PF14 Artist Snapshot: Motivational Works of Art presents “We Are The Broken People”


NOTE: PortFringe will be profiling PF14 Artists and their shows on this blog in the weeks leading up to the festival (June 24-29, 2014). The next snapshot is of Motivational Works of Art, a performance ensemble founded by local theater artist Joe Swenson. They are appearing at PortFringe for the first time. 

Artist: Motivational Works of Art
Show: We Are The Broken People
Description: In a world where you never know who the person next to you is, where fear causes us to expose our dysfunctions through reacting under the pressure that fear brings. Here is the story about how to sift through all of that and expose your superpower.

Tell us something we don’t know about you and your PortFringe show.

The company, Motivational Works of Art, is a reminder that theater saved my life.

What are you most looking forward to about PortFringe 2014?

The show is an adaptation of a slam poem, I wrote under the same name.

Lobster or Steak? Discuss.

I prefer lobster.  I like to earn things and the work that goes into getting to the meat makes the work worth it!


Thursday, June 26 at 10:00pm – Empire
Saturday, June 28 at 6:00pm – Empire
Sunday, June 29 at 6:00pm – SPACE Gallery

NOTE: Motivational Works of Art appears on THURSDAY and SATURDAY as part of a PortFringe classic “Double Ticket” alongside Jetpack Superheroes (Fall River, MA) and their presentation of “Jetpack Superheroes: These Things Will Happen” (profiled here!); and on SUNDAY as part of a separate “Double Ticket” with Maggie Cee & Rachel Kahn’s presentation of “The Society for the Preservation and Promotion of Sapphic Mores Try Their Hand At Radical Cheerleading” (to be profiled soon!)

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