Hobo Grant Cycle by Kevin Augustine and Lone Wolf Tribe
Hobo Grunt Cycle is a war and peace epic colliding connections between wounded soldiers, illegal dog fighting, and the hierarchies of circus performers and military personnel. Written, created and performed by Kevin Augustine and company, Hobo Grunt Cycle features Lone Wolf Tribe's signature blend of life-sized puppets and performers and challenges the insanity of warfare with their usual brutally poetic style. Looking at the legacy of veterans' trauma through the experience of a severely injured fight-ring pit bull, a tramp clown attempts to heal the scars of violence by nursing his pet dog back to health.
Hobo Grunt Cycle is performed predominantly in silence (a first for Augustine as a playwright) in keeping with the tramp clown's pantomime tradition, as well as further links between dogs and soldiers: both essentially being silent characters primarily doing what they are told. One soldier character finally breaks this rule, in keeping historically with the "Winter Soldier" testimonies of the Vietnam War (the "American War" to the Vietnamese); this being the first time veterans spoke out about their war experiences.
Hobo Grunt Cycle was developed by Lone Wolf Tribe, a New York based puppet theatre ensemble creating challenging multidisciplinary work for over ten years. Early versions of Hobo Grunt Cycle toured to theatre festivals in Holland and Brazil in summer 2009. LWT's last show, BRIDE, sold out its run at PS122, won a prestigious UNIMA Award for Excellence in Puppet Theatre and was named a Top 10 Show of 2008 by Time Out New York.
TONY's theatre editor, David Cote, praised, "In the church of puppet artistry, Augustine is divine." HBC is supported with funding by The Jim Henson Foundation, the Greenwall Foundation, The New York Council on the Arts, the Puffin Foundation and Puppeters of America. Kevin Augustine is a National Artist in Residence at EXIT Theatre.
Matthew Lavin & Nathan Richard Wagner (Puppeteer)
Clint Davis (Composer)
Miguel Weissman (Sound Designer)
Tarik Cherkaoui (Animation)
Richard Baiocco (Artistic Associate)
Kevin Augustine (Writer, Director, Puppet Maker, Actor)
Gloria Sun (General Manager, Set & Props Designer)
156 Eddy Street
San Francisco, CA 94102
|Kid Friendly: No|
|Dog Friendly: No|
|Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!|