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A Kingdom, A Chasm

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. 



August 2, 2019

Sidewalk Festival

Detroit, MI

July 25-27, 2019

BorderLight Festival

Cleveland, OH

July 23, 2019

The Rich Farm

Hobart, NY

July 21, 2019

The Pono Lounge

Brattleboro, VT

July 20, 2019

Total Fabrication

Providence, RI

March 30-31, 2019

The B-Hive

New Orleans, LA

November 16, 2018

Court 13 Arts

New Orleans, LA

August 6, 2018

North American Cultural Laboratory

Highland Lake, NY

Nov 10-20, 2016

Art Klub

New Orleans, LA

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

"Perhaps by taking the show out of the theatre, these artists from afar might lead us to see our land as connected to theirs, our air, our water, our social conventions and customs as both contiguous with and contingent upon theirs.”                                   

 - Brad Krumbolz, Artistic Director of NACL, in the River Reporter


Conceived/ Directed by

Jennifer Sargent



Owen Ever,

Madison Krekel,

Lisa Moraschi Shattuck,

Philip Yiannopoulos  


Written by

The Ensemble with special collaboration from Zina Camblin

Devised by

Khiry Armstead, Theodus Crane, Owen Ever, Aminisha Ferdinand, Mack Guillory, Chris Lane, Lisa Moraschi Shattuck, Lydia Stein, 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.

2019 Tour Management by

Jen Davis.

"A charming, creative, and really sharply staged piece of work.”

    - Bradford Rhines, writer for The New Orleans Advocate

National Tour, 2019

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. The project's creative development was also supported by a Deep Space Residency at the North American Cultural Laboratory in Highland Lake, NY; by organizations including The Art Klub and Catapult; and by many generous individuals.

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