Writers Theatre invites you to dive headlong into a theatrical fable that celebrates the power of imagination!
The Old Man and The Old Moon creates an epic new mythology, centered on a man whose job is to collect spilled light to refill the leaking moon. When his wife unexpectedly leaves home in pursuit of much-needed adventure, he abandons his post to follow her, throwing the world into chaos as he searches for his lost love, his fading memory and, ultimately, himself.
A blend of resonant storytelling, spirited indie-folk music and inventive puppetry creates a theatrical experience that will win you over with its wit, style and depth of emotion.
Writers Theatre is thrilled to collaborate with the young men of PigPen Theatre Co., who bring the story of The Old Man and the Old Moon to such brilliant, vibrant life that its New York production earned a coveted spot on multiple “Best of the Year” lists.
PigPen Theatre Co.'s new EP, "The Way I'm Running," is out now at major online music sellers, and viapigpentheatre.com
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Video by Luke Millett
The Old Man and The Old Moon premiered in New York City, at the Gym at Judson and was produced by Britt Lafield/BKL Productions, The PigPen Company, Aaron Glick, Ronnie Planalp/Deborah Taylor, and SoHo Playhouse, Inc. The Old Man and The Old Moon was developed in part at New Writers. New Plays. at Vineyard Arts Project: Ashley Melone, Founder and Artistic Director
The Old Man and The Old Moon features music from the debut album “Bremen.”
Writers Theatre performs Tuesday – Sunday evenings, with select matinee performances.For a full calendar of shows, visit our online show calendar.
Run time: Approximately 1 hour and 40 minutes with no intermission.
For performances listed as “Sold Out” we offer the option for standby tickets. Please contact the Box Office at 847-242-6000 for more information, or to arrange standby tickets for a performance.
“This epic fable is imaginative storytelling at its best. An adventure well worth taking!” – Chicago Critic
“Infectiously energetic [with] wildly creative stage pictures and a trove of sonic riches. A thoroughly enjoyable diversion!” – Chicago Theater Beat
From Page to Stage takes you inside the artistry of The Old Man and The Old Moon!
Writers Theatre and select North Shore libraries are proud to present the ninth annual From Page to Stage program. This comprehensive series of special events, lectures, demonstrations and performances are designed to enhance and enrich your appreciation of The Old Man and The Old Moon by PigPen Theatre Co.
All events are FREE of charge and open to the public.
Schedule of events
FROM PAGE TO STAGE KICKOFF – INTRODUCING PIGPEN THEATRE CO.! Featuring: Writers Associate Artistic Director Stuart Carden and PigPen Theatre Co. Thursday, August 22 – 7:00pm Hosted by the Glencoe Public Library at Writers Theatre, 325 Tudor Court, Glencoe. 847-835-5056 | www.glencoepubliclibrary.org All seven members of PigPen Theatre Co. join Associate Artistic Director (and Co-Director of The Old Man and The Old Moon) to discuss their highly-acclaimed collaborative artistic process and demonstrate how music, stagecraft and puppetry play a role in their unparalleled brand of storytelling.
PERFORMANCE AND DIALOGUE: THE MOON IN MYTHOLOGY Featuring: Writers Theatre Artists Kareem Bandealy and Julie Ritchey Date Tuesday, August 27 – 7:00pm Highland Park Public Library - 494 Laurel Avenue, Highland Park 847-432-0216 | www.hplibrary.org Kareem Bandealy performs Italo Calvino’s “The Distance of the Moon” from the collection Cosmicomics. This engaging exploration of the moon’s relationship to earth brings science and fantasy to life. Julie Ritchey, Assistant Director of The Old Man and The Old Moon, moderates, connecting Calvino’s work to the play’s own moon mythology.
INTERACTIVE DISCUSSION:THE POWER OF SHADOW How the Creative Use of Puppetry Amplifies Theatrical Mythology Featuring: Writers Theatre Artist Meredith Miller, Designer & Performer of original object-based theatrical works Tuesday, September 10 – 7:00pm Glenview Public Library, 1930 Glenview Road, Glenview 847-729-7500 | www.glenviewpl.org Meredith Miller, Writers Theatre’s Puppet and Props Master for The Old Man and The Old Moon, leads a presentation and demonstration on shadow puppetry as a vehicle for theatrical mythology, including a video presentation of PigPen Theatre Co.’s short film “Bremen” which showcases shadow puppetry techniques used in the show.
LECTURE: SPINNING YARNS AND TREADING THE BOARDS The Connection of Storytelling Tradition and Theatrical Experience Featuring: Rives Collins, Northwestern University Professor of Storytelling Sunday, September 22 – 2:00pm Wilmette Public Library - 1242 Wilmette Ave, Wilmette, IL 60091 (847) 256-5025 | www.wilmettelibrary.info Northwestern Professor Rives Collins uses PigPen Theatre Co.’s Tedx talk on storytelling technique as a launching pad to delve into the storytelling tradition, with a focus on the age-old need to tell (and listen to!) stories, and how that oral tradition ties into the theatrical experience.
LECTURE: THE EVOLUTION OF MYTH Theatrical Mythology through the Ages Featuring: Dorothy Andries, celebrated critic Thursday, September 26 – 7:00pm Northbrook Public Library - 1201 Cedar Lane, Northbrook 847-272-2958 | www.northbrook.info Dorothy Andries, a long time performing arts feature writer, editor and critic, investigates the use of mythology over the course of theatre history, and how theatrical mythology has evolved into current playwriting and performance methods.
PERFORMANCE: SING ME A STORY How Folk Music Contributes to the Storytelling Tradition Featuring: Writers Theatre Artists Erik Hellman and Julie Ritchey Sunday, September 29 – 12:00 p.m. Winnetka-Northfield Park Public Library - 768 Oak Street, Winnetka 847-446-7220 | www.winnetkalibrary.org Writers Theatre artist and folk musician Erik Hellman teams up with The Old Man and the Old Moon Assistant Director Julie Ritchey for an event featuring live folk music and discussion on the tradition of music in storytelling and theatre.
THE OLD MAN AND THE OLD MOON
THE OLD MAN AND THE OLD MOON
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THE OLD MAN AND THE OLD MOON - Behind the Scenes - Just Like The Sea
+ PigPen Theatre Co. demonstrates the shadow puppetry techniques used in "Just Like the Sea" from THE OLD MAN AND THE OLD MOON (1:42)
THE OLD MAN AND THE OLD MOON - Behind the Scenes - Sail For Love
+ PigPen Theatre Co. demonstrates the shadow puppetry techniques used in "Sail For Love" from THE OLD MAN AND THE OLD MOON (1:34)
THE OLD MAN AND THE OLD MOON - Behind the Scenes - Meet Mickey
+ PigPen Theatre Co. demonstrates the puppetry techniques used to create the character of Mickey from THE OLD MAN AND THE OLD MOON (1:28)
THE OLD MAN AND THE OLD MOON - Director Interview
+ Associate Artistic Director Stuart Carden discusses THE OLD MAN AND THE OLD MOON