Nice and Fresh January 2015

It’s a new year and we’ve got a new . . .

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Melissa Krodman, photo by Chris Chen

Nice and Fresh January

Pop Up Performances of New Theater, Dance and Circus Arts

Missed the show? Read all about it in this article by Alaina Mabaso in NewsWorks!

At the Philadelphia School of Circus Arts 5900A Greene St (entrance on Rittenhouse) Germantown, Philadelphia Enjoy these new creations . . . The Beauty Of The Program Is_Deborah Crocker_photo by Said Johnson_4962 copy The Beauty Of The Program Is SmokeyScout Productions Performed by Deborah Crocker, written and directed by Josh McIlvain. “McIlvain’s plays are snapshots of the lives that lie behind the lighted windows of the houses we walk by at night. They are about the coping mechanisms people develop to handle everyday pressures.” Jake Blumgart, The Philadelphia Inquirer Mumuration show photo LOOKS LIKE EVERYONE HAS LEFT Murmuration Theater Performed and created by Nell Bang-Jensen, Brian Ratcliffe, and Isa St. Clair; directed by Craig Getting; written by Jessie Bear. Tangle Movement Arts 1 Touch and Unwind Rewind Created and performed by Tangle Movement Arts Tangle Movement Arts is a circus arts company with an interdisciplinary focus. “Tangle Movement Arts has a record of quality-yet-accessible shows—simultaneously lovely and exhilarating.” Julie Zeglen, Philadelphia City Paper MK Bio Headshot Sunny Days with Sea-Side Simon Created and performed by Melissa Krodman. All works are about 15 minutes. Entire show is 65 minutes. Advisory: For mature audiences. Not a kids show!

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SLIDESHOW RETURNS

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

“Ingenious travel down memory lane!” Stage Magazine

2 special house shows in Philadelphia this holiday season!

Wednesday December 17 at 8pm

Thursday December 18 at 8pm

Chris the Brit’s House, South and Front Street (exact address provided after ticket purchase).

$10 / slideshow.brownpapertickets.com / Extremely limited seating, must purchase in advance.

Nice and Fresh: November

Nice and Fresh: November

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November 15 at 6pm + 8pm November 16 at 6pm + 8pm

READ ALL ABOUT THE SERIES IN OUR PRESS!

Featured New Creations by

Alex Dremann
Megan Flynn (Saturday only)
Josh McIlvain
Shannon Murphy
Teresa VanDenend Sorge (Friday only)

Moving Arts of Mount Airy 
Greene Street and Carpenter Lane
(across from Weavers Way Co-Op in beautiful Mount Airy), Philadelphia, PA.

Art for the price of a sandwich!

Photo by Bill Hebert.

Photo by Bill Hebert.

S L I D E SHOW

 

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S  L  I  D  E  SHOW

created and performed by Josh McIlvain, just finished its run at the 2014 Philadelphia Fringe Festival.

From the 1960s through the 1980s, the slideshow was a staple of American life. SLIDESHOW drops audiences back in the time of Kodachrome colors, weaving a fictional family history around strangers’ real slides of long ago vacations. A bizarre, funny, and disturbing work that brings the past into the present.

“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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SLIDESHOW will be back and on tour in 2014/15! Check back for details and opportunities to host a SLIDESHOW performance in your living room!

Here’s some more press:

INTERVIEW IN PHINDIE.COM WITH SLIDESHOW CREATOR JOSH MCILVAIN.

PROFILE ON SLIDESHOW ON WHYY NEWSWORKS

PREVIEW OF SLIDESHOW IN CITY PAPER

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American Wisdom: all done!

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smokeyscout productions presents

AMERICAN WISDOM

a trio of one acts about dogs, neighbors and bosses

Directed by
Chris Czyz and Josh McIlvain

Written by
Josh McIlvian

Starring
Thomas DeMarcus
Josh Lay
Paul McElwee
Ed Miller
Valerie O’Hara
Anna Watson

April 3-5 at 8pm

JUNK Performance Space
2040 Christian Street
(South) Philadelphia, PA

Read the article in the Philadelphia Inquirer!

Read the interview in Phindie.com

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American Wisdom includes . . .

THANKS FOR THE PLANT, THANKS FOR THE CONE.
The world premiere of a skewed morality tale about a neighbor whose plant has just died, a neighbor whose cone is missing, and a neighbor who just wants everyone to get along.

For The Dogs
Debt, dogs, and love demand a complicated balance in the search for a decent life in this humorous one-woman play.

Waiting For The Boss
A tense, comedic drama about the intimate revelations between day laborers who care nothing for each other.

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Founded in 2008, SmokeyScout Productions creates work that brings the absurdity of contemporary life to the stage with brilliant acting, bold humor, inventive staging, and a respect for audience intelligence. Based in Philadelphia, the company’s production of American Wisdom is their first New York City show since 2008, and features performers from both cities.

“Brings on the funny, tinged with an urban edge.” –Philadelphia City Paper

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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.

Return of Confession of a Plate and Shoe–all done!

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Return of Confessions of a Plate and Shoe: the best ever evening of outrageous short comedies by Josh McIlvain. Performed by Danielle Adams, Sebastian Cummings, Sarah Knittel, Katherine Perry, Jennifer Summerfield, and Ryan Walter.

THANKS FOR COMING TO THE SHOW, AND IF YOU DIDN’T COME, YOU SHOULD FEEL VERY BAD ABOUT IT. READ THE REVIEW FROM PHINDIE.COM!

RETURN OF CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE AND SHOE (SmokeyScout): 60-second review

June 28, 2013 – Jessica Foley

Josh McIlvain’s RETURN OF CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE AND SHOE should be put in a time capsule and used by future generations as a how-to manual titled “How-to-produce-the greatest-show-ever.” Okay, calling this show, “the greatest show ever” may seem like an overreaching marketing phrase, but I assure its not. RETURN is the greatest show of the 2012/13 theater season. Not to disrespect the larger Philadelphia theater companies, SmokeyScout Productions is reaping one of the benefits of mounting a low-budget, black box minimal production they can afford to make bold choices. McIlvain makes all the right choices. Not a minute is wasted, every inch of the Adrienne’s Sky Box is utilized. The fearless ensemble of six actors dressed in Stanislavski-neutral black crash their bodies into walls, and floor stretching their protean muscles to the max portraying a variety of species, monkeys, fish, psychopathic caterers. I am not sure if there is anything Danielle Adams, Sebastian Cummings, Sarah Knittel, Katherine Perry, Jennifer Summerfield, and Ryan Walter can not portray. June 19 to 29, 2013; smokeyscout.com.

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“All I will say for now: Go see it, if you’ve ever wanted to quit the theater because you wanted to own a house in New Jersey near a duck pond, and have a toddler named Vivian. Josh McIlvain’s Confessions of a Plate & Shoe will remind you why you opted to endure abject poverty to work in theater to begin with.” JF

“Loved the show, excellent actors, would like to see anything you do.” MG

“Funny, funny show. I was kind of sorry when it was over- I could have laughed longer.” AP

“Saw opening night. Veery funny. Thanks plate. Thanks shoe.” MK

“What a fantastic opening!” JR

“It was so much fun!” TVA

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