The history of Ninth Planet began with the critically acclaimed 901 Nowhere Street in the 2015 Philadelphia Fringe Festival, produced under Sam Tower + Ensemble. In 2016, FringeArts commissioned us to present Nowhere Fast, a cabaret created with rock theater institution, BRAT productions. We reached new audiences through FringeArts, and further developed our cinematic style.
Our 2017 Fringe Festival production of Strange Tenants, a dance theatre psycho-thriller, prompted Wendy Rosenfield of Broad Street Review to note “there’s plenty to admire about the direction in which this woman-centered arm of Philly’s devised-theater scene is headed.” Philadelphia Weekly remarked that “Strange Tenants is the type of serious, daring theater that makes us lift our hands and give thanks for the Fringe.”
We rebranded as Ninth Planet in 2018, the same year that we premiered Homeworld, a performance installation for babies and their caregivers, at Painted Bride Art Center. Homeworld has garnered significant local and national interest as a trailblazing new work for very young audiences. Our work centers the stories of womxn, people of color, and gender-variant people, and we continue to advocate for womxn and femmes in artistic leadership.