Founded in 1995 as an interdisciplinary ensemble, Pig Iron Theatre Company is dedicated to the creation of new and exuberant performance works that defy easy categorization. Over the course of its lifespan, Pig Iron has created more than two dozen original works and has toured to festivals and venues across the US, Europe, and Asia. Pig Iron trains the next generation of daring physical theater artists through the Pig Iron School for Advanced Performance Training.
Performance dates: March 25–April 15, 2007
The Pig Iron ensemble, with help from playwright Robert Quillen Camp, created and produced the 2007 world premiere of Chekhov Lizardbrain, a play that explores themes from The Three Sisters and Uncle Vanya as viewed through the lens of animal psychologist Temple Grandin and incorporating aspects of Paul D. MacLean's "Triune Brain Theory." Working with acclaimed production designer Anna Kiraly, Pig Iron Theatre Company re-imagined and explored Chekhov's portrayal of the conflict between the human search for meaning and our deep-seated animal impulses. Directed by Pew Fellow Dan Rothenberg, the production featured Pew Fellows Gabriel Quinn Bauridel, Dito van Reigersberg, and James Sugg, who won an Obie Award for his portrayal of Dmitri. Chekhov Lizardbrain toured widely.