   Bigger Than Ever, 2009 Philly Fringe Will Play Sept. 4-19
The 13th annual Philly Fringe, running in conjunction with the Philadelphia Live Arts Festival Sept. 4-19, will host 185 artists during 16 days of performances in over 80 venues throughout Philadelphia.

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, 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


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

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