Actor gets short notice for Walking Fish short play fest

For most of hu­man­ity, it’s a safe bet that get­ting up on stage and act­ing be­fore a room full of people ranks right up on the fear lad­der with things like swim­ming in shark in­fes­ted wa­ters.

So the folks be­hind the Walk­ing Fish Theatre on Frank­ford Av­en­ue didn’t really know what to ex­pect when they held a raffle where the prize was a part in their cur­rent fest­iv­al of short plays.

Luck­ily for them, the win­ner was Bri­an Soy, a barista from Oreland, Pa. and an all around good sport who’s been in­volved with com­munity theat­er since middle school. A friend put his name in the draw­ing at the re­cent Le­high Av­en­ue Arts Fest­iv­al.

“I wasn’t too sur­prised that my friend did this be­cause she does things like this all the time, but I was pleas­antly sur­prised when I got the call telling me I’d won the raffle,” said Soy. 

He was one of about 25 entrants — not a huge pool, but not bad con­sid­er­ing the prize.

Still, the ex­per­i­ment did have a pos­it­ive in­flu­ence on the cur­rent roster of short plays, said Michelle Pauls, an act­ress, dir­ect­or and Walk­ing Fish co-founder.

“We try to get some buzz go­ing and get new people in­volved however we can,” said Pauls. “And that’s how we came up with this sort of hareb­rained scheme.”

The show kicked off last Thursday, but Soy will make his ap­pear­ance on Oct. 13. The show runs through Oct. 23.

Now in its third year, their short play fest­iv­al — Hella Fresh Fish 3.0 — fea­tures eight com­pact plays ran­ging from sev­en to 13 minutes each.

Pauls said the packed to­geth­er pro­duc­tions cov­er everything from com­edy to drama and fu­tur­ist­ic fantasy. Soy will have a small role in each, and got a chance to see the plays in ac­tion last week.

“It was spec­tac­u­lar,” said Soy.

In all, the pro­duc­tion will in­volve 15 dif­fer­ent act­ors, six dir­ect­ors and “lots of short-at­ten­tion span shows.”

Pauls is in three of the plays, in­clud­ing Porn For Wo­men, a play that has three wo­men fight­ing over a greasy cheese­bur­ger.

Since Soy hasn’t had much time to re­hearse for the play fest­iv­al, Pauls said he’ll mostly have bit parts — “There’s a scene on bus, so he could be a pas­sen­ger or something along those lines,” she offered.

At the end of Kar­man Line, a piece by Seth Si­mons and dir­ec­ted by her hus­band and part­ner, Stan Hel­eva, Soy gets evap­or­ated by an ex­plod­ing sun.

“They’re small parts, but it has been fun and he’s even giv­ing us new ideas,” Pauls said of her new act­or.

“For us, this is a way to con­nect with the com­munity and to bring in a new audi­ence,” said Pauls. “People want to be in­volved and be a part of this.”

Walk­ing Fish Theatre is loc­ated at 2509 Frank­ford Ave.

For more in­form­a­tion, call 215-427-9255 or write to Tick­ets are $20 for a single show. Spe­cial prices avail­able.••

Re­port­er Bri­an Rademaekers can be reached at 215 354 3039 or

Show times for Hella Fresh Fish 3.0

Thursday, Oct. 13 at 7 p.m. - with a Spe­cial Guest Star!

Fri­day, Oct. 14 at 8 p.m.

Sat­urday, Oct. 15 at 8 p.m.

Sunday, Oct. 16 at 4:30 p.m. - Talk Back after the show!

Wed­nes­day, Oct. 19 at 7 p.m. - Pay-what-you-can

Thursday, Oct. 20 at 7 p.m.

Fri­day, Oct. 21 at 8 p.m.

Sat­urday, Oct. 22 at 8 p.m.

Sunday, Oct. 23 at 4:30 p.m.

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