See the creative process take shape before your very eyes.
Obie award-winning playwright Dael Orldandersmith is currently guiding seven local playwrights through collaborations that will take stage in Philadelphia in April. But for three nights only, you can attend a preview with dramatic readings from these upcoming works for free. Audiences are invited to attend these performances December 12- 14 at 7:30 p.m. at the Kimmel Center's SEI Innovation Studio.
Thursday night you will meet some avant-garde characters including a third-gendered Joan of Arc presented by Mary Tuonamen of the Philadelphia-based Applied Mechanics. The character was co-created with Aaron Cromie for fall's Fringe Arts Festival. You will also meet an outlaw celebrity that was autobiographically conceived by Otto Haas emerging artist award-winner James Ijames. Experimental, sound-based poetry by New York's Edwin Torres concludes the night with different character voices based on "dad."
Friday the 13th features new work from Obie award-winner Deb Margolin, a drama instructor at Yale University. Mary McCool, co-founder of the Philadelphia's New Paradise Laboratories theatre company, will then give a reading of a new original work.
Writer-actor-director-film producer Sheila Tousey, takes the stage on Saturday night, along with actor and director Brian Osborne of Delicious Vaudeville and Pig Iron Theater. To conclude the three-night event, audiences will hear a reading from Orlandersmith herself.