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Sad Boys in Harpy Land

Alexandra Tatarsky


Categories: Theater, Cabaret & Nightlife, Comedy & Improv

Dates: September 28, 2023 - September 30, 2023

Run Time: 85 mins

Venue: The Icebox Project Space


Alexandra Tatarsky collages narratives of artmaking and despair into a semi-autobiographical tour-de-farce, as told by a young Jewish woman who thinks she is a small German boy who thinks he is a tree. Equal parts sad clown, demented cabaret, and extended crisis of meaning, this unhinged solo performance takes place in the hellscape of the mind, to ask what we might learn from our own demons. 

Sad Boys in Harpy Land was commissioned by Abrons Arts Center through the Jerome Foundation AIRspace Residency Program and developed through residencies at FringeArts (PA), the Jilline Ringle Solo Performance Program at 1812 Productions (PA), and Poetry Electric at La Mama ETC (NY).

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

"A hilarious, finely tuned absurdist" (TheaterJones), Alex Tatarsky makes performances in the unfortunate in-between zone of comedy, theater, dance, and performance art -- sometimes with songs. They perform original solo work in basements, bars, street corners, museums, galleries and theaters including FringeArts, La Mama, MoMA PS1, The Kitchen, and Abrons Arts Center. Tatarsky also collaborates on ensemble performance projects with folks like Pig Iron, Eva Steinmetz, Lilac Co., Marianna Ellenberg, Aya Ogawa, David Levine, Lisa Fagan, and Trajal Harrell. They teach on masks, holy fools, and performance making as community organizing at The New School. Recent writings have appeared or are forthcoming in Viscose, New Inquiry, Hypocrite Reader, Vulture, and Serving Library. Their past shows Americana Psychobabble, Dirt Trip, and Untitled Freakout have toured widely and been called "outrageous and profane" as well as "like Brecht--with a buttplug." 


  • Alex TatarskyLead Artist
  • Shane RileySound Designer
  • Masha TsimringLighting Designer
  • Iris McCloughanDirector
  • Lisa FaganChoreographic Consultant
  • Andreea MincicSet/Costume Designer
  • Payton SmithStage Manager
  • Eva SteinmetzOriginal Direction and Co-creator

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