California transplant John Rosenberg opened the Papermill Theater in an old (you guessed it) paper mill in the Kensington neighborhood of Philadelphia in 2010. Since then, it’s been host a number of entertaining productions by his own company, Hella Fresh Theatre, including a recent collaboration with nearby Walking Fish Theatre on a short play festival. For its newest production, Hella Fresh joins forces with SmokeyScout Productions to present Wild Punch, a combined experience of theater and dance.
Wild Punch features three pieces: Automated Fault Isolation, a new play by Rosenberg, is a dark romance set in 1950s Alabama about a Southern high school girl and a carpetbagger soldier. Waiting for the Boss, an original piece by SmokeyScout co-founder Josh McIlvain (recent works include Deer Head at the 2011 Fringe Festival and 2010′s Merry F***ing Christmas), is a comedic drama about coworkers who care nothing for each other but are stuck together nonetheless. Rounding out the performances, and bringing to Wild Punch a diverse interdisciplinary touch, is Graceful Frustrated Expletive, an original dance work created and performed by Annie Wilson, a founding member of the Pink Hair Affair who has worked with many of Philadelphia’s leading choreographers.