Inspired by the long-submerged Mill Creek of West Philadelphia, as well as current debate about fracking in Pennsylvania, this original play explores the complications of what lies beneath our feet. Using puppets, pulleys, movement, and maps, the performance examines the intricacies of extraction and recognizes a waterway that continues to resurface. Tree house, houseboat and bunker dwellers unite amidst an invasion of urban water buffalo. All this, plus a one-man band! BELOW and BEYOND is a performance directed by Donna Sellinger (of The Missoula Oblongata), and created by Beth Nixon (of Ramshackle Enterprises) and Sarah Lowry (also of The Missoula Oblongata), with Matthew Schreiber on accordion and a million other instruments.
(Out NorthEast? Don't miss this! Dates and more info below...)
Show lasts about an hour and a half and is geared toward adult audiences and kids ages 10 and up.
(5/3) Pittsburgh, PA- Kelly-Stayhorn, Alloy Studios at 8 pm. Pay-what-you-can $5-20
(5/4) Athens, OH- ARTS/West 132 W. State St. at 7:30 pm. 5-$15
(5/5) Baltimore, MD- At the Whole Gallery (H&H Building) at 8:30pm. $5-$10
(5/7) Philly, PA- Wolf Building, 340 N 12th St. at 7:30 pm. $7-15
(5/8) Philly, PA- The Beaumont Warehouse at 7:30 pm. $7-15
(5/9) Brooklyn, NY- The Magic Future Box at 8 pm. $12
(5/10) North Hampton, MA – Greenfield Community College at Noon. Free/Donation and The Blue Barn at Bramble Hill Farm at 8 pm. $7-15
(5/11) Providence, RI- Empire Black Box at 8 pm. $10
(5/12) Portland, ME- SPACE Gallery at 8 pm. $12 non-members, $10 members
(5/13) Bar Harbor, ME- Gates Auditorium, College of The Atlantic at 7 pm. Free/Donation
The show was inspired by interviews with Mill Creek elders and the West Philly “landscape literacy” research of Anne Whiston Spirn as well as by the work of Protecting Our Waters- a grassroots alliance committed to protecting Pennsylvania from unconventional gas drilling.
Lowry and Sellinger’s experimental theatre company, The Missoula Oblongata, is dedicated to creating and touring original work. Their lights, sound, and sets are all homemade, transportable, and operated by the performers themselves. As Ramshackle Enterprises, Nixon creates clown and puppet performances and facilitates the creation of community parades and pageants with collaborators of all ages, abilities and persuasions. Matthew Schreiber is a Portland, ME based accordionist who specializes in Eastern European musical styles. He composed an original musical score for this production.