Call Me Swag

In order to promote Beautiful Zion: A Book of the Dead I’m changing my name to Swag for the next week and using the royal we. Below, a clip of us at our first rehearsal in the Blue Grotto. Our director Dan Student has been in China but before he left he did much work with us in the 3rd floor studio at Plays & Players, pretending it

Photo by Iggy Rocketboy.

In order to promote my show I’m changing my name to Swag for the next week and using the royal we.  Below, a clip of us at our first rehearsal in the Blue Grotto.  Our director Dan Student has been in China but before he left he did much work with us in the 3rd floor studio at Plays & Players, pretending it had the Blue Grotto’s layout to the extent possible. This was our first attempt to try things out for real.

This is not a rehearsal video but a quick walk-through to show Dan what I’d come up with. I slapped it up on Youtube (unlisted at first) for him to take a look at from China, forgetting that they block Youtube there.  So much for cybercollaboration across political ideologies.

No worries, we’ll be working together soon enough and resume formal rehearsals in the Blue Grotto thanks to CEC artist-in-residence Randy Dalton‘s generosity and support for the show.

Enjoy guerrilla theatre as it develops:

This Show Has Not Been Endorsed by Alcoholics Anonymous or the International Ghost Hunters Society

What is the real meaning behind this horse-sized tiger wearing a saddle? Come find out. See me channel spirits, get them drunk and take advantage of them in Beautiful Zion: A Book of the Dead.

Tickets to this real dark comedy are now available. Only 8 performances and seating is intentionally limited for this intimate experience.

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What is the real meaning behind this horse-sized tiger wearing a saddle?  Come find out.  See me channel spirits, get them drunk and take advantage of them in Beautiful Zion: A Book of the Dead.

Tickets to this real dark comedy are now available.  Only 8 performances and seating is intentionally limited for this intimate experience.

While you’re here enjoy the official jingle of Beautiful Zion: A Book of the Dead.

what’s that nightmare
in your head?
it’s beautiful zion:
a book of the dead
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Don’t miss the show so disturbingly informative it was banned at the Mütter Museum (I’m not kidding)


What is the hidden meaning of this cirrhotic liver?  Check your ego at the door and come with me now through the dark and gaping entrance to the existential tunnel of terror; come with me to Beautiful Zion.

What:  BEAUTIFUL ZION: A BOOK OF THE DEAD

When:  Wed 9/7, Thurs 9/8, Fri 9/9, Sat 9/10, Wed 9/14, Thur 9/15, Fri 9/16 and Sat 9/17, at 8pm sharp. Seating begins at 7:45pm.

Where:  Philadelphia, PA. The Community Education Center (CEC) on 35th and Lancaster in the Blue Grotto art installation in the dark, dank, haunted cellar. By subway take the blue Market-Frankford line to 34th, walk up the hill on 34th to Lancaster, turn left and walk two blocks. The CEC is a large brick building on your left (a former Quaker meeting house built in 1837).  Limited PARKING is also available in the rear parking lot.

Tickets:  $20, purchased only in advance through the Fringe Festival website, http://www.livearts-fringe.org/.  Seating is limited (only 16 seats per show!) and no tickets will be sold in person at the door.

Festival Information
The 2011 Philly Fringe will take place September 2-September 17, 2011. Tickets prices range from free to $30, and can be purchased online at www.livearts-fringe.org or by calling 215.413.1318.  The Philly Fringe was founded in 1997. Today, it serves as a collective home for artists bringing their work to audiences in every conceivable form–in traditional and nontraditional venues, using new artistic forms and established ones.
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