Special Nice and Fresh at Morris Arboretum Sunday June 12

Automatic Arts and the Morris Arboretum team up

to bring you

Almanac returns to Nice and Fresh. Photo: Kate Raines

Almanac returns to Nice and Fresh. Photo: Kate Raines.

Nice and Fresh Expo Edition: New Theater and Dance

Sunday June 12
Showtimes at 11:30am and 2pm

Arrive at the Arboretum at least a half hour early! Performances are a 10-minute walk into the Arboretum!

Featuring the work of

Awful DJ (comedy troupe from NYC)

Annie Wilson

Josh McIlvain/Automatic Arts

Almanac Dance Theater Circus

Yolanda Wisher

John Rosenberg

Anna Kroll

& more!

as part of STEAMpunk Expo all-day event at the Morris Arboretum

The Morris Arboretum is hosting an all day event (10am–5pm) that explores art and science the STEAMpunk way. Come out for a full day of original theatrical productions, aerial artists, and more. See examples of cutting edge technology from the past and present. Participate in science discovery stations throughout the garden. Stroll the Victorian garden in your steampunk finery and submit your photo to our Instagram fashion contest. MORE INFO

Free for members / $17 for non-members (includes access to all events and the Arboretum grounds). Pay at Arboretum entrance. DIRECTIONS.

Morris Arboretum, 100 East Northwestern Avenue, Philadelphia PA 19118.

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Please Welcome, Automatic Arts!

We are no longer SmokeyScout Productions . . .

We are now . . .

Automatic Arts

What’s your tagline?

Press button art is served.

Why oh why?

We have been doing a lot of new types of performances these past few years and we think it’s time for our name to reflect that work—Automatic Arts, a company that creates, produces, and programs original performing arts.

How did it come to this?

We began SmokeyScout Productions by creating and producing comedic evenings of theater, for which a company named after our cats made sense. We have since been creating more varied theatrical experiences. Over the past three years, we have began a presentation series (Nice and Fresh), put up plays, and veered into multimedia/interdisciplinary and dance performance as well. Now we will be programming and producing larger performing arts events for other institutions as well as our own, and we felt it was time for a change. Automatic Arts is what we deliver.

Is your programming changing?

We are still creating original shows and running the Nice and Fresh series. We are also expanding into programming performing arts events for other institutions.

How can I support you?

The Philadelphia Cultural Fund supports us and so can you. It’s easy! Make a tax-deductible donation to our company by clicking here and you can give to us through our fiscal Sponsor, Fractured Atlas (they act as an umbrella nonprofit to small companies like ours). We are still listed as SmokeyScout Productions at Fractured Atlas, and we will still receive the donation under that name.

Automatically Yours,

Josh McIlvain and Deborah Crocker

Nice and Fresh is April 29 and 30

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

Nice and Fresh brings new works of theater and dance by Philly’s most exciting performing artists and companies to unique venues in Mount Airy, Germantown and other Northwest Philadelphia neighborhoods.

Friday April 29 at 7pm TICKETS
Saturday April 30 at 6pm and 8pm TICKETS

ONLY $7!

On sale now at: fresh16.brownpapertickets.com

Cliveden
6401 Germantown Ave (enter on Cliveden)
Philadelphia, PA 19144

Mature audiences.

April’s show features:

Booth House (theater)
In short: Anna lands her first “real” job, a marketing coordinator in a historical house, but is unprepared for the highly toxic work environment. Performed by Steve Lippe, Ed Miller, Anna Flynn-Meketon. Written and directed by Josh McIlvain. SmokeyScout Productions

Ederlezi (dance)
In short: A dance for five that blends devotional, ritualistic, and swirling movement in a celebration of the spring season.
Dancers: Evalina Carbonell, Annielille Gavino-Kollman, Liu Mo, Meredith Stapleton, Asya Zlatina. Choreographed by Evalina Carbonell.

Fuerza (dance)
In short: A solo dance that peels back the layers of one’s soul. Choreographed & danced by Evalina Carbonell.

Tonkaya Ryabina  (dance)
In short: A dance about coping with loneliness and featuring a traditional Russian folk song. Choreographed and danced by Asya Zlatina.

Shooting a Dog (theater)
In short: A young woman deals with the fate of her dog after he bites the neighbor’s kid—and the consequences of her inaction. Performed by Melissa Rakiro. Written and directed by Josh McIlvain

Solipsism (multimedia)
In short: The search for the meaning of a word creates fissures in a seemingly stable relationship. Written by John Rosenberg. Soundscore by Andres Villamil with Mike Szekely on drums. Hella Fresh Theater.

Plus a new 7-minute exhibition by Iva Fabrikant.

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IMG_6886Evalina Carbonell in Fuerza. Photo by Bill Hebert.

Nice and Fresh: February 2016

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

Nice and Fresh: Pop Up Performances of New Theater and Dance

Friday February 19 at 6pm and 8pm

Saturday February 20 at 6pm and 8pm

Thanks for coming!

Moving Art of Mount Airy
6819 Greene Street (at Carpenter La.)
Mount Airy, Philadelphia

Featured new stuff by 

Thomas Choinacky

Loren Groenendaal/Vervet Dance

Baby Steps
with Megan Thibodeaux and Andalyn Young

Josh McIlvain/SmokeyScout Productions
with Julius Ferraro and Katherine Perry

Plus the 7-Minute Exhibition featuring a new work by Iva Fabrikant

NOTE: Mature audiences. Not a kids show!

Megan

SLIDESHOW Philly tour Nov 12 – Dec 5, it’s a wrap!

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REAL SLIDES. A FICTIONAL FAMILY SAGA.
AN OLD FASHIONED SLIDESHOW BECOMES A THEATRICAL EXPERIENCE.

SLIDESHOW was performed throughout the Philadelphia-area this November and into December. 4 weeks, 8 shows, 7 venues. Thanks to all who hosted, and all who came!

“What if Don Draper’s Carousel pitch was a theatrical experience? That’s kind of the vibe given off by Josh McIlvain‘s Slideshow. This intimate performance uses real slides to unfold a gripping tale of a family as seen through the fleeting images on a screen.” Philebrity.com

“The punchy-colored slides and humorous yet heartfelt prose McIlvain recites is as uncanny and nostalgic as some of our own family scrapbooks.” Read the City Paper review!

“Ingenious travel down memory lane!” Read the Stage Magazine Review!

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