Nice and Fresh February: Theater, Dance + Circus!

With

Almanac Dance Theater Circus

Freshblood/KC Chun-Manning in collaboration with Camilla Dely

Asya Zlatina (featuring Ashley Searles)

Josh McIlvain/Automatic Arts (featuring Ezekiel Jackson and Sara Vanasse)

Hosted by

Sarah Knittel

with special guest The Joseph Davenport Experience featuring musical accompaniment by Betty Smithsonian

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Friday February 24 at 6pm and 8pm

Saturday February 25 at 6pm and 8pm

Venue

Moving Arts of Mount Airy
6819 Greene Street (at Carpenter La.)
(Mount Airy) Philadelphia, PA 19119

 

Photo (above) by Daniel Kontz

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

Artists need to create.
Performers need to perform.
Audiences need to see new work.

Announcing our first Resident Artist: Sarah Knittel

Automatic Arts is thrilled to announce the launch of its Artist-in-Residence program, with its 2017 inaugural Resident Artist, theater artist and actor Sarah Knittel. By tying the residency to the company’s Nice and Fresh series, audiences will be able to watch the Resident Artist face new creative challenges throughout 2017. Automatic Arts will select one Resident Artist each year to be a part of the company.

Sarah Knittel, Joni and the Doorman, promo photo: Said Johnson.

Sarah Knittel in a Joni and the Doorman promo photo. Photo by Said Johnson.

The Artist-in-Residence program is closely tied to the company’s Nice and Fresh performing arts series. For each month from January to June, the Resident Artist will be challenged to creatively participate in Nice and Fresh: from acting in plays to hosting shows to writing and directing work and other creative challenges. The residency will culminate in the fall of 2017 with a Nice and Fresh that is produced and curated entirely by the Resident Artist under the Automatic Arts banner.

“Sarah Knittel is the perfect choice to kick off this new facet of our endeavors,” says artistic director of Automatic Arts, Josh McIlvain. “In addition to putting different kinds of performance—and types of artists—side by side, the Nice and Fresh series, for Automatic Arts, is about the challenge of creating and/or performing in new work continuously. I can’t force that on the other artists and companies that perform at Nice and Fresh, but this program allows us to do so with a willing participant; Sarah is an artist who shared our ideals and curiosity, willing to expand the idea of the space itself and the type of performance it can support. It’s also important for our future to have artists besides myself to be officially part of Automatic Arts, and expanding our output.”

“I’ve always loved performing in Nice and Fresh,” explains Sarah Knittel, “and admire the work that Automatic Arts does—it explores and encourages new, often daring work and always champions the creative process. I’m excited for the challenge and the months ahead!”

Sarah Knittel’s education began at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts where her studies took her to the Stella Adler Studio of Acting, Stonestreet Studios for Film and Television, and The Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London. This past spring she fulfilled her graduate studies at the Pig Iron School for Advanced Performance Training in Physical and Devised Theater. In Philadelphia, she performed for Automatic Arts, Hella Fresh, Pig Iron, Hedgerow, Philadelphia Shakespeare, Idiopathic Ridiculopathy Consortium, Luna, Manayunk Theater Co., and Phenomenal Animals among others. Also a teaching artist, Sarah has taught for White Pines, Odd Act Theater Co., Story UP! and currently Dancing with the Students.

Presented by Automatic Arts,  Nice and Fresh is a performing arts series that features new works from Philadelphia and beyond-based theater, dance, and circus arts companies and artists. Curated by playwright-director Josh McIlvain of SmokeyScout Productions, each show features four to five artists/companies performing new and original works in the 10–15 minute range in a variety of artistic disciplines. Using only venues in Northwest Philadelphia (Mount Airy, Germantown, Chestnut Hill), Nice and Fresh provides an easy-going, affordable-for-everyone option to stroll around the corner and experience new theater and dance. Expect funny, imaginative, compelling pieces from artists in an accessible format and for only $7! Next show is February 24 and 25 at Moving Arts of Mount Airy, Carpenter Lane and Greene Street in Mount Airy, Philadelphia.

Nice and Fresh: February!

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Friday February 27 at 6pm + 8pm
Saturday February 28 at 6pm + 8pm

Moving Arts of Mount Airy
Greene St and Carpenter La
Mt Airy (across from the Co-op), Philadelphia

A great show, thanks for coming!

Sarah and Anna

Magick and Glitter
Hella Fresh Theater / performed by Anna Flynn-Meketon and Sarah Knittel; written by John Rosenberg. In short: A sorority girl who wants Magick the Magician’s to autograph her teddy bear befriends the magician’s assistant.

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Created and performed by Megan Mazarick. In short: An evolving solo dance by Megan Mazarick, “When I was in Egypt in 2014 I finally figured out I am a lady. I know, right? How depressing. So part of making this solo is about being unlady-like or facing female identity in new ways.”

Lords of the Universe or FIVE YEARS IS TOO LONG TO WORK HERE
SmokeyScout Productions / performed by Fred Brown and josh McIlvain; written and directed by Josh McIlvain. In short: Two men lord over the masses from their perch at a café, overly obsessed with the girls who make their coffee, and a belief that they are still in the game.

Where are the Spoons?
Flower in the Storm
SHARP Dance Company / Choreography by Diane Sharp-Nachsin / Dancers: Joe Cicala, Sandra Davis, Sophie Malin, Miguel Quinones, Kate Rast. In short: Two short works from the modern dance company, one solo from there upcoming show, one a group piece about being on the wrong end of rage.

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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.

ReturnClownFront_72dpiRead what audiences  posted about the show:

“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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