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Philly Theatre Week by Neighborhood: South Philly

Feb 3, 2020

Philly Theatre Week kicks off on February 6th, featuring exclusive Free, $15, and $30 tickets to 300 events across the region. See something new in South Philly! We're interviewing Ruth and Estelle, Theatre Exile, Leah Stein Dance Company, and Raw Street Productions. Read on to learn more about each company, hear about good eats around the venue, and what to know before you go!

Philly Theatre Week by Neighborhood: Head to South Philly

Ruth and Estelle
Ruth and Estelle's A Sequins of Fortunate Events

-Give us a one-sentence summary about you! 

Philadelphia theatre artists Jenna Pinchbeck and Amanda Jill Robinson have teamed to bring you Ruth and Estelle, a pair of educators and entertainers dedicated to creating engaging, joy-filled, inclusive experiences through bold storytelling, humor. and heart.

-What’s the neighborhood where you’re performing during Philly Theatre Week? 

We are performing at The Bagel Place in Queen Village!

-Is this where you usually perform?

We have performed all over the city, mostly at L'Etage on 6th and Bainbridge.

-What is unique about working in theatre in this particular area?

Queen village is a vibrant community that has taken us under it's wing and we are honored to bring our show to the residence of such a wonderful neighborhood.

-What's the most unique thing about your venue?

We will be surrounded by bagels!

-What is one thing that would be cool if people knew about your Theatre Week event before attending?

We will be offering up bagels and cocktails for those who would like to enjoy some food and beverage during the show.

-What might your favorite audience member say to someone who has never been to any of your shows before?

Over the past 5 years, Ruth and Estelle have made their mark in Philadelphia as not only funny, but relatable women who feel like your best friends.

-Any good eats for before/after your event?

Grab a bite before the show at Hungry Pigeon and a late night sake and sushi at Royal Izakaya.

Theatre Exile
Babel by Jacqueline Goldfinger

-Give us a one-sentence summary about you!

We produce challenging plays that explore the complexities of the human condition and contain a sense of Philadelphia grit and passion.

-What’s the neighborhood where you’re performing during Philly Theatre Week? 

Passyunk Square (South Philadelphia)

-What is unique about working in theatre in this particular area?

We are the only permanent theater company in South Philly. The neighborhood is fantastic with lots of great eats and shops around. You could easily spend a few hours before or after the show shopping, drinking, and eating.

-What's the most unique thing about your venue?

Our venue is brand new and in the heart of South Philly and just a few blocks from the Broad Street line.

-What is one thing that would be cool if people knew about your Theatre Week event before attending?

Babel is a National New Play Network Rolling World Premiere and was written by local playwright Jacqueline Goldfinger.

-What might your favorite audience member say to someone who has never been to any of your shows before?

Exile shows don't tie up with a neat little bow at the end. You'll definitely want to have conversations about what you saw after you leave the theater at home, in the car, or the bar.

-Any good eats for before/after your event?

So many! You can check out our dining page for just a few: https://theatreexile.org/plan-your-visit/dining/

Leah Stein Dance Company
Secondary Succession
Body Practice and Performance Workshop with Leah Stein

-Give us a one-sentence summary about you!

Leah Stein is Artistic Director of Leah Stein Dance Company - known for site-specific performance works throughout the city and beyond - with a strong foundation in improvisation and collaboration, and work with sound, movement, object and place.

-What’s the neighborhood where you’re performing during Philly Theatre Week?

South Philly

-Is this where you usually perform?

Often here, and many other sites ranging from Woodmere Art Museum to Philadelphia Water Works, from urban lots, to historic sites.

-What is unique about working in theatre in this particular area?

The Art Room Studio in south philly is a building (former Catholic school) that also houses 1812 Productions, 11th Hour Theatre Co, David Brick of Headlong Dance Theatre, and musician composer Andy Thierfauf in a quiet South Philly neighborhood with a nice view of sunsets and the city skyline.

-What's the most unique thing about your venue?

Large windows, sonic quality of room and floor.

-What is one thing that would be cool if people knew about your Theatre Week event before attending?

Begins with good smelling objects.

-What might your favorite audience member say to someone who has never been to any of your shows before?

Leah's evocative performances are powerful and meaningful in multiple ways. Full of surprises.

-Any good eats for before/after your event?

Lite snacks will be served afterwards.

Raw Street Productions
Matt & Ben

Media, PA and South Philly

Give us a one-sentence summary about you!

We jumped into this game brand new (raw!) with one idea: why can’t we, why not us? – so, we’re here, in your face, to break rules, to be a part of the evolution of theatre.

-What’s the neighborhood where you’re performing during Philly Theatre Week? If outside of Philadelphia, what town/city?

Media, PA. We also have performances in South Philly.

-Is this where you usually perform?

We don’t usually perform here, but we do run an after-school program out of the same venue: Raw Street Petites.

-Or if not, where do you usually perform?

Connie’s Ric Rac, 1132 S. 9th St, (the Italian Market).

-What is unique about working in theatre in this particular area?

We’ve never performed in this venue before, so our audience will be completely new to us, which is a challenge (one that we’re very much looking forward to!) for a company like ours that relies so much on our neighborhood audience.

-What's the most unique thing about your venue?

It’s a restaurant! We are changing as little about the interior of the space as possible to keep as much of the “pop up” vibe as we can.

-What is one thing that would be cool if people knew about your Theatre Week event before attending?

This is the most fun we’ve had working on a production since the show that launched our company! After what’s been a pretty demanding year, it’s been nice to make each other laugh just as much as we know our audience will.

(Also, the Media shows are BYOB and the bar will be open at the Italian Market shows an hour before showtime.)

-What might your favorite audience member say to someone who has never been to any of your shows before?

"Do not be put off by the surroundings! While Connie’s Ric Rac has the feel of a church basement 1970s coffee shop on open mic night, Raw Street Productions has made it their own. They put on big, professional shows using a shoestring budget, and their choice of material is terrific. I have been to five productions and a fundraiser, and I’ve never been disappointed in what I saw and heard. I think of them as “the little theatre company that could”. Raw Street has become one of my favorite groups in the city. Convenient to public transportation, with several terrific restaurants within walking distance."

-Any good eats for before/after your event?

In Media, stop by Bittersweet Kitchen until 3pm for some pretty amazing brunch – or try State Street Sandwiches closer to showtime.

In Philly, we love a pancetta pizza from Square Pie or seafood from Anastasi’s.

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