Through workshops and support from The Jerome Foundation, The Jim Henson Foundation, St. Ann's Puppet Lab, Workspace for Choreographers, Ensemble Studio Theatre/Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Science & Technology Project Commission, DCA, NYSCA, and chashama, Concrete Temple Theatre proudly presents its multimedia, multi-disciplinary, allegory: Bird Machine.
Using a visceral mixture of object art and puppets -- from the creation of the play's environment/landscape, to flapping birds as rod puppets, to shadow and projection work -- Bird Machine is a play about technology, a contemporary fable that explores the desire to live beyond human limitations. Part one reveals: Leo, the dreamer, obsessed with flying; Vince, the realist, trying to control his world through miniaturization; and the Emperor, destroying Leo and his flying machine, out of fear that others will use the technology to destroy the city walls. In part two, Vince vindicates Leo's murder by turning his miniature garden into a larger-than-life garden, to lure and trap the Emperor. Audiences of Bird Machine will experience two worlds and two technologies. The beginning of piece depicts a world that is pastoral, the mechanics simple: a bird flaps across stage then soars overhead. As Vince dreams, his desk transforms into the city of the Emperor and the People. Part two, still a puppet- driven environment, uses projections to introduce contemporary technology.