Big news: A talking hoagie escaped onto the streets of Philadelphia during an entirely unplanned dramatic finish to Tribe of Fools’ Sunday afternoon performance of Operation: Wawa Road Trip.
Operation: Wawa Road Trip, a physical comedy about a grieving brother and sister who embark on a road trip from Ohio to scatter their deceased father’s ashes at a place meaningful to him — a Wawa parking lot — has been playing to great reviews at the Drake Theatre on tiny Hicks Street in Center City. Plot elements? Dungeons & Dragons, rest stops, Sheetz vs. Wawa, and families who wear matching T-shirts.
On Sunday, when the fire alarm went off five minutes before the end of production, audience and actors (including the giant talking hoagie) took to the street (which is more like a glorified alley), with the crew, particularly Baker, scrambling in a mad dash to grab props for the production.
“When you’re on stage with five minutes left of the show and the fire alarm goes off – you finish the show on the street! Rock star Stage Manager Jamel Baker!” actor Janice Rowland Radway posted on Facebook.