Cannoncast

Cannoncast

Cannoncast is an exploration into the artists behind the Cannonball Festival, part of the yearly Philadelphia Fringe Festival. Cannonball Festival is a month long, wild, experimental, loosely pirate themed performing arts festival produced by Almanac Dance Circus Theatre. We hope you’ll join us for this year’s event concurrent with the Philadelphia Fringe September 1st-30th. Sail over to cannonballfestival.org for more information.

Episodes

September 15, 2023 20 mins

Is he man? Or is he banana? The Cavendish banana is stuck in a shipping box, with only his sexy, more flavorful cousin Gros Michel to help him escape. But does the Cavendish even want to leave? Stand-up, physical comedy, magic, striptease and more in this OffFest-nominated “comedic tour de force” (The Interrobang), a solo absurdist clown show exploring themes of isolation, denial, and human connection, using comedy as a tool to pro...

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Dick Ripper left a sleepy trailer park in Lubbock, TX for a new life in Las Vegas. The rearview mirror was aglow with the bridges he burned as his foot stomped on the accelerator of his unregistered Ford LTD. Dick drove across the desert, keeping hydrated with an ever-warming case of Miller High Life, and a single bottle of water.

He ripped a tiny piece of the stuff from the tinfoil envelope and placed it under his tongue. The acid...

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September 9, 2023 14 mins

Pieces is a collection of audio performances gathered from over 17 years of memoir writing workshops facilitated by Susan DiPronio, who strives to create Art For Social Change. It is an archive of the shared stories serving as a healing place for the storytellers and the communities from which they come. Pieces seeks to both educate and to inform.  Some of the earlier workshops were funded by The Leeway Foundation.

The "Audience/Li...

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September 8, 2023 20 mins

A Musical Anatomy is a one man musical, or as close as I can get by myself. A few years ago I wrote this play for a festival that I then adapted into a musical. I was never happy with it, though, so I'm going to put it on again and dissect it a bit. I'm going to talk about musicals. I'm going to talk about storytelling. And all the while I'll be playing every part of a show that definitely should have more than one actor.

 

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As a guest of this intimate tea party, you will be served tea of exceptional quality, play entirely civilized parlor games, and when the end comes, no need to panic, you won't be alone.

You and your fellow guests are attendees at a tea party at the end of the world, partaking in the rituals and obligations of being a guest in someone else's, for lack of a better word, home. Your host for this tea party is new to the gig, but what s...

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August 31, 2023 13 mins

Treading the peripheries of narrative and performance, Cheetah Banks is a 60-minute solo where three different characters embody codes of power, gender, and desire using dance, movement, sound, and objects, paving a path that is equal parts absurd, harrowing, and unpredictable.

Born in Florida in the 1980s, Cheetah Banks has gone to Barcelona to visit, but since their driver's license has expired, cannot return to Florida. Cheetah’...

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Family Acid Trip is a collaborative work of experimental theater and music about a family trying to heal themselves through a shared psychedelic experience. Utilizing elements/influences of clowning, liturgical chant, bouffon, musical theatre, folk music, and noise, the show will explore themes of ego death, decomposition, rebirth, rewilding, and bird calls. The family finds themselves in the perfect spot, a field beside a river, w...

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August 31, 2023 25 mins

A Scar is Born is the humorous story of one misfit’s hopeful audition. She reviews for the casting director important moments of her life and her journey from France to America. In the face of rejection, she never gives up her passion for performing the music of words and language. A cycle of songs recounting life in Marseille, Paris, New York and Florida, intertwined with sketches about the absurdity of modern existence.

Sep 21, 2...

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These shows are presented in a Split Bill.

 

johann johann: or the wurst dinner partie / Tom Achilles: Guillotine

Welcome to the wurst dinner partie you've ever been invited to.

This immersive staging of a raunchy 14th century (older than Shakespeare!) sex comedy follows Johann: an angry little man whose wife is having an affair. It also follows Johann: the (chad) priest she’s having an affair with.

And it also follows YOU! You’re ...

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After premiering at the NJ Fringe Festival in 2019 and travelling to Edinburgh Fringe in 2022, 100th Meridian – a company dedicated to theatrical explorations of how rock and roll shapes our lives - brings a one-woman show, They’ve All Gone & We'll Go Too back home to Philadelphia.

The cast features two-time Barrymore Award winner Charlotte Northeast as Thompson, a woman desperate to get a ticket to the final show of her favori...

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What happens when an idiot leads a memorial service for a long-deceased family member? In this off-the-wall-comedy, comedian and improviser Julia VanderVeen leads the audience through wild stages of grief as she attempts to honor her beloved Grandmother. At this particular memorial service, what can go wrong, does, and ends up revealing VanderVeen's deep humanity.

The Orlando Weekley said, "The world's worst eulogy becomes a master...

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Get a glimpse inside a makeshift shop containing Dora’s secret collection - the dreams and nightmares donated by past customers. Writer and performer Morgan McKenzie Kauffman merges simple magic, character, science and folk lore to tell the story of Dora and the patrons who make up this mysterious market. This interactive show changes every performance as Dora’s collection grows with each new audience. Shop the store yourself or do...

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Machines break. So do people. Both can be replaced.

Jax is a failing children's performer who has just received some bad news: there's a 50% chance that they're about to die. Their wife begs them to take it seriously, but Jax believes that one of their best qualities is never taking anything seriously for their whole life. Unable to cope with the prospect of their own death, they train a household robot to replace them in hopes tha...

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Zeta's peyote-fueled gender journey moves him to a truth he never imagined for himself. With the help of his best friend Heatdeath, The Genderweird, the King of Cumbia, and even Billie Joe Armstrong of Greenday- Zeta journeys through all of Philadelphia on a quest to untangle his identity knot that's been preventing him from being his true self.

Radically magical queer and LatinIndigenous voices. Chaos, glitter, and a whole lot of ...

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Zeta's peyote-fueled gender journey moves him to a truth he never imagined for himself. With the help of his best friend Heatdeath, The Genderweird, the King of Cumbia, and even Billie Joe Armstrong of Greenday - Zeta journeys through all of Philadelphia on a quest to untangle his identity knot that's been preventing him from being his true self.

Radically magical queer and LatinIndigenous voices. Chaos, glitter, and a whole lot of...

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August 5, 2023 16 mins

Man of the People - Luciano “Lucky” McCormick is a stand up guy. He shakes down his friends’ enemies, and holds doors for broads. He’s that guy you avoid in line at the Acme and he probably sold you your last Christmas tree if you live on Snyder Ave. When called "problematic", Lucky ain't too sure what to say besides, "You got a problem, pal?!" In Man of the People this sweet bum ponders how to be a good man when the world can't se...

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August 3, 2023 12 mins

The anima is an archetypal figure playfully flitting at the edges of the male’s unconscious self and referencing the psychic life of man. 'ANIMA' researches the physical embodiment of the feminine shaped under the male gaze within contemporary patriarchal structures. This cast of female-identifying collaborators explores the psychosomatic expression of the divine feminine incarnate, oscillating between sensual, soulful, animating, ...

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July 31, 2023 17 mins

Welcome to La Pulga Puta. Rooted in tradition and ritual within the Mexican community, you go here very early on the weekend and get good ass deals while eating some bomb ass food. The aroma of elotes, carne asada, grilled onions, gorditas, aguas frescas makes your mouth water.

What sets this mercado apart is the lineup of performances taking place in the middle of the food court. Expect to witness exhilarating Lucha matches, diffe...

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Alexandra Tatarsky collages narratives of artmaking and despair into a semi-autobiographical tour-de-farce, as told by a young Jewish woman who thinks she is a small German boy who thinks he is a tree. Equal parts sad clown, demented cabaret, and extended crisis of meaning, this unhinged solo performance takes place in the hellscape of the mind, to ask what we might learn from our own demons. 

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Alexandra Tatarsky collages narratives of artmaking and despair into a semi-autobiographical tour-de-farce, as told by a young Jewish woman who thinks she is a small German boy who thinks he is a tree. Equal parts sad clown, demented cabaret, and extended crisis of meaning, this unhinged solo performance takes place in the hellscape of the mind, to ask what we might learn from our own demons. 

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