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A New Play: The Fortress

  • Washington Square Park 2103 South 6th Street (map)

What happens when Keaton meets Kafka? Between high-brow philosophy and low-brow slapstick you will find The Fortress, a picaresque journey through bureaucracy, power plays, and screwball romance that seeks to combine the worldviews of two of the twentieth century's most brilliant and absurd creative minds. Mr. Locht has come to a strange town to make a sale to the mysterious Viscount, only to find himself navigating a labyrinth of dual identities, vaudevillian double-talk, and comic chases that will either end in disaster or entrance to the Viscount's elusive Fortress...or both.

Staged as a walking tour beginning at Washington Square and continuing to the historic Hill-Physick House and surrounding area in a uniquely immersive format, The Fortress gathers some of Philadelphia's greatest performing talent for a clown's eye view on a Kafkaesque universe in celebration of a century of Buster Keaton films.

Thursday 5/25 at 7: 30 - $10
Friday 5/26 at 7:30 - $10
Saturday 5/27 at 7:30 - Pay What You Wish
Sunday 5/28 at 7:30 - $10

PLEASE NOTE There is an audience cap of 25 people per night due to space constraints. Walk-ups cannot be guaranteed seating.

approx. 90 minutes, no intermission*

Jennifer Summerfield as Kathleen Keyes
Johanna Dunphy as Professor Perlmutter
Robert Curry as The Emissary
Katie Frazer as Terry Such
Alex McCormick as Terry Such (no relation)
Leslie Miller as Ms. McGuire
Hank Curry as Mr. Locht

featuring Becky Fleckner as the Head of the Surveillance Committee
and with a friendly appearance by Ethan Fried

stage managed by Becky Fleckner
produced by Hank Curry, Johanna Dunphy, Debbie Miller, and Jared Reed
written and directed by Hank Curry

Earlier Event: May 25
A New Play: The Fortress
Later Event: May 27
A New Play: The Fortress