Pascale Smith: It’s not your average high school theater

Hey Pascale — Google tells us that today is “Felt Hat Day,” in case you were in the mood to drop off some brownies.

With its inclusive attitude and 200-plus roster of performances, Philly Fringe features plenty of shows that may not make it on a typical stage — such as “BASH,” directed by 17-year-old Pascale Smith.

Smith’s career in Philly’s performing arts scene started with a lucky break when she was cast as Marybeth in M. Night Shyamalan’s “The Village.” “I had no experience acting before, and I only went to the audition because I saw a notice in the newspaper and had nothing better to do,” says Smith. “I fell in love, and decided to pursue acting.”

Since then, she has studied theater and dance, and recently began writing. Having completed three short plays, she has already received recognition in the 2011 VSA Playwright Discovery competition and won first place in the Philadelphia Young Playwrights contest.

Written by Neil LaBute, “BASH” is a story in three parts featuring three actors. A business man, a young woman and a Mormon couple tell their stories in a show that challenges the audience’s beliefs towards the evils of the world.

This show will be Smith’s directorial debut. Although she admits it was an intimidating process, “my background as an actor has really informed my choices as a director,” she says.

Although an unusually busy teenager, Smith still has time outside the world of performance to focus on her guilty pleasure: baking — lots of baking. “I often show up at people’s doorsteps with a plate of cupcakes and a thin excuse about Flag Day.”



News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
International

Hurricane Odile batters Mexico's Baja resorts, sparks looting

Hurricane Odile injured dozens of people, forced the evacuation of thousands and smashed shops open to looters in the popular tourist area of Baja, Mexico.

National

Apple iPhone 6 pre-orders hit record 4 million…

By Lehar Maan(Reuters) - Apple Inc said many customers will need to wait until next month for their new iPhones after a record 4 million…

National

LAPD investigates complaint from detained 'Django' actress

The LAPD is investigating after "Django Unchained" actress Daniele Watts accused police of violating her rights when they detained her.

Local

Number of New York City smokers increase, topping…

For the first time since 2007, there are  more than one million smokers in New York City, according to the New York City Department of…

Movies

Newsflash: Corey Stoll still not a man

In director Shaun Levy's "This Is Where I Leave You," Corey Stoll stars as the oldest of four adult children (the others are played by…

Movies

If you don't like Simon Pegg's new film,…

Simon Pegg goes all out in "Hector and the Search for Happiness" as the titular psychiatrist stymied by modern life who embarks on a globetrotting…

Arts

Art in Chelsea: Don't miss these 3 galleries

We selected three sure bets for seeing cool art in the galleries of Chelsea.

Music

Robin Thicke blurs lines further with new 'Blurred…

"The reality is," said Robin Thicke about "Blurred Lines" in a court deposition, "Pharrell had the beat and he wrote almost every single part of the song."

NFL

Tom Coughlin says Giants 'beat themselves' against Cardinals

Head coach Tom Coughlin, who had a day to cool off and reflect, still sounded like he had a gnawing feeling in his gut.

NFL

Marty Mornhinweg accepts blame for Jets timeout fiasco

Jets fans looking for a scapegoat for Sunday’s timeout fiasco found a willing party on Monday: Marty Mornhinweg.

NFL

3 things we learned in Jets loss to…

The wheels came off for the Jets, who gave up 21 unanswered points after a brilliant first 20 minutes in a 31-24 loss at the Packers.

NFL

Victor Cruz catches case of the drops in…

The Giants dropped a tough, 25-14, decision to the undermanned Cardinals Sunday in their home opener. And drop was the operative word of the day,…

Travel

World's most hipster cities: Top 5

Travel blogger Adam Groffman tells us his picks for the Top 5 most hipster cities in the world.

Education

The top 5 regrets recent high school grads…

College application season can seem like a blur for many students - as test prep, campus visits and filling out a seemingly endless stream of…

Parenting

Tech execs tend to limit their kids' screen…

You probably got your iPad before Bill Gates's kids did.

Wellbeing

Wellbeing: Daybreaker returns, Ray Rice jersey trade, Sweet…

  Now that Ray Rice is no longer with the Baltimore Ravens — or any other NFL team — after video footage surfaced showing him…