As Walking Fish Theatre brings its second season to a close, we happily announce that our 2009-2010 season will support Philadelphia’s status as a national leader of new play premieres. On Saturday, June 27, 2009, at 6:30 pm, we hosted a Season Announcement Reception, in which the community, press and artists can learn more about the shows that Walking Fish Theatre and B. Someday Productions will produce next season. This reception will be followed by a performance by the engagingly irreverent sketch comedy troupe, High Dramma.
Did you miss it? Well, we’ll catch you up.
Philadelphia sets trends in new play development, and productions of world premieres of new work. Concurrently, at Walking Fish Theatre, we continue B. Someday Productions’ commitment to classic and mythic themes, while creating new work that resonates with the community.
In September we’ll have Fractured Fairy Tales, a treasure chest of classic stories re-worked for contemporary audiences, for the whole family to enjoy together. Directed by Michelle Pauls.
In November, a new version of Bertolt Brecht’s classic play based on Chinese legend will have you wondering about your neighbors and friends with The Good Puppet of Szechwan. Adapted by Stan Heleva, music by Max Guerin of The Absinthe Drinkers and puppet design by Zac Palladino.
December brings Fishtown’s first ever moveable play, using the earliest roots of Philadelphia’s Mummers, based on the Wantage Mummer Plays of medieval England. This serial play with music, merriment and a children’s parade will end with a Yuletide party. Save some dates in the holiday season for The Crawling Fish Mummer Plays.
Finally, May brings us Gravedigger, an exploration of the secret lives north of Girard Avenue, with an evening of short plays by Mark Borkowski, Fishtown’s favorite native son.
And, of course, we’ll continue to have the co-productions you’ve come to enjoy, such as High Dramma, Revival Burlesque, the Family Theatre Series and Humpday Hootenanny.
“Some theatres find new work too risky to include in their season,” says Managing Artistic Director Michelle Pauls. “We know our audiences enjoy seeing something live, with their friends, neighbors, and new people. Why not see something new and different?”
For more information call the box office: 215-427-9255. Walking Fish Theatre is located at 2509 Frankford Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19125. Next season’s sponsors at the Walking Fish include Philadelphia Brewing Company and Torreo Coffee.
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