Cripple Creek Theater Company 2013
"Clever staging and light design turned the Truck Farm into an expansive theater space. The outdoor setting, with chirping crickets and cockroaches crawling on a stump near the action, was well-ssuited to the story. The menacing red-lit eyes of possums in the distance were a great element."
-Tyler Gillespie, Gambit
"If, like me, you dig artistic risk-taking, there’s plenty to like about this weird nocturnal performance. "
-Doug McCash, Nola.com
"The roles demand intensity of all of the actors, and director Bonnie Gabel excelled in ensuring that each member of the small cast is pulling their own weight -- and have weight to pull. "
-Stephen Babcock, Nola Defender
The world premiere of Andrew Vaught’s surreal tale “Possum Kingdom” in New Orleans, LA at the St Claude Truck Farm.
Inspired by the unfolding environmental ruination and societal crises in south Louisiana, the story takes place in a small community of swamp workers whose lives and livelihoods are uprooted when the whims of unseen "upriver" consumers and the degradation of their natural environs force them to sacrifice and discard their jobs, homes and memories. Possum Kingdom's team mixed politics, physicality, original music, and simple machines to create an enchanting outdoor theater experience with a heavy dose of magic.
Photos by Eric Gremillion