Eye of the Storm is a 60 minute theater piece that takes place on a sinking island. Rod and hand puppets collide, a storm blows in, shadow sequences unveil a distant world, mother and child part, a toilet becomes a means of communication, a penniless husband and wife make grotesque attempts to leave their shack. Set by the ocean and accompanied by original music, the atmosphere of our world is surreal, its visual beauty captivating, our story provocative.
“Beautiful and poignant…”
“This piece really moves…”
On a small island, an elegant Madame dwelling in a make shift abode has visions of her son. As he grows into a sailor man and sets out into the world she attempts to communicate with him. The only other inhabitants on the island are a set of obnoxious hand puppets with a baby, trying to make a living out of their shack. The Madame and her neighbors have no respect for each other, and the audience is jolted from the slow moving poetic Madame to the fast paced rhythms of the crazy hand puppets. As an approaching storm erodes the edges of the island and begins to ruin the structures on it, the Madame and the hand puppets come to rely on each other. In their struggle to pursue their dreams in the face of storm and flood, we begin to wonder what is actually eroding out from underneath them.
Maximum audience: 200
Age Range: 10 years old and up
Set up: 6 hours / Take down: 2 hours
Performance Space: 20’ wide , 16’ deep. Overhead clearance of at least ten (10) feet is necessary. The show utilizes a backcloth/projection surface that hangs approx. twelve (12) feet upstage of the plaster line. 4’ Wing space is necessary for prop storage.
Stage Lighting: We require a minimal repertory plot and approximately twelve specials. The show utilizes an opaque projector behind the backdrop, and requires an AC circuit upstage.