How to Fringe? On a Bike.

phindie-fringe-bike-tourYou know that feeling thumbing through the Fringe Guide, looking at one-paragraph descriptions of hundreds of shows and wondering, What the hell should I see?

For the second year, the experts at Phindie are making life easy for you with our Fringe Bike Tour. Theater critic Julius Ferraro has curated four public tours, taking guests on one-day sojourns to up to four different shows. In between the carefully selected performances, Julius will lead casual discussion on the pieces and guide people by bike to the next venue.

“Last year’s tour was fun,” says Julius, “but it was missing something vital. I didn’t talk about the shows or where we were going, where we had been. That’s what’s being added this year: the tour guide spiel.”

Julius Ferraro

Julius Ferraro

An insightful theater writer, Julius has had bylines for Philly.com, Paperclips, Art Attack, the Fringe blog, and other national and regional publications (as well as Phindie!), focusing on experimental and independent theater. He’s also an active independent playwright and actor, so he is uniquely able to interpret and help understand theater and the creative process.

“People who join us this year will learn about what they’re seeing, who they’re seeing perform, and where they’re seeing it happen,” says Julius. “We’ll talk about our context in this moment in time and space, and our place in that moment, among one another.”

Each tour has a vague theme—Getcher Hands Dirty, The Wild Tour, From Hell to Nowhere, and Women Bike PHL—but every one encompasses a range of work: a great sampling of the pieces on offer at the 2015 Fringe Festival. (See below or here for a run-down of the different tours.)

“Theater is a collision of distinct people in distinct circumstances,” says Julius, “and that’s what we’re going to highlight this year.”

Phindie and FringeArts have collaborated to offer discounted tickets to all Bike Tour shows, plus a FREE Fringe membership ($65 value), allowing guests to get 30% other shows in the Festival. All the venues are an easy cycling-distance away (this is not Iron Man Fringing). A knowledgeable guide, good company, good shows, and a good deal. This is Fringe at its best. It’s more dope than Lance Armstrong. And ballsier too.

Get your tickets now.

Getcher Hands Dirty Tour
Sunday, September 6, 2015

4-5:45 pm
Underground Railroad Game (Lightning Rod Special)
Christ Church Neighborhood House, 20 N. American St.
6-7:30 pm
glass movement (Glass Routes)
The Clay Studio, 137 N 2nd St.
8-9:30 pm
The Lid (Pat Finnerty / BRAT Productions)
Underground Arts, 1200 Callowhill St.

The Wild Tour
Saturday, September 12, 2015

1-2 pm
Three Sisters and a Wolf (Wee Keep Company)
The Playground at the Adrienne, 2030 Sansom St.
3-4:30 pm
The Girl’s Guide to Neighborly Conduct (Tangle Movement Arts)
Philadelphia Soundstages, 1600 N 5th St.
5-6:15 pm
There (Jo Strømgren Kompani)
FringeArts, 140 N. Columbus Boulevard
8-9 pm
Teething Emotionalities: WOOF (Tabitha Vidaurri & Alyson Goodman)
The Rotunda, 4014 Walnut St.

From Hell to Nowhere
Sunday, September 13, 2015

2-3:30 pm
City of Woes (Found Theater Company)
Vox Populi Aux Performance Space, 319 N. 11th St.
4-5:05 pm
Groove (Tongue & Groove Spontaneous Theater)
Playground at the Adrienne, 2030 Sansom St.
6-7 pm
Damned Dirty Apes! (The Renegade Company)
FDR Park, 1500 Pattison Ave.
9-10:30 pm
901 Nowhere Street (Sam Tower + Ensemble)
Power Plant Productions Basement, 233 N. Bread St.

Women Bike PHL*
Saturday, September 19, 2015
*Note: This tour is in partnership with Women Bike PHL, a Bicycle Coalition initiative to get more Philly women riding bicycles. As such, the tour is only open to woman-identified folks.*

2-2:45 pm
Boing! (Vervet Dance)
Mascher Space Cooperative, 155 Cecil B. Moore Ave.
4-5 pm
Bellows Fall (Leah Stein Dance Company)
The Iron Factory, 118 Fontain St.
5:30-6:30 pm
Shelter-in-Place (Alisha Adams)
Las Parcelas, 2248 N. Palethorp St.
8-9 pm
Jump the Moon (Philadelphia Opera Collective)
Skybox at the Adrienne, 2030 Sansom St.

Get your tickets to all tours here.

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Christopher Munden

Your faithful correspondent and publisher Christopher Munden has written and edited for many publications, websites, and cultural institutions. He was an editor/publisher of the Philly Fiction book series, collections of short stories written by local writers and set in Philadelphia. He's also a soccer coach and a pretty good skier.