Pebble-and-Cart Cycle: one-line tragedies

A woman battles a fly. Father has a horse attack. Brother turns into a goat.

Inspired by the Bulgarian proverb “It is the smallest pebble that upsets the cart,” Pebble-and-Cart Cycle: one-line tragedies explores the theater of inner conflict through a series of short pieces, each based on a different one-line poem and a matching animal archetype.

“The sheer magnitude of the performance, the artistry that was presented in the space, dwarfs whatever sort of lyricism I may attempt in describing what I was privy to. Simply put, it was amazing. It was compelling, it was emotional, it was formative and moving.” DC Theatre Scene.

 

Terra Incognita performed the first two parts of the cycle (“Moocha: I see a fly on my plate” and “Horse: I have my heart in front of me”) as works-in-progress at Dixon Place in New York in 2008. Invited back as artists-in-residence, the group presented a limited run of the first three parts of the cycle at Dixon Place’s new facility in 2009. It followed with appearances at the Capital Fringe Festival in Washington, D.C., the next month, earning rave reviews. One Arm Red, in Brooklyn, and collaborating puppet artist Jessica Scott then invited the group to perform an excerpt of “Goat: I cannot fit into my own shoe” as Ms. Scott’s entry of a night of work by artistic residents at One Arm Red, in August 2010.

Terra Incognita will next develop “Snake: I want to get out of my own skin” and “Bear: I hide my corpse well,” as well as the epilogue “Birds: The wind blows my door open”.

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