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Kensington Fragments

Selections from The Olde Man and The Delaware River

Conceived and Directed by Mike Durkin

Created by The Renegade Company and residents of Kensington

February 13, 16, and 17

Pop-Up performances in Kensington and in Center City

  • Tuesday, Feb 13th 1pm- Rittenhouse Square

  • Tuesday, Feb 13th 2pm- Across From City Hall (Love Park)

  • Friday, Feb 16th 12pm- Rosa's Pizza (25 S 11th Street)

  • Friday, Feb 16th 1pm- Jefferson Station (11th Street and Filbert Street)

  • Friday, Feb 16th 2pm- Blue Line Train (Starting at Jefferson Station, Going West to 69th Street Station)

  • Friday, Feb 16th- 3pm- 30th Street Station

  • Saturday, Feb 17th 12pm Emerald Street Bridge (Emerald Street/Lehigh Avenue)

  • Saturday, Feb 17th 1pm Steak N Beer (2769 Kensington Ave)

  • Saturday, Feb 17th 2pm- McPherson Square (Kensington Ave and F Street)

  • Saturday, Feb 17th 3pm- Allegheny El Stop (Allegheny Avenue/Kensington Avenue)

Free, Donations Accepted

In Ernest Hemingway's famous novel, 'The Old Man and the Sea,' the titular figure (named Santiago) says, "my big fish must be somewhere." Fisherman Santiago dedicates his life towards finding the fish that will change the tide of his life and career for the better. Santiago's story is one of fighting the odds, of maintaining perseverance in the face of extreme obstacles. The Renegade Company will use Hemingway's novel as a starting point to ask what is the “big fish” for the community? What are the greatest individual goals of community members? What is the larger goal of Kensington? How do we work towards achieving these goals while also understanding the obstacles in the way? The project is entitled The Olde Man and the Delaware River to reflect the rich neighborhood history and referencing neighborhoods like Olde Kensington, and Olde Richmond.

Renegade will be working with residents of the Riverwards communities (Port Richmond, Somerset, Harrowgate, and Kensington) to understand their stories and perspectives on issues of their neighborhoods, particularly with substance abuse and its effects on the community. Currently the neighborhood is represented by a narrative associated with opioid addiction, open-air drug trading, prostitution, and disrepair. We aim to go beyond this narrative by working with the community towards de-stigmatization of the neighborhood. Renegade will be presenting a series of performance interactions in Center City and Kensington exploring issues and stigma of Kensington and encouraging participation and dialogue with audience members. Performers all have a relationship with addiction, homelessness, and Kensington. Hear their stories, ask them questions, engage in conversation, all as an attempt to build common ground.

For more information, email coordinator, Mike Durkin: mddurkin@gmail.com

This event is part of Theatre Philadelphia's Philly Theatre Week.

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