New season of NICE AND FRESH brings dance, theater, and NYC comedy

NYC comedy troupe Awful DJ come to Northwest Philadelphia as part of SmokeyScout's NICE AND FRESH series.

NYC comedy troupe Awful DJ come to Northwest Philadelphia as part of SmokeyScout’s NICE AND FRESH series.

Feeling a longing for the Fringe and its presentations of unusual short performance? SmokeyScout ProductionsNice and Fresh performing arts series is like a mini Fringe Festival each month. Returning for a second season in four shows October 3 and 4, the series features original, new works of theater and dance at venues in Northwest Philly.

Each month, a handful of companies or artists perform 10-15 minute pieces, often created specifically for the series. Previous shows have included early iterations of Annie Wilson’s Fringe hit Lovertits and a version of Almanac Dance Circus Theatre’s Communitas, as well as short plays from some of Philadelphia’s best playwrights: Josh McIlvain (cofounder of SmokeyScout), John Rosenberg, and Chris Davis.

The second season kicks off with two dance pieces (Are you not your own by Barbara Tait and Space-Time Suite by Katie C. Sopoci Drake), a new play by McIlvain (The History of Rock n Roll), and a New York City comedy troupe of writers from Late Night with Jimmy Fallon! [Moving Arts of Mount Airy, Greene Street and Carpenter Lane] October 3-4, 2014;

NICE AND FRESH October line-up:

Langston Darby and Jonathan Steadman star in Josh McIlvain's The History of Rock n Roll

Langston Darby and Jonathan Steadman star in Josh McIlvain’s The History of Rock n Roll

Awful DJ (Comedy/Theater)
Comedy troupe from New York City! Features the talents of Josh Lay, Cory Cavin, and Bill Grandberg. Emmy-nominated writers and performers from Late Night with Jimmy Fallon!

Are you not your own (Dance)
Performed by Jenna Bryant and Barbara Tait. Choreographed by Barbara Tait.

The History of Rock n Roll (Theater)
Performed by Langston Darby and Jonathan Steadman; written and directed by Josh McIlvain of SmokeyScout Productions.

Space-Time Suite (Dance)
Performed by Katie C. Sopoci Drake and Heather Doyle. Choreographed by Katie C. Sopoci Drake.

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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.