Emily Esten is a public historian and writer based in Philadelphia. For work, she builds digital projects to engage audiences with history. For play, she is usually found exploring museums or attending theaters across the city. Follow her on Twitter @sheishistoric or visit her website at emilyesten.com.
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Philly Fringe 2020: Benjamin Behrend and Logan Gabriel Schulman’s ‘Welcome to the Shiva House’
Living alongside grief
Two Philadelphia artists explore grief through religious ritual, inviting us all into a virtual shiva for this year's Fringe Festival. Emily Esten reviews.
Philly Fringe 2020: Lupine Performance Cooperative’s ‘Field Calls’
Pixies in Powelton
In this year's Fringe, Lupine Performance Cooperative takes visitors through a Philadelphia marred not by pandemic but by magical invaders. When the dragons are defeated, what does recovery look like? Emily Esten reviews.
The Philadelphia City Archives present ‘The History of the Lazaretto’
The history of quarantine
As the greater Philadelphia area faces the coronavirus epidemic, an exhibit at the City Archives provides unique insight into the city’s long public-health history. Emily Esten reviews.
Twelve Gates Arts presents ‘Immanence: Tazhib in America | Behnaz Karjoo’
Illuminating Iranian tradition
Behnaz Karjoo’s traditional Islamic works, now on view at Twelve Gates Arts, remind us of the evolution of deep-rooted cultures and their crucial preservation. Emily Esten reviews.
The Center for Media at Risk presents ‘Meme Tactics’
The radical power of memes
By one definition, memes are elements of culture that we share widely within and beyond groups. What happens when memes are used for civic good? In an exhibit at the Center for Media at Risk, makers take a simultaneously global and local approach to defiant narratives hidden in plain sight. Emily Esten reviews.
Cannonball Festival 2022: Emily Mayer presents Bower Bird
Bower Bird is the word
Emily Mayer’s Bower Bird takes us on a delightful bird-clown romp exploring the courtship and physical presentation rituals we share across species. Emily Esten reviews.
Philly Fringe 2022: Temple Theaters presents Group Project
Time for the real test
A new original Fringe performance from Temple Theaters captures the frenzy of teenage anxiousness, rebellion, and hope in an uncertain world. Emily Esten reviews.
Philly Fringe 2022: Josephine Decker and Pig Iron Theatre Company present The Path of Pins or the Path of Needles
Dare to dream of motherhood
Pig Iron’s latest Fringe Festival collaboration terrifies and excites in this fairytale for an audience of “pregnant dreamers” of any gender. Emily Esten reviews.
Philly Fringe 2023: IKantKoan Play/s presents Tea Party at the End of the World
Good to the last drop
How would you like to spend the end of the world—or maybe just your own end? This immersive Fringe experience offers big questions with a warm cup of tea. Emily Esten reviews.