Brind School Alum, Puppet Artist Kevin Augustine Presents Original Production at the University of the Arts
April 25, 2011
Acclaimed puppet artist and native Philadelphian Kevin Augustine brings his award-winning puppet theatre ensemble Lone Wolf Tribe to the University of the Arts for a special performance of his original production "Hobo Grunt Cycle" at his alma mater.
"Hobo Grunt Cycle" will be presented May 5 - 15, with performances on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. at the Arts Bank Theater (601 South Broad Street). Combining live actors and strikingly original life-size puppets, "Hobo Grunt Cycle" is an unconventional meditation on the insanity of war.
Time Out New York said of the artist, "In the church of puppet artistry, Augustine is divine."
Making stark connections between wounded soldiers, illegal dog fighting and the blurred hierarchies of circus performers and military personnel, "Hobo Grunt Cycle" skillfully combines clowning, magic and life-sized puppetry with an exploration of American warfare and the trauma and testimony of war veterans.
Three years in the creative process, early versions of the production toured theatre festivals in Holland and Brazil in the summer of 2009 and debuted in February 2011 at EXIT Theatre's Artist-in-Residence Program in San Francisco. It has received funding by the Jim Henson Foundation, the Greenwall Foundation, the New York Council on the Arts, the Puffin Foundation and Puppeteers of America.
Lone Wolf Tribe's last show, "Bride," won an UNIMA Award for Excellence in Puppet Theatre (instituted by Jim Henson) and was named a Top 10 Show of 2008 by Time Out New York.