try contacting the
spirit world before live audiences to keep an element of hope simmering
on the back burner of my mind." - read Jeffrey Stanley's
latest in the Washington Post
After a highly successful world
2013 Philly Fringe in September and an
extended post-Fringe run in
underground to lie dormant
for the winter.
Look for us
to rise again in 2014
after the spring thaw.
There's a little taphophile in all of us
Very limited seating
$10 tickets here
(doors open 45 minutes
early to allow the audience time to wander the 3 floors
of this 118-year-old
synagogue before descending to the cellar)
2015 S. 4th Street
2 short blocks north of Snyder Avenue on the corner of 4th and Emily
from the dead
PA – BONEYARDS is back from the dead to rock your underworld just in
time for Halloween. Shiva3 is proud to announce the return of Jeffrey Stanley's
solo show BONEYARDS
which was a hit in the 2013 Philly Fringe. The 80-minute show will
performed in the dark, dank coal cellar of the century-old storefront Shivtei Yeshuron Ezras-Israel Synagogue,
also known as “the little shul” (part of the June 2013 Hidden City
Festival) at 2015 South 4th Street in South Philly near Snyder Avenue
for 4 performances. Stanley's
solo show is a followup to his 2011 Fringe hit BEAUTIFUL ZION: A BOOK
OF THE DEAD. Stanley is also a dramatic writing faculty at New York
University Tisch School of the Arts
and at Drexel
University Westphal College
of Media Arts & Design.
He writes about faith, religion and the supernatural for the Washington
A funeral for the living. A
coming-of-age embalming. A suicidal decapitation by coal train. A
cross-dressing hillbilly named Doodlebug. This metatheatrical,
taphophilic, true-to-life monologue resurrects and converses with the
cadaverous--from Philly’s Laurel Hill Cemetery to a British colonial
era graveyard in India to ancient Greek tomb worshippers. Is there a meaning to the universe?
Is the spirit world speaking to you right now through this press
release? If so it should be testable, no? Thrill as Stanley points to a
tombstone and researches the forgotten dead beneath it, forming
connections with the deceased who rise to the surface halfway around
the world in a Kolkata graveyard, and in his own Appalachian family.
Shriek and shimmy as Stanley worships the dead in song. Be amazed as a
live seance yields messages for audience members. Psychism? Telepathy?
Subconscious ideomotor impulses? Watch, decide, leave smiling, healed
BONEYARDS. There's a little taphophile in
all of us.
Similar to the Lower East
Side Tenement Museum in New York City, Shivtei
Yeshuron Ezras-Israel is an
historic, century-old synagogue and hidden architectural gem in South
Philly on 4th Street near Snyder Avenue. Audience members
are invited to come 45
minutes early to wander the 3 story building before descending
into the dark, dank coal cellar for Stanley's macabre performance.
Seating is limited to 20.
Writer-Performer Jeffrey Stanley
Jeffrey Stanley's play Tesla's
(Samuel French, 2000) premiered to rave reviews Off Broadway in 1999
and went on to national and international productions including the
Edinburgh Fringe and most recently a Chicago premiere. He is a regular
religion blogger for the Washington
Post, and a performing arts faculty at both New York
Tisch School of the Arts and at Drexel University. Other plays include
the 2003 Medicine,
Man commissioned by the Mill Mountain Theatre in
Virginia and most recently produced at Theatre Three Dallas, and
Zion: A Book of the Dead which premiered in the 2011 Philly
Fringe. In the 2012 Philly Fringe he produced Bidisha Dasgupta's
classical Indian dance show Einstein/Tagore:
Seashore of Endless Worlds. He was a 2011-12 artist-in-residence
at Plays & Players Theatre. Stanley is a past president of the
board of directors of the New York Neo-Futurists experimental theatre
ensemble. He has been a resident of prestigious artists' colony Yaddo,
a Copeland Fellow at Amherst
College, and a guest lecturer at the Imaginary Academy summer theatre
and film workshop in Croatia sponsored by the Soros Foundation. He has
appeared as a guest writer in The
New York Times, New York
Press and Time
Out New York,
and he was an
editorial advisor to Boston University's Center for Millennial Studies'
book on apocalypse movements The End
That Does (Equinox Books, 2006). Stanley holds an MFA in
Dramatic Writing and a BFA in Film &
Television from NYU Tisch School of the Arts.
Sun 10/20 3pm
Sat 11/2 9pm
Sun 11/3 2pm
Doors open 45
early to allow the audience time to wander the 3 floors of this century-old storefront
synagogue before descending to the cellar.
Shivtei Yeshuron-Ezras Israel Synagogue
2015 S. 4th Street
in the cellar
Tickets: $10, purchased here.
Death ballads. Jeffrey Stanley performs George Jones' "He Stopped
Today," Mississippi John Hurt's "Louis Collins" and his own