(WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass.) – The PigPen Theatre Company brings its critically acclaimed, low-fi, original music-theater production, “The Old Man and the Old Moon,” to the Nikos Stage at the Williamstown Theatre Festival from Wednesday, August 6, 2014, through Sunday, August 17. The “play with music,” as the troupe of seven — all of whom met at Carnegie Mellon School of Drama in 2008 — calls it, is a low-tech multimedia extravaganza, blending traditional storytelling – think myths and legends – with burlap sacks, shadow screens, puppetry, flashlights, and original live music recalling Mumford & Sons and central European cabaret played by the actors on real instruments and found sounds.
“Every once in a while, a new group of absurdly talented young performers band together and show us how delightfully uninhibited, how effortlessly inventive, how unapologetically and unpretentiously playful theater can be,” raved New York Magazine about the production.
“Sometimes comical and sometimes melancholy, but never less than clever,” roared the New York Times.
The fantastical, song-filled tale takes the audience to the end of the world, when an old man abandons his duty of filling the moon with liquid light to search for his missing wife. With a rollicking array of ever-changing characters, inventive theatrical effects, and an infectious contemporary folk sound, the seven young actor-musicians transform the seemingly ordinary into sheer wonder.
In the years since they met at Carnegie Mellon School of Drama in 2008, all seven PigPen company members have performed their original plays Off-Broadway and at regional theaters across the country. In 2012, they became the first group to win the NYC Fringe Festival’s top honor for a play two years in a row, and their work has earned critics’ picks from the New York Times, Time Out New York, the Chicago Tribune, the Boston Globe, and many more.
Tickets for all Williamstown Theatre Festival productions can be purchased online at Williamstown Theatre Festival, by phone at 413-597-3400, or in person at the ’62 Center for Theatre and Dance Box Office at 1000 Main St (Route 2), Williamstown, MA 02167.