Nice and Fresh Spring Series at Cliveden!

Nice and Fresh: May

performances of new theater and dance

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Friday May 22 at 7pm
Saturday May 23 at 6pm + 23

Thanks for coming!

Home/Bastard
by Annie Wilson
The bastard is bedridden. Bastard is in pain.

National Park
Text, direction, and video by Josh McIlvain, dance by Deborah Crocker, original score by Andres Villamil
Dancer: Deborah Crocker. Actors: Lauren LeBlanc and Jonathan Steadman.
A multimedia extravaganza that takes you from the Rocky Mountains to a man’s bathroom.

The Mystery of Jean
Created by {HTP}: Manon Manavit and Julius Ferraro. Written by Jean Cocteau.
There’s something in the suitcase.

A Prairie Dance, For Now!
by Laura Vriend. Dancer: Rachel Carrico
She followed me from my hometown of Winnipeg, Canada. Her name is Prairie Girl.

Cliveden

6401 Germantown Avenue (enter on Cliveden)
Germantown, Philadelphia

Read up on the artists!

Nice and Fresh is a monthly performing arts series that features new works from Philadelphia-based (and beyond) theater, dance, and circus arts companies at venues in Northwest Philadelphia. Each show features four artists/companies performing new and original 10- to 15-minute works in a variety of styles and artistic disciplines. Read the reviews and press.

“‘Nice and Fresh’ curated show series gains popularity in Northwest Philly.” read the article about January’s show by Alaina Mabaso in WHYY NewsWorks!

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Cliveden, one of America’s most well-preserved historic sites, is located in Historic Germantown, Philadelphia, on 5 acres of land right off of Germantown Avenue. The 1767 building, site of the Battle of Germantown, remains one of the nation’s best-documented and least-altered colonial houses. Performances are in the Carriage House, below.

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Nice and Fresh: DECEMBER!

SmokeyScout Productions presents

Nice and Fresh: Fall Performing Arts Series of Pop-up Performances of New Theater and Dance Works

Annie Wilson and Jenna Horton in Lovertits

Every First Weekend (Fri./Sat.) October through December, 2013.

Moving Arts of Mount Airy

6819 Greene Street, Greene and Carpenter Lane, Philadelphia, PA 19119.

December 6 at 7pm and 9pm

December 7 at 7pm and 9pm

 A GREAT LINE UP FOR THE HOLIDAY SEASON . . .

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Lovertits, conceived and choreographed by Annie Wilson, featuring Christina Gesualdi, Jenna Horton, Ilse Zoerb (dance)

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Jesus and the Sister-in-law by Josh McIlvain/SmokeyScout, featuring Emily L. Gibson (theater)

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Let it Snowden written and by John Rosenberg/Hella Fresh Theater, featuring Josh McIlvain and Francesca Piccioni (theater)

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Discreet Holy Landspan by Eleanor Goudie-Averill/Stone Depot Dance Lab, featuring  Melissa Chisena, Scott McPheeters and Eleanor Goudie-Averill (dance)

All works are between 10 and 20 minutes. Entire show is 70 minutes.

READ ALL ABOUT DECEMBER’S SHOW IN THE PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER!

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READ THE PHINDIE.COM REVIEW OF NOVEMBER’S SHOW  . . . 

NICE AND FRESH November (SmokeyScout): Get punched in the face by art at SmokeyScout Productions’ NICE AND FRESH

November 4, 2013 – Julius Ferraro

SmokeyScout is named after artistic director Josh McIlvain’s cats: Smokey and Scout. The program of the November NICE AND FRESH thanks them, along with Moving Arts of Mount Airy (MAMA), the intimate, neutral space in which the variety show—or “Pop-Up Performance of New Theater and Dance Works”—is being presented.

Each of the four pieces in the November program is about ten minutes, and there’s a five-minute breather in the middle, making your $7 ticket go far while keeping your legs from cramping up.

Emily L. Gibson and Steve Lippe in MAKING the WORLD a BETTER PLACE through MURALS.

Emily L. Gibson and Steve Lippe in MAKING the WORLD a BETTER PLACE through MURALS.

Program opener THE CHASE is a wordless action-clowning farce in the precise style of GDP Productions’ recent Do Not Push. Nick Gillette, playing an over-exuberant, ticket-punch wielding SEPTA employee, pursues truant passenger Ben Grinberg across land, sky and sea. Ben and Nick bend space, climbing train cars, creating motorcycles and airplanes, and dangling from cliffs, all in an approximately 5×10 foot, unadorned patch of floor.

McIlvain’s own short play, MAKING THE WORLD A BETTER PLACE THROUGH MURALS, is a titillating denouncement of an unnamed Philadelphia mural-producing program. In it, a veteran mural-maker (played by both Steve Lippe and Emily L. Gibson) goes rogue after losing faith in the belief that a painting of happy multicultural people standing in a garden can improve a neighborhood. The plentiful chuckles in McIlvain’s irreverent script have a guilty tinge to them, reminding us how much stock we place in the massive arts programs of our city.

“You’d never put one of those in an uplifted neighborhood. An uplifted neighborhood would say ‘don’t put that shitty mural here’”

The other talky-piece is by John Rosenberg of Kensington-based Hella Fresh Productions, who has worked with McIlvain on multiple productions in the past—and whose theater company is similar to SmokeyScout in that both are run by Philly-based playwrights self-producing in areas outside the usual theatergoer’s path. PLOT: SECTION 46 LOT 366-11 GRID O/P-22.5 (whew!) treads the well-worn short-play path of mismatched strangers meeting and swapping philosophical ponderations. Rosenberg’s idiosyncratic voice comes out in the cynical twist: one’s a war widow (Francesca Piccioni) fiercely bitter about not being in TIME Magazine, and the other’s a sad old man (Rosenberg) picking up chicks in Arlington National Cemetery.

The weird highlight of the night is CITY BIRD SINGS THE CAR ALARM, a dance choreographed and performed by Shannon Murphy of idiosynCrazy productions (the company which created Private Places for the 2012 FringeArts Presented Festival). Outrageous, posturing, and irreverent, Murphy’s physical vocabulary borrows from overt seduction, self-conscious grooming, childish acrobatics, and drunken provocation, all within the balletic framework of a bird rising from its nest, singing and dancing, and then returning. The result is an exploration of a sassy, messy femininity larger and more complex than societal expectations. The music, designed by Steve Surgalski, mixes Annie Lenox’s 90s pop hit “Little Bird” with car alarms and other city noises. Murphy effectively mixes vulnerability with truculence. Her persona is much larger than the little space, and manages to intimidate more than a few audience members while telling her story.

“Fresh” is a good word for this pugnacious collection; each short piece manages to make a definitive twist to its respective medium. “Nice,” maybe less so; someone’s bound to be offended eventually, but that’s all part of the fun. The downside is its out-of-the-way location; though it’s only a twenty-minute train ride, audiences balk at leaving familiar pastures. But the radius of the arts is expanding in Philly, and if McIlvain continues to cultivate work of this quality and coolness, he might lure broader audiences out of center city.November 1+2, 2013 (subsequent events December 6 + 7, 2013)smokeyscout.com.

WILD PUNCH finished its run, thanks to all who came!

John Rosenberg, Josh McIlvain, Annie Wilson. Photo by Erin Desmond.

Wild Punch: Dance Theater Adventures in Kensington

A joint presentation between SmokeyScout Productions and Hella Fresh Theater, Wild Punch features new plays by Josh McIlvain and John Rosenberg, and a dance work created and performed by Annie Wilson. Audiences experience these three bold works in three separate spaces created within the Papermill Theater. 1 show. 3 perspectives. 3 original works.

WILD PUNCH PRESS RELEASE

Wild Punch features: dancer-choreographer Annie Wilson’s dance graceful frsutrated expletive, a solo about her personal evolution as a dancer that involves a hilarious and touching first person narrative, dance, and an anything goes approach; Josh McIlvain’s play Waiting For The Boss (with James C. Tolbert & Josh McIlvain), a comedic drama about maintaining your sense of worth as you grow older in menial, underpaid labor, and the intimate personal revelations between coworkers who care nothing for each other; and John Rosenberg’s play Automated Fault Isolation (Anna Flynn-Meketon & John Rosenberg), a dark romance set in 1950s Alabama about a white high school girl and a soldier waiting for the person she has lured to a motel room.

Wild Punch promo features co-creator Josh McIlvain discussing the show.

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