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Brief (Physical) Encounters
Plays and Players (Upstairs)
Philadelphia, PA
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Brief (Physical) Encounters
The festival will feature 8 ten-minute plays by local playwrights focusing on gender roles/stereotypes, from an intersectional point of view, regarding the perception of physicality and body image in our current Western society.

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"Breadcrumbs" by Lisa VillaMil, directed by SofĂ­a Anastasia: Hansel and Gretel are supposed to be twins. If Gretel won't eat, Hansel simply must fatten her up.

"The Return of the Shogun" by Keenya Jackson, directed by Ontaria Kim Wilson: Saleem will be starting high school soon, but he still with action figures. Worried about her sons direction, Saleems mother decides that spending time with her new boyfriend may help him transition from a little kid into a young man.

"The Wall with Four Eyes" by Stephanie Walters, directed by Cat Ramirez: A ten-minute play exploring art and the way people want to be seen by others. Physical perception from the point of view of the powerful. Meet Kim Jong-il and a regime appointed painter, as they share North Korean folklore and re-imagined classical art.

"Alouette (An April Atwater Short)" by James Haro, directed by Sarah Scafidi: The deceased April Atwater discovers a strange and potentially important object in purgatory but struggles to find a source of power to activate it. In the midst of searching, an exhausted April crosses paths with the unexpectedly vivacious Dawn who butts heads with her over how to make the best of an afterlife.

"Outside In" by Julie Zaffarano: Kiley, Connor, and their learned-behavior-charged voices meet on a dreaded coffee shop first date. Can they silence their inner voices long enough to show their true selves and see the truth in others?

"Focus Group" by Emma Needleman, directed by Logan Gabriel (Schulman): Focus Group is a dark comedy exploring the intersection of capitalism and desire through the story of two advertising executives' attempt to build the perfect sex robot.

"Alice and Tommy Cross the Street" by Chris Davis, directed by Shira Berger

"Leigha's Heel" by Hannah Wolff, directed by Ryan Rebel: Leigha's almost ready for her conference speech tonight: all she has to do is touch up her makeup, change her shoes, and placate the murderous golden woman living in her bedroom. A surreal comedy depicting identity, privilege, womanhood, and the traumas we carry and choose to forget.


Plays and Players (Upstairs) (View)
1714 Delancey Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
United States


Arts > Performance
Arts > Theatre

Kid Friendly: No
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: No


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