Tribe of Fools has made a name for itself creating physically daring, smart and heartfelt theatre during the Philadelphia Fringe Festival that tackles the City of Brotherly Love. In the past, they have created work related to the Mummers, the Parking Authority, and more all with a sharp eye on the issues that impact the world today. Their 2018 Philadelphia Fringe Festival World Premiere is no exception. This year the highly physical company is taking on the Philadelphia Eagles Super Bowl run and asking, “What makes a fan?” with the World Premiere of Fly Eagles Fly. This comedy about the Philly Football Fan Frenzy runs September 6-22 at the Louis Bluver Theatre at the Drake, 302 S Hicks St. Tickets cost $15–$25 and are available online at www.fringearts.com or at the festival box office. More information on Tribe of Fools can be found at www.tribeoffools.org.
In Fly Eagles Fly, audiences meet Gwen a brand-new Eagles fan and her office full of opinions. Gwen is friends with Copy Mike the IT guy at the office – a lifelong Eagles fan. The two of them start an office pool during The Eagles’ Super Bowl season, but Bruce the bro isn’t about it and calls out both of them as NotRealFans™. Lara is aghast that her female coworker likes such a #notfeminist thing while Intern Alex busts everyone for doing personal work on company time –and EVERYONE hates Tom Brady. Fly Eagles Fly is about Philly fans, underdogs, loyalty, and the darker parts of things we love.
“There is this idea that since Philly won the Super Bowl everyone is psyched. everyone is happy; but that’s not really the case. I know people who are psyched. I know people who were boycotting. I know people who quit their boycott — people who thought maybe they should boycott but this season was just too good and everything in between,” said Tribe of Fools Artistic Director Terry Brennan. “Winning the Super Bowl was amazing and in some ways it really brought us together as a city but it also showcased all of our unique differences as citizens. My hope is that those two ideas can exist together at the same time.”
Caitlin Weigel (the writer of ToF favorite Fishtown) is creating this script and Fly Eagles Fly is directed by Terry Brennan (Heavy Metal Dance Fag, Antihero, Two Street) and Joseph Ahmed (Antihero, Fishtown). Tribe of Fools has assembled a cast of familiar faces and new ones for this hilarious new work. Taiwo Saito is playing Gwen. Tribe of Fools regular Kyle Yackoski is Mike. Janice Rowland returns to Tribe of Fools to play Lara. Nate Alford-Tate is Bruce “The Duke” Floglogger. Alex the Intern is played by Jacinta Yelland.
Tribe of Fools regular Peter Smith is designing the set. Angela Myers is the Lighting Designer. Damien Figueras is the Sound Designer. Alexandra Curth is the Props Designer.
“This cast and design team is a collection of old collaborators and new faces. We really want to be Philly’s theatre company and Philadelphia is more than 30 year old guys with 6-packs,” said Brennan.
Louis Bluver Theatre at the Drake
Sept 6 + 7 at 8pm
Sept 8 at 2pm + 8pm
Sept 9 at 2pm
Sept 10 at 8pm
Sept 13 + 14 at 8pm
Sept 15 at 2pm + 8pm
Sept 16 at 2pm
Sept 17, 20–22 at 8pm
About Tribe of Fools
Tribe of Fools is dedicated to creating new plays that blur the lines between theatre, dance, acrobatics and other highly visual and kinetic storytelling techniques. Each year we present a new show that is as physically daring as it is poignantly relevant. Our ensemble push themselves to their physical limits while creating dynamic characters that make you laugh until they make you cry. Tribe of Fools has tackled issues like gender roles, toxic masculinity, violence, sexual identity, learning disabilities, family, power dynamics and even time travel. With our “signature sweet bad-ass approach to theatre” we bring a sense of levity and fun to our productions in order to make complicated and difficult themes accessible and identifiable to the audience. Tribe of Fools has been creating devised theatre and refining that process since 2003. Tribe of Fools creates original plays “in the room” by engaging actors, athletes, designers, directors and writers in a process that embraces play, raw theatricality and kinetic storytelling. The process is a mix of improvisation, playwriting, game play, commedia dell’arte, and circus arts to create shows that intelligently grapple with relevant social issues while remaining fun, accessible and entertaining. This style of creation has been the genesis for Heavy Metal Dance Fag, Antihero, Two Street, Zombies… with Guns and Fishtown.