Footloose Presents Above Ground festival
Above Ground, a festival of new theater, is packed with 14 evenings of original performances by local artists who appear in their own dramatic, comedic and musical shows. Recognized, award winning playwrights and up-and-comers shake up the theater world with their visions of where the future of plays, storytelling, standup, puppetry, poetry, physical comedy and live music is headed!
Five soloists and five groups share programs with one ticket price for each night. Each night is a different lineup.
The five soloists are:
The five ensemble lead artists are:
Above Ground schedule: Short descriptions below. More details, bios and photos on PRESS page.
The plays and playwrights are:
Shock Shock Shakeup
June 6, 14, 15
Written/Directed/Performed by Big Drama No Drama
Liz DeRoche and Daniel Larlham with Madeline HD Brown Actor-musicians rock out with spoken word, movement and satirically operatic songs.
June Bug Rolls Toward the Sun Like a Scarab
June 7, 8, 22
Written/Choreographed/Performed by Liz Duran Boubion, Directed by Kimberly Lester
Magical realism in multi-media dance theater.
Giant Puppets Save the World
June 6, 7
Written/Performed by Toni "Tone" Mikulka and Cello Joe (Joey Chang), Directed by Kimberly Lester
Global puppet theater in a mix of classical hip hop and folktales.
49/51 Balancing the Comedy and Tragedy of Life
June 8, 23, 27
Written/Performed by Natasha Kaluza, Directed by Beth Clarke
Personal exposť of a clown caught between her born-again father and new age mother.
June 13, 14
Written/Performed by Janet Collard and co-directed with Dan Saski, Music by Terran Olson, Costumes by Keriann Egeland
Documentary style dance theater with live music about the wild eccentrics of 1920's Berlin.
Villains & Fools
June 13, 15, 16, 20
Written/Performed by David Draffin, Directed by Kimberly Lester
Desperate and hilarious science fiction theater.
How to Fail: Being Dumb for Dummies in One Uneasy Lesson
Sundays, June 16 and 23
Written/Performed by Ron Campbell
Part stand up, part poetry reading, part Ted Talk, all failure.
The Buck and Bill Show
June 20, 21, 28, 29
Written/directed by Bob Ernst, Music by Mark Malmberg performed with the ensemble: Bob Ernst, Rachel Richman, GenevaMay Colcol, Brittany Gilmore and Ron Davis
Episodic dramatic play with live music and songs.
Curvy and Curly
June 21, 22
Written/Performed by FloorPlay Dance Theater
Lauren Godla and Kristen Rulifson
Absurdist and athletic physical comedy.
The Boy who Cried 'Naked'
June 22, 27, 28, 29
Written/Performed by Fenner with Katarina Countiss, James Green, Kaya Mey, Michelle Owen and Annikah Woodward, Dramaturg Emily Haydock, Director Sabrina Wenske
Clowning, music and puppet theater with storytelling.