It is the final decade for humans to redress our impact on the planet. Since you attended an eye-opening environmental lecture several years ago, you have joined the fight against the many-headed hydra of climate change with increasing fervor. But no matter how many marches, letters to politicians, protests, donations, and local and global campaigns you organize, it seems the forces against you only grow stronger. You're tired and frustrated, and the world is on the brink. You decide the time for nonviolence is over.
New World Rising! made headlines in late 2021 when a spate of explosions targeting heavy-polluting corporations and corrupt politicians ripped across the country. Inspired by aggressive forebearers Earth First! and Earth Liberation Front, NWR used anonymous publications, coded briefings, and pirate radio to activate self-organizing collectives willing to "inflict economic damage on those profiteering from destruction of the Earth." You have tracked down passionate members of the growing but secretive Philadelphia cell, and you are joining them to take down a local target. But however strong your ideals, the risks are great, and your own future hangs in the balance.
Part immersive performance, part audio play, part walking tour, this roughly 60 minute single audience member ambulatory adventure is back after its sold-out run in the 2021 Philadelphia Fringe Festival. A smartphone is required to access audio and written instructions guiding you through downtown Philadelphia.
Philly Theatre Week:
Friday, April 1, 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Saturday, April 2, 11:00am - 12:00pm; 12:30pm - 1:30pm; 2:00pm - 3:00pm; 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Sunday, April 3, 11:00am - 12:00pm; 12:30pm - 1:30pm; 2:00pm - 3:00pm; 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Monday, April 4, 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Friday, April 8, 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Saturday, April 9, 11:00am - 12:00pm; 12:30pm - 1:30pm; 2:00pm - 3:00pm; 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Sunday, April 10, 11:00am - 12:00pm; 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Performance requires audience to walk 1 mile over an hour-long performance.
After registering, you will receive additional information from Linnea Bond!
KADEEM ALI HARRIS (RADY) is an actor/director/producer from the Bronx, New York. He was most recently seen at Omari in PIPELINE at the Cleveland Playhouse. Kadeem has acted regionally at the American Conservatory Theater, Berkeley Rep, Cal Shakes, and Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati. Kadeem is a recent graduate of the American Conservatory Theater's MFA program in Acting as well as the Tisch School of the Arts for Drama. He has produced the 2016 Bay Area Artist Festival with the premiere of Obie Award winner Aleshea Harris’ play CRACK. RUMBLE. FLY. Kadeem is currently working on reinstating his devised piece BLACK MASCULINITY and his one person show LEGACY about the life and journey of his father and the foster care system. Kadeem is a committed teaching artist who has taught in New York City, Cincinnati, and the Bay Area and is the recipient of the Bratt Family Diversity Scholarship and the Litfin Scholarship. You can see him on the upcoming Amazon Prime series “Harlem” starring Megan Good.
ANGELA BEY (they/them) (FIANCE) is a multidisciplinary artist from Philadelphia. They create to inspire decolonization, joy, radical honesty, and healing - believing it is our divine duty to build the utopia we may not live to see. Ang is co-artistic director of Wings of Paper Theatre Co. and Shoe Box Theatre Collective. Selected credits - Acting: YOUNG MONEY (Azuka Theatre), FABULATION (Lantern Theater), THE NICITIES (InterAct), D-PAD (Theatre Exile), CODE BLACK PLANET (Wilma Theatre), DAYS OF RE-CREATION (Philadelphia Theatre Company), OUR OUIJA BOARD… (On the Rocks), CANDLES (Philadelphia Young Playwrights), TWELTH NIGHT (Shakespeare in Clark Park), LP (AE Film; Carl Lerner Award, Best Student Film Nominee at Bronzelens & Woodstock Film Festivals), BRACELET (John Deswert, “Best of the Fest'' at the San Francisco Independent Short Film Festival), and the Actors Ensemble at Sundance Directors Lab. Playwriting: Germantown Plays Pericles (Shakespeare in Clark Park), Every Everyman (SCP), and The Medusa Play (Shoe Box). Ang is currently commissioned by Elevate Theatre Company and Lupine Performance Cooperative. Directing: Whisper (Shoe Box), Every Everyman (co-director), The Medusa Play (co-director), and The White Feather Project (self-produced). angelabey.com
ROHAAN UNVALA (HYDE) is a deviser, performer, mixed-media artist and teacher born and raised in Mumbai, India. His work focuses on impulse, improvisation, and play, He is a recent graduate of the Pig Iron Devised Performance MFA program and currently serves as Visiting Faculty in the Theatre Arts Department at The University of Pennsylvania.
LINNEA BOND (Creator/BENZY) is an actor/writer/director/teacher who creates new work about apocalypse. With an MFA in Devised Performance (Ohio State), a background in sociology, and a passion for social justice; she frequently explores how climate change, cognition, and social relationships define our chaotic existence, working with clown, immersive mediums, audio, film, traditional theatre, and poetry and prose. In addition to her own work, she can be seen in the films CAROL and DARK WATERS, and appeared in productions by PAC, The Know Theatre of Cincinnati, Ensemble Theatre of Cincinnati, Renegade Theatre Company. She has directed productions at UPenn, Moorestown Friends School, Lupine Performance Cooperative, and Alternative Light Theatre. In addition to creating and teaching, she works with Earth Quaker Action Team and Physicians for Social Responsibility in fighting for a just and sustainable future, often directly protesting at headquarters of institutions that support the fossil fuel industry in the name of capitalism.