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Privy Privy

Donna Oblongata & Patrick Costello


Categories: Immersive/Interactive Experience

Dates: September 26, 2023 - September 29, 2023

Run Time: 120 mins

Venue: The Icebox Project Space


Privy Privy is an interactive installation that recreates the architecture of a public restroom one would find in a bar, club, or other queer haven. Central to this architecture are glory holes– holes cut into the walls and partitions of the space’s “stalls”, through which a stranger could stick an appendage, in order to give and receive anonymous sexual pleasure. However, in this installation, the appendage that comes through each glory hole is a hand holding an ice cream cone.

Privy Privy is a piece of creative protest building on the legacy of work by art collectives like Gran Fury and activist groups like ACT UP. At once a voyeuristic homage to public restrooms as sites of underground cruising, an oblique absurdist take on consumption and pleasure, and a pointed retort to current legislative agendas, the project uses humor to get people to come together.

This is a drop-in installation.


Cannonball, produced by Almanac Dance Circus Theatre, is the first and largest independent festival hub of the Philadelphia Fringe that presents risk-taking independent artists in back-to-back performances next to delicious lounge spaces, fostering creative collisions and community conversation.

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About the Artist

We have been collaborating on the edges of social practice, theater, and creative activism for over a decade. Our shared insistence on play, surprise treats, and collaborative joy as vital forces in the struggle for liberation unites all of our work. Together, we’ve toured our collaborative work throughout the US, New Zealand and Europe.


  • Donna OblongataCo-Creator
  • Patrick CostelloCo-Creator

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