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Scenes from the 2013 workshop production

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Once There Were Six Seasons

May 22—June 7, 2014
Thursdays—Saturdays, 8pm; Sundays, 6pm
Salvage Vanguard Theater
Duration: 65 minutes.
Tickets - $12-20, available online
Pay-what-you-can: Sunday, May 25th

Once Were Six Seasons, seen in Spring 2013 in workshop form and now vastly re-envisioned as a full theatrical production, is an interaction of human performers with manipulated landscapes, miniature puppets, and environmental forces.

What begins as a simple consumer phone inquiry transforms into a visual feast of objects and textiles, from string and paper to recycled Styrofoam packing shapes, re-imagined as rainclouds and river valleys, mine workers, polar bears, and islands sinking into the sea. It observes the ripple effects of changes in migratory patterns, population surges and decreases, and other natural phenomena; it follows those ripple effects into a near, and a far future, one that includes rebirths, dead ends, and adaptations throughout the natural world.

This project is the recipient of a Jim Henson Foundation Grant (one of only 2 awarded between the East and West Coasts), was initiated at the Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center, and is the focus of a feature from Arts in Context, set to air in August 2014.

This performance was created for adults/ mature young adults over 10 years old. Younger children will enjoy the manipulation of the puppets in their tiny worlds, but the subject matter of how global economy affects global climate will be over the heads of most young audiences.

From B. Iden Payne award-winning director and writer Caroline Reck (FupDuck, The Orchid Flotilla, Simple Sundries), with an award winning cast of puppeteer/performers: Connor Hopkins, Rommel Sulit, Noel Gaulin, Gricelda Silva, and Katy Taylor; and award-wining designers K. Eliot Haynes (sound), Stephen Pruitt (lights), and Lucie Cunningham (costumes). Set and Puppets created by Caroline Reck with guest artists Amanda Maddock and Taylor Harrison.

This production is supported by The Jim Henson Foundation and The City of Austin Cultural Arts Division.

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