Babylon Study Guide 2017


Dear Friends,

As a longtime admirer of Sandglass Theater, I very much look forward to working with the company again, bringing their timely piece Babylon to Portland, Maine. As a city with a significant community of refugees, immigrants and asylum seekers – Babylon will resonate deeply. Sandglass’ puppetry is exquisite both in form and the powerful emotion it evokes. As The Village Voice once remarked: “That Bass can conjure so much history and soul out of a two-foot puppet is its own mystery….” I whole-heartedly agree. Again and again I am also awed by the sensitivity and nuance Sandglass brings to difficult subjects. This expertise will be brought to bear once again in the telling of the immigrant story. At its core, this is a story about the endurance of the human spirit. However, we also recognize how the topic of immigration has become charged and politicized. We need Sandglass, the power of their art, and the magic of puppetry to have this conversation in our community.

With great respect,
Aimée M. Petrin
Executive & Artistic Director
Portland Ovations