A pregnant professor points at two plexiglass-imprisoned pals.

A Hard Time

The topic of today's lecture: Whats So Funny?
“I don’t like any female comedians... a woman doing comedy doesn’t offend me but sets me back a bit. I, as a viewer, have trouble with it. I think of her as a producing machine that brings babies in the world.” - Jerry Lewis
Welcome, esteemed colleagues. Find a seat. It has been said that laughter is an indication of relaxation, so please, relax.
The topic of today’s lecture: What’s So Funny?
Our guest lecturers this evening are Jess Conda, Jenn Kidwell, and Mel Krodman, who are here to give you A Hard Time.  They’ve provided this brief introduction to their performance:
“Time to whip it out, go balls to the wall and jam out with your clam out because the maestros of menstruation are here to strip down and suit up. We’re taking your jobs and breastfeeding in public for your delight and entertainment. Settle in, buckle up and open wide.”
Please give them a warm, collegial welcome.
A Hard Time premiered at FringeArts in May 2019, as part of High Pressure Fire Service, a presentation series dedicated to Philadelphia artists.
Feature photo: Jauhien Sasnou. Slideshow photos: Johanna Austin.

Key Artists


Direction: Dan Rothenberg

Set Design: Meredith Ries
Lighting Design: Amith Chandrashaker
Sound Design: Justin Hicks
Costume Design: LeVonne Lindsay

Writer/Performer: Jess Conda, Jenn Kidwell, Melissa Krodman

Technical Director: Joe Daniels, Lauren Tracy
Props Master: Alica Crosby
Dramaturgy: Jack Tamburri
Assistant Lighting Design: Stoli Stolnack
Associate Sound Design: Gavin Price
Costume Assistant: Gina Colacci
Wardrobe Supervisor: Gina Leigh
Stripper Cop Choreographer: Meg Foley

Production Stage Manager: Lisa McGinn
Assistant Stage Manager: Nic Labadie-Bartz


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