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Shoe Box Short Theatre Festival
7 Lock Street
Philadelphia, PA
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Shoe Box Short Theatre Festival
Friday Evening - SILVER PEACE

7:00 - Under the Moon

A young boy and his mother move to a new big and lonely home. Mother seems up for a fresh start, but not the boy. When the Moon hears this, she knows she must help out! Based on the Hans Christian Anderson fairytale What the Moon Saw, this Theatre for Young Audiences piece reminds us of the beauty and fantasy of storytelling, and the power and healing of the stories we love.

Director/Creator- Sara Anne Rabatin
Rehearsal SM- Kristy Jo Slough
The Moon- Kylie Westerbeck
The Boy- Matthew Basen
The Mother- Dana Capanna
The Player- Kenwyn Samuel
The Player- Abigail Gardner

7:30 - Fixed

A young man wakes up alone, forgetful, and imprisoned. A young woman takes him through his memories until he remembers why he deserves to be there.

Cast: Jessica Stahl, JB Dolan
Director: Alice Hakvaag
Playwright: Michael Stahler

8:00 - Inward Has Walls

To save a life from being dead on the inside, you have to make your inner world a place of worship.

8:30 - Power Goes Mad with Blop

Blop the Clown is running for office with the assistance of Compote the Fixer and Campaign Manager Sir Daffodil. After a campaign trail faux pas, Blop and his team must decide what kinds of politicians they really want to be.

Producers - Shoe Box Theatre Collective & The Goofball Trashbaskets
Director - Ryan Rebel

Blop - Nate Biagiotti
Sir Daffodil - Alexis Howland
Compote - Jo Vito Ramírez

9:00 - Venice

Venice is an audio-visual collage piece made with VHS tape manipulation and about a years worth of tasking. Its an anxious doozy designed as a reflection on perception, and the contingency and complexity of material reality that our minds are navigating at all times through the psychic and social mechanisms of scopophilic fantasy. We'll be playing the tape for you onto a projector. While pummeling the hell out of the tape player. The audience is invited to help pummel.

Alec MacLaughlin - Composer, Performer
Jakob Vejr - Video Editor

Saturday Afternoon - GREY MELANCHOLY

*Featuring Special Guest Performance Installation - Sugar Box

SugarBox is a performative installation that may (or may not) begin or end. It is interested in standing in autonomy, while also displaying the history or sugar in Philadelphia. We invite you to get messy, play, and discover. We also invite discomfort, confusion, and excitement. See you by the sugar box.

[NOTE: Performers may inhabit stage, auditorium, lobby, and surrounding area at any moment EXCEPT during the other pieces.]

Haylee Warner & Vitche Boul-Ra - Co-creators and performers
Eppchez Yes! & Rayla Meshawn - performers

2:00 - Untitled Abby Weissman Project

Director - Abby Weissman
Performers - Phoebe Gavula and Jessica Money

2:30 - The Life and Failures of Thomas Frances

Thomas Frances is a failure. Just ask his three children. Or his divorce lawyer. Or his clone. Or a ghost. Better yet, discover how much of a failure he is right in front of you. Featuring special guests Adam Bangser, Kelly Cooper, Jolie Darrow, Tim Lamphier, and Ian Lockwood.

Thomas Frances as Thomas Frances
Ensemble: Jolie Darrow, Tim Lamphier, Adam Bangser, Kelly Cooper, Ian Lockwood

3:00 - Cerulean

Does the ocean have emotions? Does an octopus experience time? What does a human body have to do with any of it? "Cerulean" is a curious poem in four dimensions.

Taylor Cawley - creator, performer
Kate Sparacio - creator

3:30 - TBD


*Featuring Special Guest Musical Artist - Blue Surgeon

7:00 - ROMProv

ROMPUS is a live painting troupe that creates improvised large scale paintings, usually to accompany a concert, festival, or musical performance of some such. The painters are hidden behind the canvas while the paint bleeds through for the audience to watch as large, glowing, white rectangles slowly fill with glowing pigment and imagery. This time, ROMPUS will accompany improv comedians. While actors build an improvised story, ROMPUS will build the story with them. As the story grows, the backdrop emerges. Painters reacting to improvisers and improvisers reacting to their ever emerging backdrop, supporting each other to conjure up a vivid, animated, improvised story.

ROMPUS is providing the visual silliness. The ROMPUS members at this particular event will be Juliana Noone, Brianna Barton, Jess Fisher, Stef Czapla, Catherine Lallier  Musical improvised accompaniment by Daniel Townsend  Improv performed by - TBD

7:30 - Expressed // Suppressed

Expressed - verb. to convey a thought or feeling in words.Suppressed - verb. to forcibly put an end to.
Mac and Cam are best friends. They meet for coffee. Mac tells Cam about the horrific day they've had - they watched someone get run over by a train. Well, sort of. Cam listens. Then, Cam poses a question: what would it be like to have a second chance, even if it meant losing everything you knew in the process?

Writer/Director: Jonathan Edmondson
Mac: Taylor Cawley
Cam: Jo Vito Ramirez

8:00 - Modrn Home

Modrn returns with a new piece concerning family, and the bonds we have with our first friends- our siblings. Modrn Home will follow a similar structure of their first piece. They will process and connect with their audience through monologues and comedic interpretive dance. Modrn Home will also delve into the concept of the ideal American families, referencing clans like the Bradys, the Tanners and more. Ultimately Modrn will dissect the structure of the home to understand how it the place we begin molds the places we will go.

Bonnie Baldini & collaborators

8:45 - The Most Important Meal

The Most Important Meal challenges the constantly changing nutritional trends, along with the corporations and news outlets that change them. It's the 1950s and Dan was eating breakfast when his future self comes to warn him...about the cholesterol in his eggs. Just as Dan swears off eggs forever, another future version of himself tells him that eggs are actually healthy. Next thing he knows, Dans kitchen is filled with future versions of himself arguing over nutrition and stopping Dan from eating his breakfast.

Playwright: Caitlin Cieri
Director: Susan Triggiani
Announcer: TBD
Dan: TBD
Man From the Near Future: TBD
Man From the Distant Future: TBD
Man From the Middling Future: TBD
Stage Manager: TBD

9:00 - Ranchland

What if, in the heart of the Alaskan bush, there existed an amusement park beyond your wildest dreams? What if everyone's favorite salad dressing could inspire countless games of skill, thrilling attractions, and merchandising collectibles? What if a pile of Ranch Dressing could gain sentience and the capacity for language? THIS is Ranchland.

Conceivers - Nate Biagiotti, Alexis Howland, Ryan Rebel
Performers - Nate Biagiotti, Alexis Howland, Ryan Rebel

Sunday Afternoon - BLACK ANXIETY

2:00 - Ladies of the Land

Ladies of the Land is an exploration of grief through the lens of one womans embodiment of influential women in her life. As Brooke, the playwright and performer, tries on the necklaces of women throughout her life, she lives through the experiences and lessons that these women have shared with her. It is an investigation not only of the physical and emotional manifestations of grief, but of the way we endow objects with meaning. A necklace is no longer a piece of jewelry, but a symbol that can empower as much as it can inhibit its wearer. The project began when Brooke wrote and performed a monologue from the point of view of her Scottish grandmother comforting her mother on her mothers wedding day. Brookes mother passed away four months later. Shortly after, she decided to expand this piece in honor of her mother by collaborating with her friend and colleague Parade Stone.

Written and Performed by Brooke Shilling
Directed by Parade Stone

2:30 - Linger

Everyone hates endings. But Steph lingers, always hovering on the precipice of an ending. Alex has made a huge mistake. But will Steph forgive him because she loves him or is she just lingering in the happiness she felt when they were together. Using parallels to Hemingway's famous 1926 novel, The Sun Also Rises, 'Linger' explores the reasons we have a hard time letting people, and things, go.

Written & Directed by Amber Kusching
Steph - Lauren Berman
Alex - Alex Levitt

2:45 - The "What If" Project

Two leading experts in anxiety explore the humor and turmoil of their OCD in a series of pieces centered on the worry question "What if?"

Starring, written, and directed by Maia Kinney-Petrucha and Susannah Holub

3:30 - In Pasta

Egg is having a bad brain day. She's found herself in some serious pasta and she's done waiting for everyone's permission to feel good about herself and claw her way out. Join her as she challenges her inner spaghetti monsters, fighting for her own approval.

Creator, performer: Eibhleann Clyne
Stage Manager: Julie Roberts
Sound Design: AJ Klein
Lighting Designer: Molly Jo Gifford
Puppet Supervisor: Kelso Borrell

4:00 - The White Feather Project

"Who wrote 'NIGGER' in the snow?" Inspired by a real hate-crime at Ursinus College, The White Feather Project is a theatrical event concerning white fragility and cowardice devised from scholarly texts, primary sources, and interviews.The White Feather Project stretches farther than academia to examine the culture of white supremacy, epistemology of ignorance, and our collective responsibility to dismantle both. Silence is violence. What will you do?

Ang Bey - Producer & Director & Collaborator
Rachel Cicero - Dramaturg & Collaborator
Sophie Gioffre - Stage Manager
Quinton J. Alexander - Actor & Collaborator
Bonnie Baldini - Actor & Collaborator


7 Lock Street (View)
Philadelphia, PA 19127
United States



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