|ran for 20 shows at the
Edinburgh Festival Fringe
Aug 6-22, 2004
a darkly comic, distinctly American ghost story in the
melodramatic tradition about love, war, death, death,
and just when you think everyone on stage has died, more death.
Told in silent vignettes, puppetry, found text from American melodramas,
songs, and dances, Dirtnap is the story of a prisoner clown on death row
who, while escaping, accidentally digs up a dead girl. He brings her back to
life in a HIGHLY INAPPROPRIATE way and resurrects the world she came from,
the American South during the Civil War. On a quest to find her father in
the chaos of battle, the girl encounters hateful flies, a crazy Rebel,
several amputees, and one true love. With the pathos of a Chaplin film and
the mutability and absurdity of a Bugs Bunny cartoon, Dirtnap is haunting, sad, and silly.
From the Herald:
"[Thadd] McQuade and Martha Mendenhall
are accomplished players, with versatile clowning skills. There's a real
degree of invention and visual appeal in their staging - a dangling trio of
zinc buckets house neat surprises while the unexpectedly elastic fabric of a
portable door or a webbing mattress (in a prison cell) allows for cunning
crossovers in time and space."
Anna, USA--"visually stunning, elegant and creative.
it seems to be in its infancy...some tinkering could be done to make
it communicate more clearly to the audience what the intention
of the work is. still--an experiment worth seeing, a pleasurable experience!"
Sheila , UK--"A show that was well presented, well danced
and beguiling to watch - but I'm not at all sure what it was about."
HEARTFELT THANK YOUS
to those who have given their time, money, sweat and love:
Ernie Reed and The Living Education Center
Catherine Dee...Graphic Design
Jenny McNee...Martha's costume
Zap McConnell...Props & costume
Jennifer Hoyt Tidwell...Publicity
JP Scheidler...Stage combat
Betsy and Chip Tucker
Chris and Kara Burke