PHILLY THEATRE WEEK

PRESENTS

HURT and other possibilities

The ride from hell. The Jesus boss. The uncle of darkness.

3 plays about bad relations and bad decisions written + directed by Josh McIlvain. Performed by Megan Thibodeaux, John Rosenberg, Peter Kochanek, Effie Kammer.

Plus BUZZ, a new film poem, makes its debut screening!

Thursday February 6 at 7Pm

Friday February 7 at 7pm

Saturday February 8 at 6pm and 8pm

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The McPherson Manor
on the Philadelphia School of Circus Arts Campus
6454 Greene Street (Mt Airy)
Philadelphia, PA 19119
Performers: Megan Thibodeaux, John Rosenberg, Peter Kochanek, Effie Kammer
Plus BUZZ a new film poem with poetry by John M McIlvain.
Lighting design by JJ Jury
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PLAY READING

A new full-length play by Josh McIlvain, Affection follows the adventures of Brie, who is both exploring the opportunities and discovering the limitations that divorce has brought her.

FREE! Monday July 1, 7:30pm
Maas Building, 1325 North Randolph St, Philadelphia, PA 19122

Actors: Karen DiLossi, Macy Davis, Nikitas Menotiades, Homer Robinson.

We’d love an audience for this reading, as your presence is super helpful in the development of this play.

Wild. Funny. Tragic.

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It’s 2019, a theater company rehearses Medea, the ancient tragedy of marital discord, palace intrigue, gender politics, and murder. Set during one of the company’s final run-throughs, PURE MEDEA intertwines Medea’s revenge upon her husband with the smaller tragedies—and petty rivalries—of the modern-day actors’ personal and professional lives.

Saturday May 4 at 8pm
Sunday May 5 at 7pm
Monday May 6 at 7pm*

Thursday May 16 at 7:30pm*
Friday May 17 at 8pm
Saturday May 18th at 8pm
Sunday May 19 at 2pm

TICKETS ($12–$15): puremedea.brownpapertickets.com

Christ Church Neighborhood House
20 N. American Street, Philadelphia, PA, 19106
(By 2nd and Market Streets)

Run time: 110 minutes plus intermission.

*Postshow discussion with Dr. Sheila Murnaghan, translator of Medea, Norton Critical Editions (2018), and the Alfred Reginald Allen Memorial Professor of Greek at the University of Pennsylvania. Moderated by Christopher Munden, founder and editor, Phindie.com.

Medea by Euripides Translation by Sheila Murnaghan (W. W. Norton & Co, 2018). Performers Sophia Barrett, Josh McLucas, Hallie Martenson, Lauren Suchenski, Homer Robinson. Costume design Adrena Williams. Lighting design JJ  Jury. Concept, additional text, and direction by Josh McIlvain.

CHRIST CHURCH PARKING

PUBLIC:

Metered street parking is available on 2nd and 3rd streets (most are free after 630pm). Parking is prohibited on American St.

LOTS:

Park America lot on Filbert Street just behind Neighborhood House.  Receive $2 off parking fee with validation from Welcome Desk.  Valid any time.

Additional lots on 2nd St on either side of Market.

Photo by Ceilidh Madigan

Poster design by Guido Caroti

We made it, thanks to you!

We’re creating something new, out of something classic! Help us bring our most ambitious production yet to life by contributing to our Kickstarter Fundraiser!

WE RAISED $3830, PASSING OUR $3500 GOAL—THANK YOU!

For our 10th anniversary season, Automatic Arts is thrilled to announce a major new production, PURE MEDEA, an adaptation of Euripides’ Medea, to debut May 2019 at Christ Church Neighborhood House, a 100-seat theater in the heart of Old City in Philadelphia. Having created and presented purely original work for ten years, tackling a classic play is very new to us—so of course we have added an Automatic Arts-style twist on it. This is an adaptation of the Ancient Greek play Medea and sets the play with in a rehearsal by a modern day theater company who are mounting the Euripides play. PURE MEDEA follows both the original text and the drama of the rehearsal room as the roles of Medea begin to infiltrate the inner lives of the actors.

This is an ambitious project and we need your help to bring it to life. Our goal is to raise $3,500 and we have 30 days to do so! Kickstarter is a make it or break it giving platform. To receive your gift, we must reach our goal of $3,500.  Please make a gift today to ensure that we reach and even exceed our goal and fund PURE MEDEA!

We even have fun items for the various giving levels! We even have this entertaining Video Pitch:

Conceived of and directed by Josh McIlvain, PURE MEDEA features the 2018 Medea translation by Sheila Murnaghan, plus additional rehearsal room text and rearrangements of the original by Josh McIlvain. Features the actors Sophia Barrett, Lauren Suchenski, Homer Robinson, Josh McLucas, and Hallie Martenson.

Producing theater is a pricey endeavor, in which ticket sales do not cover costs, even on the most prestigious stages. I hope you will help make PURE MEDEA a reality with a contribution to this Kickstarter campaign.

Thank you

Josh McIlvain
Artistic Director of Automatic Arts

SOLOWFEST 2018

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People are Strange, and other revelations . . . you’ll take away from this awesome night of short solo performances

Thursday June 14 at 8pm

Friday June 15 at 7pm

June 16 at 7pm and 9pm

Blindness, Key West, giraffes, a hunky neighbor who may be the real father of your child—encounter multiple circumstances and people in this evening of four solo performance works. People are Strange blends humor, insight, and just plain oddness with some music to boot. Performed in multiple rooms at an art gallery.

Performances by Tara Demmy, Marissa Kennedy, Josh McIlvain, Nikitas Menotiades*

*Appears courtesy Actors Equity

Da Vinci Art Alliance

704 Catharine St, Philadelphia, PA 19147

Nice and Fresh comes to West Philly Dec 1 + 2

Special Nice and Fresh curated by 2017 Automatic Arts resident artist Sarah Knittel

Nice and Fresh: The Great West

Friday December 1 at 7pm + 9pm TICKETS
Saturday December 2 at 7pm + 9pm TICKETS

Featuring new creations by
Anna Michael
Fred Brown
Betty Smithsonian
Lillian Ransijn
Josh McIlvain

Also including the talents of Christina Higgins, Taylor Plunket-Clemens, Travis Fischbach, and your host Sarah Knittel!

$7 / automatic.brownpapertickets.com

New short works of theater and dance!
Art Church of West Philadelphia
5219 Webster St, Philadelphia, PA 19143
(1 block from 52 + Baltimore)

Nice and Fresh April

“The best showcase for new performing arts in Philadelphia.” Phindie.com

NICE AND FRESH: New Works of Theater and Dance

peepSHOW

April 28 + 29

Friday April 28 at 6pm and 8pm
Saturday April 29 at 6pm and 8pm

Moving Arts of Mount Airy
6819 Greene Street (at Carpenter Lane)
Mount Airy, Philadelphia.

Balk (theater)
Two dads hang out without the protection of their wives and kids.
Performed by Ed Miller and Josh McIlvain, directed by Josh McIlvain, written by John Rosenberg of Hella Fresh Theater.

peepSHOW (dance theater)
A somatic exploration of the revealing.
(Think about it.)
CCreated + performed by Sarah Knittel and Lillian Ransijn

The Presidents (theater)
A power struggle at the Lodge over who gets to be which president in the Independence Day Parade.
Performed by Mike Franz + Mark Wheeler, directed by Lexa Grace, written by Josh McIlvain of Automatic Arts

Research 2 (performance art)
The collision of one’s sense of identity and change—whether in the world, relationships, or one’s own body.
Created and performed by Irina Varina

Select Readings from the 1986 Amnesty International Report (reading)
Exactly what it sounds like.
Concept and music by Josh McIlvain, reading by Christopher Munden (Friday) and TBD (Saturday).

Art by Chuck Schultz
Visual artist Chuck Schultz will display a number of his images of performers, which he has created while watching performances.

Each performance is 8–12 minutes, entire show is 70 minutes.

peepSHOW photo by Kim Spade. BALK photo by Richard Underwood.

BALK