Coming to the 2019 Philly Fringe Festival
Humans live with fear everyday. Fear is often considered a character flaw. The thing that halts us from doing what is right because doing what is right is often frightening or dangerous. Fear Itself puts the power in the audiences hands as they are taken on a tour through a real historical cemetery to explore the concept of fear, the lost souls they encounter along the way, and the choices they get to make to either save these souls or leave them behind. This devised interactive show by the Hum’n’bards Theater Troupe is part ghost tour and part musical.
Directed by Quinton J. Alexander
Lead Collaborator: CJ Higgins
Stage Manager: Lydia Stahl
Additional music by Wyatt Flynn
Meet the Cast!
Stephanie Stoner (she/ her/ they/ them) is excited and proud to be working with The Hum'n'bards for Fear Itself. Recent performances include Mr. Earnest/Jack Worthing in Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest, a gender-fluid production at The Ebenezer Maxwell mansion and Rose of Sharon in The Grapes of Wrath at Allens Lane. Stephanie strives to continue creating meaningful performance art in Philadelphia. You can see her again at The Ebenezer Maxwell mansion as Queen Herodias in Salome, September 20-21, 2019.
Lucia Herman - Miami-born, Cuba-raised, Philly-based writer and performer Lucia Herrmann gets caught up a lot. She is often daydreaming about language, the nature of intimacy, community-building, casual things she hopes to capture in tangible form someday. She wants to buy an all-weatherproof box for her growing stack of notebooks, and fashion so many anecdotes, poems and dream entries into a book project. Catch her around Philly at open mics, comedy shows, or the nearest patch of green space.
Arthur Robinson is a theater artist based in Philly. He has worked as an apprentice at Lantern Theater and is an active playwright and production associate for Philadelphia Asian Performing Artists. May your heart and life be filled with loving kindness.
Rachel O’Hanlon-Rodriguez is a Philadelphia based actor, spoken word artist, teacher, and occasional human. Rachel has spent the past decade focusing on acting in the Philadelphia area, working with a variety of companies such as Power Street Theatre Company, the Wilma Theater, Theatre Exile, and the Arden Theatre. In the past year Rachel has committed herself to return to her own personal practice of poetry and storytelling. Since that time she performs monthly open mics, and has been a featured poet for Thirty West Publishing House and Chimera: A Celebration of Womxn Artists. Rachel is in two Fringe shows this year which means you can catch her with the Hum’n'bards or at Panorama in Empanada Loca. www.rachelohanlonrodriguez.com.
Show dates: September 12-14
Show times: Thursday - 8:00 pm, Friday and Saturday - 7pm, 8:15pm, & 9:30pm
Venue: Gloria Dei Olde Swedes Episcopal Church Cemetery, 916 S Swanson Street Philadelphia PA 19147
Accessibility: The site has limited accessibility. The sanctuary is fully accessible for those with mobility challenges, but the cemetery is not accessible. There are no accessible restrooms located at the site.
Capacity: 15 per Tour Group
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Pangaea: A Folk Opera
The Official Soundtrack!
We know it's been a while, but making your first soundtrack takes a lot of work and our team is small but mighty!
"Pangaea: A Folk Opera" debuted in the 2016 Philadelphia Fringe Festival. This was our first production that helped create The Hum'n'Bards. Pangaea tells many stories of what life would be life if the earth split everyone up into their own little continent, and what those people would do with their feelings.
This album is available for as little as ZERO dollars, but you can pay as much as you'd like. Donations will help us with this year's Fringe Productions "God, Forgive These Bastards". The money goes towards stipends for the team, costumes, props, rehearsal space, and marketing needs.
In 2012 Wyatt Flynn and Jasmine Kojouri were living together in an artist community, and spent their days spitballing ideas for a theater company that devised original musicals.
Flash forward to 2016, where Wyatt and Taylor Plunkett-Clements worked together in a gelato shop in Philadelphia. Taylor spent many shifts sharing her ideas and dreams of performing, while Wyatt scrawled out lyrics on receipt paper. Jasmine was living across the country in Las Vegas, but the group wanted to collaborate despite the distance. Wyatt had an idea for a show, and with a swift kick in the butt from Taylor, and Jasmine’s ability to direct in an unconventional creation process, the group created Pangaea.
The show was inspired by our once united continent that is now dispersed into the many continents we know today. It explored how we connect over distance and time, and is the foundation of what would become The Hum’n’bards.
In September of 2016, The Hum'n'Bards made their debut in the Philadelphia Fringe Festival with Pangaea.
We at the Hum'n'bards believe that art needs to be accessible to people, regardless of financial ability. Therefore, we do not require people to pay to see our shows, but we do invite them to pay as much or as little as they feel is appropriate.
If you are currently in a position to support us, you can make a donation here.
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