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2012 Performances

Squonk Opera

Edwardsville: The Opera
Wednesday, June 6, 7:30 p.m.
Dunham Hall Theater
Squonk Opera, Pittsburgh, PA

This site-specific opera is about the one subject that unifies our audience - Edwardsville. Edwardsville: The Opera is a meta-civic celebration that combines a heartfelt toast of the city with a vaudevillian roast, poking fun at our own overblown grandeur. Squonk Opera videotapes interviews with local citizens, researches the town's victories and scandals, icons and idiosyncrasies, and makes movies of the local streetscape. Local children draw imaginative maps that are projected in animations onstage where local dance groups also perform. In this celebration of Edwardsville, Squonk Opera also explores the broader issues of shared humanity and the need for self-definition.

Squonk Opera Artist Information

Casey Smith

Violators Will Be Violated
Thursday, June 7, 7:30 p.m.
Metcalf Theater
Created and Performed by Casey Smith
Commissioned by Circle X Theater, Los Angeles

Violators Will Be Violated is a unique, unconventional, nearly wordless theater experience that has more destruction, mayhem, murder, ambition and special effects than an action film but it's only one guy, with no props or set, relying solely on the physical story-telling of an elastic, adorable, frequently hostile and weirdly hilarious performer. In short, anything you can't imagine, you just might. (Please note - this production is not suitable for children)

Casey Smith Artist Information


Grim and Fischer (a deathly comedy in full-face mask)
Friday, June 8, 7:30 p.m.
Metcalf Theater
Wonderheads, Portland Oregon

Death meets his match in Mrs. Fischer, a tenacious granny not ready to breathe her last. In what has been described as live-action Pixar, one woman's fight for survival takes fantastic flight in a showdown with Death himself. It tackles, with heart and absurd humor, what it is to know that Death's hand is close. Born of a love for all things whimsical, inventive, hilarious, and downright bizarre, Wonderheads create worlds on stage that bring out a spirit of wonder and awe in even the most serious and respectable of adults. We are Baroque, not Age of Reason. We are Vaudeville, not Broadway. We are Muppets, not CGI. We are Magic, not Math. We are Wonderheads.

Wonderheads Artist Information

Luis Tentido Puppet Theater

Would You Still Be You? (A Puppet Theatre Piece)
Saturday, June 9, 7:30 p.m.
Dunham Theater
Luis Tentindo Puppet Theatre, NYC
By Luis Tentindo, created in collaboration with playwright Paul G. Heller
Music by Miguel Frasconi
Script read by Naomi Newman
Movement Artists/puppeteers: Laurel Tentindo, Pepper Fajans and Luis Tentindo

SIUE Xfest is proud to present the world premiere of Luis Tentindo's newest creation. Would You Still Be You? is comprised of three mini-plays which explore the relationship to the objects we live with in our internal and external environment. Through the combination of story-telling and innovative puppet and set design the piece seeks to expose and re-imagine the ways the events in our lives are connected with the objects we cherish and the dreams we have. Created in collaboration with playwright Paul Heller, Would You Still Be You?, is an original and engaging piece of new puppet theater in three acts which combines skillful bunraku and shadow puppetry, movement and theater.

Luis Tentindo Artist Information

X-hibitions (a collection of short works)
Saturday, June 9, 3:30-5:30 p.m.
Metcalf Theatre
Theater 310b, Edwardsville

Theatre 310b is a loosely affiliated ensemble of SIUE Department of Theater and Dance faculty, alumni, students and colleagues that creates original dance/theatre performance. This year Theater 310b has commissioned several faculty and alumni to create original short works to premiere at Xfest 3.0. More information about the pieces and the artists will be forthcoming. Stay tuned!

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