A Kingdom, A Chasm
Winner of the 2019 CAN Award for Visual Theater,
BorderLight Festival, Cleveland
"The story was a perfect balance of humor and biting social commentary with compelling character dynamics." - The Collective Arts Network Journal
"A Kingdom is a haunting look at how we process our own traumas, and the traumas we inflict on each other." - Bonnie Gabel, for Pelican Bomb
A Kingdom, A Chasm imagines a devastated future in which three unlikely companions must sustain a "community" in the ravaged wilderness that was once New Orleans. Through absurd humor and exuberant physicality, A Kingdom, A Chasm explores the dysfunction of defunct social systems and the tenuous compassion that holds humans together in spite of it all. Taking inspiration from the likes of the Mad Tea Party in Alice in Wonderland and Samuel Beckett's Waiting for Godot, Vagabond Inventions uses its contemporary approach to classic clowning to tell this surrealistic tale of friendship amidst crisis.
National Tour, 2019
Providence, Brattleboro, Hobart (NY), Cleveland, Detroit
Featuring Khiry Armstead, Owen Ever, Lisa Moraschi Shattuck.
Written by The Ensemble with special collaboration from Zina Camblin.
Conceived/ Directed by Jennifer Sargent.
Devised by Khiry Armstead, Theodus Crane, Owen Ever, Aminisha Ferdinand, Mack Guillory, Chris Lane, Lisa Moraschi Shattuck, Corey Williams, Cameron-Mitchell Ware.
Sound/ Light Design by Matt Jackson.
Set Design by Adam Tourek.
Costumes by Calamity and Lee Kyle.
Stage Management by Tricia Anderson.
Production Management by Jen Davis.
A Kingdom, A Chasm premiered in New Orleans at the Art Klub in 2016. The production was redeveloped in 2018 through the support of The Art Klub and through the North American Cultural Laboratory in Highland Lake, NY. In the Fall of 2018, the company produced a series of pop-up shows in non-traditional venues – a junkyard, a backyard, under an overpass.
This project was made possible, in part, through a grant from the Network of Ensemble Theaters’ Travel & Exchange Network (NET/TEN), supported by lead funding from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.