FringeArts presents the second chapter of Faye Driscoll’s Thank You For Coming performance series, entitled Thank You For Coming: Play. This one-of-a-kind sensorial experience takes place April 14-15 at FringeArts’ waterfront headquarters, 140 N Columbus Blvd. (at Race St.). Tickets cost between $14 and $20 and are available by phone at 215-413-1318 or online at FringeArts.com.
This semi-fictional collective autobiography explores “who we are” as mythically urgent and elusively empty. Play lays bare the duel experience of self and the performance of self; of being among and being alone; of communion and alienation. Mouths and bodies say one thing while words say another in a strange and delightful meditation on the social nature and corporeal faltering of language. How does language define and reduce our lived experience?
“The movement, text, and songs were generated through multiple methods demanding rigorous commitment to improvisation, questioning, personal storytelling from the performers,” choreographer Faye Driscoll says of the creative process. “We studied exactly how we move when we are speaking, re-creating a dialogue word for word—with all of the exact exhales and physical rhythms—and then layering an entirely different conversation but keeping the movements of the mouth and body as if you were having the first conversation. This is nearly impossible.”
In Thank You for Coming: Play, Driscoll uses the ritual of storytelling to explore our human reliance on stories to relate to one another and form identities as individuals and citizens. Play focuses on the shadows, gaps, repetitions and stutters between what we say and what we do while we say it. In this strange and enthralling collage of gesture, image, voice, and persona, where the physical and aural exist in a slippery relationship, performers ventriloquize, shape-shift and speak through and for each other.
Roslyn Sulcas of The New York Times perhaps sums it up best by saying, “Ms. Driscoll is fascinating in that she makes such utterly original work. It doesn’t look like anything you’ve ever seen before, nor can you imagine thinking it up.”
Faye Driscoll’s Thank You For Coming
April 14 | 8:00pm – Post-show conversation with the artists
April 15 | 8:00pm
FringeArts, 140 N Columbus Blvd., Philadelphia
$20 | $14 for Members | $15 for students/under-25
Call 215-413-1318 or visit to purchase tickets.
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