Cincy Fringe | Wilderness Survival
from Jimmy Grzelak (Philadelphia, PA)
Primary Lineup – Solo Performance
Jimmy Grzelak is an Eagle Scout, spiritual voyager, and “winningly offbeat imagination” (Washington Post). Sometime in the early 2000s, somewhere in rural America, young Jimmy was initiated into the ways of a world ruled by adolescent boys. In 2017, older Jimmy woke up and realized that knowledge is now nationally relevant. He comes to Cincinnati to do his duty as a scout – to serve as your guide into the wild.
Jimmy Grzelak is a practical theologian and theater artist. Immediately after turning in his final college paper, Jimmy launched the U.S.-Canada tour of his solo show mostly about the Boy Scouts titled HOW TO BE A TERRORIST (DCMTA Best of Fringe). In 2013-2014, he spent one year traveling Eurasia by train, living with and learning from some of the newest religious groups in the world with the support of a Florence Chandler fellowship, which funds 365 days of independent study and international travel undertaken with “imagination, moral sensitivity and resourcefulness.” In 2015, Jimmy developed – in collaboration with NYC-based set designer Cate McCrea – a touring gastro-liturgical event, ST. JIMMY CELEBRATES “The Food at Our Feet” (DCTMA Best of Fringe, Favorite Solo Show, Favorite Performer, Favorite Show; Pittsburgh Fringe National Award). Now, Jimmy lives in Philadelphia, performing and working on projects there and elsewhere.
Fringe Festival Credits
(2013), Montreal Fringe, HOW TO BE A TERRORIST
(2013), Portfringe, HOW TO BE A TERRORIST
(2013), Capital Fringe, HOW TO BE A TERRORIST
(2015), Pittsburgh Fringe, ST. JIMMY CELEBRATES “The Food at Our Feet”
(2015), Portfringe, ST. JIMMY CELEBRATES “The Food at Our Feet”
(2015), Capital Fringe, ST. JIMMY CELEBRATES “The Food at Our Feet”