2017 Philadelphia Fringe Festival
September 7 - 17, 2017
Power Plant Productions Basement
Strange Tenants is a haunted house inside the
body of a woman.
It's a phantom limb you want to forget.
Four estranged friends meet in hopes of a pleasant reunion, but are faced with a mysterious disappearance. Childhood secrets are guarded and promises are betrayed. Hitchcock is evoked. Hypnotizing movement and a blistering soundscape take the audience on a sinister adventure in this dance theatre psycho thriller.
directed/produced by Sam Tower
written by Jeremy Gable
dramaturgy by Katie Croyle
co-created and performed by Merri Rashoyan, Nia Benjamin, Bi Jean Ngo*, Tess Kunik, Eliana Fabiyi and Katie Croyle
*appears courtesy of Actors' Equity Association
music by Alec MacLaughlin
set by Kevin Meehan
light by Alyssandra Docherty
costumes by Sam Tower
production stage manager Maya Neville
assistant stage manager Franny Mestrich
sound engineer Sam Rosen
associate producer Eliana Fabiyi
WHAT PEOPLE SAY
"Arresting in its weirdness and impressive in its quivers, jerks and writing ... As for the psycho thriller part, the show is satisfyingly strange and in its way, gripping."
— Howard Shapiro, Newsworks
the birth + life of strange tenants
dramaturg/creator Katie Croyle | image by Plate3.com
Public work in progress showings have been performed at Bryn Mawr Wintry Mix, Headlong First Friday, BarnFest Philly, and Barn Arts Collective in Bass Harbor, Maine.
The first development phase for Strange Tenants began in March 2016 with an ensemble including Nia Benjamin, Katie Croyle, Emilie Krause, Merri Rashoyan, Anna Szapiro. This group explored a source material constellation ranging from fabric tapestries by New Orleans artist Chris Roberts-Antieau, to surreal visual art, to stories from their diverse familial backgrounds. At these early workshops, Alec MacLaughlin began to compose the sound score and Jeremy Gable began creating the Hitchcock inspired story. Development of Strange Tenants continued through 2016 and into 2017, leading to the 2017 Fringe Festival world premiere.
creator/performer Bi Jean Ngo | image by Plate3.com
2016 PHOTO COLLABORATION WITH PLATE 3 PHOTOGRAPHY
This photo series was created by Kate Raines, Sam Tower, Emilie Krause, Anna Szapiro, Katie Croyle, Merri Rashoyan and Nia Benjamin during the first phase of research into the world of Strange Tenants. Costume design by Emilie Krause. This series investigates the inexplicable relationships we have with our inherited traits and stories.
Strange Tenants in Process, 2016 - 2017
images by Hannah Van Sciver