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“Once There Were Six Seasons” – What we are doing to our World

June 2, 2014 Leave a comment

I first experienced Austin’s eclectic Glass Half Full Theatre’s production of its heartfelt and very timely “Once There Were Six Seasons” puppet theatre performance about Climate Change and its effect on our Global Economy last March when it was in its formative stage.

It was a joy to see it so grown up during its three-weekend show May 22 through July 7, 2014 at Salvage Vanguard Theater here in Austin.

Photo courtesy of Glass Half Full Theatre

Photo courtesy of Glass Half Full Theatre

Written and directed by B. Iden Payne award-winner Caroline Reck – herself a veteran puppeteer with Austin’s Trouble Puppet Theatre troupe – the play explores the economic consequences of Global Warming on locations ranging from a Pacific Ocean island that is drowning in increasingly incessant waves of water (actually billowing blue sheets of plastic) – to a West Texas ranch that is transformed from a productive cattle ranch and thriving supporting farm to a drought-stricken patch of forsaken land where oil rigs finish off the destruction – and, to the fate of two polar bears who frolic on an icecap until it breaks apart and they fall into the sea.

Several parts of the workshop performance – especially a complementary video that was screened simultaneously on a backstage screen – were not in the updated performance – a move I agree with since it took attention away from the foot-high puppets and their dark-clad performers on a variety of imaginative mobile stages.

This production was one of only two recipients of a Jim Henson Foundation grant last year and Austin’s KLRU public television’s eclectic Arts in Context program will screen a documentary of “Once There Were Six Seasons” in August 2014.

Read more about this wondrous play on Glass Half Full Theatre’s website.

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