This June, Brat Productionsgives you dinner theatre like you’ve never experienced it before. The Last Plot in Revenge is a spaghetti western, dinner theatre, musical – with the signature Brat twist of mixed genres, surprising collaborations and rock star talent. Up-and-coming local playwright Brian Grace-Duff takes you to Revenge, Montana, a land where the wild rule, the whiskey runs, the whores are tired, the guns are smokin’ – and there is only one cemetery plot left in the whole town. Let the Scrapfields and the MacGruels duke it out, because when the Nameless Gunman enters, who knows who will be left standing? After all, revenge is a dish best served with a plate of spaghetti.
Revenge begins previews June 12, opens on June 15, and runs through June 29, 2013 at the Archive Space at Lucy’s Hat Shop (247 Market, Philadelphia, PA). Show time varies per night between 7:00 PM and 7:30 PM. Times can be confirmed on the ticket link page. Tickets are on sale now for $15.00 to $20.00, and available at www.bratproductions.org and bratproductions.ticketleap.com. Promotional support is provided by Yelp.
Grab a glass of whiskey to settle the stomach, because The Last Plot in Revenge is not for the faint of heart. Audiences members will be immersed in blood, violence, and nightmares. Select audience members may even choose to sit in the "blood splash zone." Directed by Obie-Award winning director and co-founder of the NYC Fringe John Clancy, The Last Plot in Revenge features haunting new music by Peter Gaffney, innovative puppetry by Aaron Cromie, and in-your-face fight choreography by Brett Cassidy. With lighting design by Matt Sharp and scenic design by Doug Greene, immerse yourself in a world of illusion, lust, and an actual spaghetti dinner – provided by Nick’s Roast Beef with the support of Esposito's Meats.
The stellar cast features performances by Lesley Berkowitz, Nathan Foley, Rachel Icenogle, Sarah Larsen, Sarah Schol, Johnny Smith, and Jordi Wallen as well as up and coming talent Lana Brucker, Dane Eissler, and Frankie Gallucci.
The Last Plot in Revenge was developed, created, and produced as part of Brat Productions' Resident Artist program, which supports groundbreaking artists interested in challenging misconceptions about what theatre is and can be. Resident Artist Brian Grace-Duff's successor for the 2013-14 season will be soon-to-be graduate of the Pig Iron School of Advanced Performance Training Scott Sheppard.
ABOUT JOHN CLANCY
John Clancy is an Obie award winning director and a partner in Clancy Productions, a critically acclaimed international theatrical touring and production company. He is the founding Artistic Director of The Present Company, a leading Off-Off Broadway theatre company and a founding Artistic Director of The New York International Fringe Festival, North America’s largest theater and performance festival. He currently serves as the Executive Director of the League of Independent Theater, the advocacy organization for Off-Off Broadway. His plays have won The American Shorts Contest, The San Francisco Playwrights Center Dramarama, the Edinburgh Festival Fringe First and have been short-listed for the Julie Harris Playwrighting Award and the Actors Theatre of Louisville Heideman Award. He has directed six Scotsman Fringe First winning productions at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and two Best of the Fringe Award winning productions at the Adelaide Fringe. His shows have played the Menier Chocolate Factory (London), The Helix (Dublin), The Traverse, (Edinburgh), The Tron (Glasgow), the World Stage Festival, (Toronto), The Belvoir Street Theatre, (Sydney) and PS 122, the Ohio Theatre and Barrow Street Theatre in New York City. He serves on the Advisory Council of The New York Theatre Experience, Inc., the city’s preeminent resource center for downtown theater. He is a New York Theatre Workshop Usual Suspect and was awarded The New York Magazine Award in 1997 for “creativity, enterprise and vision”. In 2002 he received a Glasgow Herald Angel for excellence in direction at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. In 2007 Clancy Productions was awarded the inaugural Edinburgh International Festival Award. He lives on the Lower East Side with his wife, Nancy Walsh.
ABOUT BRIAN GRACE-DUFF
Last year, Brian was a playwright-in-residence with PDC@ Plays and Players, which gave him the opportunity to participate in a writing intensive with Robert Smythe at the Eugene O'Neill Center's national puppetry conference. Brian's play The Death Card was seen in the 2011 Fringe Festival, and originally conceived during P. Seth’s Bauer’s playwrighting workshop at the University of Pennsylvania where Brian worked as the Student Event Coordinator at the Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts. There, he originated a new performance series for local and student theatre collaborations, called MERGE. Brian has also created For Change (PTC@Play), Remains (Endtimes Productions), The Opposite of Moths (PDC), Sports Centered (Tactile Theatre), Criminal (Pittsburgh New Works Festival). He is a proud member of The Foundry and alumni of West Chester University.
ABOUT PETER GAFFNEY
Peter Gaffney has lived, taught and performed in Prague, London, Paris and (since 1999) Philadelphia. Co-founding Cabaret Red Light in 2008, Peter has served at various times as artistic director, music director/composer, and head writer for more than twenty-three original musical productions in Philadelphia, Baltimore and New York. When he is not working on a show, he teaches philosophy, literature and cinema at University of Pennsylvania and Curtis Institute of Music. He is the editor and co-author of the book "The Force of the Virtual: Deleuze, Science, and Philosophy" (University of Minnesota Press, 2010), nominated for the Michelle Kendrick Memorial Book Prize in 2011. https://www.neosequitur.com.
ABOUT BRAT PRODUCTIONS
Founded in 1996, Brat’s mission is to create new theatre-going audiences by producing theatre that breaks the rules; theatre that tests conventions; theatre that rocks! Over the years, Brat has established itself as one of Philadelphia’s most adventurous theatre companies and is known for using unusual performance venues to enhance original and noteworthy productions. Its numerous productions have included Three Chord Fiction, winner of the Ted and Stevie Wolf Barrymore Award for New Approaches to Collaboration, Haunted Poe, A 24-Hour The Bald Soprano, A Very Merry Unauthorized Children's Scientology Pageant and EYE-95, Retarred.
you hear what Lisa Q. did last night? Scandal!
Brat Productions, in association with Plays & Players, brings The
Diary of Lisa Q to Plays & Players Theatre (1714 Delancey Place,
Philadelphia, PA 19103) this Friday, January 18, 2013 at 6:00pm and Saturday,
January 19, 2013 at 2:00pm and 6:00pm. This pop-up pub performance by and with
members of Plays & Players overtakes the entire third floor space,
including Quig’s Pub, Skinner Studio and Melissa Lynch Memorial Library. Like speed-dating a handful of
bar tales, audience members will choose their own adventure by getting
intimately involved with fictitious inhabitants of the pub. Brat Productions
provides this opportunity for emerging artists to get involved and for
established artists to take risks. ‘Diary’ is curated and hosted by Madi
Distefano, Keith Conallen
and the staff of Plays & Players’ Quig’s Pub.
vein of Conor McPherson’s monologues, as well as Madi Distefano’s own Popsicle’s
Departure, 1989, local theater artists try their hand at depicting the
notorious and shadowy story of Lisa Q, a fictional character with a real-life
social media presence. Textual, sensual and served throughout the third floor
of Plays and Players, this titillating exposé of the dirty personal secrets of
a woman who hangs around a seemingly decadent late-night bar might just make
you blush. Listen in as theater artists do what they spoof best: gossiping,
reading from diaries or just possibly telling the whole truth as they heard it
from Lisa herself.
tales fill this parlour performance curated by Madi Distefano and written in
collaboration with members of Plays & Players. Actors, directors and writers
include Cubby Altobelli, Amanda Atkinson, Lena
Barnard, Amanda Damron, Jacquie
Goldfinger, TS Hawkins, Messapotamia Lefae,
Shoshanna Ruth, Bradley Wrenn and Brat Resident Artist Brian Grace-Duff.
Aversa PR & Events is excited to announce a special partnership with Queer 2 The T Radio. LGBT-friendly clients and non-profit charitable partners will take to the air waves with host TS Hawkins to promote upcoming events and new LGBT hotspots. Upcoming radio interviews include the following:
Tashan - Promoting SWAGGER LGBT Monthly Party, runs the week of Monday, August 13 (LISTEN)
Queer 2 The T, the #1 Queer Sound, plans to provide the LGBTQ community with political commentary, nightlife happenings and arts & culture events through online radio programming. The hosts aim to embrace all communities and provide a protected environment to examine the similarities in our "differences". Coupled with community initiatives,Queer 2 The T, strives to merge what has been coined "gay" and "hetero-normative" into the unified category of humanity by addressing many topics with on-air interviews, outreach and reviews from local and global listenership. Queer 2 The T is more than a radio show; it is a safe space for queer identified, gay, lesbian, transgender, straight and straight allies to convene to discuss concerns and info-tainment.
About TS Hawkins
According to the PGN, Hawkins is the "sunniest and bubbliest of the trio and usually the calm center that steers the show." She is an internationally recognized author, performance poet, actor and wedding officiant. Her previous publications, Sugar Lumps and Black Eye Blues, Confectionately Yours, Mahogany Nectar and [Lil Blæk Book] All the Long Stories Short have been well received in print and radio media since 2007. Expanding her writing skill set, Hawkins will release her first book for teens titled Black Suga: diary of a troublesome teenager, which will debut in mid 2013 along with her first children's book titled Poetry Schmo-etry. Soon to complete her 7th publication The Hotel Haikus, she will be headlining the Authors Under 30 Book Tour promoting this work. After grad school, Hawkins plans to open an LGBTQ Charter/Boarding School. She is grateful to have traveled to share her work with other talented performers & writers! For more detailed information visit www.tspoetics.com
Brat Productionsreturns to the Philadelphia Fringe Festival for the first time since 2006’s sold-out Live Arts show EYE-95 Re-Tarred. All-star Brats Madi Distefano and Jess Conda set the tone for Brat’s 2012/2013 season “on the fringe” with Brat RockPile. This epic rock and roll double header features a remount of Popsicle’s Departure, 1989 and the world premiere of Eternal Glamnation.
RockPile runs September 7-26, 2012 at Underground Arts, 1200 Callowhill Street, Philadelphia, PA. Previews nights include September 7, 8 and 12, 2012. Departure starts at 8:00pm (September 25 and 26 start is 9:30pm), followed by Glamnation at 9:30pm (September 25 and 26 is at 11.00pm). Package tickets are available through the Fringe Festival for $19 - $35. Individual tickets for Departure or Glamnation are available at Underground Arts for $12-20 each. For information visit www.bratproductions.org and livearts-fringe.ticketleap.com.
The corruption begins with Popsicle’s Departure, 1989, Distefano’s internationally award-winning solo tour-de-force and former LIVE ARTS show. Directed by Matt Pfeiffer, Departure is a collision course through the underground of Boston’s defiant punk-rock world. This shaggy dog tale is as twisted as it is surprisingly hilarious. Winner of the Edinburgh Fringe’s “Best Solo Show” and Scotsman Fringe First and garnering two Barrymore nominations, this fierce rock and roll fantasy played to rave reviews in Edinburgh, New York City, and Philadelphia.
A twenty minute break and a trip to the bar is the perfect interlude into RockPile’s next chapter. Conceived by and featuring Conda, Eternal Glamnation blends live music and theatrical spectacles in a Studio-54 blender cocktail of rock and roll mixed by renegade music director Andrew Nelson. Distefano directs rockers Bobby Fabulous, Kevin Jordan, Frances Distefano and Erik Ransom in this story of big vocals, secret selves and spandex. Expect selections from Bowie, T. Rex, Nick Cave, and Queen. This glam-rock fantasia makes its world premiere after first appearing in its workshop version as part of the 2012 Rock & Awe series.
Departure and Glamnation deepen the love affair between Brat and the Fringe. Brat has been a pioneer of Philadelphia Live Arts & Fringe Festival since launching EYE-95 and A 24 Hour The Bald Soprano in the first two Fringe festivals in 1996 and 1997. In 2006, Brat came back to its gritty punk roots with EYE-95 Re-Tarred in the LIVE ARTS FESTIVAL. In 2012, Brat is at the top of its game and making what Brat makes best – theatre that rocks. Popsicle’s Departure, 1989 and Eternal Glamnation solidify Brat’s status not only as Philadelphia’s top rock and roll theatre company, but also “The Perfect Example of Fringe” (FringeNYC Panelists).
For other Brat shows “on the fringe,” stay tuned for the 2012-2013 season with Brat Shit Crazy, The Diary of Lisa Q. and Saloon by Resident Artist Brian Grace-Duff. For more information, visit www.bratproductions.org and like them on Facebook.