Home, by Tanya Khordoc & Barry Weil

    HOME: a hybrid puppetry/theatre play by Tanya Khordoc & Barry Weil (Evolve Company)

    Home, by Tanya Khordoc & Barry Weil (original score composed by Joel Phillip Friedman)

    Evolve Puppets is raising money to produce the fully-revised version of our puppetry & theatre piece "Home" in 2018.


    Home is a hybrid theatre/puppetry play, an Our Town for the 21st Century. It’s the story of Alice, an archaeologist who has spent her life learning about long-dead civilizations from the artifacts they’ve left behind. Late one night, two strange men in old-fashioned clothing appear in her kitchen. They are, for lack of a better term, guardian angels: an older man who’s watched over Alice’s family for centuries, and is now teaching his younger companion what it means to be human. Alice, the two men, and an ensemble of other celestial beings use the dolls and artifacts in her home, and the diorama-like worlds of the past found within her cabinets and furniture, to perform Alice’s life as a large-scale cosmic puppet show. We all put our memories into objects – a deceased loved one’s clothing, a beloved childhood stuffed toy – and through her own objects, Alice relives her life story and the ways that her existence has connected to everything from the dinosaurs, to the people of ancient Pompeii, and finally, her beloved but troubled husband, their daughter, and a grandchild she may never meet. The piece uses live actors, shadow puppetry, bunraku-inspired rod puppetry, internally LED-lit puppets, object manipulation and mask theatre, allowing Alice’s story to be told by the very contents of her home.

    Home is written, directed and features puppetry design by TANYA KHORDOC & BARRY WEIL (EVOLVE COMPANY), who have been fixtures in NYC’s indie theatre scene for two decades. They have created their own original works (Secrets History Remembers, The Most Radiant Beauty: An Einsteinian Collage, Becoming, Evolution, Mercy) as well as puppetry design for the works of others (creating video-projected scenic models for UTC61’s musical adaptation of Kurt Vonnegut’s Cat’s Cradle, and the glowing LED-illuminated puppets in Theater East’s Devil and the Deep, a musical co-written by Graham Russell of Air Supply). They are 2011 Jim Henson Foundation Grant recipients, and were given the honor of creating the world premiere production of former Czech President Vaclav Havel’s play Motormorphosis, which was visited by President Havel himself.

    Home will feature original music by JOEL PHILLIP FRIEDMAN, whose work has been heard in venues from Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center, Bargemusic, National Sawdust, Joe’s Pub and the 92nd St. Y, to theaters Off-Broadway and the London West End. His varied portfolio includes works for the concert hall, musical theater, opera, dance, film, jazz and rock. Joel has received awards and fellowships from ASCAP, Montalvo Arts Center, the MacDowell Colony, the Society of Composers, the New Music Orchestral Project, John Duffy Composers Institute, Meet the Composer, the American College Theater Festival, and nominations from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, Outer Critics Circle and Drama Desk Awards.