PF14 Artist Snapshot: Figures of Speech Theatre presents “The Distance of the Moon”

NOTE: PortFringe will be profiling PF14 Artists and their shows on this blog in the weeks leading up to the festival (June 24-29, 2014). The next snapshot is of Figures of Speech Theatre – an award-winning, collaborative multi-disciplinary (music! poetry! puppets! sculpture!) Maine theatre company, presenting at PortFringe for the the first time.

Artist: Figures of Speech Theatre
Show: The Distance of the Moon
Description: “The Distance of the Moon” is a mixed media adaptation of Italo Calvino’s classic short story. Shadows, puppetry, and actors combine with a sparse, hypnotic musical score to bring to life this surreal tale. Humorous and heartbreaking by turns, the performance explores the beautifully murky depths of pure, unrequited love.

Tell us something we don’t know about you/your company, and your PortFringe show.

Imagine a world in which you can shimmy up a pole to the moon, where gravity is relative, and we all live on moon cheese. Italo Calvino has provided us with an amazing reality in which to play. Add in a few hand-crafted 18" tall puppets, an ever rotating set, and a trippy soundtrack…game on!

We’re also bringing in fresh blood for this Figures of Speech Theatre performance. Though the company’s been around for 32 years now this is the first time we’ve worked with six of the eight ensemble members. The energy and excitement has been phenomenal!

What are you most looking forward to about PortFringe 2014?

Cave Dogs! [profiled here] I’ve been following them from afar for a while now and can’t wait to see their show in particular, among many others.

We’re also psyched to be sharing a double bill with Dungeon. They’re pushing the boundaries minimalist language and atmosphere in similar ways. It’s almost like the folks at PF-14 planned it that way…

Lobster or Steak? Discuss.

Steak frites with lobster aioli, please.


Thursday, June 26 at 10:30pm – PSC Studio Theater
Saturday, June 28 at 8:30pm – PSC Studio Theater

NOTE: Figures of Speech Theatre appears on Thursday and Saturday as part of a PortFringe classic “Double Ticket” alongside The Dungeon Project’s presentation of “Dungeon”.

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