Part Samuel Beckett and part Michele Gondry, AO-2 is a one-act theatre piece that combines monologues and puppetry to explore the fractured self. Picnic Man, Somebody’s Mommy, and Street Dog are tested by a scientist for an upcoming unnamed adventure. Meanwhile, Fictitious Werner Herzog conducts interviews and documents his findings.
Source material from Norman Mailer’s book, Of A Fire On The Moon, his 1994 Esquire Magazine interview with Madonna, the history of the Soviet space dog, Laika, Edward Dolnick’s book, The Forger’s Spell: A True Story of Vermeer, Nazi’s and the Greatest Art Hoax of the Twentieth Century, Werner Herzog’s film, Happy People: A Year in the Taiga, and Gaston Bachelard’s book, The Poetics of Space come together to examine space exploration, solitude, and celebrity.
AO-2 was presented as part of the December 2015 PuppetBlok! at Dixon Place in New York City and was a recipient of a Jim Henson Foundation Presenters Grant. Performed by Shayna Strype, Clara Elser, Vinny Mraz, and Josh Rice.
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