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Photo by  Colin Winterbottom


Puer Aeternus is a new Philadelphia-based theater company that creates viscerally physical and expressionistic works. The theatrical worlds created by the company are populated more by Archetypes than psychological characters. Signature elements of the company’s pieces include a minimalist design aesthetic, and the “collaging” of movement, vocal performance (with a live band) and (mostly) classical texts within a structure that is alternately fragmented/episodic and seamlessly blended. Puer Aeternus was founded in September 2017 and had its debut production one year ago, in March 2018. The company is excited to bring its follow-up project to the Performance Garage this March.

pueraeternus website

Puer Aeternus-ensemble theatre company

Thursday, March 21, 2019

8:00 pm

Friday, March 22, 2019

8:00 pm

Saturday, March 23, 2019

8:00 pm

Thursday, March 28, 2019

8:00 pm

Friday, March 29, 2019

8:00 pm

Saturday, March 30, 2019

2:00 pm & 8:00 pm


$ 20 General Admission

$ 12 Students & Arts Industry Professionals

These unpoetic times . . . they move us not. We behold the sea and answer the call of the spirit realm: “Redemption through destruction.” Developed through an actor-creator process, TEAR IT DOWN! is a physical theater “collage” of elided texts by Aeschylus, Shakespeare & Schiller; and live band performances of songs by David Bowie, Cockney Rebel & The Waterboys. The episodic structure is bound together by a vocabulary of visceral gestures and movement (underscored by the music of Philip Glass, Arvo Pärt and others). Typical of the company’s work, the linear narrative of TEAR IT DOWN! is deliberately minimal, and the question—”What’s it about?”—has no easy or single answer. Themes are not spelled out but merely implied, suggested; threads of ideas are spooled out and left for individual audience members to gather up and knot together in their own way.

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