Trailer Tales: Weekend Safari/Caravan Chronicle: Urban ReUnion
We have families of blood, we have families of choice, and we have families of circumstance. And no matter where we go in the world, we find connections and shared values with ‘family’ we haven’t met yet.
“A piece of wildly original interactive installation theatre...with stories, hospitality and haikus. Warm-hearted, inclusive fun gently underscored by a universal message: families are all about shared memories, rituals and acceptance. Let us not take them for granted.” Adelaide Advertiser, AU
Production HISTORY: We've held reunions in Washington State, with a Cultural Congress, in and around Adelaide, South Australia, during the KidsFringe at the Adelaide Fringe, and are now headed to Ashgabat, Turkmenistan! WHEN CAN WE COME TO YOUR TOWN?
NEWS 10/20/19: theater simple selected by US Embassy in Turkmenistan to perform at a theater festival in CENTRAL ASIA in Nov!
theater simple is honored and thrilled to reveal that the US Embassy in Turkmenistan has chosen their production of CARAVAN CHRONICLES to perform in the capital city of Ashgabat in mid-November.
The company will be featured as part of the festival of “Theatrical Art of the Epoch of Happiness”, organized by the Ministry of Culture. The simpletons will be conducting acting and theater-making workshops as well, participating in an exchange between Turkmenistan and American theater culture.
DREAM TEAM: Traveling along with theater simple founders Llysa Holland and Andrew Litzky are veteran simpletons K. Brian Neel (52 Pick Up, The Snow Queen, Trailer Tales), Shermona Mitchell (Camino Real) and London-based lighting whiz Jason Meininger (The Master & Margarita, Caucasian Chalk Circle, 52 Pick Up). This is an art-posse that is up for new creative challenges (re-configuring the outdoor show for the great Indoors at the National Theater! Subtitles! Translation!) and adventures, AND - support for the project is be appreciated.
Plans for fun? “It’s crazy and amazing that we have this opportunity – but we are excited to be joining an amazing lineup of national theaters from the region. Still - we hope we can squeeze in time to visit the archeological ruins, eat great food, and shop for a carpet. We’re also visiting Istanbul, since we’ll be there. We'd LOVE suggestions!”, says Holland.
OPEN REHEARSAL AND A SNEAK PREVIEW OF THE PREMIERE! Nov 10 at 5pm & 11/12 at 7:30, at 18th and Union, an arts space.
Pay What you Will/PRICELESS Fundraising - as well as a BON VOYAGE Pack Out Fundraising Party 11/12! (our Goal: $3000)
more about Trailer Tales (aka Caravan Chronicles outside US):
An intimate interactive public art event, disguised as a family reunion. Set in and around a 1962 Airstream Safari, audience members become part of the ‘family’ at a semi-traditional (and highly idiosyncratic) family reunion, contributing to the family lore with story-plates, memories and haiku of their own. As the installation continues, the stories (and plates) accumulate and the family becomes richer and more connected.
So, clamber into Wally, the vintage Airstream, hang out at the bbq, and eavesdrop on ‘cousins’ gossip. We know you'll enjoy exploring the customs of this sprawling, oddly familiar clan as you snaffle a melon ball and add to family mythology.