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– New York Premiere


Ian Lasage Johnson, Todd Hilsee, Mike Ford, Sam Fineman, Theo Wampler, Topher Layton
Harrison Stengle, Lenny Ruebeck
Brendan Stengle, Eric Dieter, Tonna Dieter, Mark Marifiatti, Clayton Stief

Sword of the Unicorn”, a Delightful Mixture of Madness and Pride A symbolic journey of the LGBT struggle in modern society NEW YORK, NY SWORD OF THE UNICORN- Dinosaurs, aliens, and bears, oh my! “Sword of the Unicorn” at the “City for a New Theatre”, on 155 1 St Avenue, will blow your mind with pure awesomeness. The dark dragon rules over the cosmos. Travel through space, fight mythical beasts, and claim the weapon of ultimate power. This sci-fi fantasy epic will compel you in ways you never felt possible.

“Sword of the Unicorn” is an original play written about the emotional journey of an adolescent’s coming out to his father. The play uses dramatic symbolism to convey complex emotions that otherwise cannot be seen. A robot T-rex isn’t just a robot T-rex but the embodiment of hatred, an ancient evil with the facade of modern technology. Every place, every character, every prop, from the Hall of Lasers to Judy Garland has some symbolic significance. That being said, the piece adheres to a clear narrative that anyone can follow. It is designed to be as complicated, or as simple, as you want to make it.


Johnson Theater


Sunday - August 27 - 5pm
Wednesday - August 30 - 6:30pm
Thursday - August 31 - 9pm
Friday - September 1 - 9pm
Saturday - September 2 - 5pm
Sunday - September 3 - 2pm

Running time: Sword and the Unicorn is 90 Minutes $18.

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ABOUT Harrison Stengle
Harrison Stengle is a producer/playwright/director in Philadelphia. Stengle made his directorial debut with his original work Cult Classic in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where he received considerable media attention as part of the city’s 2015 Fringe Festival. The following year, Stengle staged Wolfhead Hamlet at the Society Hill Playhouse in Philadelphia. Stengle’s adaptation of Hamlet quickly garnered him a reputation for edgy and, sometimes controversial, work. For 2017’s Dream Up Festival, Stengle presents “Sword of the Unicorn”, his 2016 Philadelphia Fringe Festival production, which deconstructs false narratives about the coming out experience for the LGTBQ community, through a sci-fi fantasy twist of the Hero’s Journey. After Dream Up, Stengle will be staging an update of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic, The Great Gatsby, with his post-apocalyptic, vaporwave-infused, multi-racial adaptation, entitled “Gatz.”  



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