Bird Machine is Concrete Temple Theatre’s multimedia, multi-disciplinary, allegory. A visceral mixture of objects, puppets, shadows and projections creates the environment and landscape of Bird Machine, a play about technology, a contemporary fable that explores the desire to live beyond human limitations. Part one reveals: Leo, the dreamer, obsessed with flying; Vince, the realist, trying to control his world through miniaturization; and the Emperor, destroying Leo and his flying machine, out of fear that others will use the technology to conquer the walls of his city. In part two, Vince vindicates Leo’s murder by turning his miniature garden into a larger-than-life garden, to lure and trap the Emperor. Audiences of Bird Machine will experience two worlds and two technologies. The beginning of the piece depicts a world that is pastoral, the mechanics simple: a bird flaps across stage then soars overhead. Part two, still a puppet- driven environment, uses projections to introduce contemporary technology and bring the stage to life.
August 8, 2013
Puppet Festival (r)Evolution, Swarthmore, PA
2011 PIERROT International Festival, Stara Zagora, Bulgaria, and Small City Theatre, Sofia, Bulgaria
14th Istanbul International Puppet Festival, Istanbul, Turkey and Merinos Cultural Center, Bursa, Turkey
Orlando Puppet Festival, Orlando, FL
Secret Theatre, Queens, NY
Theater Three, New York, NY
Access Theatre, New York, New York
Arts at St. Ann’s, Labapalooza!, Brooklyn, NY
Workshop/Reading, Ensemble Studio Theatre: First Light Festival, New York, NY
The development of Bird Machine has been made possible through the support of: The Jerome Foundation, The Jim Henson Foundation, New York State Council on the Arts, St. Ann’s Puppet Lab, Workspace for Choreographers, Ensemble Studio Theatre/Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Science & Technology Project Commission, chashama, and New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.