7 Person Chair Pyramid High Wire Act

Presented by: Der Vorführeffekt Theatre (folks from The Missoula Oblongata and Less Miserable)

In the wilds of Siberia, Charles Darwin goes off search of the Yeti. The Yeti (if she exists) enters a radio station’s dance contest, hoping to win an all-expenses-paid vacation to a place that doesn’t exist yet. Darwin’s research companion—a little brown bat—falls in love with the radio station’s electromagnetic emissions—but how could that ever end happily? Meanwhile, Siberia’s caves are home to a secretive tribe of ropemakers—but their disintegrating family structure may cause their ancient craft to be lost forever. Through the lens of the real life allegory of the Flying Wallendas’ famous high-wire act, two performers on a tiny stage unfold Darwin’s laboratory, unfurl anatomic diagrams of the yeti, and try to tease out the difference between miracles and non-miracles.

Written by Donna Oblongata (The Missoula Oblongata, Wham City, and producer/director of the 2012 production Less Miserable).

Designed and performed by Donna Oblongata and Patrick Costello (visual artist extraordinaire and also a star of Less Miserable)

Directed by Sarah Lowry (The Missoula Oblongata)


  • Tragic Tonalities by Carly Wicks
  • Real Live Ventriloquism by Lindsay McCaw
October 11th and 12th, 2013
In the Heart of the Beast Mask and Puppet Theatre