An artistic event or a hodgepodge mess? A little of everything, but how much of any one thing? It boldly claims to be the first interactive performance art project for
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It's a trip to the moon, or, perhaps, just to the bar. It's puppets and huge "leaf ladies." It's a little of Shakespeare and a lot of imagination.
Co-sponsored and co-created by
Since it proudly admits to being nonlinear, you can expect that the "plot" as such is not detailed -- perhaps almost nonexistent. Most of the performers will not speak. The confused lovers of Shakespeare's romantic comedy will wander about yearning in arduous hopes. The trick is that their wanderings will be through sets and art creations designed to amaze as well as to bemuse.
Behind the costumed cast of 25 to 30 performers are seven commissioned artists who have created things like an enchanted forest. You can stop at the crab pot bar, a favorite hangout for the fairies of the land or visit the Pixie Ponderosa. Large-scale puppetry is evident throughout this makeshift realm. These puppets, though, are a far cry from Howdy Doody or Miss Piggy.
For a man who is assigned to bring all these varied ingredients together into one show, or experience,
Meeting with Mullins and the artists can net as many different versions on what will happen at "Moon Take Thy Flight" as there are ideas. Putting their versions together, we get the gist that you can experience this production in several different ways.
First, you can pick an actor and follow him or her from set to set and event to event. Or you can roam around at will and sample things in no particular order, like the bars and other refreshments. Children's events are also in abundance. So is beer, wine and gourmet treats.
Of the performers, only two actors will speak:
Mullins admits that "those who are seeking the conventional plot may find it difficult to find. What we're going for is visual. It has to work more in the abstract than the specific."
The evening can last as long as three hours, if you choose. Most, though, will experience one of two hourlong "performance loops" that include the totality of the "pop-up" performances.
The event opens at
An after-party will continue in
Cheney, who builds bamboo bicycles for a living, said he started thinking about bamboo forests as a child because "I lived next to the zoo and could hear the lions and elephants at night. It makes you, even as a child, wonder about the forces of nature."
The Core Theatre Ensemble has assigned itself to create such varied things as what Mullins describes as "an existential waiting room," "Bottom's dream," and a dream therapy tent.
The world of "Moon" will also use the outdoors as a setting -- particularly the
He speaks, though, for the question mark that still hovers over such a project when he points out, "How do we find a center to a universe that is always changing?"
Perhaps a visit to Pixie Ponderosa would help.
If you go
What A Midsummer's Fantasy Festival presents "Moon Take Thy Flight"
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