Scott Sheppard

SANS EVERYTHING (FringeArts): Artificial Intelligence with Lightning Rod Special + Strange Attractor

Humanity creates its own godhead – AI – that longs to experience its creators through Shakespeare

UNDERGROUND RAILROAD GAME (FringeArts/ Lightning Rod Special): The safe word is “Sojourner”

The most talked-about play from the 2015 Fringe is revived in an equally stellar production at FringeArts.

We don’t study history, we just keep reenacting it: a conversation with Jenn Kidwell

Jenn Kidwell talks history and roleplaying ahead of the relaunch of UNDERGROUND RAILROAD GAME at FringeArts.

GENTLEMEN VOLUNTEERS (Pig Iron): Psychology, trickery, live foley, everything you want

GENTLEMAN VOLUNTEERS displays charm, psychological interest, and fringe sentiment which planted the roots of Pig Iron’s experimentation.

Holden (George + Co.): Violence in the 21st

In George + Co.’s HOLDEN, J. D. Salinger hasn’t published another book since two assassins blamed his The Catcher in the Rye for their own acts of violence.

UNDERGROUND RAILROAD GAME (Jennifer Kidwell & Scott Sheppard / Lightning Rod Special): 2015 Fringe review 21

ennifer Kidwell and Scott’s Sheppard’s skillfully devised work slowly bends and breaks the separation between historical Americana and contemporary experience.

Justin Rose is featured in BRAT’s ALWAYS COMING SOON: THE FUTURE (Photo credit: Plate 3 Photography)

ALWAYS COMING SOON: THE FUTURE (BRAT Productions):  Alternative Cabaret with a Timely Message

Vaudeville, bouffon, and circus meet progressive rock in BRAT Productions’ ensemble-devised cabaret performance ALWAYS COMING SOON: THE FUTURE. It’s a compelling combination that entertains, mocks, and provokes through BRAT’s signature high-energy music, intriguing visual design, and dynamic physical theater which begins the moment you enter the venue as aggressive carnival buskers hawk popcorn, drinks, and breaths of fresh air to the incoming audience.

Alex Bechtel's The West

THE WEST (Alex Bechtel): Billy the Kid Reimagined

Alex Bechtel’s world-premiere production THE WEST is packing the house at the Off-Broad Street Theater in its short six-performance run. The ensemble-devised work, with Bechtel as the lead creator and director, features a cast of twelve emerging Philadelphia theater artists and an absurdist reinvention of the last days of the notorious Western gunman Billy the Kid.

Alex Bechtel The West

THE WEST Comes to Town: Interview with Creator Alex Bechtel

THE WEST is ensemble-devised musical theater, described as “an absurdist western music hall drama about the gun that killed Billy The Kid, the gun that didn’t, and truth and fiction in history, human relationships, and our day-to-day lives.”

Free Beer. Have I said enough? Scratch Night returns at FringeArts

For several years now, the FringeArts Scratch Night series has been an in-the-know favorite on the Philadelphia performing arts scene. Each Spring and Summer in the lead up to the Fringe Fest, the organization hosts a monthly event to showcase in the works performances by LAB fellow, Fringe favorites, and other local artists.

Go Long Big Softie. Photo by Kate Raines. 2013 Philly Fringe Festival

[15] GO LONG BIG SOFTIE (Groundswell Players): Fringe review

As I watch TV and lament the opportunities missed by my fantasy football team (Why didn’t I start Jimmy Graham? I’m an idiot, that’s why.) I am reminded of the…

Jess Conda in Eternal Glamnation

Shameless Plugs and Badass Shows: Jess Conda’s picks for the 2013 Fringe Festival

Phindie is gearing up its coverage of the 2013 Fringe Festival, with previews, interviews, and reviews featuring over 60 shows in theater and other performing arts. To kick off coverage,…