(PHILADELPHIA, PA) -- The fast-paced, immersive dance piece Kill Me Now returns to Philadelphia's FringeArts in September in a production presented by the Department of Theatre & Dance at Rowan University.
Kill Me Now: Rowan Edition, which was first presented at the university
in December 2012, invites audience participation in a live dance
competition show modeled after such popular TV reality series as
"Dancing with the Stars," "So You Think You Can Dance" and "Dance Wars."
The interactive atmosphere seeks to seduce audience into a satiric
journey that leads to the ultimate destruction of the contestants, and
weighing their lust for fame against their will to live.
are September 6, 7 & 8 and 12, 13 & 14 at 8 pm and 10 pm at the
Latvian Society, 531 North 7th Street in Philadelphia. Check out www.facebook.com/KillMeNowRowanEdition for more details.
begins as a recognizable, if extreme, game morphs into a rigorous and
ruthless self-examination; stripping-away the performer's personas until
a judge confronts the contestants and the real battle begins. Kill Me
Now questions and exposes people's willingness and even desire to be
judged and to compete for some ultimate "prize" while, at the same time,
they relentlessly judge and condemn others.
interactive atmosphere seduces the audience in a satiric journey that
leads to the ultimate destruction of the contestants, whose lust for
fame is weighed against their will to live," notes
director/choreographer Melanie Stewart.
Kill Me Now,
originally premiered by Melanie Stewart Dance Theatre at the 2008 Live
Arts Festival. The Rowan Edition incorporates creative contributions
from the Rowan company and features a dance chorus choreographed by
Philly's own "Bad Boy" of the dance world, Paule Turner.
and directed by Stewart, the show is written by John Clancy. The
creative team includes Joseph Napolitano (set design), Stephanie Nichols
(costume design), Robert Thorpe (lighting design), David Cimetta (sound
design), Joe Grasso (photography/videography), Anthony Hostetter
(dramaturge), John Michael- Esposito (production manager) and Mary
Rossiter (stage manager).
The company includes Chris
Halasz as Hanz Deekengrabben, Katie Knoblock as Cassie Graham, Joe
Grasso as Ezekiel, Joe Napolitano as Cesar Oswald Hurst/Sydney Palmer,
Dane Eissler as Donald Belch/Ygor Chopsky, Claire Kane as Amma
Antonov/Stella Staples, Heather Arroyo as Chanellica Betencourt/Rae
Carmen, Allyn Merida as Katarzyna Putyrski/Marina Vitamina, Andy Spinosi
as Danny O'Brien/Jonathan Barnes, Kaitlin Kemp as Stacie Marie
Hawke/Belinda Barnes and Dana Orange as Justin Murphy/Thomas Scott. The
Kill Me Now "Fly Dancers" (under the Turner's direction) are Brittany
Griffiths, Kelbie Brown, DJ Abel, La'nise Ambrose, Alicia H., Katie
Kiessling and Amy Iannuzzi.
General admission tickets are
$15 and can be purchased at fringearts.ticketleap.com . Walk up and
phone sales are available starting August 29 at the Festival Box Office,
120 North 3rd Street in Philadelphia. Discounts are available for
Festival Members, groups and students. More information on the festival
is available at www.livearts-fringe.org .
(formerly Philadelphia Live Arts Festival & Philly Fringe) exists
to commission, develop and present a range of high-quality contemporary
performing and visual arts. Every September the Fringe Festival features
boundary-breaking work created by some of the most renowned
contemporary artists from the region and around the world, and serves as
a collective home for artists to bring their artistic visions to
audiences without any curatorial barriers. The community is enriched as
art takes over neighborhoods, animating spaces in the city - from
traditional theaters to corner bars and vacant storefronts.