Robopocalypse: the Musical!, by Puppeteers for Fears
Banks. Bridges. Cars. Artificial intelligence will be running all of them before long. But what happens when it all goes wrong?
Hilarity ensues, complete with singing puppets.
Since 2015, Ashland's Puppeteers for Fears have electrified audiences and sold out venues in every major market on the west coast with innovative and hilarious takes on mummies, werewolves, serial killers, sasquatches, UFOs, cosmic horror, and more. But for the big bad of their next show, they move from the supernatural to the completely-plausible: the technology we create that could one day replace us.
Jolie Daniels, teen hacker extraordinaire, tries to build a sentient robot for the school science fair as a means to reconnect with her fatherwho is still reeling from the death of Jolies motherbut she accidentally births a malevolent artificial intelligence in the process that she alone has the ability to stopif she can avoid the army of self-driving cars and web-connected smart gadgets that the A.I. has weaponized against her that is.
But this is a Puppeteers for Fears show, which means all that havoc plays out in song, and those songs are all 1980s-style synthpop that will have audiences struggling to stay in their seats instead of getting up to dance.
Two years in the making, Robopocalypse: the Musical!, is the biggest show Puppeteers for Fears has ever done, with a new cast of hand-and-rod puppets, 13 new songs written and performed on analog synthesizers by a live band, and fully immersive digital backdrops that allow the show to take place both in virtual reality, and IRL. It's got singing puppets, Minnesotan robots, talking cars, rap battles, the cast of Friends.... everything!
Equal parts Neuromancer, Max Headroom, and Liam Lynch, Robopoclaypse: the Musical! is the cyberpunk puppet extravaganza you never knew you needed until now.
Run time is approximately two hours with an intermission.
NOTE: Attendees should be aware that though this is a puppet show, it is NOT a children's show. The material is R-rated, and children should be brought only at parent's discretion.
Lauren Taylor as Jolie Daniels/Hag
Hunter Prutch as Wilson H. Daniels
Katy Curtis as Spam-Bot
Rachel Routh as A.C.E. (Artificial Consciousness Experiment)
Reece Bredl as Uber, Chip McDougan
Nolan Kenmouth/Forest Gilpin as B.L.T. (Broadband Linked Toaster)
Josh Gross on synthesizers
Derek Deon on guitars
Beau Shepherd on bass
Brandon Amadour on drums
Directed by Alyssa Marie Mathews
Art Design and multimedia backdrops by Aubry Hollingshead
Puppets by Francesca Solano
Pioneer Hall (View)
73 Winburn Way
Ashland, OR 97520
|Dog Friendly: No|
|Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!|