September 29-October 16
shows at 8 p.m. Wednesdays-Saturdays and at 6 p.m. on Sundays
Salvage Vanguard Theater, 2803 Manor Road (click for map)
Tickets: $10-$20 at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/198032
Two thousand years after the collapse of civilization, in one of the last nomadic bands left in an increasingly settled land, a boy named Riddley Walker turns twelve years old and becomes a man of his people. They are outsiders in a culture where packs of wild dogs prowl the landscape, roving puppet shows propagate a historical dogma against technology and cleverness, and secretive sects work to rediscover ancient knowledge. With a very old puppet and a black dog for allies, Riddley escapes from the tragedy and authority of his culture and reintroduces comedy and anarchy to his world.
Riddley Walker is adapted for Trouble Puppet Theater Co. by Artistic Director Connor Hopkins, from the award-winning novel by Russell Hoban. Trouble Puppet Theater Co., recipient of such B. Iden Payne Awards as Outstanding Director of a Drama, Special Certificate for Puppetry, and Outstanding Original Script, is dedicated to the creation of outstanding works of puppet theater for grownups. This production employs tabletop puppetry inspired by the Bunraku tradition and supported by shadow puppetry, an original score by Justin Sherburn, and a layered sound and image design.
Group sales welcome! Director/cast talkbacks available for student groups. The show will also have American Sign Language interpretation at two performances. Those under 17 must be accompanied by adults. Not recommended for children under 11.
Trouble Puppet is a sponsored project of Salvage Vanguard Theater and is supported by the City of Austin Cultural Funding program, the Jim Henson Foundation, and individual donors. Special thanks to Sharon and James Reck for underwriting Riddley Walker!