"A Fistful of Dirt: How the Death Was Won is a loosely bound tale that is part Japanese folktale, part Spaghetti Western. It is the story of a tengu king who decides to do away with Death and, with the help of his tengu cronies, destroys the Book of the Dead, rendering all life on Earth unable to pass through the Veil between this world and the next for over 150 years. As he does so, he traps a wayward Traveler in his irreverent, never ending, “No Death” party. The festivities are interrupted, however, by hordes of elderly beings... desperately hoping to make their journey to the afterlife. Unwilling to hear the pleas of the undead strangers and Traveler, the king is finally swayed by a heartrending encounter with the ailing Earth... The evening concludes with a procession of actors and audience in which all are invited to speak the names of their dead and to sing them a song of remembrance."
Barebones can be described as "community theatre at its best." It's certainly the most community-oriented production I've ever been involved with. Hundreds of people came out to put on this show, and work was found for everybody.
images from the rehearsal of the show can be seen here
images from the full-on performance can be seen here
My job was to project psychedelic imagery onto a screen, using the same materials we used on Stromboli's Medicine Show
Happy Halloween :)