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Boneyards 9/17 show SOLD OUT. Only 1 show left.

by on Sep.17, 2013, under The Sixth Boro, Theatre

The Tuesday 9/17 8pm show has sold out, waiting list, unfortunately turning people away at the door. We crammed in as many as would safely fit.  Only 1 show left–this Sunday 9/22 at 2pm.  We hope to see you there. $10 tix here.

 

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Boneyards 9/15 show is SOLD OUT. Only 2 shows left.

by on Sep.14, 2013, under The Sixth Boro, Theatre

The Sunday 9/15 2pm show is sold out. Only 2 shows left–this Tuesday 9/17 at 8pm and next Sunday 9/22 at 2pm.  We hope to see you there. $10 tix here.

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City Paper Review of Boneyards

by on Sep.11, 2013, under The Press, The Sixth Boro, Theatre

Terrific review by Paulina Reso in the City Paper.  Ha, can’t argue with her about the final stage of the show.  I know from past experience that when you risk opening a scripted entertainment up to the chaos and randomness of a seance for a few minutes anything could happen — and sometimes very little.  Too bad she wasn’t there for the Ouija board fireworks last night.  And I’m not sure how switching  from talking to singing and playing a guitar before launching directly into more talking could be construed by anyone as a water break; that would truly be a supernatural feat. This show is wall to wall mouth, baby.  Read on…

Fringe review: Boneyards

By Paulina Reso
09/11/2013

WE THINK: With its penchant for the paranormal and its autobiographical focus, Jeffrey Stanley’s one-man show could come across as overly strange or egotistical, but his charisma and fascinating tales from the crypt kept it on track. Staged in a musty, 118-year-old cellar in Shivtei Yeshuron-Ezras Israel, a historic South Philly synagogue, the show began with Stanley performing George Jones’ country hit “He Stopped Loving Her Today,” which, his tender rendition revealed, is a lovelier song than I had originally thought. But we in the audience weren’t sitting in a damp cellar, squinting our light-deprived eyes at a barefooted man with a painted face to get a lesson in music appreciation. We were here for a taste of the macabre, and Stanley didn’t disappoint. CONT’D at citypaper.net>>

 

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Boneyards a Festival Pick

by on Sep.10, 2013, under The Press, The Sixth Boro, Theatre

Down in the little shul’s coal cellar join Jeffrey Stanley for performances of his “metatheatrical monologue” that “resurrects and converses with the cadaverous,” from Laurel Hill to ancient Greece.  CONT’D at planphilly.com>>

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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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I’m having a phit

by on Aug.21, 2013, under The Sixth Boro, Theatre

Aside from premiering my solo show BONEYARDS in the Philly Fringe starting in 2 weeks I’m honored to also have my work included in Philly Improv Theater (PHIT)’s Page One fringe show opening 9/5.  From their site:  A unique collaboration between Philly’s most talented improvisers and local playwrights, each performance begins with the opening pages of a different script which is then completed by the cast.  The playwright for September 5 is Jeffrey Stanley, author of Tesla’s Letters, Medicine, Man and other plays.

Wouldn’t it be great if we could all pinpoint our personal demons and make money on them?  My very short play written just for this show, “Entrepreneurial Spirit,” is a dark comedy about a possessed person trying to strike up a business partnership with her demon, which in this case is a real demon, Pazuzu, a Sumerian god whom you might recognize from one of my favorite films, The Exorcist.

The power of cash compels you.

Full details at https://www.facebook.com/events/189880277852073/

 

 

 

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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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