Monthly Archives: August 2010

Swarthmore artists at the LiveArts-Philly Fringe 2010!

Swarthmore theater and dance alumni, faculty, and staff are again strongly represented in this year’s Philadelphia LiveArts-Fringe Festival, running September 3-18, 2010.

Those participating include:

Telephone Bronco Theater Company makes their collective debut with the world premiere of CARTOGORAPHASIA, created by the company on campus this summer with the support of the Swarthmore Project in Theater.  Company members include Nell Bang-Jensen ’11, Jessica Bear ’08, Emma Ferguson ’10, Sam Goodman ’10, Eric Holzhauer ’10, Louis Jargow ’10, and Isa St. Clair ’11.

Performances at Circle of Hope, 1125 S. Broad Street.

September 3, 4, 10, 11. (Fringe Festival).

The Groudswell Players will make their collective debut with the world premiere of HOW TO SOLVE A BEAR.  The company includes Jesse Paulsen ’09 and Emma Ferguson ’10.

Performed at the Mainstage at the Adrienne Theatre, 2030 Sansom Street.

September 4, 6, 9, 12, 17 (Fringe Festival).

Director and digital media designer Lars Jan ’00 is collaborating with choreographer Nichole Canuso on the world premiere of a dance-theater piece TAKES, by the Nichole Canuso Dance Company.  Performing in the piece is Dito van Reigersberg ’94 (of Pig Iron Theatre Company).  Technical and lighting direction by LPAC Staff Office member Dave Todaro.  TAKES was supported in part by the Swarthmore Project in Theater.

Performances at Theater West at The Hub, (SW corner of 5th Street and Fairmount Avenue in Northern Liberties).

September 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 10, 11, 17, 18  (LiveArts Festival).

Playwright and actor Adriano Shaplin (part-time instructor of playwriting in the Department of Theater) performs in the world premiere of his latest play FREEDOM CLUB, a collaboration between his company The Riot Group and Philadelphia’s New Paradise Laboratories.

Performances at the Arts Bank, 601 S. Broad Street (corner of South Street).

September 3, 4, 5, 8, 9, 10, 11 (LiveArts Festival).

Pig Iron Theatre Company is presenting the world premiere of their latest production, CANKERBLOSSOM, directed by Dan Rothenberg ’95.

Performances at Christ Church Neighborhood House, 20 N. American Street (near 2nd & Market Streets).

September 4, 5, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18 (LiveArts Festival).

Dance faculty member and choreographer Jumatatu Poe ’04 is presenting the world premiere of his piece UNSTUCK on a double bill with choreographer Eun Jung Choi.

Performances at the Live Arts Studio, 919 N. 5th Street (at Poplar Street in Northern Liberties).

September 11, 12 (Live Arts Festival).

Green Chair Dance Group is performing in GRAVITY THEATER, a collaboration with InMovement Dance and Amanda Varone.  Green Chair Dance Group consists of Sarah Gladwin-Camp ’05, John Beauregard ’05, Greg Holt ’05, and Hannah de Keijzer ’06.

Performances at InMovement Studio, 737 S. 8th Street (South Philadelphia).

September 15, 16.

Greg Holt ’05 is performing in the world premiere of choreographer Brian Sanders’ SANCTUARY, presented by his company Junk.

Performances at Theater East at The Hub (SW corner of 5th Street and Fairmount Avenue in Northern Liberties).

September 3, 4, 5, 9, 10, 11, 16, 17, 18 (LiveArts Festival)

Additional information about these and the many other performances in the LiveArts-Fringe program this year can be found in hard copies of the festival guide that are available in the LPAC Lower Lobby (outside the LPAC Staff Office) or by going to

Tickets can be bought any time on line by going to the festival website and selecting “Shows”.  The festival box office will be open starting August 23 at The Hub (at the SW corner of 5th and Fairmount Streets) in Northern Liberties.

Theater Alums in Recent News

A record number of Swarthmore College alums have been nominated for the 2010 Barrymore Awards, the winners of which will be announced in Philadelphia on October 4, 2010 at a ceremony inside the Walnut Street Theatre.

Pig Iron Theatre Company’s Fringe show from 2009, WELCOME TO YUBA CITY, received a total of six nominations–a record for any production to date in the group’s history.  The acting ensemble and creative team for YUBA CITY included Dito van Reigersberg ’94 (actor), Sarah Sanford ’99 (actor), Kim Comer ’09 (master electrician), and Lang Performing Arts Center staff member Dave Todaro (assistant lighting designer).  WELCOME TO YUBA CITY enjoyed the largest audiences of any Pig Iron production at the Philadelphia Live Arts/Fringe Festival since 1997, and was also the best-attended show of the entire festival last September.  It was reviewed by Jason Zinoman in the NEW YORK TIMES, and the company hopes to revive the production for tours in the near future.

The nominations for YUBA CITY are:
Outstanding Overall Production of a Play, Outstanding Direction of a Play by Quinn Bauriedel ’94 (Quinn is also a part-time faculty in the Swarthmore Department of Theater), Outstanding Set Design by Mimi Lien, Outstanding Ensemble in a Play, Independence Foundation Award for Outstanding New Play (for the ensemble and playwright Deborah Stein ’99), and Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Play by Charlotte Ford (a Bryn Mawr alum and recent participant in Swarthmore Project in Theater).

Sarah Sanford ’99 has also been nominated for Best Supporting Actress in THE HUNTER GATHERERS at Theatre Exile and The F. Otto Haas Award for an Emerging Philadelphia Theatre Artist.

You can read a full list of nominees on the Theatre Alliance website.

Also in the news, Pig Iron will also premiere a new work at Christ Church Neighborhood House as part of this year’s Philadelphia Live Arts Festival: CANKERBLOSSOM, very freely inspired by Shakespeare’s A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM.  For CANKERBLOSSOM, director Dan Rothenberg ’95 has teamed up with cartoonist and pioneering puppeteer artist Beth Nixon, whose fantastical cardboard creations work alongside stop motion animation, video projection, live music, and Pig Iron’s signature physical style to create this shadowy fairytale land.  For more information about the company and the show, check out their website

CARTOGORAPHASIA at the Philly Fringe in September!

Cartogoraphasia is the first experiment from Telephone Bronco Theater Company.  Under the auspices of the Swarthmore Project in Theater, the company  committed themselves to working as a collective and mashing up their different areas of expertise to generate a new work and to explore new territories in devising performance.  This process has been mainly character-based, and Cartogoraphasia is a celebration of The World’s Greatest Explorers–but probably not the ones audiences are most familiar with. The piece weaves together the narratives of six extremely varied characters and brings together amazing stories of intrepid explorer moments for both characters and performers alike.

Cartogoraphasia opens the first weekend of September at the Philadelphia Fringe Festival, and also runs the second weekend. It’s at Circle of Hope on at 1125 South Broad Street. Tickets are for sale at the Fringe Festival website:

For more information about supporting the show and the company, visit

You can also find the company on Facebook (!/pages/Telephone-Bronco-Theater-Company/122056474499910?ref=ts) and follow their success on Picasa (