Become the fourth wall with today’s side deal: for $30, you get a 2010–2011 season membership to EgoPo Classic Theater (a $75 value). EgoPo, named after the acting style translated as “the physical self,” has been performing classic pieces for 15 years. The company originated in New Orleans but relocated to Philadelphia after Hurricane Katrina.
The membership gets you general admission to three mainstage shows (staging locations vary), along with admittance to three small-stage readings. This season will bring pain to the stage with performances themed around Theater of Cruelty, a surrealist genre pioneered by Antonin Artaud. Marat/Sade, which runs September 3–18, is a thrilling play within a play, set in a 19th-century French asylum. Experience Artaud Unbound from February 16–20, featuring selections from Artaud’s disturbing repertoire. Taking the stage from April 27–May 15, the aptly named Hell concludes the season with an adaptation of Henri Barbusse’s novel about voyeurism in a seedy hotel. Opening-night tickets grant the audience admission to ice-cream and champagne receptions with the cast.
EgoPo members can also attend three upcoming salon-style stage readings. This season will feature pieces that probe deeper into the influence of Artaud’s writings. On November 11, EgoPo’s festival ensemble will read Howard Barker’s Scenes from an Execution, Steven Berkoff’s East will be read on January 10, and the Philadelphia Artists Collective will read Peter Shaffer’s Equus on May 10. Become a member of EgoPo Classic Theater and experience the visceral, electrifying power that only comes from witnessing live theater or grasping live wires.
- Among the newer, smaller companies with the most consistently impressive productions—I would go so far as to say near flawless seasons–were EgoPo … – Debra Miller, The ArtBlog
- Today, EgoPo is firmly rooted in Philadelphia, where they've carved artistic success out of their themed seasons, which explore the works of one author or movement. – Nicholas Gilewicz, Live Arts & Fringe Festival blog
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