Automatic Arts presents edgy pop-up theater and dance performances throughout the city, with Philly Typewriter’s shop being a frequent host. Actually, Philly Typewriter shares the space with MaMa – Moving Arts of Mt Airy – so go figure. AA was founded by Josh McIlvain and Deborah Crocker. See automaticartsco.com
Theater critic Kathryn Osenlund recently gave a show here high marks in the arts blog Phindie, She loved our venue, too:
“…Location Scout Alert: Moving Arts of Mt, Airy [and now, Philly Typewriter] is situated on the unbelievably charming corner of Greene Street and Carpenter Lane. At dusk the corner is the perfect setting for a romcom, with lights glowing in a picturesque co-op grocery store, a cute café (which should stay open later), the green, leafy grounds of an old fashioned stone elementary school, and a row of pretty buildings along the street…The vast Philadelphia theater…community should come out to support ground floor theater initiatives like this one.”
Photo at Top: EMMA LAZARUS’ poem was inscribed at the base of the Statue of Liberty. Its most moving lines, embracing immigrants, wrap around the poster:
“Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free. The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me. I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”
Passersby at Philly Typewriter write thoughts on the red, white and blue Royal 1960 typewriter--the only model with this patriotic palette ever manufactured. Here, Imogene Parker, 6, types for the first time.
Founded in 1975, we buy, sell and repair these wonderful old machines