NICE AND FRESH Returns with Josh McIlvain, Irina Varina, Steve Lippe, Evalina “Wally” Carbonell

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Sarah Knittel and Anna Michael in The Recruits by Josh McIlvain. Photo by Said Johnson.

Philadelphia’s best revue of new performing arts returns for another season January 13 and 14, 2017, at Moving Arts of Mount Airy. Presented by Automatic Arts (formerly SmokeyScout Productions) the Nice and Fresh series features original, new works of theater, dance, and more performed at venues in Northwest Philadelphia.

Th fourth season kicks off with four new and original 15-minute works, including a new one-act by Josh McIlvain, performance art by Irina Varina, storytelling by Steve Lippe, and dance by Evaline “Wally” Carbonell. All for the “price of a sandwich” ($7). [Moving Arts of Mount Airy, 6819 Greene Street] January 13-14, 2017AutomaticArtsCo.com

Irina Varina, photo by Said Johnson.

Irina Varina, photo by Said Johnson.

Full line-up

Research (performance art)
Created + Performed by Irina Varina
Russian-born Irina Varina takes on the tension between traditional ideals of femininity that she was raised with and her current, much wider view of being a human being in the 21st century.

The Recruits (theater/one act play)
Features Sarah Knittel + Anna Michael, written + directed by Josh McIlvain. Automatic Arts.
Two navy recruits strike up a friendship on a cruise ship while sharing stories about the worst things they’ve ever done.

Milk (dance)
Choreography: Evalina “Wally” Carbonell
Dancers: Evalina Carbonell, Weiwei Ma, Keila Perez-Vega (Saturday only), Grace Stern

My Fat Superman (storytelling)
Created + Performed by Steve Lippe
It has been said that “Northeast Philadelphia is bad for the psyche”. True or not, storyteller Steve Lippe relates a tale of anger and fear from his warped young adult years.

[Moving Arts of Mount Airy, 6819 Greene Street] January 13-14, 2017, 6pm and 8pmAutomaticArtsCo.com

Running time: 70 minutes

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