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May 21, 2015

Argue with strangers for fun at The Society of Civil Discourse

Underground Arts hosts peculiar interactive performance

Events Theater
Civil Discourse Alex Torra /Team Sunshine Performance Corp.

The Society of Civil Discourse argues for argument's sake.

In the mood to argue with people you don't know, just because? An interactive performance put together by The Philly Pigeon and Team Sunshine Performance Corp. will have strangers doing just that as they head to a fictional meeting for The Society of Civil Discourse

Wednesday, May 27, guests will gather at Underground Arts for the "meeting" and get "inducted" into the society in a short ceremony. Then they'll split off, roaming around the space to grab a drink and join three different facilitated talking stations. They'll discuss things they love, things they hate and opinions on random topics.

In the big finale, Argument Teams of professional performers and select audience members will participate in The Great Debate. The teams will go five rounds (Opening Statements, Personal Testimony, Mime, Fake Statistics and Closing Statements) debating audience-picked topics. The audience is encouraged to vote on and heckle the participants.

If you're feeling a bit pent up lately, faux-debate seems like a great way to relax in a fun and healthy way. The teams also came up with a kooky video in anticipation of the event.

The Society of Civil Discourse

Wednesday, May 27
6:30 p.m. | $10 in advance, $15 at the door 
Underground Arts
1200 Callowhill St.