Take a walk with the dragons and the gnomes in a fantastical, alternate future of Philadelphia.

FIELD CALLS invites audiences to walk through the West Powelton neighborhood while listening to a fantasy audio play. Presented by Lupine Performance Cooperative in the 2020 Fringe Festival, FIELD CALLS is a new, socially-distanced, solo, ambulatory outdoor experience.

Running September 12th-27th, Field Calls tells the story of Alex and Rhodes, two former best-friends leaving each other voicemails after a fantasy war has ravaged Philadelphia, and with it, their friendship. Returning to each for the first time in over a year, Alex and Rhodes lead audiences via pre-recorded audio material through their old stomping ground in West Powelton, and reflect on what has changed, what has evolved, and what can be repaired since they last spoke.

Field Calls is designed to be listened to on a mobile device with headphones. Participants of Field Calls sign up for their experience by visiting the FringeArts website. Upon reserving a ticket, audiences receive an email from Lupine Performance Cooperative with detailed instructions about their starting location. At their starting point, participants will find an envelope with their name on it which contains a series of maps that lead them through the mile-long route around West Powelton. Included in the maps are QR codes that participants will use and scan to listen to the audio material on their device with headphones. Field Calls lasts approximately an hour at an average walking speed.

Field Calls was written by Lupine associated artist Tenara Calem and directed by associated artist Linnea Bond. Field Calls features Philadelphia local actors Ang Bey as Alex and Nate Alford-Tate as Rhodes. Additional voices by Libby Katz, Braxton Crewell, Josh Hartman, and Tenara Calem.

Tickets are free and available by visiting fringearts.com/field-calls/

Press opportunities: press are invited to participate in Field Calls in special, unlisted preview performance dates before September 12th. Email lupineperformance@gmail.com to schedule your preview performance.

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Lupine Performance Cooperative is a Philadelphia-based collective that creates multi-sensory live performance. Our work complicates contemporary understanding of human experiences both large-scale and small. We believe in sustainable artistic practices that value people over product and commit to enriching the cultural lives of our local community through equitable and justice-focused live art.

Lupine Performance Cooperative began in 2017 as a collaboration between theater makers Krista Thorp and Tenara Calem. Lupine Performance Cooperative grew to become the organizational umbrella that presents the collaborative works of a small network of associated artists, all of whom consider their art-making practice as critical to their development as artist-citizens.

Lupine Performance Cooperative draws its administrative model, inspiration, strategies, and insight from the Momentum training institute. Momentum offers collaborative art-makers tools to orient group dynamics in a way that feels productive and healthy. We believe our mission is best executed with collaborative structures that distribute artistic philosophy and decision-making on a more equal basis.



Saturday, September 12th at 10:00am, 12:00pm, 2:00pm, 4:00pm

Sunday, September 13th at 11:00am, 1:00pm, 3:00pm

Thursday, September 17th at 5:00pm, 7:00pm

Friday, September 18th at 6:00pm

Saturday, September 19th at 10:00am, 12:00pm, 2:00pm, 4:00pm

Sunday, September 20th at 11:00am, 1:00pm, 3:00pm

Thursday, September 24th at 5:00pm, 7:00pm

Friday, September 25th at 6:00pm

Saturday, September 26th at 10:00am, 12:00pm, 2:00pm, 4:00pm

Sunday, September 27th at 11:00am, 1:00pm, 3:00pm

Location: West Powelton (exact starting point available with ticket reservation, ending point at Drexel Park)

Tickets: Free, available at www.fringearts.com/field-calls/

Artistic Team:

Written by Tenara Calem

Directed by Linnea Bond

Dramaturgy by Jenny Ruymann

Engineering by Josh Hartman

Alex – Ang Bey

Rhodes – Nate Alford-Tate

The Kid – Libby Katz

Additional voices – Braxton Crewell, Josh Hartman, Tenara Calem


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