PST Presents the WORLD PREMIERE performance of...
"Squirrel Stole My Underpants" by Bonnie DuncanSat & Sun: Jan 26 & 27 at 1pm & 3pm
Thurs & Fri: Jan 31 & Feb 1 at 10:30am
Sat & Sun: Feb 2 & 3 at 1pm & 3pm
About the Show: Sylvie is sent to the backyard to hang up the laundry. The moment her back is turned, a mischievous squirrel steals her favorite piece of clothing and runs off. When Sylvie gives chase, an entire world emerges from her laundry basket, and curious characters show her the way through mysterious lands. Will our lonely heroine rescue her underpants and discover the magic within herself? Join us on this adventure to find out!
|Bonnie and Tim:|
"They Gotta Be Secret Agents"
Bonnie Duncan has been creating and performing work as a dancer, puppeteer, and actor for the past 13 years. She danced for 8 years with Snappy Dance Theater and in 2007, formed “They Gotta Be Secret Agents” with Tim Gallagher, to create work mixing dance, theater, puppetry and circus arts. Her work has been shown in theaters in Boston, Providence, New York City, San Francisco, Austin, TX, Germany, and Czech Republic. The Secret Agents were awarded Austin Critics Table Award for “Best Touring Show of 2011,” Best of the Fringe, San Francisco, and were nominated for Most Innovative Show at Prague Fringe Festival.
The Making of Squirrel Stole My Underpants
BY GUEST BLOGGER: BONNIE DUNCAN
|Bonnie Duncan and her three Children.|
Squirrel Stole My Underpants came at a time in my life when I was looking for a change. I have three small children—a four year old and two 19 month old twins. Before I’d started a family, I’d worked part time as a drama teacher, and, in every free minute, thrown myself into a blizzard of art and performance making—dance, puppetry, costume design, circus arts. But with my oh-so-wonderful and yet oh-so-demanding family, that just wasn’t proving to be possible anymore.
2. Once I surrounded myself with amazing collaborators, my work got better. The musicians, costume designer, director, and set designer are all super talented and I feel so lucky that they are on my team.
|Bonnie on the set of "Squirrel Stole My Underpants"|
4. Having the support of the Puppet Showplace & Henson Foundation gave me structure, a place to rehearse, business advice, connections for assistance--you name it.
8. Procrastination is part of the process. The internet, baking an elaborate cake, and just staring out the window are part of it all. It may feel like the show will never get made but it does especially when there is a deadline involving the possibility of embarrassing yourself in front of strangers.
9. Having a studio space in my apartment was key. When the kids napped, I worked with no commute time. My husband (who directed this show) and I also worked in our dining room in the evenings after everyone was asleep. Working from home made everything possible.
10. This may be a solo show but it is far from a solo process. Family, friends, and colleagues made this possible. Without them, I would still be staring at a blank stage.