Alice wins Best of Philly!

Congratulations to Alice who was named Philadelphia’s BEST THEATER TALENT by Philly Magazine!

Every summer Philadelphia Magazine releases their much-anticipated Best of Philly list, an exhaustive compilation of Philadelphia’s best restaurants, retailers, experiences, and offerings. They mix up the categories every year so you can always count on being introduced to the things that make Philly as special as it is.

Here’s what Philly Mag had to say about Alice:

(Click image to see it on the Philly Mag website)

She joins an exciting and growing rank of the LRS community: company member Katie Gould was awarded Best Personal Trainer in 2017 and LRS godmother Ali King was awarded Best Stationery for her company Groundswell Greetings in 2017.

We are so proud and excited for Alice! We think it is highly deserved.

Best Theatre Talent: Alice Yorke

One More Week in Philly!

And so many exciting announcements to make!

THE APPOINTMENT is Barrymore Recommended!

That means, for the first time ever, one of our shows is eligible to be nominated for a Barrymore Award. We are really honored to participate in a beloved hometown tradition.


Reviews are coming in!

Philly Life and Culture says, “Just as you are belly-laughing… you are sucker punched into reality.”

Philadelphia Dance says, “The laughter that the show provokes becomes the glass of water we drink to digest the bitter pills the show prescribes.”

Broad Street Review calls the show “genius,” “pitch-perfect,” “by turns hilarious and devastating,” and says, “Women are somehow both at the center of America’s obsession with abortion, and completely irrelevant to it. We’re infantilized and sexualized; glorified and stripped of agency. I hate to legitimize opposition to abortion access as a healthcare “debate.” The Appointment is not a debate. But it does confront, surprise, challenge, and entertain its audience.”


Take Us to New York!

Have you heard? THE APPOINTMENT got a last-minute offer to perform in New York Theatre Workshop’s Next Door Series just two weeks after we close in Philly! We need you to help us make it happen. If you enjoyed the show, please make a contribution in support of our tour. If you’re unable to see it, we suggest donating the price of your ticket!

This Week!

We still have six shows left in Philly and we don’t want you to miss out! Wednesday’s performance will be followed by a conversation with our partner organization, Allentown Women’s Center, about how they balance abortion care with comprehensive trans health care. We love the folks at AWC and can’t wait for our audience to hear about the amazing work they do.

Then on Friday night, stick around after the show for SEX ED TRIVIA NIGHT. Hosted by Dr. Timaree Schmit, with prizes donated by the Sexploratorium, and **free drinks** this is one time you’re gonna wanna get schooled.

Thanks for your support!

With love and lightning,

Alice, Scott, and Lightning Rod Special

LRS STRIKES NYC!

Holy moly, Batman! We got a LAST MINUTE offer from New York Theatre Workshop to perform THE APPOINTMENT as part of their Next Door Series in April and May. Yes, that’s right– two weeks after we close the show in Philly, we’re going to New York!

This is an incredible opportunity for us. There will be a lot of visibility on the company as we return to New York after the success of “Underground Railroad Game.” We believe this show, which gets more timely every day, is poised to make a big splash.

But we need your help to make it happen.

We have already raised $90,000 for this rolling, two-city presentation. We need $13,200 more to get us to the finish line.

Will you make THE APPOINTMENT?


As though that wasn’t exciting enough, WE OPEN THE SHOW IN PHILLY THIS WEEK! We hope you’ll get your tickets and join us as we lift this project off the ground. Click the image below for tickets:

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ONE WEEK OUT

IMAGE: Two people sit with their backs to the camera in a rehearsal room. They are watching five actors rehearse a scene where they are all standing downstage looking out toward the audience.

We’ve been rehearsing since mid-February and now the time has come– one week from today we have our first public audience! We’re in the middle of tech right now, which means we’re working on the set, preparing light cues, running transitions, and getting used to our costumes.

We hope that you’ll join us at FringeArts to see THE APPOINTMENT. It runs March 20-31. We have a lot of really exciting events planned around the show to continue the community engagement work from our 2017 showing. Get connected with Women’s Medical Fund, Allentown Women’s Center, and more.

Plus, we have a very exciting announcement that we’ll be making any day now. I definitely suggest following our facebook or instagram page if you want to know about it when it drops. (Psst: you do!)

But for now, a couple more pictures from rehearsal…

THE APPOINTMENT premieres at FringeArts!

We are so excited to announce that this March, after three years of research and development, THE APPOINTMENT will premiere at FringeArts. THE APPOINTMENT is a dark satire with original music about the hypocrisy, misogyny, and absurdity surrounding the abortion debate in America.

After raising almost $5,000 for safe abortion access at our work-in-progress showing in August 2017 (titled “Unformed Consent”), this premiere will feature a bunch of awesome activities to help connect the content of the show with reproductive justice work that happens every day in Philly. Details of the events are to be announced, but will include conversations with Women’s Medical Fund, Puentes de Salud, and more organizations to come!

We are so proud of this show and where it’s come since that early showing. We hope you’ll join us at the premiere in March! Get more info HERE.

Wednesday, Mar 20 at 8pm* (preview)
Thursday, Mar 21 at 8pm (opening!)
Friday, Mar 22 at 8pm
Saturday, Mar 23 at 2pm
Saturday, Mar 23 at 8pm
Sunday, Mar 24 at 3pm
Wednesday, Mar 27 at 8pm
Thursday, Mar 28 at 8pm
Friday, Mar 29 at 8pm
Saturday, Mar 30 at 2pm
Saturday, Mar 30 at 8pm
Sunday, Mar 31 at 2pm

We’re Back!

We’re back from New Orleans and what a time we had. We arrived Tuesday night in time to get some food (at the aptly named Pizza Delicious) and catch our friends Almanac’s opening night.

On Wednesday we rehearsed at Dancing Grounds  and then moved ourselves into the Old Firehouse (after lunch at the Cake Cafe) to set up the space, tech, and walk through the show. We then performed Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday (with breaks for food, drinks, dancing, and music) and we headed back to Philly on Saturday!

And thus ended the Philly portion of our exchange. We now spend the next two months, all of us in our home cities, reading As You Like It, watching more sci-fi, and doing whatever homework assignments Rebecca throws at us. Some of us will even travel up to RI in January for a post-New Years writing workshop.

Then in February, we reunite! Two intensive weeks of rehearsal followed by shows in Providence March 3-6 and in Boston March 13-16.

We have about $8,000 left to raise to complete our $20,000 match of the NET/TEN grant we received last March. If the holiday spirit moves you to donate, you can do so HERE. Best of all: year end tax-deduction!

 

Welcome, Strange Attractor!

Thanks to a generous grant from the Network of Ensemble Theatres, we are embarking on our next project! With our dear friends Strange Attractor Theatre Company (Providence, Philadelphia, Juneau), we were awarded a NET/TEN exchange grant to share administrative best practices while in rehearsals for a new piece. The piece, SANS EVERYTHING, follows drone-like space explorers as they are forced by some unseen power to perform Shakespeare’s AS YOU LIKE IT. Set so far in the future that everything from our past has been forgotten, SANS EVERYTHING is a meditation on why perform for each other and on what we owe the past when considering our future. All ten performer/creators from the two companies will gather, first here in Philadelphia and early next year in Providence. During our busy rehearsal schedule we are devoting one day of the week towards administrative exchange. On these days we meet in an office, not a rehearsal room, to discuss the ins and outs of running a small theatre company.

Our two companies have many similarities–a shared pedagogy (members of Strange Attractor met at LISPA and members of LRS met at the Pig Iron School, both Lecoq-based programs), a shared method of devising, and between 3 and 5 years of experience working together. But we also have much to learn from each other. Strange Attractor has got the “applying for grants” thing DOWN. They love going to conferences and meeting other artists in our field. We at Lightning Rod Special have more touring experience and pride ourselves on throwing a great party. Over the course of the exchange we will meet each other not only as creative collaborators but as artistic administrators. We will help each other acquire new skills (QuickBooks??) and introduce each other to presenters in our home regions. We will make critical observations of each others’ working practices with just as much care and generosity as we do in the rehearsal process.

At the end of the three weeks here in Philly, our two companies will be traveling down to New Orleans for the brand new Faux/Real festival to present the first iteration of our work on SANS EVERYTHING. Please be sure to join us for a party on the evening of November 14th as we present a showing of the work we’ve made and to send us off to NOLA in style!

We will be keeping an exchange diary here so stay tuned as we let you inside of our process. It is sure to be exciting, difficult, silly, and all new to us! With that, WELCOME, STRANGE ATTRACTOR!