Trouble Puppet Theater Company presents The Jungle
A work of puppet theater based on Upton Sinclair's groundbreaking novel about the conditions faced by immigrant workers in Chicago's meatpacking industry, The Jungle uses a form of puppetry inspired by the Japanese Bunraku style. It includes human choreography, tabletop puppets, life sized, two and three dimensional, and shadow puppetry, as well as imagery by LettuceTurnip Media Services, graphic animation by Leah Sharpe (Tongue & Groove's Red Balloon), and music by Justin Sherburn (Okkervill River).
Originally conceived at the Eugene O'Neill theater Center's National Puppetry Conference in 2007, Trouble Puppet's The Jungle received a workshop performance at the 2009 Conference. It was also awarded a Jim Henson Foundation Seed Grant for development the same year. The production is written and designed by Connor Hopkins.
Jurgis Rudkos is full of hope, young and strong and ready to work to give his family the life they have heard about in America. What they find when they arrive in 1886 is not what they had expected, but he finds work soon enough, and enters into a grim underworld. In his years in the slaughterhouses, he sees the machinery of the meat packing industry consume workers as it does cattle. His life, and the lives of his family are lived to the rhythm of work, their weddings, births, and deaths never interrupting the grind and churn of the machines and animals and men in the packing plants. Jurgis struggles to maintain his humanity in a place where the law is not the justice men speak of, but the law of competition and survival.
The Jungle runs from Sept. 17 to Oct. 4 at Salvage Vanguard Theater, 2803 Manor Rd. Performances are Thursday through Sunday at 8 pm. Tickets $15.00.
Salvage Vanguard Theatre
2803 Manor Rd.
Austin, TX 78722
|Kid Friendly: No|
|Dog Friendly: No|
|Wheelchair Accessible: No|