Eppchez !

Eppchez !

Eppchez is a Quaker, Cuban & Jewish theatre artist and musician working out of the West Philly artist collective Panorama. Ey received eir Bachelor’s in Theatre and Writing from Wesleyan University. In 2012 Eppchez started up Alma's Engine; a process focused production company/creative ministry for self-producing work in music and theater. Eppchez has worked as a playwright, choreographer, director,...
Eppchez is a Quaker, Cuban & Jewish theatre artist and musician working out of the West Philly artist collective Panorama. Ey received eir Bachelor’s in Theatre and Writing from Wesleyan University. In 2012 Eppchez started up Alma's Engine; a process focused production company/creative ministry for self-producing work in music and theater. Eppchez has worked as a playwright, choreographer, director, deviser/collaborator, performer, puppeteer, songwriter, and vocalist. Ey has devised with Pig Iron Theatre Co., Rinde Echart, Jawole Willa Jo Zollar & Liz Lerman, The Mediums Theate Co., and composer Micheal Kiely. Through Alma's Engine Eppchez self produced the album Self-Realized-Nation; A Song Cycle of the Occupation (2013), the original plays Junk Redemption (2012) and They Extract! (2014 and 2016), and a site-specific one troll show at Bartram’s Garden, Train-ing: A Duet (2017). Ey is working on a second album "As If We Need Another White P.O.V." and solo musical by the same name.

Plays

  • They Extract!
    In this physical and lyrical exploration "commodity", oil is long over and new technologies have made emotion extraction a key energy source. Vera returnes home to the company town built up around Emotus, where this energy is mined from human workers. Everything seems changed, but perhaps things were always this precarious. Her father, once a head engineer at Emotus was left a fragile, paranoid wreck...
    In this physical and lyrical exploration "commodity", oil is long over and new technologies have made emotion extraction a key energy source. Vera returnes home to the company town built up around Emotus, where this energy is mined from human workers. Everything seems changed, but perhaps things were always this precarious. Her father, once a head engineer at Emotus was left a fragile, paranoid wreck in the aftermath of an unexplained accident at the company, which resulted in her mother's death. Through her clumsy investigation to piece together Pop-pop's trauma, Vera meets Woolen, one of Emotus' most productive loving mines. First meet-cute then honey mooning, falling in love with Vera casts whole new light on Woolen's work as they struggle to produce for Emotus in the wake of their growing feelings for Vera. Pop-pop rises to the occasion of his hallucinations and his truth but Vera can't get any answers until it's too late. Emotus minds the bottom line and sacrifices must be made to keep production up.
  • Train-ing: a one-troll-show
    Hesh has been posted by this bridge since it was first built. No one knows this spot quite like this dutiful bridge troll, who reports every detail that can be gathered to Superintendent of the Universe. But Hesh is not one to speak for the train or the trees or the river, rocks, and particles of pollution. Ey prefers to act as a conduit for each of their songs. Weaving together the sung portrait of this spot across time and the elements.