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Disfarmer is inspired by the 40-year career (1917-1956) of portrait photographer Mike Disfarmer, who for decades shunned his family and neighbors while operating the only portrait studio for miles around Heber Springs, arkansas. The play recreates a visceral sense of the photographer's interior and exterior worlds, illuminating the contradictions in the life of this American hermit whose intimate and revealing portraiture documented an entire mid-twentieth century, Dust Bowl community. . ..Disfarmer is represented in the play by a series of puppets, each an exact replica of the last, except two inches smaller. During the course of the play, Disfarmer shrinks like the rest of rural America, until he is completely gone, and we are left with the quiet and nervous expectancy of standing perfectly still for a long exposure. Using the direct manipulation style of American 'table-top puppetry' and antique optical techniques like Magic lantern slides and 8mm home movies, five puppeteers show us Disfarmer in his studio as he categorizes his every possession, barricades himself from the outside world, and compulsively measures constantly expanding distances between things."
- press release
text by Sally Oswald, conceived by Dan Hurlin
St. ann's Warehouse, NY 2009
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