The Vicissitudes of Travel is a one-woman, gently-immersive theatrical bus ride through brain surgery and family history. Panicked and desperate to save the brother she knows and loves, “Sister” charters a guided bus tour through his brain surgery, hoping to capture and save his “essence” should things go awry. Along the way we encounter the people, experiences, biology and ephemera (all played by Blaine) that define his identity and the ineffable bonds of love which transcend them all.
One reviewer said “Hold on tight, The Vicissitudes of Travel has the visceral drive of a fever dream—its final destination at once unforgivingly foreign, yet strikingly similar to the place you call home.”
Jennifer Blaine (co-creator, writer, solo performer) has been performing one-woman shows for 24 years. Her original writing, performing, and comedy delve into serious and socially relevant issues and provides audiences the opportunity to unite in laughter. Jennifer has opened for George Carlin, performed with Chris Rock, and Joe Piscopo. She was featured on ABC’s Philly After Midnight: Women Comedians. According to the Philadelphia Daily News “not even Sybil can compete with Blaine’s cast of characters. Her comic genius is like Lily Tomlin and Tracey Ullman.” She is the founder of "5,000 Women," which features artists and social activists whose works inspire change in the world. Her solo work has appeared in 16 FringeArts festivals (including pick of the Fringe), PIFA at The Kimmel Center, The Annenberg Center for the Arts, the Samuel Beckett Theatre on Theatre Row, many colleges and universities, cabarets and theatre festivals throughout the U.S.
Karen Getz (co-creator, writer, director) is a Philadelphia-based theater maker: a writer, choreographer, director, actor, dancer, and creative collaborator. She is the recipient of two Barrymore Awards for her choreography, two Philadelphia Theatre Initiative Grants and an Independence Foundation Fellowship. Fringe-goers may know her from her original, comic-actor’s ballets; Suburban Love Songs and Disco Descending or as a member of the long-form ensembles, Lunchlady Doris and Cecily and Gwendolyn’s Fantastical.... Karen has choreographed over 50 theater productions in Philly and regionally. Some of the companies she’s appeared with here include: Pig Iron, Azuka, 1812, The Lantern, Pennsylvania Shakespeare, Flashpoint, and Theater Exile. You can also watch her dance and chew a lot of gum in the film Dirty Dancing. karengetz.com yourgorgeousityguides.com