Jane M. Von Bergen collects news and notes from the Philadelphia theatrical scene on Wednesdays.
Rachel Bay Jones won a Tony Award in 2017 for her performance as Heidi Hansen in the original Broadway cast of Dear Evan Hansen. When the pandemic hit, Jones was in California, working on Amazon’s original series, Panic, released in May, in which she plays a tough but vulnerable single mother.
So how did Jones, who lives in Manhattan, end up in a virtual production of The skin of our teeth through Quintessence theater group, the classical repertory theater company based in Mount Airy?
“During the [pandemic] stop, when nothing was happening, not only were we not doing any theater, but we wanted this experience – this experience of doing very personal work in a small theater with a smart director, âshe said declared.
It was then that she and her partner, Benim foster, I received a phone call from the founding artistic director of Quintessence Alexander burns asking them to play the roles of Mrs. Maggie Antrobus and Mr. George Antrobus in Thornton Wilder’s classic about the fate of a family over 5,000 years.
Foster had played the role of Shylock with the 2012 production of Shakespeare’s Quintessence Merchant of Venice, and Jones, who traveled here to watch it on stage, said she came away impressed with Burns, Quintessence, Mount Airy and Philadelphia.
Burns said it was also an opportunity to return to her regional theatrical roots.
âYou are allowed to do things that could be a little more daring than in the commercial theater where you are more concerned with pleasing everyone,â she said. “You’re trying to fly higher, because if you flop, that’s part of the job.”
Available on request from July 19 to August 1 on the Quintessence site, QTGrep.org, or 215-987-4450. The public has 72 hours to watch the stream for $ 29.
Kensington tattoo artist that of Kristel Oreto obsession with tattoos led her to an unusual mission – a consultant for writers of Philadelphia Theater Company newly commissioned musical The tattooed lady, through Max Vernon and Erin courtney, with the developer and the code developer Ellie Heyman.
“I always wanted to be the tattooed lady of the circus,” she told interviewers in The tattooed lady: make your mark, a mini documentary on the production of the play directed by the artistic director of the Philadelphia Theater Company Paige Award.
Along with footage from Oreto, the 22-minute behind-the-scenes documentary features interviews with the musical’s actors, writers and producers, as well as song clips, providing a behind-the-scenes look at how a play is designed. , written and produced.
Oreto has never been to the circus, but she has tattoos. They cover 75 percent of his body.
âWhen I’m naked, I look like I’m wearing clothes,â she jokes.
Oreto specializes in covering up unwanted tattoos in his studio, Tattoos now and forever in Kensington.
âIt was really great,â Oreto said of an interview for the piece, scheduled to premiere in 2022. âThey talked about everything with me, wanting to be a tattoo artist, being a female tattoo artist in a male industry. Many people are unfamiliar with the tattoo industry and the tattoo world.
The documentary is available on the Philadelphia Theater Company YouTube channel via philatheatreco.org.
The pandemic that shut down the Philadelphia arts community has also unleashed incredible creativity. Take, for example, the latest offer from Pig Iron Theater Company., known for his inventive physical staging.
Designed for two people, with two iPhones, Franklin’s Secret City leads its audience into a production that is part walking tour, part adventure game and part immersive sound. For most of us, Philadelphia’s historic district is familiar terrain, but the co-authors Dan Rothenberg and Camp Robert Quillen lead us into an alternate universe – a world of secret societies and inventions bordering on magic.
Each spectator duo solve a series of puzzles as they explore unexplained peaks in the bioether, a mysterious force that runs through everything. The production app is now in beta testing and is free during the testing period until September 22.
To register, visit pigiron.org.
For years the Cape May Airfield had hosted productions by the South Jersey playwright Bill Sterritt, who returned to his hometown a few years ago after a long stay in Los Angeles.
The Aerodrome shows are over, but Sterritt and his production company, SPQR step, are still at the Rive, with a new space, studio; space, a claw throw away from The crab trap in Somers Point.
Sterritt’s Wreck of the Spanish Armada, located in Paris and originally produced for the New York International Fringe Festival, is his first production in the new location.
Sterritt plays Robin Hood character opposite New York actress Kerry McGann, portrayed as a doctor in a plot involving Somali pirates hijacking an oil tanker. All this takes place in the 50-seat studio; space.
Armada plays at 8 p.m. on Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays from July 17 to August 9. Details are available at studiospacespnj.com