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There’s a little taphophile in all of us

by on Jul.15, 2013, under The Sixth Boro, Theatre

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Philadelphia, PA – Shiva3 is proud to announce the world premiere of Jeffrey Stanley’s solo show BONEYARDS in the 2013 Philly Fringe this September. The 60-minute show will be performed in the dark, dank coal cellar of the century-old storefront Shivtei Yeshuron Ezras-Israel Synagogue, also known as “the little shul” (currently part of the June 2013 Hidden City Festival) at 2015 South 4th Street in South Philly near Snyder Avenue for 6 performances. The 7th and final show will take place outdoors at Laurel Hill Cemetery at 3822 Ridge Avenue. Stanley’s solo show is a followup to his 2011 Fringe hit BEAUTIFUL ZION: A BOOK OF THE DEAD, and began as a workshop production while he was a 2011-12 artist-in-residence at Plays & Players Theatre. Stanley is a performing arts faculty at New York University Tisch School of the Arts and at Drexel University Westphal College of Media Arts & Design. He is also a religion blogger for the Washington Post.

About the Show
A funeral for the living. A coming-of-age embalming. A suicidal decapitation by coal train. A cross-dressing hillbilly named Doodlebug. This metatheatrical, taphophilic, true-to-life monologue resurrects and converses with the cadaverous — from Philly’s Laurel Hill Cemetery to a British colonial era graveyard in India to ancient Greek tomb worshippers. Is there a meaning to the universe? Is the spirit world speaking to you right now through this press release? If so it should be testable, no? Thrill as Stanley points to a tombstone and researches the forgotten dead beneath it, forming connections with the deceased who rise to the surface halfway around the world in a Kolkata graveyard, and in his own Appalachian family. Shriek and shimmy as Stanley worships the dead in song. Be amazed as a live seance yields messages for audience members. Psychism? Telepathy? Subconscious ideomotor impulses? Watch, decide, leave smiling, healed and redeemed.

BONEYARDS. There’s a little taphophile in all of us.

Two Unique Locations
Similar to the Lower East Side Tenement Museum in New York City, Shivtei Yeshuron Ezras-Israel is an historic, century-old synagogue and hidden architectural gem in South Philly on 4th Street near Snyder Avenue. Audience members are invited to come 30 minutes early to wander the 3 story building before descending into the dark, dank coal cellar for Stanley’s macabre performance. Due to space constraints seating is limited to 20. The 7th and final performance will be held outdoors at the historic Laurel Hill Cemetery, the main inspiration for the show.

About Writer-Performer Jeffrey Stanley
Jeffrey Stanley’s play Tesla’s Letters (Samuel French, 2000) premiered to rave reviews Off Broadway in 1999 and went on to national and international productions including the Edinburgh Fringe and most recently a Chicago premiere. He is a regular religion blogger for the Washington Post, and a performing arts faculty at both New York University Tisch School of the Arts and at Drexel University. Other plays include the 2003 Medicine, Man commissioned by the Mill Mountain Theatre in Virginia and most recently produced at Theatre Three Dallas, and Beautiful Zion: A Book of the Dead which premiered in the 2011 Philly Fringe. In the 2012 Philly Fringe he produced Bidisha Dasgupta’s classical Indian and modern dance show Einstein/Tagore: Seashore of Endless Worlds. He was a 2011-12 PDC artist-in-residence at Plays & Players Theatre. Stanley is a past president of the board of directors of the New York Neo-Futurists experimental theatre ensemble. He has been a resident of prestigious artists’ colony Yaddo, a Copeland Fellow at Amherst College, and a guest lecturer at the Imaginary Academy summer theatre and film workshop in Croatia sponsored by the Soros Foundation. He has appeared as a guest writer in The New York Times, New York Press and Time Out New York, and he was an editorial adviser to Boston University’s Center for Millennial Studies’ book on apocalypse movements The End That Does (Equinox Books, 2006). Stanley holds an MFA in Dramatic Writing from NYU Tisch and a BFA from Tisch in Film & Television.

Listings Information

When (note there are TWO LOCATIONS):

Shivtei Yeshuron-Ezras Israel
Sun 9/8/13 2pm matinee
Tue 9/10/13 8pm
Wed 9/11/13 8pm
Thu 9/12/13 8pm
Sun 9/15/13 2pm matinee
Tue 9/17/13 8pm
Doors open 30 minutes early to allow the audience time to wander the 3 floors of this century-old storefront synagogue before descending to the cellar.

Laurel Hill Cemetery
Wed 9/18/13 6:30pm
(rain date 9/19/13 6:30pm)Tickets: $10, purchased only in advance through the Fringe Festival website, No tickets will be sold in person at the door.

Festival Information
The 2013 Philly Fringe will take place September 5-September 22, 2013. Tickets prices range from free to $30, and can be purchased online at The Festival Guide will be available the first week of August, and can be either downloaded as a PDF or picked up in hard copy at any Festival venue as well as at key “Hot Spots” (to be announced online in July) throughout the city. The Philly Fringe was founded in 1997. Today it serves as a collective home for artists bringing their work to audiences in every conceivable form–in traditional and untraditional venues, using new artistic forms and established ones.



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