October 18-28, 2012
Written by Erik Ehn
Directed by Alison Heimstead
Mad with greed, fixed on power, and bound by history, birth and insanity, this puppet fable explores the conquest of the indigenous populations of North and Central America through the wild journey of a conquistador. Investigating the colonial mentality through gold mountains, barbecue, and Honest Abe, amidst a raging contemporary din of ongoing imperial violence, Hidebound seeks an elusive message of reconciliation and healing.
The Hidebound project is one of seventeen plays from the Soulographie series written by Erik Ehn. For more on the entire series, see soulographie.org.
“Violence is known; peace is the mystery. By its very nature, therefore, peace-building requires a journey guided by the imagination of risk.” -John Paul Lederach, The Moral Imagination: The Art and Soul of Building Peace, 2005