2014 Voices of Community


Sandglass Theater and Vermont Performance Lab present

Cry You One

Created and Performed by Mondo Bizarro and ArtSpot Productions

September 9 to 21, 2014

This September, eleven New Orleans theater artists, Cajun style and African inspired musicians, and on-site designers take up residence in southern Vermont. In one of the most exciting residencies to date in Sandglass Theater’s Voices of Community series, Cry You One  comes to Guilford, Putney, and Dummerston for two weeks of pageant performances, a New Orleans-style dance, a documentary film, a gumbo supper, beignet party, and school workshops, presented by Sandglass and Guilford-based Vermont Performance Lab.

Cry You One is a collaboration between two New Orleans theater companies, Mondo Bizarro and Art Spot Productions. This 2 ½+ hour outdoor performance is a powerful musical and theatrical journey about the effects of one of this country’s worst environmental disasters, hurricane Katrina, and its relevance to other communities, like southern Vermont. The show marries the spirit of New Orleans music and storytelling with the beautiful Vermont landscape and our own stories of hurricane Irene. Cry You One  addresses themes of the company’s Louisiana home: converging cultures, natural disasters, human error, forced evacuation, living with water and the desire for permanence. The artists are intent on keeping this a Louisiana story, and yet making it our story, too: here in Vermont.

Gumbo Supper and Film. My Louisiana LoveGumbo Supper and Documentary Film:  My Louisiana Love
Sunday, Sept 14  
at Next Stage Arts Project  map it
In Putney, VT
5:30pm  Gumbo Supper
7pm film  View the Trailer

Home cooked Gumbo, live Cajun music and the feature documentary, My Louisiana Love.  A young woman’s quest to find a place in her Native American community as it reels from decades of environmental degradation, My Louisiana Love is a modern story of love, loss, and resilience in Southeast Louisiana.  Come for supper, stay for the movie!  Click here to read more about the event.

$20     |   For Film Only:  $10 suggested donation at the door

CY1.concert.9.19Cry You One: Concert Version and Cajun Dance
Friday, Sept 19
at Evening Star Grange  map it
In Dummerston, VT

Cajun fiddle tunes, street parade call-and responses and dream-like vocal pieces intersect and intertwine for a set of exhilarating and haunting music, featuring the cast and musicians of the Cry You One project.  At this concert version of Cry You One, learn the cajun two step and feast on fresh beignets, while you boogie-down, New Orleans style.  This event is fully accessible.

$15     |    Live Music, Beignets, and Dancing!     |     Order Tickets:  Friday

CY1.outdoorCry You One: Outdoor Performances
Saturday and Sunday,  Sept 20-21
Starting at the Broad Brook Grange  map it
in Guilford, VT

Part song, part story, part procession, this 2 ½+ hour outdoor performance is a powerful musical and theatrical journey about the effects of one of our country’s worst environmental disasters, the human displacement it caused, and its relevance to other communities, like southern Vermont. The show marries the spirit of New Orleans music and storytelling with the beautiful Vermont landscape and our own stories of hurricane Irene.

Cry You One will be performed on-site along a one-mile hike through forest and field. The performance begins at 2pm at the Broad Brook Grange in Guilford, Vermont.  From there, the audience will be ushered a short distance, by bus, out to the land where the walk will begin. This event has limited accessibility, but there will be conveyance available for part of the trek for anyone not able to hike the full mile.

The performance is rain or shine, therefore dress appropriately!  Sturdy shoes, rain gear, warm clothes, bug spray, and a water bottle are all recommended.

$18  / $15     |     Outdoor Performance is Rain or Shine      |    SOLD OUT!

The Cry You One artists write: “Two things connect this localized work to a broader national audience that supports our region. First is the fact that people across the U.S. relate to Louisiana as a symbol of and laboratory for culturally grounded restoration after disaster. Through the New Orleans experience of natural and human made disasters over the last ten years, Louisiana is America’s national community. Of the 50 billion dollars needed to enact the states’ Coastal Restoration Master Plan, only 1 billion has been pledged by Congress. People in Louisiana are beginning to understand the enormity of what we are facing… What is happening in Louisiana is one of the most unique environmental tragedies in the known world. A phrase we’ve been using is, “the future arrived here first.” It’s certainly not that we are the only ones experiencing these types of man-made and natural disasters, it’s just that we have experienced them at such a scale and such an alarming rate over the last ten years.”

“We are telling the story of this river, this delta, this place: of the people from across the globe who settled here, cared for the land, and are now working tirelessly to ensure all is not lost. The bottom of this river contains everything that has trickled down from y’all’s homes and in a very real sense, we are all connected by this. We are simultaneously mourning, remembering and celebrating this connection – rejoicing at how South Louisiana became one of the most vibrant convergences of people, places and traditions in the world, and asking: what will become of these people and traditions when the land that sustains them disappears?”

CY1 logo


Be sure to visit CryYouOne.com, an online storytelling platform where the wisdom of people’s stories serves to educate and inspire folks to get involved in the movement to save Coastal Louisiana, and consider the impact all of us have on our environment.  

Presented by Sandglass Theater and Vermont Performance Lab, as part of the Voices of Community series.  This presentation is funded, in part, by the New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Theater Project, with lead funding from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation; also funded by the National Endowment for the Arts, National Performance Network, Puffin Foundation LTD, Chroma Technology Corporation, VPL’s Creation Fund Donors, and Sandglass Theater’s Donors.

New England Foundation for the Arts Logo NEA sm Puffin Logo_w-foundation-2 NPNchroma wa logo

Posted in News, Past, Voices of Community

Sign up for Sandglass Newsletters