First presented at Underground Arts in June 2010

Part performance, part installation, part wandering through a maze, and part choose-your-own-adventure story, SURVIVE! takes on themes of science and humanity’s existence in the universe. Audience members wander through the show's 20,000 square feet, guided by “a tenth dimensional narrator” named AMA and her four "fractals" who translate the universe for us through their unique perspectives. Surround yourself in a "walkway to space," visit a Gentle Scientist who will patiently explain the universe for you or tap dance your way across dimensions through this experiential journey into the space that surrounds us.


Conceived and Directed by Adrienne Mackey


Created and Performed by Jamie McKittrick, Ahren Potratz, David Sweeny, Wendy Staton and Bradley Wrenn


With Writing by Tim Sawicki (and the creative ensemble)


Set Design Lisi Stoessel

Lighting Design Maria Shaplin

Sound Design Mikaal Sulaiman

Costume Design Justin Jain and Jamie McKittrick

Stage Manager Katie Driscoll

Assistant Stage ManagerMichael Fisher

Light Board Operator James Jackson

Sound BoardOperator Greg Bosley

Run Crew Christine Giannobile, Jen Weeks

House Management Adam Woods

Technical Director Louis Giannobile

Early creative help from Justin Jain and Shane Liesgang

Funding has been made possible with support from:

The Wyncote Foundation

Puppeteers of America

Cognis Corporation 

The Puffin Foundation




“… affecting and thought-provoking… Standing in the dark, lights suddenly sprang to life all around us, with a beautiful effect like floating among the stars… you begin to think about humanity and our place in the universe. And when’s the last time you did that?”
- J Cooper Robb, Philadelphia Weekly


“Delightfully Fringy - and that's a compliment... Just once will get you into the 10th dimension.” 
- Howard Shapiro, Philadelphia Inquirer


“Brilliantly executed… demonstrates that the metaphors of scientific thought can inform and illuminate our lives as potently as those of poetry.”
- Jim Rutter, Broad Street Review