Philly Fringe offers contemporary, experimental arts
PHILADELPHIA » It’s a celebration of thought-provoking, boundary-pushing uniqueness and spontaneity.
Each September FringeArts presents the annual Philadelphia Fringe Festival, a 17day presentation of theater, dance, comedy, visual art, spoken word, film, and music that fills the city’s neighborhoods, with more than 1,000 FringeArts-curated and independently produced performances.
According to VisitPhilly. com, the festival draws around 40,000 people.
The 2018 Fringe Festival happens Sept. 6-23, and here’s what’s being offered just in the suburbs:
*”Camp Pause,” Canaday Library Rare Book Room, Bryn Mawr College, 101 N. Merion Ave., Bryn Mawr: Tania El Khoury and Abir Saksouk worked with four residents of the Rashidieh Refugee Camp on the coast of Lebanon to reflect on the ideas of refuge and the sea that connects them to Palestine. Four videos that play simultaneously on the walls of a square gallery space follow one story. Admission is free and hours Sept. 12–23 are noon to 10 p.m. Wednesdays through Fridays, 2 to 10 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.
*”Gardens Speak,” Hepburn Teaching Theater, Goodhart Hall, Bryn Mawr College, 150 N. Merion Ave., Bryn Mawr: Presented at 5 p.m. Sept. 12; 8 p.m. Sept. 13; 4, 5, 7, 8 and 9 p.m. Sept. 14; 4, 6 and 7 p.m. Sept. 15; 3, 4, 6, 7 and 8 p.m. Sept. 16; 3, 4 and 8 p.m. Sept. 20; 4, 5, 7, 8 and 9 p.m. Sept. 21; 2, 3, 4, 6, 7 and 8 p.m. Sept. 22; and 3, 4, 6 and 7 p.m. Sept. 23, this immersive sound installation contains the oral histories of people buried in Syrian gardens that participated in the uprising against the regime of Bashar Hafez al-Assad. Each narrative has been constructed with the friends and family members of the deceased to retell their stories. They are compiled with found audio that evidences their final moments. Recommended for ages 12+. The interactive experience involves participants being invited to lie down and have contact with soil. The 3 and 4 p.m. performances on Sept. 15 will be in Arabic. Tickets are $20. There will be a strict no-latecomers policy.
*”As Far As My Fingertips Take Me,” Taft Garden between Goodhart Hall and Canaday Library at Bryn Mawr College, 150 N. Merion Ave., Bryn Mawr: This 12-minute, one-on-one installation performance is an encounter through a gallery wall between an audience member and a refugee. Their arms and fingertips touch without them seeing each other. The refugee marks the audience member with the story of a family’s journey from Syria to Sweden as the audience member listens on headphones to those who have challenged border discrimination. When the performance ends, those stories can be kept or washed away. It’s a commentary on the Dublin Regulation mandate of a fingerprinting database across Europe for all refugees and migrants. Performances begin every 15 minutes for an audience of one from 2 to 4 p.m. and 5 to 7 p.m. Sept. 15-16 and 22-23, and 3 to 5 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. Sept. 19-21. Admission is free. Sign up in person at Taft Garden.
*”No, We Won’t Shut Up!”, 3 Rose Valley Road, Media: This Rose Valley Storytelling House Concert with Bady Works stars a group of women that have something to say about what’s wrong with our world. Issues range from white privilege to wage theft to racism to gentrification to sexual harassment to police violence, and they tell their personal stories. Tickets are $15.
*”The FREN BANKLIN Experience”: Have you ever wondered about the history of your old home? Starting Sept. 8 allow Fren Banklin, the notoriously unreliable cousin of Ben Franklin, to regale you for a half hour with the stories buried beneath your floorboards. One $19-$23 ticket covers as many guests as you can fit within your personal dwelling place. Set up a date and time at (917) 309-2645 or www.frenbanklin.com.
Of course there’s a lot more than that going on. A digital Fringe Festival program can be found at www.fringearts. com. You can also call (215) 413-1318.
In Tribe of Fools’ “Fly Eagles Fly,” presented Sept. 6-22 at the Louis Bluver Theatre at the Drake, 302 S. Hicks St., Philadelphia, hilarity ensues when Gwen, a brand-new Philadelphia Eagles fan, and Copy Mike, the IT guy at the office, start an office pool during the Eagles’ Super Bowl season.