It seems the team of playwright Daniel MacIvor, director Timothy P. Jones and actress Susan O'Connor don't plan on gathering moss any time soon. The threesome are now bringing their collaboration, See Bob Run, to the Philadelphia Fringe Festival Sept. 5-9 at the Mum Puppettheatre.
The three first came to the spotlight with Never Swim Alone which ran at the 1999 New York International Fringe Festival, then had subsequent Off-Off-Broadway and Off-Broadway runs. See Bob Run reteamed the trio and followed suit as it received a FringeNYC, OOB and OB production ending at the Rattlestick Theatre this year.
MacIvor's In On It is set to premiere at Performance Space 122 Oct. 9 with the playwright performing. Director Jones and actress O'Connor in the meantime worked together on the Jones-penned one-woman show, Take at this year's FringeNYC.
While MacIvor's See Bob Run did enjoy a mounting at last summer's Fringe, that was a different production. MacIvor's Never Swim co-hort, director Timothy P. Jones, returns to the team for this run. MacIvor and Jones have revised the earlier script, as Jones told Playbill On-Line, making "a lot of the references updated and Americanized to make it more contemporary." He also noted that "initially when we were working on Never Swim Alone, we planned to do the two productions [as one show]," but they realized it stood well enough on its own. Also rejoining the duo is Susan O'Connor, who played the Referee in Never Swim. She plays the title character of Roberta or "Bob." The play follows the heroine in episodic glimpses of her hitchhiking across the country. Her sordid past unfolds as she tries to find her father while escaping her mother, best friend and boyfriend.
Other works by MacIvor include Somewhere I Have Never Traveled, Here Lies Henry and Yes I Am and Who Are You?. His Monster and In On It both played the Philadelphia Fringe in the past.
For tickets to See Bob Run at the Mum Puppettheatre, 115 Arch Street in Philadelphia, PA, call (215) 413-1318. For more information on the show and others at the Philadelphia Fringe, visit www.pafringe.com.
— by Ernio Hernandez