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BONEYARDS City Paper Preview

by on Sep.05, 2013, under The Press, The Sixth Boro, The Truth Is In Here, Theatre

BONEYARDS is back from the dead to rock your underworld.  Four new post-Fringe shows in October just in time for Halloween. 10/17/13, 10/20, 11/2 and 11/3. Only 20 seats per show, get ‘em before they’re gone.

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Blood, guts and experimental theater

by Shaun Brady, 09/05/2013

“… Maybe it’s the darker sensibility of an audience primed for avant-garde theater, but Fringe is second only to Halloween in terms of people being ready to buckle down and open their minds to horrific subject matter … Jeffrey Stanley had little need to seek out horror films or literature as a child: He grew up next door to a funeral home in rural Virginia. ‘My bedroom window looked directly into their embalming room and they never closed the curtain,’ Stanley recalls. ‘So at night I’d go up there and watch, and I could see the body laid out on the slab. For whatever reason it never scared me; I thought it was fascinating.’

That’s one story Stanley will recount in Boneyards (Sept.8-17, Shivtei Yeshuron-Ezras Israel), the one-man semi-sequel to his 2011 Fringe hit Beautiful Zion: A Book of the Dead. The show takes place in the basement of a century-old storefront synagogue and, for its final performance, at Laurel Hill Cemetery … As in Beautiful Zion, Stanley will conclude with a Ouija board séance, a habit he began at a teenage New Year’s Eve party. ‘We were sitting around the kitchen table in the dark and crazy things started happening. We’re all convinced that by the end of the night we spoke to Jimi Hendrix, he possessed my friend’s kitten and made it pluck his guitar strings.’

Stanley insists that his obsession, like so much horror fiction, has a cathartic side. ‘As dark and macabre and creepy as it is, I hope it’s ultimately life-affirming. In the end it’s about loving life and taking away some of the fear of death that we have in our culture.’”  full story at citypaper.net>>

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Jeffrey Stanley, Boneyards rehearsal 9/3/13

And don’t forget to watch and listen to this historic first: a casting call for the dead.  The first round of open auditions for the spirit world was held in the 1895 coal cellar using the famed  P-SB7 AM/FM scanner for listening to EVPs.  Here are the results.  No tricks, no jokes. The transcript is also included along with a few afterthoughts but watch the video first.

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Don’t Be Alarmed

by on Aug.18, 2013, under The Sixth Boro, Theatre

A sneak peek at BONEYARDS’ unique setting in the coal cellar of a 119-year-old storefront synagogue in South Philly.

[music: "Requiem for a Vampire" by Matt Fink.]

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There’s a Litte Taphophile in All of Us

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

Very limited seating
$10 tix onsale now

Press Contact:
info@shiva3.com

8/1/13 – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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 80-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” (part of the June 2013 Hidden City Festival) at 2015 South 4th Street in South Philadelphia for 6 performances. The 7th and final show will take place outdoors at historic 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 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 blogs about religion 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
His 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. Other plays include the 2003 metaphysical comedy 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. Stanley is a past president of the board of directors of the New York Neo-Futurists experimental theatre ensemble, and a past board secretary at Plays & Players.  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 advisor 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
What: BONEYARDS

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, http://fringearts.ticketleap.com/boneyards. 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 http://www.fringearts.com. 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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Your Own Personal Charon

by on Aug.02, 2013, under The Sixth Boro, Theatre

Boneyards GUIDE AD 2

 

Press Contact:
info@shiva3.com

8/1/13 – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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 80-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” (part of the June 2013 Hidden City Festival) at 2015 South 4th Street in South Philadelphia for 6 performances. The 7th and final show will take place outdoors at historic 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 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  also writes first-person religion essays  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
His 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. Other plays include the 2003 metaphysical comedy 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. Stanley is a past president of the board of directors of the New York Neo-Futurists experimental theatre ensemble, and a past board secretary at Plays & Players.  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 advisor 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
What: BONEYARDS

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, http://fringearts.ticketleap.com/boneyards. 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 http://www.fringearts.com. 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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There’s a little taphophile in all of us

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

Boneyards GUIDE AD 2

Press Contact:

6/25/13 – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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
What: BONEYARDS

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, http://www.fringearts.com. 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 http://www.fringearts.com. 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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Bad to the Bone

by on Jun.26, 2013, under The Sixth Boro, Theatre

Boneyards GUIDE AD 2

Press Contact:

6/25/13 – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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
What: BONEYARDSWhen (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, http://www.fringearts.com. 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 http://www.fringearts.com. 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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Bringing Death to Life

by on Apr.12, 2012, under Film/TV, NYC, The Press, The Sixth Boro, Theatre

Philadelphia’s arbiter of good taste, the South Philly Review, sez don’t miss the 2012 Philadelphia Playwright Showcase April 25-28 @7pm.   Buy your tickets here.

Plays & Players Resident Plots Future

A New York transplant, now residing in East Passyunk Crossing, presents his work to Philly crowds

by Jess Fuerst

On March 27, Jeffrey Stanley workshopped his play “UFOs Over Brooklyn,” which has been in development since 2001.

“The intention is a little more of a showcase, for who in Philly might be interested in producing it,” Stanley said.

Stanley is a resident at Plays & Players Theater, along with Jeremy Gable and Brian Grace-Duff, until September. As such, the writer has access to stages and actors, as well as exposure within the local community.

“Promotion is also part of their agenda. They are not necessarily going to produce all plays residents write,” Stanley said. “It’s an introduction to other professionals in the Philly theater world, so there is a publicity component involved when they showcase us and Plays & Players gets to showcase itself.”

A New York transplant Stanley has spent the past year diving head first into the local community. His debut was a one-man show he wrote and starred in for last year’s Fringe Festival, entitled “Beautiful Zion: A Book of the Dead.”

“Why I did the Fringe was to announce my presence. It worked.  Well, it made them more aware. The decision makers … put me on the radar. They all came and saw,” the 44-year-old said. “It’s a dark comedy and autobiographical. A close relative of mine died of acute alcoholism, drank himself to death, and it’s about my year spent dealing with that.”

The show, which Stanley performed in a basement in West Philly, involved monologue pieces, as well as audience participation. Stanley asked for viewers to help him reach out to his dead relative through the use of a Ouija board, the result of which is the show’s grand finale.

“It culminates with starting them in another room, trying to make contact with the spirit world on my CONT’D at southphillyreview.com>>

 

 

 


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Dead Man Talking

by on Apr.10, 2012, under The Sixth Boro, Theatre

Not the official residency logo. May cause sleeplessness and suicidal thoughts.

 

Thrilled to let you know about the PDC@Plays&Players Resident Playwrights Showcase (or something unavoidably long-winded like that) happening for 4 performances on April 25-28 @7pm, in which myself and my fellow playwrights-in-residence Jeremy Gable and Brian Grace-Duff will each be presenting excerpts from our newest works-in-progress.

These are not readings or informal workshops but a real night of real theatre for real people. Each of us gets 30 minutes to blow your mind, adding up to an incredible 90-minute show.

Me at the entrance to a 19th century underground crypt at Laurel Hill Cemetery where no one had tread in years, just about to make the descent.

Come early to meet and greet the other artists and me at Quig’s Pub (the private bar on the 3rd floor of Plays &  Players), then step into the hot kitchen that is the Skinner Studio and see what we’ve got in the oven as I kick off the evening.

My macabre, funny, autobiographical piece is called Grave Digger’s Bawl, that’s all you get. Trust me, come see it. It’ll be followed up with a monologue from my play UFOs Over Brooklyn performed by Jordan B. Mottram.

Thine Eternally,
Jeffrey Stanley

WHEN:  Wed. 4/25 – Sat. 4/28 @7pm.  Come at 6:30pm to have a drink at Quig’s Pub on the 3rd floor and meet and greet the playwrights.

WHERE: Plays & Players, 1714 Delancey Place, Philadelphia, in Quig’s Pub and the Skinner Studio on the 3rd floor

COST: $10.00 in advance, $12.00 at the door.  Buy one now.

Read more about my work and the Philadelphia residency here.

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City Paper also sez you better be there tonight

by on Jan.12, 2012, under The Press, The Sixth Boro, Theatre

Scratch Night

Thu., Jan. 12, 7 p.m., free, with Jeffrey Stanley and Justin Jain, Live Arts Studio, 919 N. Fifth St., 215-413-9006, livearts-fringe.org.

by A.D. Amorosi

Before Nick Stuccio buys a zoo, I mean, a restaubar/performance space on Delaware Ave., he and the Fringe peeps will take advantage of that Live Arts Brewery spot in Northern Liberties for several socially interactive programs between artists and audiences. Best case-in-point is the monthly Scratch Night, a salon environment funded by John S. and James L. Knight Foundation’s Knight Arts Challenge, where cross-genre performers and directors make new works based heavily on improvisation.  First up are Jeffrey Stanley and Justin Jain CONT’D AT citypaper.net>>

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Art and the Zen of Bowling

by on Jan.09, 2012, under The Sixth Boro, Theatre

Fun article in the Philadelphia Daily News about this Thursday’s Scratch Night -

Live Arts salon helps artists make new work

BY MOLLY EICHEL
Philadelphia Daily News

THE NAME “Scratch Night,” a monthly salon from the good folks who bring you the Live Arts Festival, is supposed to connote performing art at its beginning stages.

Left to right: myself, PDC Executive Director Wally Zialcita, and my fellow PDC@Plays & Players playwrights-in-residence Brian Grace-Duff and Jeremy Gable at North Bowl in Philadelphia; October, 2011.

But playwright and performer Jeffrey Stanley thinks of the evening in decidedly nonartistic terms. “It’s like playing a scratch game in bowling,” Stanley said. “It’s a game that doesn’t really count. There’s a safety net and it’s a little off the record.”

Scratch Night is an evolution of Live Arts’ 2nd Thursdays, a similarly minded evening of workshopping the arts during which performers shared selections of in-progress pieces. Scratch Nights will also take place on the second Thursday of the month through May, but the new iteration is meant to engage the audience on a deeper level. “A lot of people have trouble understanding and digesting experimental work. Getting people to talk can be a challenge,” said Craig Peterson, director of the Live Arts Brewery (LAB) and Philly Fringe. “People don’t want to sound stupid, but we want to engage them in ways that are less threatening and more fun.”

Peterson said it’s important for the audience to get a glimpse into the creative process. “These things don’t just come fully formed in [the festival],” he said.

At Thursday’s inaugural Scratch Night, Stanley and playwright/actor Justin Jain will perform their separate works, both of which are CONT’D>> at philly.com

 

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