Feature image: Emilie Krause and Harry Watermeier in rail., photo by Plate 3 Photography.
Don’t miss rail. at the Racquet Club of Philadelphia. Not only do you get a peek inside the members-only Racquet Club of Philadelphia (founded in the late 1800s), you get to enjoy a one-of-a-kind show that is part of this year’s Fringe Festival.
rail. is brought to the Club via Missing Bolt Productions, written by Zac Kline and directed by Rachel Dart. The main character, Sarah, is a therapist and former champion squash player. Throughout the one-act play, we are introduced to her past and present relationships- with boyfriends, her brother, her father, a new friend. Like most of us, Sarah is looking to let go of the past and begin a new journey for herself.
Actress Emilie Krause plays Sarah. The role seemed to come naturally for her, from playing squash on the court to the way her dialogue and emotions change based on who she is speaking to at any given time in the show. We see real, raw talent here and she really grabs the audience from the first moment she speaks. All of the male roles are played by Harry Watermeier who can adapt from one character to the next at easy, flowing into the next scene and making the audience forget that just one person is playing all of these different characters in Sarah’s life.
I’m a big fan of black box theatres and spaces that adapt to the show you’re about to see. The Racquet Club is far from tiny, but rail. is performed in a space that theatre lovers will truly enjoy. The show takes place right on a 100-year-old court and the audience is seated in cluster of bleachers that give a perfect view of the “stage”.
Upon entering the Racquet Club, you’ll be guided up to the “theatre”. Before the show starts, you can enjoy a drink at the bar or sit in the lounge’s viewing area to watch members play on the court below. Arrive early so you can enjoy as much of the space as you can- this may be your only chance to visit if you’re a non-member!
The Racquet Club pairs perfectly with rail. What a match! Alert- you have two more chances to experience rail., this Thursday (9/26) and Friday (9/27) evening. Clear your calendar and grab a very affordable ticket here. The Racquet Club enforces a ‘Smart Casual’ dress code which you can view on their website.