Bridget Rountree and Iain Gunn of Animal Cracker Conspiracy perform The Collector, winner of best of Fringe at 2012 SF Fringe Festival.
The Collector is a mysterious tale, set in an alternate reality, about a lowly debt collector, who, under the management of a mechanical, tyrannical overseer, undergoes a radical transformation of spirit in the process of collecting outstanding debts. As he travels through the urban landscape the boundaries between object and self collide. Performed with toy theatre, table-top puppets, object theatre, stop motion animation and film. The Collector will invite the audience to question what things they hold most dear and what it is they cannot live without. The story unfolds into a multidimensional mixed media performance through Orwellian, neo-Victorian lenses. The agitprop nature of this alternate reality is underscored by original constructed soundscapes delivered in surround sound by experimental composer Margaret Noble.
Funded in part by the Jim Henson Foundation, the Sator Arts Foundation, and the Puffin Foundation.
Bio: Bridget Rountree and Iain Gunn both hold degrees in Literature and have a background in Fine Art. Bridget is a native of San Diego, CA and Iain is from Vancouver, British Columbia. They have been collaborating under the name Animal Cracker Conspiracy since 2006. Their shared interest and investigation of where fine art, puppetry, performance art, physical theater, and mixed media intersect is a continued source of inspiration for their work. They have performed and exhibited in the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, Museum of Photographic Arts San Diego, and Art Power at UCSD. Animal Cracker Conspiracy has participated in both national and international artist residencies and workshops with Bread and Puppet, North American Creative Laboratories, La Pocha Nostra, RosenClaire, and the Old Trouts Puppet Workshop. They have received support from the Jim Henson Foundation, Puffin Foundation, Sator Arts Foundation, Synergy Arts Foundation, and The Puppet Slam Network.
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6567 Santa Monica Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90038