The Center for Puppetry Arts will stage a limited engagement of The Pigeoning, February 9-11, created and directed by New York-based Robin Frohardt, with music composed by Freddie Price. The production utilizes puppetry, live music and lo-fi special effects to tell a darkly comedic, yet heartfelt story about the illusion of safety and control when it seems the world is coming to an end. The Pigeoning explores the divide between man and nature at a time when listening to the animals may be the smartest thing to do.
Set in the 1980s, The Pigeoning tells the tale of an office worker named Frank, who is obsessed with cleanliness and order. His world is turned upside-down by pigeons that appear outside his office window and again in the park where he tries to eat his lunch in peace. Convinced the birds are plotting against him, Frank consults the office safety manual and dutifully follows the instructions. He then sets out to investigate the situation, document his findings and expose the ‘interspecies conspiracy’... if there really is one.
The story is told through a style of puppetry inspired by bunraku, a traditional form of Japanese puppet theater for adult audiences. The Pigeoning does not include dialogue, aside from voiceovers that narrate instructions from the office safety manual.
A beer and wine bar will be available for patrons before the show.
Tickets are $18.25 (Members) and $24.50 (nonmembers) Tickets include entry to the performance and Worlds of Puppetry Museum. The Jim Henson collection is the largest collection of Henson puppets and artifacts in the world. Tickets are available at www.puppet.org or by calling 404-873-3391.