Pay Up

Asian Arts Initiative

Presented during the 2013 FringeArts Festival by Pig Iron Theatre Company with the Ira Brind School of Theater Arts; directed by Dan Rothenberg and Alex Torra.

Step into a labyrinthine, choose-your-own adventure about buying and selling everything under the sun. Philadelphia's premier physical theater company re-imagines its 2005 show, post financial crisis style. Part circus, part laboratory experiment, part shopping experience, "Pay Up" is a pay-as-you-go race against the clock to pick what plays you want to see.

You are given plastic booties, five one-dollar bills, and led into all-white warehouse space that has been converted into eight experimental labs/performance rooms, along with hallways, a gathering space and backrooms. With a loudspeaker announcing the rules, and at times breaking its own rules, you get six chances to choose one of eight shows, each costing $1. Enter a room, sit in a chair, put headphones on and watch the show. Repeat. But choose wisely and make sure you get there before the big buzzer goes off. Or else.

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Tickets to the 10 p.m. show on Wednesday, September 11 are just $10 for students. Use the code PAYUP10.

Tickets are available at or by calling 215-717-6450 for additional event information and ticketing assistance.

Asian Arts Initiative
1219 Vine Street, 3rd floor
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