September 27 ,
08:00 PM -
The performances of "Who's Hungry" (2012) at Wesleyan are the Connecticut premiere of a stunning experimental puppet theater work that weaves together oral histories of five very different homeless and/or hungry residents of Santa Monica, California. A 24-foot-long dinner table transforms into a runway-style puppet stage for four puppeteers using a variety of styles including figures inspired by Japanese Bunraku, two-dimensional rod puppets, and shadow puppetry.
Written and produced by Los Angeles performance artist Dan Froot, designed and directed by New York puppet artist Dan Hurlin, and featuring music by Seattle composer Amy Denio, "Who's Hungry" brings communities together, inspires theatergoers to engage with the issues, and supports the efforts of food policy activists.
The stories told in "Who's Hungry" are those of a former interior designer, an addiction-recovery caseworker and recovering heroin addict, a subsidized housing resident evicted while undergoing a dire health crisis, a Brooklyn native who headed to New York City when the World Trade Center towers collapsed, and an original member of the influential mid-1970s surfing/skateboarding team known as "The Z-Boys" (featured in the 2005 film "Lords of Dogtown").
Please note that this performance contains mature themes and language that may not be appropriate for all audiences.
Following the performances, there will be Skype discussions with the people whose stories are featured in the work.
Made possible by a grant from the Expeditions program of the New England Foundation for the Arts. Presented in partnership with St. Vincent de Paul Middletown.
"Not only are the stories being told compelling; they are presented in a provoking and imaginative fashion."
--Culver City Crossroads (California)
World Music Hall
$23 general public; $19 senior citizens, Wesleyan faculty/staff, non-Wesleyan students; $6 Wesleyan students
Theater Department, Center for the Arts