A work-in-progress presentation:
Written by Liz Hara; Directed by Spencer Lott; Puppet Design by Martin P. Robinson
Developed through the inaugural Henson Puppetry Residency at the Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center
After the suicides of their parents, 16-year-old Kyle and 14-year-old Carol are left alone in Frozen Village, their family’s run-down roadside attraction in Winnahotek, Minnesota. Their only hope of survival depends on a swarm of grasshoppers and a mysterious stranger living on the land.
Hara is a writer, builder, and puppeteer. Her work has been presented at the Edinburgh Comedy Festival, the New Orleans Fringe Festival, the National Puppetry Festival, and theaters across the U.S. Her family show Help Save the Monkey! , created with Marta Mozelle MacRostie, was awarded a 2014 Jim Henson Foundation Family Grant and will be presented at the New York Children’s Theater Festival spring 2015. Liz also toured internationally with Wakka Wakka’s production of SAGA. Liz has built puppets and costumes for Mirror Mirror (Miramax, 2012), Avenue Q, The Lion King, and SpiderMan: Turn Off the Dark. She currently works for Sesame Street as a puppet and costume builder and wrangler.
Lott is a puppeteer, actor, writer, and director. Recent performance highlights include Trusty Sidekick Theater Company’s The 7 1∕2 Mysteries of Toulouse McClane and The Haunting of Ichabod Crane at Park Avenue Armory and Sinking Ship Production’s Powerhouse at the New Ohio Theater. He co-wrote and directed the short puppet film, Melvin the Birder for Heather Henson’s Handmade Puppet Dreams which screened at BAM in the 2014 Puppets on Film Festival. Other directing credits include Campfire (Trusty Sidekick Theater Co.) and Zwerge (Little Shadow Productions). His latest project, Blossom , was awarded a 2015 Jim Henson Foundation Seed Grant. He is an Artistic Manager with Trusty Sidekick Theater Company. He has been a Works in Progress Artist at the Children’s Museum of the Arts, a Guest Artist for Theater Development Fund’s Stage Door program, and is a member of the teaching artist ensembles at BAM and the New Victory Theater. Spencer is one of the assistant puppeteers for the upcoming season of Sesame Street and will be designing puppets and acting in Trusty Sidekick’s Up and Away at Lincoln Center.