Point Pleasant, The Legend of the Mothman

by Daniel Fay and Andrew Livingston - The Unitards Theater Company

NY

 Over the last 8 years The Unitards have produced some delightfully strange shows in which puppetry and music aim to be on equal footing. Our most recent project, Point Pleasant: The Legend of The Mothman, is a St. Ann’s Warehouse Puppet Lab Residency Awardee, a 2 time Jim Henson Foundation winner and a co-production of The Norland Visual Theater and Standard Toykraft. After workshopping our show at The Norland Visual Theater, we are ready to premiere in the US. Point Pleasant, The Legend of The Mothman is a sensory experience. Music, light, sound and puppetry create a theater experience that is as strange & disorienting as it is beautiful. It tells the “true” story of an ordinary small town where the extraordinary is ushered in on the wings of a creature with glowing red eyes, dubbed the “Mothman” by local papers. It terrorized the town for a year that would not only be marked by the arrival of the creature, but a rash of other strange occurrences that would bring mass hysteria and ultimately end in a historic tragedy that gripped the nation. 

In Point Pleasant, The Legend of The Mothman we deal with historical events of a specific time and place focusing mostly on the dark mood and shadow cast on the town by a year’s worth of befuddling events. The piece basks in the reality that witnesses claimed they experienced through a lens colored by their fears and confusion. The undertaking of this piece is colossal. If you are an enthusiast for new chamber music, new puppet theatre or avant grade horror this show is a must see. The combination of these elements creates a story telling language that takes the audience member to an altered state of understanding of what the citizens of this town actually went through in a way that straight theatre could probably not achieve. The sense of danger and eminent calamity with odd moments of tenderness and serenity is explained in a more primal way with live music, light and esthetics.  While there is some spoken language peppered throughout the piece, it is largely a fusion of live music, visual art and multiple types of puppetry creating a somewhat macabre ballet.

We are excited to be residents at the HERE Arts Center in NYC  from October 5-22. We are a performing crew of 7 puppeteers, 2 musicians, and Technical Director. Our story is told through the combination of our live ensemble of string musicians playing the original scores of Andrew Livingston  and the puppet creations of Daniel Fay, including 7 bunraku puppets and a cardboard hand-made scale model of the town of Point Pleasant.

$6000 would afford us the ability to pay each performer a very much deserved stipend for  their work!  If we reach beyond our goal stipends will be increased and additional money will be used to support our next project, continuing our work of making sound and puppet mythic ballets.

To read a review of our performance in Norway please see www.Theunitards.com