Starting this week, eleven New Orleans theater artists, Cajun style and African inspired musicians, and on-site designers take up residence in southern Vermont. In one of the most exciting residencies to date in Sandglass Theater’s Voices of Community series, Cry You One comes to Guilford, Putney, and Dummerston for two weeks of pageant performances, a New Orleans-style dance, a documentary film, a gumbo supper, beignet party, and school workshops, presented by Sandglass and Guilford-based Vermont Performance Lab.
Cry You One is a collaboration between two New Orleans theater companies, Mondo Bizarro and Art Spot Productions. This 2 ½ hour outdoor performance is a powerful musical and theatrical journey about the effects of one of this country’s worst environmental disasters, hurricane Katrina, and its relevance to other communities, like southern Vermont. The show marries the spirit of New Orleans music and storytelling with the beautiful Vermont landscape and our own stories of hurricane Irene. Cry You One addresses themes of the company’s Louisiana home: converging cultures, natural disasters, human error, forced evacuation, living with water and the desire for permanence. The artists are intent on keeping this a Louisiana story, and yet making it our story, too: here in Vermont.
Gumbo Supper and Documentary Film: My Louisiana Love
Sunday, Sept 14 , 5:30pm Gumbo Supper, 7pm film
at Next Stage Arts Project, in Putney, VT
Home cooked Gumbo, live Cajun music and the feature documentary, My Louisiana Love. A young woman’s quest to find a place in her Native American community as it reels from decades of environmental degradation, My Louisiana Love is a modern story of love, loss, and resilience in Southeast Louisiana. Come for supper, stay for the movie! Click here to read more about the event.
$20 (For Film Only there’s a $10 suggested donation at the door)
Cry You One: Concert Version and Cajun Dance
Friday, Sept 19 at 7pm
at Evening Star Grange in Dummerston, VT
Cajun fiddle tunes, street parade call-and responses and dream-like vocal pieces intersect and intertwine for a set of exhilarating and haunting music, featuring the cast and musicians of the Cry You One project. At this concert version of Cry You One, learn the cajun two step and feast on fresh beignets, while you boogie-down, New Orleans style. This event is fully accessible.
$15 | Live Music, Beignets, and Dancing!
Cry You One: Outdoor Performances
Saturday and Sunday, Sept 20-21 at 2pm
Starting at the Broad Brook Grange in Guilford, VT
Part song, part story, part procession, this 2 ½ hour outdoor performance is a powerful musical and theatrical journey about the effects of one of our country’s worst environmental disasters, the human displacement it caused, and its relevance to other communities, like southern Vermont. The show marries the spirit of New Orleans music and storytelling with the beautiful Vermont landscape and our own stories of hurricane Irene.
Cry You One will be performed on-site along a one-mile hike through forest and field. The performance begins at 2pm at the Broad Brook Grange in Guilford, Vermont. From there, the audience will be ushered a short distance, by bus, out to the land where the walk will begin. This event has limited accessibility, but there will be conveyance available for part of the trek for anyone not able to hike the full mile.
For more info and to purchase tickets to any and all events, please visit http://sandglasstheater.org/2014-voices-community/