Stunningly vibrant and fresh...delightful...the work of puppet designer Robin Frohardt, whose flying bees — some powered with batteries — (is) simply astounding.
The Brick Theater, Inc. and Terrible Baby Theater Co. Present
The Colonists is a lyrical visual fantasy, in which audiences are invited to enter the alien world of the bee. Developed by Nick Jones and Raja Azar ("Jollyship the Whiz-Bang") in Bangkok, and developed through a grant by the Jim Henson Foundation, The Colonists tells the story of an earthworm who dreams of flying, a rabbit with a penchant for pie making, and the fascinating mechanics of the pollen collecting-industrial complex. With electrified puppets, explosions, and lasers!
Puppets designed and constructed by
Story and direction by Nick Jones
Lighting and video design by Kris Anton
Assistant Direction: Johnray Fuller
Running Time: 45 minutes.
PREVIEWS: Sun 4/26, 3pm and 7pm - $10
NICK JONES is a playwright, director, puppet designer, and performer. His most recent show, Jollyship the Whiz-Bang at Ars Nova, a puppet rock musical about pirates, received rave reviews in virtually all major New York publications, including the New Yorker and the NY Times (Top 10 shows of 2008, Gothamist; Best Puppet Show, L Magazine). Other plays produced include: Little Building (Galapagos) Canada's Mid-Riff (chashama), Rockberry: The Last One Man Show (The Brick), Straight Up Vampire: A History of Vampires in Colonial Pennsylvania as Performed to the Music of Paula Abdul (Philly Fringe Festival), and Wooden Box (Flux Factory). He has also presented work at the Portland Institute of Contemporary Art's TBA Festival, the Dublin Fringe Festival, The Bangkok Fringe Festival, The Kitchen, P.S. 122, The Public, and the Edinburgh Fringe. He has been an artist-in-residence at Galapagos Art Space, the Bowery Poetry Club, Flux Factory, the O'Neil Puppetry Conference, at the Hoontown Puppet Festival in Bangkok, and as part of the Ars Nova Play Group. Other accolades include: Nomination for Best Show at the Dublin Fringe Festival, Best Music Video (with Jollyship the Whiz-Bang) from the Coney Island Film Festival, and a 2007 grant from the Jim Henson Foundation. As a puppeteer and puppet designer, he has produced work for the Castillo theater (Day of Reckoning), The All Stars Project (Robin Hood), the 2004 Dream Parade in Taiwan, and with the artist Laurie Simmons on her film Music of Regret (starring Meryl Streep). Jones also serves as a theater/cabaret curator for the upcoming Extremely Hungary Hungarian Cultural Festival, which is presenting works at Lincoln Center and around NYC. Nick Jones graduated in 2001 from Bard College. He was born and raised in Anchorage, Alaska.
ROBIN FROHARDT is a puppet designer, fabricator and scenic artist working in both New York City and San Francisco. She is the founder and artistic director of the Apocalypse Puppet Theater in San Francisco, which has been providing wonderfully ridiculous, occasionally historical, and often bizarre or satirical works for adults and children for over three years. Her visually rich productions utilize a host of inventive and traditional methods and contraptions, such as shadow puppets, Bunraku puppets, giant puppets wave machines and most famously, the Apocalypse Stagecoach, the bicycle-powered stagecoach puppet theater. Her puppetry work took her to Asia in 2005 and 2006, where she built puppets and taught workshops for the Dream Parade in Taiwan and performed at the Hoontown Puppet Festival and the Patravadi Theater in Bangkok, Thailand. Her recent work in New York includes set design and fabrication for IRT, a Tragedy in Three Stations, a full-scale play performed entirely on the New York City Subway. She is currently developing new puppets for the Apocalypse Puppet Theater's summer southwest tour to the National Puppetry Convention in Atlanta. Additionally she is developing a shadow puppet show for The Swimming Cities of Serenissima, an art boat journey across the Adriatic Sea to Venice, where the show will be performed live in June.