March 11th, 8:00 sharp at the Montague Grange
Der Vorführeffekt Theatre
(folks you might recognize from The Missoula Oblongata and Less Miserable)
In the wilds of Siberia, Charles Darwin goes off search of the Yeti. The Yeti (if she exists) enters a radio station’s dance contest, hoping to win an all-expenses-paid vacation to a place that doesn’t exist yet. Darwin’s research companion—a little brown bat—falls in love with the radio station’s electromagnetic emissions—but how could that ever end happily? Meanwhile, Siberia’s caves are home to a secretive tribe of ropemakers—but their disintegrating family structure may cause their ancient craft to be lost forever. Through the lens of the real life allegory of the Flying Wallendas’ famous high-wire act, two performers on a tiny stage unfold Darwin’s laboratory, unfurl anatomic diagrams of the yeti, and try to tease out the difference between miracles and non-miracles.
Written by Donna Oblongata (member of The Missoula Oblongata, Wham City, and producer/director of the 2012 production Less Miserable).
Designed and performed by Donna Oblongata and Patrick Costello (visual artist extraordinaire and also a star of Less Miserable)
Directed by Sarah Lowry (member of The Missoula Oblongata)
For the last seven years, The Missoula Oblongata has toured North America extensively, to critical and audience acclaim. The Santa Fe Reporter said of the company’s work: “A night at the theater has never looked so delightfully weird…Bizarrely frolicsome, cogently playful, sweetly surreal...Such is the genius of The Missoula Oblongata--quirky, but also exquisitely made and elegantly presented."
The 7-Person Chair Pyramid High Wire Act is Donna Oblongata’s first original play independent of The Missoula Oblongata—made in collaboration with long-time collaborator Sarah Lowry, and the visual artist and performer Patrick Costello. Donna’s theatrical work has been cited by Rolling Stone as one of the reasons Baltimore had the “Best Scene in the Country” and by the Baltimore City Paper when it named DIY Theater as the city’s Best Trend: “Best exemplified by overlapping theater factions of Wham City…and Missoula Oblongata...the productions are big, bold, and unendingly impressive."
The 7-Person Chair Pyramid High Wire Act will be touring the East Coast from March 9th until March 23rd, with stops as far south as Washington D.C. and as far north as Machias, Maine.
This project was funded in part by a grant from the Puffin Foundation and totally made possible by a residency at the Beehive Collective.