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Unorthodox Methods of Cosmic Flight


Categories: Interdisciplinary, Theater, Immersive

Dates: September 22, 2022 - October 1, 2022

Run Time: 45 mins

Venue: Launch Point


How to build a slingshot big enough to shoot yourself into the cosmos: A comical journey of begrudging allies, a few Big Questions, and no helpful answers. Inspired by Ilya Kabakov’s visual art installation “The Man Who Flew Into Space From His Apartment”, Theatre and Installation Art combine into a show for anyone who has ever looked up at the night sky and felt the incomprehensible need to go.

Three cosmonauts of varying degrees of legitimacy “collaborate” to find a way into space, creating their own art installation in response to one made so many years ago.

80% of the show’s design is sourced from recycled, borrowed, salvaged, or sustainably sourced material.

This show and installation is presented as a part of Launch Point’s Living Gallery, read more about it here! (Link to Gallery Webpage)

Anastassia Vertjanova and Annemarie Branco

Anastassia is a director and multi-media artist who celebrates manufactured magic and chaotic spontaneity. Did we make a mess and tickle your imagination? Success! Her work has been seen previously in the Philadelphia Fringe Festival, The New York Theatre SummerFest, Philadelphia Theatre Week, Philadelphia Women's Theatre Festival, and Rabbit Punch Festival. She graduated from the University of the Arts with honors and studied through the National Theatre Institute at the Moscow Art Theatre. Visit her online at

Annemarie Branco is a Production Designer and Scenic Charge based in Philadelphia PA. She is the Scenic Charge for Flannel & Hammer Scene Shop, charging shows for various companies including The Wilma, Delaware Theater Company and Gretna Theater. As a production designer, Annemarie is focused on immersive entertainment, with an emphasis on sustainability and scientific expression. Her running portfolio can be found on Instagram @annemariebranco


Director/Producer: Anastassia Vertjanova, Production Designer/Producer: Annemarie Branco, Cosmonaut: River von Waldron, Cosmonaut: Ella Stoller, Cosmonaut: Noah Sturtridge, Lighting Designer: Larry Barnes, Costume Designer: Lily Mcclure, Sound Designer: TBD, Poster Design: Kayce Dygert


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