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.
An alternative history of science unfolds in a physical-theater work set in a world where Ben Franklin’s inventions have been hidden underneath Philadelphia’s landmarks for centuries. Featuring live Foley sound effects, the family-friendly play follows the adventures of two teenagers who unlock a series of puzzles to discover Franklin’s secret experiments. The creative team includes Pew Fellow Dan Rothenberg who co-writes and directs the piece, co-writer Robert Quillen Camp, and New Zealand composer Rosie Langabeer.
The total grant amount represents project funding plus an additional 20% in unrestricted general operating support.