Home, by Tanya Khordoc & Barry Weil

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


    HOME is a hybrid theatre/puppetry play written, directed and with puppetry design by Tanya Khordoc and Barry Weil (Evolve Puppets). It features an original music score by Joel Phillip Friedman and set design by Tom Lee. HOME is the story of Alice, an older 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.

    EVOLVE PUPPETS (TANYA KHORDOC & BARRY WEIL) (Playwrights/Directors/Puppetry Design) have been fixtures in NYC’s indie theatre scene for more than two decades. They have created many original works including SECRETS HISTORY REMEMBERS (at Great Small Works’ 10th Annual Toy Theater Festival at St. Ann’s Warehouse, The Brick Theater in Williamsburg, and the Puppeteers of America 2009 National Festival in Atlanta), THE MOST RADIANT BEAUTY, BECOMING, MERCY, EVOLUTION and THE WIZARD OF OUNCES (with Edward Einhorn, at HERE Arts Center and La MaMa) and more. Evolve also created the world premiere production of former Czech President Vàclav Havel’s play MOTORMORPHOSIS for UTC61’s Havel Festival at the Ohio Theater in 2006, and were visited backstage by President Havel himself. They created puppets and models for UTC61’s adaptation of Kurt Vonnegut’s CAT’S CRADLE, and served as puppetry designers and associate producers for Theater East’s production of DEVIL AND THE DEEP, a musical co-written by Graham Russell of Air Supply, for which they created a series of innovative puppets with internal LED lighting. They have also led puppetry and performance workshops for multiple organizations including Girl Be Heard.

    JOEL PHILLIP FRIEDMAN (Composer). Joel’s music has been performed by gifted musicians and ensembles including: Paul Neubauer, Teng Li, Derek Smith, and Andrew Gonzalez, viola; Susan Narucki, soprano; pianists Alan Feinberg, Stephen Gosling, and Evelyne Luest; cellists Joshua Roman and Fred Sherry; Jason Alexander, actor/singer; conductors Barbara Day Turner, Jorge Mester, Alejandro Hernandez-Valdez, and Angel Gil-Ordóñez; Speculum Musicae, the National Orchestral Association, the New York Chamber Ensemble, the New Orchestra of Washington, and the San José Chamber Orchestra. Joel’s 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 (PERSONALS, which he co-authored), to film festivals (his film score for a full-length supernatural thriller, RED ICE, featured at SF IndieFest and the Chicago Horror film festivals). 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.

    TOM LEE (Set Design) began his career at La MaMa Experimental Theater in New York with the encouragement of Ellen Stewart and, later, the St. Ann’s Warehouse Puppet Lab. His original puppet theater work includes SHANK’S MARE (La MaMa, Japan Tour), HOPLITE DIARY (St. Ann’s, La MaMa), PUNCH OF THE DEAD (St. Ann’s Puppet Lab), ODYSSEUS AND AJAX (La MaMa) and KO’OLAU (La MaMa/Hawai’i tour). Mr. Lee has directed & designed puppetry for GIANTS ARE SMALL with the New York Philharmonic, the Prototype Festival production of THE SCARLET IBIS by Stefan Weisman and David Cote and for the National Asian American Theatre Company, among others. He has performed extensively with other companies in New York, including WAR HORSE at Lincoln Center Theater with puppetry by the Handspring Puppet Company of South Africa. Tom’s theater design work includes puppets, projections and sets for Yoshiko Chuma, Bora Yoon, Tom O’Horgan, Czechoslovak American Marionette Theatre, Paper Canoe Company, The Georgia Shakespeare Festival, Christopher Williams, The Swedish Marionette Cottage, The Stonington Opera House, Lone Wolf Tribe and Ellen Stewart, among others.