Radical Puppetry comes to Boston
June 14, 2013
One Touch Of Nature Makes the Whole World Kin is a table-top toy theater show by Erik Ruin and Maryann Colella concerning disasters and the organic mutual aid efforts/networks which arise in their wake. Amongst other examples, we focus on the Halifax ship explosion of 1917, the largest man-made explosion before the invention of the atom bomb. The show incorporates sprawling silk-screened graphics come to life, toy instruments, tape-deck sound effects and text from Rebecca Solnit's book A Paradise Built In Hell.
Erik Ruin is a printmaker, shadow-puppeteer, founding member of the Justseeds Artists’ Cooperative, and co-creator of the recent book Paths Toward Utopia: Graphic Explorations of Everyday Anarchism (w/ Cindy Milstein, PM Press, 2012). For more on his work, see
Maryann Colella is a puppeteer, dancer, mask-maker and street-theater instigator who has been working with The Bread & Puppet Theater for the past 7 years, and has also collaborated with All the Saints Theater Company, Royal Frog Ballet, the Boston Radical Arts Troupe, Deep In the Belly, the Puppeteers Cooperative and Agua Sol Y Soreno.
LAVA FOSSIL by Ramshackle Enterprises
A suitcase theater show about a dad, a crab, a dentist and where things go when they are gone. Plus! The secret life of eel grass, an ash-encrusted visitor from Pompeii, and how to measure grief with a ruler.