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Boneyards: The Wienering

by on Jul.08, 2014, under NYC, The Sixth Boro, Theatre

There’s a little taphophile in all of us

After a highly successful world premiere in the 2013 Philly Fringe in September and an extended post-Fringe run in the fall, Jeffrey Stanley is back with Boneyards: The Wienering is back this summer 2014 and features a special guest appearance by acclaimed New York-based performance artist Michael Wiener.

Very limited seating
$10 tickets here

Shivtei Yeshyuron-Ezras Israel Synagogue
(doors open 45 minutes early to allow the audience time to wander the 3 floors of this 119-year-old storefront synagogue before descending to the cellar)
2015 S. 4th Street
Philadelphia, PA
2 blocks north of Snyder Avenue

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P hiladelphia, PA – The ongoing seance-as-theatre experiment continues.  After a highly successful run in the 2013 Philly Fringe and a post-Fringe extended run last fall, Jeffrey Stanley’s BONEYARDS is back from the dead to rock your underworld for 2 performances in late July. Come in from the heat and peacefully rest in a cool, dark, coal cellar.  Same autobiographical, spooky show, same mouldering location, same real ghosts, but now featuring a visit from New York’s quirkiest experimental performance artist Michael Wiener who will be sharing the crypt with the show’s creator Jeffrey Stanley.

Shows are Saturday 7/26/14 at 9pm and Sunday 7/27/14 at 2pm.  Doors open 45 minutes early to allow the audience time to wander the 3 floors of this century-old storefront synagogue before descending to the cellar.

Tickets: $10, purchased here.


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.  Paranormal activity guaranteed.


synagogueA Unique Location

Jewish immigrants from Eastern Europe and beyond crowded South Philadelphia in the 1880s.  They pushed south from the original “Jewish Quarter” near South Street, opening Jewish schools, hospitals and some 140 synagogues along the way. In 1909 Orthodox members of Shivtei Yeshuron-Ezras Israel became tenants in a former storefront on the corner of South 4th and  Emily Streets (2015 S. 4th Street just two short blocks north of Snyder Avenue). In 1914 they bought the building and members of the congregation completed most of the renovations themselves.  Today it is virtually unchanged.  Similar to New York City’s Lower East Side Tenement Museum, the synagogue is a living memorial to turn-of-the-century immigrant life in Philadelphia.  An active core group of congregants continues to hold monthly services in the synagogue, fondly nicknamed “the little shul,” and hopes to keep it alive as a religious, historical, artistic and cultural center in the neighborhood.   BONEYARDS was the first ever Fringe show to take place here, and we are thrilled to still be calling it our home.  More at  Doors open 45 minutes early to allow the audience time to wander the 3 floors of this 119-year-old storefront synagogue before descending to the cellar.


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 the Edinburgh Fringe and most recently a Chicago premiere. He has been a religion blogger for the Washington Post and is a film and theatre 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, andBeautiful Zion: A Book of the Dead which premiered in the 2011 Philly Fringe. In the 2012 Philly Fringe he produced Bidisha Dasgupta’s hit classical Indian and Modern dance  show Einstein/Tagore: Seashore of Endless Worlds. He was a 2011-12 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 TimesNew 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 and a BFA in Film & Television from NYU Tisch School of the Arts.


About Performer Michael Wiener

Special guest Michael Wiener is a New York-based film and theater actor, performer and writer. Films as an actor have won awards and press acclaim at Sundance, Tribeca, Comic Con and internationally. Commercials include a celebrated drug awareness campaign directed by Darren Aronofsky. Michael has guest starred on the Onion News Channel, IFC. His many projects with Liz Magic Laser have been seen at the Kitchen,Plays & Players Theatre for Philadelphia FringeArts, CNN, MoMA PS1, Times Square via Times Square Alliance/Franklin Furnace and as the Opening Night Film at the Armory Show. Michael is a member of St. Fortune Collective, which presented a revival of Tom Murrin’s musical Cockstrong at La MaMa; Wood Music, a site specific theater commission with director Elena Araoz at the Great Plains Theater Conference; and soon, Whiskey Jack at the NYC Fringe. This summer Michael will appear in a workshop of Sibyl Kempson’s adaptation of Ibsen’s Wild Duck directed by Sarah Benson at NYTW. Wiener’s music project The Children… is part rock opera, part environmental soundscape, a collaboration with Jim Coleman of Cop Shoot Cop and Phil Puleo of Swans.  The trio composed music for director Beth B.’s burlesque documentary Exposed now in national release, and have appeared at the Ohio Theater, St. Mark’s Church, WFMU, and in fashion boutiques and rock clubs. Recently, Michael published an autobiographical essay in Jews, A Peoples’ History of New York. He also curates a performance series at the Gershwin Hotel, Dixon Place, Red Room at KGB and other spaces.



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