Beneath the Surface
February - March, 2008
Invigorate the Common Well: Episode 2: Beneath the Surface
Presented by In the Heart of the Beast Theater, in collaboration with On the Commons
A Circus of Wonderments · The Circus of the Common Well!
- The Wettest Show on Earth!
- Experience the Rain!
- The Monsters and Myths!
- Staggering Magic Acts and Daring Rescues!
- And above all… Clowns Clowns Clowns!!
As we prepared Beneath the Surface, Annika Bankston, an engineer with the Minneapolis Water Works wrote: “Something seems symbolic to me in that the minute a person sees and touches the water from their tap, it begins its journey back to the river. This point of unveiling the water is a culmination of all the infrastructure and effort to make it pristine and it instantly becomes thought of as waste.”
Her comment pierced my heart. Is water ever “waste”? I think not! Water is ESSENTIAL in its work of washing and nourishing the world! Why then do we take it so for granted?
Does the excellent convenience of our city’s water infrastructure help us forget the water and our public service professionals who provide us with clean water? What an irony! And does this perception of water as “waste” lead to the many toxins in daily use that get washed away “somewhere” – “out of sight, out of mind”?
How do I participate in the journey of water through streams, rivers, wells, pipes and bottles towards my own and my neighbor’s inevitable drink? How can I ensure the health of the water we all share?
These are the questions I held as “we” created Beneath the Surface. This “we” refers to a fabulous team of artists, advisors, researchers, organizers - and members of “On the Commons.”
Many thanks! It has been my privilege to work with each and all of you! Thank you for joining us! May our time together “invigorate” discussion, networking, and brainstorming towards the joy and responsibility in caring for the precious gift of Water the moves inside each living cell of our planet.
“ ... an all-out puppet extravaganza.” -The Rake
“ ... a joyful and bubbly celebration of water.”-TC Daily Planet
I would like to recommend a relevant and joyful puppet show about water ... called Beneath the Surface. . “Teach the heart and the mind will follow” is a quote that John Caddy, local poet and environmental educator uses in his work ... I feel that this show does teach our hearts and nudges us to think of ways that we can impact our world as our water cycle is stressed. It is accessible to young and old alike. Go see it! -Margo McCreary
It told a great story of the cycle of water in a very entertaining way. I brought my 7 year old grandson and his friend ... On our way back to the car we passed a sewer and they had to take a look ... I think you got the message across. I’ll be telling friends about the play. -Judy Gregg
We loved it…. You showed the input, throughput and output in such a way that I can’t imagine anyone ever buying another plastic bottle for the water in it. I’ve already sent material to five people suggesting that they attend, and have heard from three that they will!! - Jan Hively
My family and I had the opportunity to see "Beneath the Surface" today. ...It is the kind of show that can, ... create inspiration for much needed change in our careless environmental attitudes. I've worked with a focus on water for my entire career and the one thing that always gave me perspective was the adage that everyone is downstream from someone. -Robert Brown
About Beneath The Surface
Beneath The Surface is a splashy celebration and investigation of our everyday drinking WATER. This enlightening and entertaining production features live performances, music and video. There's even a "What You Can Do!" Carnival to engage and inspire all ages!
Beneath The Surface bubbles up a "Circus of Wonderments," overflowing with fun, energy and imagination. This is a great way to introduce the children in your life to the issues that face our world about water.
This project was supported in part by grants from:
- The Bush Foundation
- Sisters of St. Joseph Partners in Justice
- Minnesota Department of Health, Environmental Health Division, Drinking Water Protection Section
- National Endowment for the Arts
- Mary H. Rice Foundation
- Cynthia Krieg Memorial Watershed Stewardship Fund
- Toro Foundation
- and many contributions from individual donors
- Find Water-Related Links, Downloads, and a Bibliography at the Web Resources for Water Issues Page collected by On the Commons
- Water One: D. Blake Love
- Thirsty: Masanari Kawahara
- Ringmaster: Esther Ouray
- Bobo: Julie Boada
- Uno: Malia Burkhart
- Pepe: José Maquin Gutierrez
- Tweet: Jessica Tweet
- Squeak: Greg Herriges
- Initiating Concept and Direction: Sandy Spieler
- Conceptual Team: Sandy Spieler, Masanari Kawahara, Duane Tougas, Malia Burkhart, Esther Ouray, Julie Boada, Rachel Breen, Aditi Brennan Kapil, Will Hommeyer, Greg Herriges
- Script: Aditi Brennan Kapil
- Music Composition and Direction: Greg Herriges
- Video Artist: Will Hommeyer
- Video Music Recording: Jeff Sylvestre
- Video Soundscape: Ruth MacKenzie, Greg Herriges, Bob Hughes, Masanari Kawahara
- Technical Direction: Duane Tougas
- Production Management: Paul Robinson
- Lighting Designer: Richard Ashcraft Wilson
- Puppets, Costumes, Props: Masanari Kawahara, Sandy Spieler, Malia Burkhart, Julie Boada, Jim Koplin, Duane Tougas, Gustavo Boada, Paul Robinson, Bill DeLong, Jessica Tweet, with help from Christina Danathar, Chad Danathar, Nancy Larsen, Brandy Snyder, Jaime Barber, Joan Fritz, Heidi Huebner, Ann Schrempp, Ugaso Sheik-Abdi, Jenna Thorsett, Jody Thorsett.
- Set: Sandy Spieler, Duane Tougas
- Research Assistants: Jim Koplin, D. Blake Love, Malia Burkhart, Rachel Breen, John Nordgaard
- Study Guide: Rachel Breen, D. Blake Love
- Extra Recording: Bob Hughes
- Audio Description: Judy Baldwin
- Compositions from Circle of Water Circus: Steve Sandberg, Bob Hughes, Esther Ouray
- Words from Life of Hoh: Florence Dacey
- Project Evaluation: Linda M. Bosma, Bosma Consulting, LLC