The 7 Person Chair Pyramid High Wire Act
“The romance of vaudeville, the adrenaline of punk and the playfulness of the Children’s Television Workshop…packing the house with theatre buffs as well as with those who tend to fidget in velvet seats.” —St. Louis Magazine on The Missoula Oblongata
Written by Donna Oblongata (member of The Missoula Oblongata, Wham City, and producer/director of the grandiose 2012 production Less Miserable), The 7-Person Chair Pyramid High Wire Act takes place in the wilds of Siberia, where Charles Darwin has gone off in search of the Yeti. The Yeti (if she exists) enters a radio station’s dance contest, hoping to win an all-expenses-paid vacation to a place that doesn’t exist yet. Darwin’s research companion—a little brown bat—falls in love with the radio station’s electromagnetic emissions—but how could that ever end happily? Meanwhile, Siberia’s caves are home to a secretive tribe of ropemakers, but their disintegrating family structure may cause their ancient craft to be lost forever. Through the lens of the real life allegory of the Flying Wallendas’ famous high-wire act, two performers on a tiny stage unfold Darwin’s laboratory, unfurl anatomic diagrams of the Yeti and try to tease out the difference between miracles and non-miracles. Designed and performed by Donna Oblongata and Patrick Costello, directed by Sarah Lowry.