Lennon and McCartney. Sonny and Cher. DeGeneres and Heche. The entertainment world might as well be redubbed Splitsville. But with the exception of Anne Heche, everyone on that list produced arguably better work post-split, even if it's not the work they're best known for. Yes, that includes Wings.
Is it a rule that artists will strike more gold once they go solo? Who knows. But Boise will soon get the chance to see if the parts equal more than the whole with Killadelphia: Mixtape for a City, the first project from Nick Garcia and Hollis Welsh, who recently split from Alley Repertory Theater to form their own company, Welsh/Garcia Productions.
The show is an award-winning, one-man, touring show by New York City-based writer and performer Sean Christopher Lewis and takes a documentary-style look at the skyrocketing murder rates Philadelphia experienced in 2008. Lewis adopts numerous personas, each with their own take on why and how the phenomenon came to pass.
The play won the 2010 National New Play Network Smith Prize and a Barrymore Nomination for Best Collaboration from the Theatre Alliance of Greater Philadelphia.