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Fringe at the Fish, Three Years and Counting, and a Barrymore!

Fringe Fest is well underway and we are celebrating Walking Fish Theatre’s third anniversary in style!  This is our most exciting Fringe Fest to date, and there is something for everyone.  Our line-up includes:

Now Showing! In Live-Action 3D by Casaburdan Productions: an uproarious comedy about the staff of a run down movie theatre.  This multimedia “cinema” experience is complete with zany trailers, ridiculous characters and jaw dropping musical numbers.

Thursday 9/9 7pm, Friday 9/10 7pm, Saturday 9/11 7pm, Sunday 9/12 4:30pm, Wednesday 9/15 7pm, Thursday 9/16 7pm,
Friday 9/17 7pm, Saturday 9/18 7pm $15

Caryl Churchill’s Drunk Enough to Say I Love You by Butros and Bels Theatrical Emporium
Guy would do anything for Sam. Sam would just do anything. This is the story of one man’s love affair with his country and how the blindness of love can go horribly wrong. Caryl Churchill’s controversial play receives its Philadelphia premiere.

Friday 9/3 8pm and 10pm, Saturday 9/4 9pm, Sunday 9/5 3pm, Wednesday 9/8 8pm, Thursday 9/9 9pm $15

The Argyle Station by Fresh Meat Theatre
Fresh Meat has returned with a new experiment that takes place at the intersection of spontaneous generation and suspended animation. That’s when HE enters with a story as old as fishing. Here, reality is speculative, meaning is decorative, and being out of your depth can be a good thing.

Sat Sept 4 4:00 PM, Sun Sept 5 6:00 PM, Mon Sept 6 7:00 PM, Tue Sept 7 7:00 PM, Fri Sept 17 11:59 PM, Sat Sept 18 4:00 PM $12

The Search for Samuel’s Love by Ramey and Ramey Productions
Twenty-minute stage play followed by talk-back session. One actor in Philadelphia and three others meet live via internet conferencing for a unique blend of interactive humor seen nowhere else. The story: three women meet to discuss their one true love, too little, too late.

Sunday 9/12 7pm, Monday 9/13 7pm, Tuesday 9/14 7pm $10

Greetings from New Jersey! A comedy about growing up and living in the great “Garden State!” by Second Place Champions
Come see the Second Place Champions take on the state of New Jersey. Guidos, the economy, the mafia—nothing is safe from this sketch and improv comedy troupe. Join us for a night of laughs and in some cases, harsh realities. Just kidding, only laughs this night.

Friday 9/10 9pm, Saturday 9/11, 9pm $10

9mm of Love by 2 Guys and a Duck Theatre
Hopelessness, a hitman, and the human heart. What more could you want in a love story? This absurd, honest tale explores just how far we’re willing to go when true love comes—whether or not the other person feels the same way.

Sunday 9/12 9:30pm, Monday 9/13 9:30pm, Tuesday 9/14 9:30pm, Wednesday 9/15 9:30pm, Thursday 9/16 9:30pm $10

High Dramma/Low Commedy by High Dramma- Walking FishTheatre’s resident sketch-comedy troupe:
High Dramma kicks off its third season of sketch comedy with its Philly Fringe show High Dramma: Low Commedy. We’re all about contrasts in this group, and adding superfluous m’s to the titles of things, so come out to the Walking Fish and enjoy our unique brand of highmminded vulgarity.

Friday 9/17 9pm, Saturday 9/18 9pm, Sunday 9/19 9pm (tickets for 9/19 show available only at walkingfishtheatre.com $15

B. Someday Productions was also nominated for a Barrymore award for their educational outreach program “Of Mythic Proportions.”  Check back soon for  an interview with teacher and facilitator Kathleen Gaynor.

High Dramma’s last show of the season!

High Dramma is a new team of actors/writers/comedians who have banded together in order to bring you the finest independent sketch comedy in the world (well, at least in Philadelphia).

Appearing at The Walking Fish Theatre the fourth weekend of every month, High Dramma is bringing along a gang of friends including Lucky the Dog (and his gigantic balls), a psychotic “cereal killing” Captain Crunch, G-ZUS (the savior turned rapper), Whitcomb P. McCoy (a drunken southern lawyer) AND MUCH, MUCH MORE . . . and they want you to meet them all!

So come on down and check them out! You can be sure to get a laugh . . . or two, because we take comedy so seriously, it’s not even funny.

Join us for High Dramma’s last show of the season!  Shows are Friday & Saturday, June 25 & 26 @ 9pm. Uproariously funny, totally irreverent. Tickets are $10.00 at the door or at http://www.walkingfishtheatre.com

Fun with Acting Class Final Performance

On Saturday, May 22, family, friends, and neighbors joined as we concluded six weeks of acting classes with our final student performance.  The students couldn’t have been more excited to showcase the characters that they had imagined, costumed, and scripted.  The had put a lot of energy and thought into the way their characters would look, walk, talk, and act, and this was their chance to show off their creativity.
The actors treated the audience to improv games that had us laughing hysterically, and an array of original characters including a mummy, an octopus, and a vampire slayer.  These young actors were enthusiastic about sharing their creativity and unique ideas, and we had a great time watching them come to life.

This was the conclusion of our Fun with Acting Class, a six-week class for students ages 7-12 taught by veteran and teacher Kate McGrath.  Fun with Acting fires up the imagination and boosts self-expression in a fun, collaborative atmosphere.

Using improvisation, storytelling, and theatre games. students learn how to use their bodies and voices to transform into a character, how to create dramatic conflict and reach creative and entertaining solutions.  The class requires no previous experience and will be held again in the fall, so check back later at http://www.walkingfishtheatre.com for the dates!

Talk Back with Local Artist Michael Carr

You still have time to catch to catch Gravedigger – the plays of Mark Borkowski – at the Walking Fish Theatre.  Kensington native Borkowski has been called “one of the most fascinating and dangerous writers of our time” and what better night than our Art Lovers Night!

Watch these spellbinding tales and then join local artist Michael Carr as he expounds on art as related to the play, our relationships, and wherever else the conversation may lead.  Carr studied in Philadelphia, has had a show in the Daffy’s Window for the Arts, and numerous other galleries including the State Museum of Pennsylvania, the Moore Gallery, the Philadelphia Sketch Club and the Philadelphia Art Alliance.

Special tix offer for Lovers of Art folks: GRAVEDIGGER, Thursday, May 13, 2 for 1 tix with Talkback after the show with artist Michael Carr: How does Art affect our relationships?. Starts at 7pm, Walking Fish Theatre, 2509 Frankford215-427-9255

Don’t Miss Gravedigger – The Plays of Mark Borkowski!

HAPPENING AT THE WALKING FISH:Join us at B. Someday Productions and the Walking Fish Theatre for three original one-acts plays from the award winning playwright Mark Borkowski, beginning on May 5 and running through May 23rd.  Mark is a Fishtown native, and his oh-so-real characters and intense writing are inspired by experiences and encounters he had in the neighborhood.  Mark has been joined by a veteran cast of actors and producers who were all drawn to these plays for one reason – Mark’s undeniably exceptional playwriting.  Actor Kenneth McGregor, known around the world for roles in films such as Cocktail in which he starred alongside Tom Cruise, X-Men, and The Muppets Take Manhattan, turned down two other roles for the opportunity to bring Borkowski’s script to the stage.

In “ A Gravedigger’s Tale” you will meet a gravedigger, junkies, crack whores, and gamblers, who all assume they’re going to get healthy tomorrow – until tomorrow comes.  You will see if their compromise of lack of compromise is going to kill them or if they will see another day.  In the “Mutilation of Saint Barbara” you peer into the life of a couple on the verge of ending a six-year relationship and in “Twilight’s Child” you watch the intimate moments between a husband and wife as they wrestle with the death of their child.  As you watch this gritty and gripping show, you will find new ways to explore the relationships between human beings.  The hauntingly truthful dialogue will captivate you as you realize quite distinctive versions of the happy ending.

Mark Borkowski is now living in New York and has garnered numerous awards including a Sterling Award for Best Play for “The Kids are Awake”, a Best Actor award in the 2008 Portugal Film Festival, has been published twice in Anthologies of Best Plays, and has received glowing reviews from coast to coast.  Producing these plays at the Walking Fish Theatre has been a homecoming of sorts for Mark and we hope you can join us for these fiercely original and spellbinding plays!

The production takes place at Walking Fish Theatre, 2509 Frankford Avenue, Philadelphia, 19125. Tickets are $18, or $12 for students and seniors. For more information call 215-427-9255 or email info@bsomeday.org. Pay-what-you-can preview performances will take place on Thursday, May 5, and Friday, May 6.

Welcome Spring with New Orleans style!

Join the B. Someday crew, friends and sponsors for the second annual annual Gala Celebration on Saturday, April 10, 2009, from 7pm to 11pm at The Angler Movement Arts Center, 1550 E Montgomery Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19125. We invite you to join us for an evening of music and magnolias, hosted by radio personality Eric Herr, dancing to music by New Orleans blues band New Pony, victuals, beverages and auction items from local artisans and businesses, all to benefit Fishtown/Kensington’s only resident non-profit theatre company.

You’ve put on your crisp spring semi-formal clothes, but you’re ready to take off your shoes to dance. You’ll enter through ancient gates to a courtyard with a sculpture installation of buoyant dancers. Your senses are piqued as the verdant garden gives way to the open doors of a warehouse-turned-studio, resplendent in colors of hyacinth and bougainvillea. The smell of smoked barbecue from Johnny Brenda’s arouses your appetite,  and the music of New Orleans blues band New Pony gets your heart racing.  Join us as we celebrate another year of great entertainment by Fishtown’s only resident theatre company.

Your host, Eric Herr, is a staple of radio throughout the Delaware Valley, including WHYY, WRTI and KYW. New Pony is known throughout the greater Philadelphia area as practitioners of classic southern blues music. Bid on gifts from area businesses and local artists.  Johnny Brenda’s prides themselves on using fresh ingredients from local farmers and patient cooking.  You’ll taste the difference. All this will take place at The Angler Movement Arts Center. It’s a perfect night to celebrate the return of Spring. All proceeds from this gala benefit the programs of Walking Fish Theatre and B. Someday Productions. This event is made possible through the generous support of Eagle One Federal Credit Union.

Tickets are $60 per individual and $90 per couple.  Dress is semi-formal. You can always purchase tickets for our events at www.walkingfishtheatre.com, or by calling 215-427-WALK. There’s never a handling fee.  Come celebrate with us!