CornuCopiaFest 2023

Fri Nov 17 – Sun Nov 19, Tickets $5 – $20

This November, Yellow Bicycle Theater runneth over with food for the soul—theater, film, comedy, music and more. The fun begins Friday night with an evening of short plays and comic interludes inspired by the winter at Valley Forge, followed by a documentary about the 2023 Philadelphia Mummers Parade and a BYOB karaoke party. Saturday’s highlights include a film  by local filmmaker Nia Primus, two shows by visiting NY actor and comic Michael John Ciszewski and a dark comedy about 9/11. Sunday is family day, with a father opening for his son’s band, a staged reading of a play about four kids who find a bomb in the woods, and a block of award-winning short films. Buy your tickets now—before the horn of plenty runneth out!


CCF 2023 Schedule

Friday, November 17
7:30 pm – 8:15 pm – Voices in the Valley
8:30 pm – 9:40 pm – Mummer Time (BYOB)
10:00 pm – midnight – BYOB Karaoke Party

Saturday, November 18
2:00 pm – 2:45 pm – City Sway
3:00 pm – 4:10 pm – LOVEFOOL
4:30 pm – 5:15 pm – Voices in the Valley
5:30 pm – 6:40 pm – Mummer Time
7:00 pm – 8:10 pm – LOVEFOOL
8:30 pm – 9:30 pm – Squatters

Sunday, November 19
2:00 pm – 3:15 pm – Potential Spam
4:00 pm – 6:00 pm – Broken Arrow
6:30 pm – 7:15 pm – Voices in the Valley
7:30 pm – 9:00 pm – Sunday Shorts

Festival Director: Joshua Crone
Executive Producer: Seth Hammerman
PR Coordinator: Meghan Sudol Crook
Stage Manager: Thoeger Hansen



Voices in the Valley

Fri, Nov 17 at 7:30 pm, Sat Nov 18 at 4:30 pm, Sun Nov 19 at 6:30 pm, 45m, $20

World premiere! A mischianza of short plays & comic interludes inspired by the winter at Valley Forge, written by Kirill Antonin Zakharov, Max Raab, Sebastian Middlesex and Cricket O’Connor and featuring Thoeger Hansen as Baron von Steuben, Nell Fossa as Peggy Shippen and an English manservant and Alan J. Krier as Steuben’s aide de campe, an unknown Irish soldier and Captain John André. “The next best thing to being there” -B. Franklin, Pennsylvania Gazette, “Fast so gut wie da zu sein.” – B. Fränklin, Philadelphische Zeitung. Directed by Joshua Crone. Executive produced by Seth Hammerman. Flyer design by the very late John André.


Sat, Nov 18 at 8:30 pm, 1h, $20 [BUY TICKETS]

In an abandoned building overlooking Ground Zero, a woman pieces together a story that gives her grief meaning, only to have it demolished by the man who brought her there. Did they really just meet in a bar? Did she really lose someone in the Towers? Competing narratives abound in the Philadelphia premiere of a play that had audiences talking in London, Berlin and New York. A darkly comic look at the aftermath of 9/11, with asides on the geopolitical ramifications of bad sex, the art of tactical bed-making and the occult significance of sharing a hairbrush. Featuring Meghan Sudol Crook and Joshua Crone.

NY critics say: “It is hard to begin to describe Squatters in a way that both keeps the mystery of the show alive and accurately presents it in the light that it deserves, though I will start by saying this: I left the theatre feeling very moved.” – Max Berry, Onstage Blog.  “Though Squatters is just now making its New York stage premiere, this neat little nesting doll of enigmas has already had a long and varied life, having enjoyed stages success in Germany and London.” Robert Viagas, Arts Independent

Broken Arrow

Staged Reading, Sun, Nov 19 at 4 pm, 2h, $10 [BUY TICKETS]

Four children find a nuclear bomb in the forest and fight over who gets to keep it. A staged reading of a new play by Timothy Henderson Jr., directed by Dakota A. Adams and presented by Convergence Theatre Project.

Timothy Henderson Jr. (playwright) Born in Hazelwood, MO, Timothy Henderson Jr. is a lifelong storyteller who has been working in theater on the tech side for the last five years and is currently props carpenter at Goodspeed Musicals.

Dakota A. Adams (director) A theater artist currently based out of Philadelphia, Dakota received a B.A. in Theatre Arts from Furman University in Greenville, SC and has worked in nearly every aspect of theater as an actor, director, lighting and costume designer, stage manager, and production manager at regional and touring theaters.


City Sway

Narrative, U.S. 2023, 20 min. [BUY TICKETS]
Director: Nia Primus
Featuring: Nia Primus. Jessa Jordan, Korin ‘Skoop’ Pridgeon, Tina Kortland, Adrian Espinal

Imani and her friends Prez and Doni are young black queer women who are struggling to make ends meet. When they decide to embark on a business venture with a local drug dealer, the situation proves to be an troubling experience for the trio. The film has been featured at Bicycle Shorts Film Festival, Film Collective Short Film Festival and Lift-off Global Network’s Hollywood First-Time Filmmakers Showcase.

Mummer Time

Documentary, U.S. 2023, 1h 10m, $5 – $10 [BUY TICKETS]
Director: Joshua Crone

A behind-the-scenes look at Philly’s storied New Year’s tradition. Strut down Broad Street with the Comics, tour an old meat packing plant full of floats with the Fancy Division, suit up with the String Bands, dance at dawn with the Wenches, and compete for bragging rights with the Fancy Brigades in this playful documentary about the 2023 Mummers Parade. Friday night’s screening is a casual BYOB affair, with the doc playing in both the theater and lobby, so you can mingle with the cast of Voices in the Valley and wet your whistle for karaoke.

Sunday Shorts

Sun Nov 19 at 7:30 pm, $5 – $10 [BUY TICKETS]

A lineup of award-winning short films from the 2023 Bicycle Shorts Film Festival

Note: BSFF 2024 is now open for entries on FilmFreeway


Documentary, U.S., 5m, dir. John D McMahon and Masanori Naka

A delivery guy’s bumpy ride through the 2020 lockdown, recording jingles as he navigates New York’s strange new reality. BSFF 2023 Honorable Mention.

Finding Melania

Narrative, U.K., 12m, dir. Sarah Calver and Evie Fehilly, feat. Denise Rosamund Stephenson

What if the Trumps are secretly existing in the hidden chambers buried deep below the White House? BSFF 2023 Honorable Mention.

The Inconvenience

Narrative, U.S., 9m, dir. Earl Shirley Jr.

Ever wonder where your other sock went? Or have a feeling that your keys somehow were moved from where you remember you put it? BSFF 2023 Honorable Mention.

Ode to Exploration

Experimental, Australia, 5m, dir. Mateo Arango

Ode to Exploration is an enlightening trip to the darkest places of our minds. Places we need to visit and ride through so we can find light in our lives.

Shear Disturbance

Narrative, U.S., 8m, dir. Nate Reynolds

A timid young man deeply struggles with generalized anxiety while getting a haircut.

The Bicycle Thief

Documentary, Norway, 20m, dir. Simen Braathen

When director Simen Braathen discovers that his bike is stolen, an all consuming hunt for the thief begins.

Le Tour

Narrative, U.S., 7m, dir. Johnny Yager

A stubborn and unfriendly cyclist learns to enjoy the moment, after a supernatural encounter in a road race.

Blue Moon

Narrative, U.S., 20m, dir. Diliana Deltcheva

A family unravels one evening as they struggle with the best course of care for their mother who is in the later stages of Alzheimer’s.




Sat, Nov 18 at 3 pm & 7 pm, 1h 10m, $20 [BUY TICKETS]

NYC actor and comic Michael John Ciszewski’s LOVEFOOL is a dazzling and deliciously silly romp through his flings, flirtations, and first loves that brims with heart and hilarity. You’ve heard of LOVE before… You knew it was kinda gay, but you just WAIT till this big queer lovefool gets his limp wrists on it!!! 

Featuring dazzling and deliciously dumb multimedia outbursts, LOVEFOOL plays like the queer party playlist of your dreams set to shuffle. The show invites audiences to laugh and cry, sing and dance, flirt and fall-in-love along with Michael John as he engages a life-long commitment to unrequited love. 

A *very* GAY hour that bridges stand-up COMEDY and CONFESSIONAL, LOVEFOOL has packed raucous, rapt houses in New York City (Asylum NYC, The PIT, Pete’s Candy Store), Boston (The Rockwell & New Rep Theatre), Provincetown MA (Redroom), and New Jersey (Jersey City Theater Center), earning raves from critics and audiences who call it “exactly the audacious celebration of queer love that we need in this moment!”


Potential Spam – with special guest Brian Shapiro

Sun, Nov 19 at 2 pm, 1h 15m, $10 [BUY TICKETS]

What happens when you put 3 pre-teen/teens into a basement with a drum set, guitar, keyboard, and a microphone? You get an undeniably full-throttled punk/post-punk energy that transcends time. Come and check out Potential Spam, the stellar trio of Logan Lederer (drums), Oliver Orlowski (guitar), and Asa Shapiro (keys/vocals), as they magnificently express a raw intellect and emotion that will leave you longing for more!

Opening Act: Los Angeles native Brian Shapiro focuses on themes of distorted thinking and the question of how to accept hard truths we may not be ready to accept. Shapiro’s music is about transformation and the will to create a more grounded and meaningful life. He explores the struggle to hold on to one’s convictions in the face of growing up in a world filled with smoke and no mirrors. Shapiro’s powerful, yet intimate voice, speaks to the hyperbolic times we live in, dismantling anger and disappointment piece by piece, to rearrange it into something far more constructive.


Closing night karaoke for The Journey. From left: Joshua Crone, Deborah Glassman, Hercules Pappas, Patricia Casperson and Thoeger Hansen (phot. Meghan Sudol Crook)

Open Bike – BYOB Karaoke Party

Fri, Nov 17 at 10 pm, Free

These anonymous stock models say it all. Sing and drink like you just closed a hit show. Submit nameless slips of chickenscratch for DJ Cronus and the Thoegermeister to puzzle over. Smile for Instagram as the Meghanphone captures your Britney-inspired butter knife dance for @yellowbicycletheater. Join Yellow Bicycle Collective Friday night as we celebrate the opening of CornuCopiaFest 2023 and the world premiere of Voices in the Valley. And while you’re at it, why not bring your resume and headshot? We’re always casting.