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3-D Balloon Theatre Experiment STAGING WITTGENSTEIN to Play Edinburgh Fringe

3-D Balloon Theatre Experiment STAGING WITTGENSTEIN to Play Edinburgh Fringe

Following packed houses at a series of performances in New York's SoHo and Lower East Side, 3D Artist/Theatre Maker Blair Simmons brings her balloon-filled theatrical linguistic exploration Staging Wittgenstein to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival - the single biggest cultural celebration on Earth.

Simmons and her troupe of high caliber actors have packed their shop-vac in their carry-on and are greasing themselves up as they prepare to pop across the pond this August. Physicalizing the invisible phenomenon of linguistic constraint, actors Annie Hägg and Nikita Lebedev don white swim caps and squeeze themselves inside of white latex balloons to test the capacity of their new balloon bodies. In a unique hybrid of physical comedy, interactive sculpture, and stunt performance, Hägg and Lebedev work to uncover the crucial components of effective communication at the risk of bursting wide open.

The amusingly volatile Staging Wittgenstein plays the C Venue 34 at Edinburgh Fringe Festival, running August 2nd-28th (dark days on the 9th, 16th, and 23rd). Tickets (£ 9.50 - £ 11.50) are available for purchase at www.cthefestival.com/2017/staging-wittgenstein.

Staging Wittgenstein is created and directed by Blair Simmons, featuring the talents of Annie Hägg and Nikita Lebedev, and is produced by Nathan Sawaya Productions.

Blair Simmons (Creator/Director) developed Staging Wittgenstein as the culmination of her NYU Dramatic Literature degree after receiving funding from the DURF Research Grant. She continues to make theater while working in IT as a 3D printing specialist. View her 3D sculptures at www.blairsimmons.com.

Annie Hägg (Performer) Theatre: The Square Root of Three Sisters (World Premiere, directed by Dmitry Krymov, International Festival of Arts and Ideas), The Caucasian Chalk Circle (Yale Repertory Theatre), Dancing at Lughnasa (Irish Repertory Theatre), Boeing-Boeing (New Harmony Theatre). Yale School of Drama: All's Well That Ends Well, Othello, Women Beware Women, Don Juan, Paradise Lost, The Secretaries, Best Lesbian Erotica 1995, Preston Montfort-An American Tragedy, THUNDERBODIES!, This Flat Earth. Television: The Blacklist. Film: Virgin Margaret, Tomorrow with Stephen Fry and Joss Stone, Exec. Producer Martin Scorsese. BA International History, London School of Economics and Political Science. MFA Acting, Yale School of Drama..

Nikita Lebedev (Performer/Dramaturg) is a senior at NYU studying playwriting. He has been working on Staging Wittgenstein since its inception. He is the author of two Russian plays: Berlin Pastries (Berlinskie Pirozhnie) and Lispe the Pervert (Izvrashenets Lispe); and two English plays: Group Protagonist, Latent Apology of Hypocrisy and The Human, The Person, The Wall. He is the screenwriter for No One Dies in the Morning, winner of best foreign picture at Wimbledon Shorts and Williamsburg International Film Festival.


Edinburgh Fringe Festival presents

created and directed by Blair Simmons
Performed by Annie Hägg and Nikita Lebedev
Produced by Nathan Sawaya Productions

August 2nd - 28th at 7:40pm
(No Performance on the 9th, 16th, or 23rd)

C Venues
Adam House, Chambers St, EH1 1HR, Venue 34

Tickets £ 9.50 - £ 11.50 available for advance purchase at www.cthefestival.com/2017/staging-wittgenstein

C Venues Box Office: 0845 260 1234

Fringe Box Office: 0131 226 0000

Info: www.stagingwittgenstein.com


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