Hwæt! Beowulf & Grendel Coming To Mount Moriah

 

Performers of Renegade Theater Company’s rendition of Beowulf rehearse among the tombstones of Mount Moriah Cemetery in Southwest Philadelphia. | Photo: Emma Lee, for NewsWorks

Performers of Renegade Theater Company’s rendition of Beowulf rehearse among the tombstones of Mount Moriah Cemetery in Southwest Philadelphia. | Photo: Emma Lee, NewsWorks

  • In an effort to bring programming and added awareness to Southwest Philadelphia’s historic Mount Moriah Cemetery, its stewards have granted access to Renegade Theater Company to stage a second production of their “Great Outdoors” cycle, a retelling of the Viking-age saga Beowulf, at the cemetery. “We wanted to be in a place that created an eeriness, with a forgotten beauty,” explains Renegade artistic director Michael Durkin. “As well as see if we could drum up attention from the community. This is a really lovely, gorgeous place. We should help resurrect it.”
  • Inga Saffron once again reviews some of the many reasons why various parties are so opposed to Bart Blatstein’s proposal at Broad & Washington–“a disaster in the making,” she concludes–and why she’s willing to bet that it will secure approval from the Zoning Board at its April 27 meeting for the special exceptions needed to construct the design’s 650-car above round garage and “goofy” Provençal rooftop village.
  • Developers of a proposed 21-apartment mixed-use project at 46th & Spruce Streets received some pushback from those attending Wednesday night’s Spruce Hill Community Association meeting, reports West Philly Local. The site has sat vacant since February 2011, when a fire overcame the structure, by that time being used as a “Transition to Independent Living Center.” It seems that in those few years, neighbors have come to appreciate the easier parking opportunities, for they want any redevelopment of the burned-out lot held to its modest CMX-2 zoning.
  • The Philadelphia Tribune promotes a panel discussion to be held Monday night that will explore the realities of concentrated poverty in North Philadelphia. Organizer Malcolm Kenyatta, an engagement coordinator with the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce, hopes “that this is the beginning of a sustained conversation about unleashing North Philadelphia from all the barriers that keep us from being beneficiaries that Philly is seeing as a whole.”
  • The Markward Playground at Pine & Taney Streets will receive a $1 million renovation, mostly to ensure its compliance with American with Disabilities Act standards, reports CBS Philly. Overlooking the Schuylkill, the 4.1-acre park has become a regional destination, explains Parks & Rec Commissioner Kathryn Ott Lovell. “It doesn’t just serve the local residents, but serves residents from around the city.”
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Stephen Currall recently received his BA in history from Arcadia University. Before beginning doctoral studies, he is pursuing his interest in local history, specifically just how Philadelphians engage their vibrant past. Besides skimming through 18th century letters, Steve is also interested in music and travel.

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