Pig Iron Theatre Company - 99 Breakups at PAFA
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Pig Iron Theater Company's 99 Breakups premieres September 5-16, 2014 at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts.
Pig Iron's newest work encompasses the rising crescendo of conflict, the hushed, crumbling voice of heartbreak and the splitting, cleaving disintegration we often don't mean to witness but cannot ignore. With the backdrop of PAFA's collection, and the semi public, semi private space of a museum, 99 Breakups takes a wide-angle lens at a story we all have in common. It is a celebration of irrational behavior, tantrums, pregnant pauses, separate beds, inertia, atomic collisions, fresh starts and awkward hugs.
This production, directed by Pig Iron Co-Founder Quinn Bauriedel, has enabled us to work with long-time art-crushes Dayna Hanson (who will choreograph and help co-create the piece), formerly of 33 Fainting Spells, and Kirk Lynn, the lead writing voice from the Rude Mechanicals in Austin who provides scenes/prompts from which the piece is built.
It is indeed a thrill to be staging this piece at PAFA. Founded in 1805, PAFA is the oldest museum and art school in the country and was one of the first art schools to admit women in 1844, allowing the likes of Mary Cassatt and Cecelia Beaux to learn anatomy and take life drawing. Also, The Gross Clinic is there (but has a co-parenting agreement with the PMA so gets shuttled back and forth). Also, Louis Kahn went there. And David Lynch, who will be taking over a few galleries this autumn for a show of his paintings.
Presented by FringeArts,
September 5 - 16
The Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art
118 N Broad St, Philadelphia, PA
For Tickets, go here
99 Breakups is made possible with support from The Independence Foundation, The Wyncote Foundation and many generous individuals. Thank you.
P.S. Check out our 99breakups website here.