Pittsburgh Cultural Trust Adds Additional 10/11 Performance of THE PIGEONING
The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust announced today that an additional performance of The Pigeoning has been added for Friday, October 11, at 7 p.m. The Pigeoning will take place at 937 Liberty Avenue October 9-12, 2013, at 7 p.m. New York-based artist, puppet designer, and performer Robin Frohardt developed The Pigeoning as a resident artist at the HERE Art Center in New York and premieres the production at the Pittsburgh International Festival of Firsts*.
The Pigeoning-Frohardt's first full-length puppet play-uses the traditional from of Japanese puppet theater (Bunraku puppetry), video, and original music to explore the ideas of obsessive compulsion, safety, and order in the context of the end of the world. The story is told through the main character Frank, a Bunraku style puppet working in an office in the early 1980s. In this dark comedy, Frank-obsessed with order and cleanliness-is absorbed, and ultimately transformed, by his pigeon obsession. Pigeons are a part of Frank's daily life, and they serve as the embodiment of the chaos and filth of the natural world. As his story progresses, pigeons seem to act against Frank, becoming a continual source of aggravation, until he begins to believe that the birds are actually plotting against him.
The audience is invited to laugh at our clinging to order and safety in the face of the end of the world, which is always and never coming. The performance offers a chance to find humor in frustration and futility, and to ultimately acknowledge the relief in surrender.