String Up The Moon
Here is the sky billowing before me; a little star shines in the distance; a forest races by with dark trees and a crescent moon; blue mist spreads under my feet; a string twangs in the mist. Is that my house blue in the distance?
Visual artist Reed Esslinger built an enormous desk--or was it a Russian dome--or was it a ship? In any case, crawling under, over and on it, String Up the Moon explores the consuming effect of desire. Both an adaptation of tales by Gogol and Pushkin and an original, dark tone poem on dreams and madness.
Photographs by Costa Sirdenis
Performers James Manganello, Paul Manganello, Sango Tajima
Designer Reed Esslinger
Composer Michael Malis
Director Samuel Blake
Premiere September 5, 2013 at PuppetART in Detroit
Also played at the Jam Handy as part of the Detroit Design Festival and the Michigan Legacy Art Park