Thaddeus Phillips as Barry Seal, for Alias Ellis MacKenzie. Courtesy of the artist.
Pew Fellow Thaddeus Phillips (Red Eye to Havre de Grace, WHaLE OPTICS, ¡El Conquistador) has spent the last two years on location in Colombia playing the role of infamous American drug smuggler Barry Seal in Alias El Mexicano, the Spanish-language telenovela on MundoFOX. With support from The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage, Phillips brings his Barry Seal character to the FringeArts stage and teams up with LA-based DJ Mario Cotto for a duet performance: international "covert" operations, low-altitude under-the-radar flying, 1980s fashion and beats, and playing a mysterious real person with a dubious story and an alias for a TV show.
All three performances start at 8 p.m. The tale will continue with the epic-scale, bilingual Alias Ellis MacKenzie, which will be presented at the 2015 Fringe Festival, exploring intersections of television and theater.