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!