The Orchid FlotillaSeptember 4-20, 2014
Thursdays—Saturdays, 8pm; Sundays, 6pm
Salvage Vanguard Theater
Tickets - $12-25, available online
The Orchid Flotilla returns to Austin after a 2012 run that earned 6 B. Iden Payne and 2 Critic’s Table Nominations for Outstanding Original Script, Lead Actress, Sound Design, Set Design, and Puppetry.
A visual theatre performance about the human capacity to overcome ecological disaster, The Orchid Flotilla is also about the usefulness and uselessness of the manufactured objects we depend upon, and the transformative power of companionship.
The flotilla is a tiny floating island of refuse, upon which a solitary woman scrounges for survival in a not-so-distant future. The orchids she tends for become the metaphor in which she discovers her own capacity for resilience and adaptation, and learns that survival is more than putting one foot in front of the other: true survival lies in imaginative capacity of the mind to care, to nurture, and to connect with something or someone else. Lurking below the water and eventually joining her on the craft are other characters in both human and object form.
- The Examiner
The Orchid Flotilla is a wordless, confined, beautiful exploration of loneliness and survival . . . But there are many moments of humor . . . The Orchid Flotilla is a genuinely unique production. – Culture Map