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Part performance, part installation, part wandering through a maze, and part choose-your-own-adventure story, SURVIVE! takes on themes of science and humanity’s existence in the universe. Audience members wander through the show’s 20,000 square feet, guided by “a tenth dimensional narrator” named AMA and her four “fractals” who translate the universe for us through their unique perspectives. Surround yourself in a “walkway to space,” visit a Gentle Scientist who will patiently explain the universe for you or tap dance your way across dimensions through this experiential journey into the space that surrounds us.


Conceived and Directed by Adrienne Mackey
Created and Performed by Jamie McKittrick, Ahren Potratz, David Sweeny, Wendy Staton and Bradley Wrenn
With Writing by Tim Sawicki (and the creative ensemble)
Set Design Lisi Stoessel
Lighting Design Maria Shaplin
Sound Design Mikaal Sulaiman
Costume Design Justin Jain and Jamie McKittrick
Stage Manager Katie Driscoll
Assistant Stage Manager Michael Fisher
Light Board Operator James Jackson
Sound BoardOperator Greg Bosley
Run Crew Christine Giannobile, Jen Weeks
House Management Adam Woods
Technical Director Louis Giannobile
Early creative help from Justin Jain and Shane Liesgang
Funding has been made possible with support from:
The Wyncote Foundation
Puppeteers of America
Cognis Corporation
The Puffin Foundation



“… affecting and thought-provoking… Standing in the dark, lights suddenly sprang to life all around us, with a beautiful effect like floating among the stars… you begin to think about humanity and our place in the universe. And when’s the last time you did that?” – J Cooper Robb, Philadelphia Weekly

“Delightfully Fringy – and that’s a compliment… Just once will get you into the 10th dimension.” – Howard Shapiro, Philadelphia Inquirer

“Brilliantly executed… demonstrates that the metaphors of scientific thought can inform and illuminate our lives as potently as those of poetry.” – Jim Rutter, Broad Street Review

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