The Resource Exchange + FringeArts (Found Theater Company)

Processed with VSCOcam with c2 presetHAPPY FRINGE! Tonight is the opening night of Found Theater Company’s Deep Blue Sleep (named one of the “fringiest” shows to see in the festival!) Not only was the production directed by The Resource Exchange’s own Alison Hoban, but the show also uses tons of reclaimed materials from our store. You may remember reading about Found Theater Company last year when they had their Fringe fundraiser and during their 2013 outer space show, because the local company always strives to reuse and find ways around buying new and unnecessary materials. Well, Found is at it again, but this year they took to the high seas! Seen their picture in the Fringe guide? That little boat was salvaged by the re team from the set of a major motion picture (if we tell you which one, we’d have to kill you!)

Photo Sep 04, 6 59 07 PMHere’s a little about the show: Deep Blue Sleep is a totally new experimental piece of theater that is filled to the brim with original music, visceral movement, and salty sea tales all inspired by the murky depths of dreams and the fantastical far sides of the ocean. This nautical adventure sets sail in the gallery of the Painted Bride Art Center. The set of Found’s production also serves as a kind of installation that is open to the public throughout September when the show is not running. Here you can see that on the gallery wall the title for the show is spelled out with letters cut from salvaged lauan pieces. You can find more letters like these at the store now!

In the Gallery you’ll see a lot of other items found at The Resource Exchange. Like aqua seat covers donated recently, and used on Found’s set like fish scales!

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The space is filled with nautical photos and objects found at the re, like the rolling bed, a central piece in the installation and the show, only rolls because Found was able to rent the castors from the re, instead of buying new ones. Even the sheets for the beds came from The Resource Exchange, and were also saved from the set of a film shot in Philadelphia (no we can’t tell you the name of that one either!)

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Almost all the fabrics in shades of blue and white that appear in the show are from the store too! Found used scraps to make a whirls pool and samples for table dressing.


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Photo Sep 04, 6 59 19 PMAnd keep a look out for all the nautical themed posters and photos around their set too- all of them were collected from The Resource Exchange!

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But the production used things from the re that are unseen as well! Like binders for gathering research, folders for keeping organized, extension cords, light gels, glue, paint, candles, straight pins…and more!

Want to see this show? They have 12 performance throughout the festival, from tonight until September 20th. Buy tickets here, and find out more about Found Theater Company.