2017 Fringe Festival Opening Night @ Fringearts, Philadelphia [7 September]

2017 Fringe Festival Opening Night

19:00 - 22:00

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140 N Columbus Blvd, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19106
Following a special preview performance of 17c by Big Dance Theater, President and Producing Director Nick Stuccio, Executive Chef Peter Woolsey, and Choreographer Annie-B Parson collaborate to create a memorable evening of food, drink, and performance with Festival friends and family.

Fringe Festival Opening Night tickets are $75 and include:
7:00-8:30pm World Premiere of 17c by Big Dance Theater
8:30-10:00pm Artist reception with Choreographer Annie-B Parson and FringeArts President and Producing Director Nick Stuccio, including open bar and hors d’oeuvres.

This ensemble work of dance, theater, and music is built around the 17th century diaries of Samuel Pepys, a man who sang, strummed, shopped, strove, bullied, and groped—and recorded all of it in his diary. A startling precursor to today’s social media culture, Pepys possessed a compulsion to assign an almost constant real-time meaning to his daily existence. From his bunions to his infidelities to his perversions to his meetings with the King, he obsessively put his daily life on paper, or he felt lost.

17c dismantles this unchallenged historical figure, using the copiously prolific diaries, Margaret Cavendish’s 17th century radical feminist play The Convent of Pleasure, three centuries of marginalia, and the ongoing annotations of web-based devotees of Pepys. Elastic and poetic, the performance jumps about in time and place and point of view—and embodies the women’s voices conspicuously omitted from Pepys’s account, revealing the making and unmaking of our subjective past.

Co-Directed and Conceived by Annie-B Parson and Paul Lazar
Choreography by Annie-B Parson
Sound by Tei Blow
Visual Design by Joanne Howard
Video by Jeff Larson
Lighting by Joe Levasseur
Costumes by Oana Botez
Performers: Elizabeth DeMent, Cynthia Hopkins, Paul Lazar, Aaron Mattocks, Kourtney Rutherford
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