Redfern Visiting Artist Series: Dan Froot & Company
- Wednesday, March 17 at 6:00pm “Los Angeles” Pre-register HERE
- Thursday, March 18 at 6:00pm “Cedar Rapids” Pre-register HERE
- Friday, March 19 at 6:00pm “Miami” Pre-register HERE
Live from California, the celebrated theater ensemble Dan Froot and Company performs Pang! , a triptych of adventurous live radio plays based on the oral histories of three American families hungering for change. The three highly original theatre pieces share the stories of families facing innumerable challenges – from hunger to gun violence to foreclosure to immigrant life – with love, humor and intelligence. Pang! aims to raise awareness, decrease stigma, and promote cross-class dialogue around circumstances faced by families living with food insecurity.
Adventurously staged as live radio plays, three actors at microphones voice dozens of characters, from 18-months to 77-years old, from a Burundian refugee speaking in his home language, to a 7-year-old Miami boy whose dialogue is spoken in unison by the entire ensemble. Pang! is a symphony of animated dialogue, musical accompaniment and live Foley sound effects, including doors slamming, dishes scraping, doorbells ringing, shovels digging, and rivers raging.
The plays are produced, written, and directed by Dan Froot , in collaboration with the ensemble, Natalie Camunas, Donna Simone Johnson , and Christopher Rivas. Music by Robert Een , sound design by Cricket Myers.
Pang! is a unique theatrical experience for the whole community.
In the presentation of Pang! , Redfern is partnering with three campus and community hosts: The Keene State Public Health program (“Los Angeles,” Wednesday, March 17, pre-register HERE), The Wellness Center (“Cedar Rapids,” Thursday, March 18, pre-register HERE), and the Keene Housing Kids Collaborative (“Miami,” Friday, March 19, pre-register HERE), to branch the dialogues across three nights and various audiences, including social justice activists, scholars, students, the artists, and participating community members. The company will perform a different original play each evening based on the life of a family from around the country. Pang! features digital “kitchen tables” that are occupied by a shifting group of audience members before, during, and after the performance. It provides a place to socialize and dialogue.
Please note: While Pang! is a family-friendly show, Friday’s performance is suggested for audiences ages 12+.
Every performance is different, so join us for all three!
This performance will be shown on Livestream only with no live audience.
Pang! was made possible by the National Endowment for the Arts. Additional support comes from the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts and C &S Wholesale Grocers.
Price: Free to the General Public and KSC Community, but donations to the Redfern are suggested and appreciated.
“I cannot imagine that one person left this remarkable show unaffected.”Laura Johnson, Little Village