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About the Show
A hypnotic movement-theater work about the thin line between life and death. Set on twenty feet of escape stairs, this mostly-wordless piece imagines the moments just before the collapse of the World Trade Center. Stumbling bodies move into a ghost world that is visually arresting, fragile and tender.
Creative and Production Team
Pig Iron co-founders: Quinn Bauridel & Dito van Reigserberg
Kyle Vincent Terry
Concept & Direction: Dan Rothenberg
Choreography & Co-Director: David Brick
Set Design: Mimi Lien
Lighting Design: Tyler Micoleau
Costume Design: Oana Botez
Sound Design & Additional Composition: Sadah Espii Proctor
Original Composition: Troy Herion & Sean Mattio
Consulting Playwright: Deborah Stein
Assistant Director: Zaina Dana
Production Stage Manager: Adam Swez
Stage Manager: Leslie Ann Boyden
Assistant Stage Manager: Steph Smith
Audio Consultant: Toby Petitt
Lighting Supervisor: Elliot Konstant
Technical Director: Flannel and Hammer & Seth Thomas Schmitt-Hall
Production Management Intern: Ian Morales Gaskin
Photo by Johanna Austin
About the Artists
The mission of Pig Iron Theatre Company is to expand what is possible in performance by creating rigorous, unusual, ensemble-devised works.
Founded in 1995 as an interdisciplinary ensemble, Pig Iron has created over 30 original works and has toured to festivals and theatres in England, Scotland, Poland, Brazil, Ireland, Japan, Italy, Romania, Sweden and Germany, among others, with stops at the Under the Radar Festival, the Humana Festival, TR Warszawa, Woolly Mammoth, Dance Theater Workshop, and the Tokyo Performing Arts Market. The many creative residencies that have incubated the company’s work include Baryshnikov Arts Center, the Public, La Jolla Playhouse, the Orchard Project, EMPAC, and the Penn Program in Environmental Humanities.
Pig Iron has no “house style,” and the company has made a name for itself with creations that range from site-specific works to hybrid cabarets to works of clown-theater and of visual spectacle. Notable collaborators include legendary director Joseph Chaikin; composers Troy Herion and Cynthia Hopkins; playwrights Toshiki Okada and Will Eno; and ensembles such as the Crossing, Contemporaneous, Sweden’s Teater Slava, and the indie rock band Dr. Dog. Pig Iron’s current core company is Mimi Lien, Jenn Kidwell, Mel Krodman, Dan Rothenberg, Dito van Reigersberg.
The company has won two OBIE Awards, and has been nominated for 2 Helen Hayes awards and 39 Barrymore Awards, winning 10. Pig Iron’s staging of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night (2011) was nominated for ten Barrymore Awards for Excellence in Theatre, winning four, and enjoyed sold-out performances at Philadelphia Theater Company and later at Abrons Art Center in NYC (2013). Pig Iron has been named Theatre Company of the Year by Philadelphia Weekly and Philadelphia City Paper.
In 2011, Pig Iron launched a 2-year graduate program in physical and devised theater at a new home in North Philadelphia. In 2015, the company partnered with University of the Arts to offer both a Graduate Certificate and an MFA in Devised Performance.
The William J. Cooper Foundation, Swarthmore College
Independence Foundation Puffin Foundation West.
Original support for Love Unpunished was provided to Pig Iron Theatre Company by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage, Philadelphia.
Festival Executive Producers: Bill & Joyce Kunkle
Photo by Johanna Austin
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