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Bortle 8 - to the roof and beyond
The Rooftop
Philadelphia, PA
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Bortle 8 - to the roof and beyond
Bortle 8 is performed on a rooftop in South Philadelphia, with the city skyline as a back drop. Each show is timed with the setting of the sun.  This unique theatrical experience combines live theater, a dynamic sound design, and the setting of the sun, to produce one, unforgettable show.

A search for darkness in an age of artificial light. Bortle 8 goes from the depths of the ocean to the night sky in the hopes of finding the last untouched place on Earth.

Jun 8 - Mon - 8:23pm

June 9 - Tue - 8:23pm

June 10 - Wed - 8:24pm

June 11 - Thur - 8:24pm

June 12 - Fri - 8:25pm

June 13 - Sat - 8:25pm

Bortle 8

Written & performed by Chris Davis

Directed by Mary Tuomanen

Sound design by Adriano Shaplin

Tickets $10


1632 S. 4th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19148

Doors open 30 minutes before.

Food/Beer available for donation.


"Bortle 8 by Chris Davis is the result of putting David Sedaris, William S. Burroughs, and Ray Bradbury in a blender and serving the residue as a Jell-O shot."

- Pittsburgh Stage Magazine

"With nary a prop, using only his own body and a highly developed space substance technique along with a brilliant audio track, Davis takes us from outer space to deep below the ocean in a 55-minute stream-of-consciousness romp."

- Ithaca Fringe Festival

"At one of these row homes, Chris recited Bortle 8 on a rooftop stage against the backdrop of a setting sun. It was a spiritual quest and a space ritual at once, with several modes of transportation, and it felt like Chris gathered up the entire audience and led them over land, through the sky, and into the ocean's depths."

Sandro Braidotti, Geekadelphia

"Davis (directed by Mary Tuomanen) employs poetic stream-of-consciousness narration, melding astronomer John Bortle's scientific theory with self-exploration, personal reminiscences, and fantasy travel through the 'terra incognita' of life and the cosmos."

Debra Miller, Phindie

"[An] idiosyncratic, well-constructed journey that moves between memory and fantasy, past water and light pollution and way into space."

Kathryn Osenlund, Phindie


The Rooftop (View)
1632 S. 4th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19148
United States


Arts > Theatre

Minimum Age: 10
Dog Friendly: Yes!
Non-Smoking: No
Wheelchair Accessible: No


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