Original solo show shocks and soothes on its way to the stars

You are every age you have ever been, and every age you will ever be. Philly fringe veteran Nick Jonczak (Doppelbanger, Almanac’s Exile 2588) teams up with Jeffrey Evans (Skills & Scars, It Might Be About Babies) and experimental sound artist Madam Data to present CHURN, an experimental, devised solo show. Churn will be presented as part of the 2019 FringeArts Festival and run for 10 performances September 10-22 at Mascher Space Co-op in Kensington. For performance schedule and ticket information, please see the attached Fact Sheet.

Churn is created collectively through improvisation and iteration over many months of collaboration and research. “We are in an imagination battle,” writes Adrienne Marie Brown in Emergent Strategy, one of the foundational texts for Churn. “We must make just and liberated futures irresistible. We are all protagonists of what might be called the great turning, the change, the new economy, the new world.” From the first test of an atomic bomb to the spread of white nationalism and our race to the stars, this original solo performance seeks the deep dark and exalted in human ingenuity through a queered historical sci fi epic.

In Churn, Evans plays multiple characters spanning 150 years of modern future history, among them a queer space pilot on humanity’s final exodus and a soldier stationed at the Trinity atomic bomb test site.

You are every age you have ever been, and every age you will ever be. This is the riddle posed to our intrepid pilot by an enigmatic alien they’ve just met. What’s left of humanity is packed into a tiny little ship careening off to a far corner of hope and now we’re going nowhere. Time blurs and our hero will need to reach forward into our collective past to save us all.

A U.S. soldier carrying the secrets of the Manhattan Project wanders through the desert of New Mexico to meet a stranger. An obelisk rises from the sand as all turns to glass. What was once impossible becomes unavoidable. Energized material, hotter now than that surface of the sun, blossoms outward in a churning sphere of superheated gas. The rest of the world falls away into darkness. There is only the light. We are irreversibly thrust into a new and terrifying age. This could be now. Or it could be a thousand years from now. The desert offers no clues. -Trinity, Jonathan Fetter-Vorm

What is the Fringe Festival? The Philadelphia Fringe Festival is a 3-week long, city-wide celebration of innovation and creativity in contemporary performance. Each September, the Festival explodes into every nook and cranny in neighborhoods across Philadelphia with more than 1,000 artistically daring performances, including national and international performances curated by FringeArts, and works that are produced by independent artists and promoted by FringeArts. The party continues late night, every night, with music, food and drink at the FringeArts center on the Delaware River waterfront. This vast assemblage of curated and self-produced innovators offers an unparalleled opportunity to see a cross section of the world’s greatest experimenters at one time, in one city.

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