Bonky Dolls/Instant Opera Company pops up at the PVD Fringe July 29!!!

On Friday, July 29, at 8:45pm and 9:45pm,  Bonky Dolls and the Instant Opera Company will perform its premiere production, The Haunting of Buzzards Bay, as a pop-up performance in the Fringe PVD 2016 festival.  Built for the culture*park 13th Short Play Marathon in November 2015, The Haunting presents the story of a 19th century whaler returning years later to his beloved New Bedford to find it irrevocably altered.  The show features story and shadow puppetry from David Higgins, story and vocals by Vanessa Gilbert, musical direction/viola accompaniment by Jeremy Fortier and all-around great manipulation by Stuart Window. 
To see the show, gather at Grants Block in Providence (the corner of Westminster and Union Streets) at showtime, and a performer will conduct you to the adjacent, indoor, venue. 
For information about the rest of the wildly full Fringe PVD, visit their website, HERE

a still from the November showing of The Haunting of Buzzards Bay photo credit: Vana Dougias    

a still from the November showing of The Haunting of Buzzards Bay
photo credit: Vana Dougias

 

 

Open All Ports- February 25, 26, 27, 2016

2016 gets off to an exciting start! I am pleased to report that I will be presenting my paper, Cry You One: Participatory Possibilities through Strategic Siting at Connecticut College's 2016 Ammerman Center for Arts and Technology Symposium: Open All Ports.  The paper describes the New Orleans- based ArtSpot Productions/Mondo Bizarro performance Cry You One and tries to define the space that the work creates between the physical sites that they have performed on and the website that contains several short digital stories.  I'll be on a panel about space/access and couldn't be more thrilled.  

More about the symposium HERE

More about the performance Cry You One HERE

Some words about hospitality

I often expound on how theatre is a form of hospitality, and I just found an article, put together by the far-thinking Charlotte Meehan of Sleeping Weazel for Howlround on The Means of Production.  Even though the article is three years old and I no longer run a theatre company, I strongly believe that the foundation of performance practice is a form of hospitality, of invitation, whether you are inviting something new to come into the world in the form of a performance or you are inviting other people to share in something you have created. 

Please read: 

The Means of Production: Snapshots from the Field