Culture Connect Featured Event
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").
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 Amazing Grace Food Pantry.