The Bug Collector
The Bug Collector is the story of a young person coping with the loss of a close friend by turning to a hobby of collecting and researching insects. However, these complex creatures can’t flourish in the captivity of a glass jar and the young Bug Collector struggles to accept that keeping them isn’t the same as keeping them safe.
8pm on September 14th, 2019 (60 minutes run time)
Arcadia Cultural Center. 943 NW 50th Street, Seattle, WA 98107
Cast: Ariel Schmidtke and Esther de Monteflores and featuring musician Bess Hepner
Official opening: March 2020
This project was supported, in part, by an award from 4Culture.
A System of Strings
Two creatures, a monkey and a bear, have just escaped from a life of captivity. As the creatures emerge into a world that is unfamiliar, they cope with their transition in divergent ways. This tension is embodied by the distinction between the show’s two primary circus disciplines (slackwire and trapeze). One creature ascends into a world of myth and madness while the other treads a line of reality and human socialization. The two creatures try to maintain their connection to each other as their paths diverge, ultimately watching their bond unravel until a single string remains. Inspired in part by the contrast between lightness and darkness in the Alaskan winter, this show brings light to the stage through shadow puppetry integrated with circus arts. A System of Strings occupies traditionally unused spaces in the theater, starting in the lobby and ending among the rafters, creating an immersive experience for audiences.