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LOVE UNPUNISHED

September 3 - September 11

Organizer: FringeArts

Where: Drake Theater

302 South Hicks Street
Philadelphia, 19102

love unpunished

Part of the 2021 Fringe Festival

Pig Iron Theatre Company reprises its starkly unsentimental, hypnotic movement-theater work about the moments just before the collapse of the World Trade Center. Set on twenty feet of escape stairs, this mostly-wordless piece asks audiences to contemplate the mundanity and confusion of evacuees who wonder: is this an emergency or is this a drill?

Waiters, traders, administrators, custodians, secretaries, bike messengers—the denizens of any metropolitan skyscraper—move from panic into a ghost world of memory and loss. Some are unconcerned, some are in shock, others run for their lives. Love Unpunished draws from a simple palette of movement to open up the unreal space between life and death, a space of tenderness that lies within catastrophe.

Love Unpunished originally premiered during the 2006 Fringe Festival, and with the 20-year anniversary of the Towers’ collapse arriving on the heels of a once-in-a-lifetime pandemic, Pig Iron returns to this contemplative, deceptively simple piece. Without any direct reference to the World Trade Center, Love Unpunished invites audiences to contemplate the simple, distinctive movement of bodies descending stairs, evacuating, confused about when to panic and when to stay calm.

*Proof of vaccination is required to attend this event. For the safety of audiences, artists, staff, and our greater community, you must be fully vaccinated to attend this event. Fully vaccinated means two weeks after your second dose. You will be asked to show proof of vaccination before entering the venue. Accepted forms for proof of vaccination include: a physical vaccine card with your name on it or a digital photo of your vaccine card on a cell phone. Please plan accordingly.

Masks must also be worn for the duration of the performance.

PERFORMANCES:
Friday, September 3, 2021 at 8pm
Saturday, September 4, 2021 at 2pm & 8pm
Sunday, September 5, 2021 at 4pm
Wednesday, September 8, 2021 at 8pm
Thursday, September 9, 2021 at 6pm & 9pm
Friday, September 10, 2021 at 8pm
Saturday, September 11, 2021 at 2pm & 8pm

$30 general
$15 students/25-and-under
$2 FringeACCESS
Member discounts available

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