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Real PlaNet Life


Categories: Film, Interdisciplinary, Theater

Dates: September 17, 2022 - September 20, 2022

Run Time: 75 mins

Venue: Vox Populi


Real PlaNet Life is a reality TV show made by and for aliens. It’s Real Housewives meets E.T. meets the Muppets. Following a screening of one of the show’s most famous episodes, the stars gather to greet their fans, make confessions, and Get Real. Old feuds resurface, grievances are aired, and unexpected alien truths come out.

Featuring a short film created by Applied Mechanics as part of their ongoing OTHER ORBITS project, Real PlaNet Life is a chance to dive into the camp of reality TV and the fantasy of utopian conflict-resolution simultaneously.

Applied Mechanics is Philadelphia longest-standing immersive theater company. Presenting at the Fringe for the first time since 2016, they invite audiences into a technicolor world of talking blackberries, grumpy mushrooms, walrus mamas, talking bacteria, elegant whales, shy mutants and an extraterrestrial group living experiment that is truly one of a kind.

Applied Mechanics

We are a collective. We value cooperation. We value each person’s unique contribution to the work that we do together. As a collective we are feminist, anti-racist, anti-capitalist, anti-colonial, anti-normative, and pro-Black. For us these values mean the dismantling of all hierarchies and inequitable power relations. We make stories that aim to expand the possibility of liberation for all beings – beginning with ourselves. Our work together and the art that we make should uphold these values.


Featuring performances by: Severin Blake, Thomas Choinacky, Izzy Sazak, and MK Tuomanen

Directed by Rebecca Wright

Costumes by Jill Keys

Sound by Elizabeth Atkinson

Created by Applied Mechanics

Film created by Applied Mechanics in collaboration with Taj Rauch, Newton Buchanon, Ashley Berkman, and Josh Walker. 


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