Spirit-Rider and Night-Heart

Shadow puppet show by Maisie O’Brien
w live fiddle music by Georgia Beatty

Plus: One Revolution
Poetry by Rachel O’Hanlon-Rodriguez
and percussion by Jared Williams

Sunday, June 18
Doors 8:00pm, performance at 8:30pm

Admission sliding scale: $8–$18
No one turned away!

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Fiddler Georgia Beatty and shadow puppeteer Maisie O’Brien bring you Spirit-Rider and Night-Heart, a tale of the haunted horse rider who spends years following a mystical drum in search of her heartbeat. This is a performance where shadow, dreams, play, and song weave a story from the future about the tasks of being alive.

Opening the evening is spoken word artist Rachel O’Hanlon-Rodriguez sharing a set of short poems before being joined by percussionist Jared Williams to perform a long-form piece chronicling a year through the lens of PTSD called ONE REVOLUTION.


Georgia Beatty is a fiddler and songwriter focused on cycle, lineage and healing through cultural transmission. Georgia’s first full-length album, Apprentice to Transformation (self-released, Oct 2022) is a collection of original & traditional fiddle tunes honoring death as a moment in transformation. Their playing uses microtonality and subtle pulse to create cavernous, oceanic space while holding grounded, danceable beats. Georgia’s study as a fiddler is in Norwegian traditional music. Hear more Georgia here.

Maisie O’Brien is a Philadelphia-based shadow puppeteer simmering together everything from cut paper to overhead projector, crankie theater, animation, printmaking, and cello. She has performed and workshopped her shadows nationally at puppet slams, festivals, and classrooms from Camden to Chicago. They have also developed shadows, puppets, sets, and costumes for local and international collaborations with filmmakers, dancers, musicians, playwrights, and educators. See more Maisie here.

Rachel O’Hanlon-Rodriguez is a Philly-based multidisciplinary artist, organizer, and trauma-informed facilitator. Rachel’s creative work is rooted in generational cycles, boundaries, borders and liberation through poetry and performance. They’ve spent a decade working throughout the Philadelphia region as a theater-maker with companies such as Die Cast, Wilma Theatre, Bearded Ladies Cabaret. Rachel’s poetry just saw print in The Philadelphia Inquirer and her solo show, She Was A Conquistawhore, will debut this fall in Philadelphia’s Cannonball Festival. Follow Rachel’s creative journey at www.rachelohanlonrodriguez.com.

Jared Williams is a skilled and expressive percussionist living in West Philadelphia known to some as “the Swiss Army Knife of Drummers” as he works in the genres of funk, jazz, R&B, neo-soul, and rock, Jared regularly plays with with Dr. Ketchup and PLIB, teaches drum lessons, does studio work, and composes original material. For the past three years Jared and Rachel have combined their forces in music, poetry, and the Puerto Rican dance tradition known as bomba.