Conceived and created by Sandglass Theater
Directed by Eric Bass and Roberto Salomon
Designed by Ines Zeller Bass
The Ensemble: Shoshana Bass, Keila K. Ching, Kalob Martinez, Raphael Sacks, Alan White*
Puppets by Ines Zeller Bass with Jana Zeller
Crankies by Ines Zeller Bass and Jana Zeller
Songs composed by Brendan Taaffe, lyrics by Eric Bass
Percussion score by Julian Gerstin
Artistic Collaboration Molly Gawler
Choral Director Becky Graber
Immigration interviewer Keeley Eastly
Voice recording by Finn Campman
Projection and Sound design by Maria Pugnetti
Set building Zak Grace
Technical Direction by Jamie Keithline
Conflict Transformation Training John Ungerleider
Created in cooperation with USCRI Vermont:
Amila Merdzanovic, Director
Laurie Stavrand, Program Officer
Thanks to Dina Nayeri for the use of her texts from “The Ungrateful Refugee,”
as published in The Guardian in 2017.
The game of Refugee Journey created by Laurie Stavrand in collaboration with Jana Zeller (design) and Sandglass Theater.
photos by Kiqe Bosch
SANDGLASS THEATER’s action-packed, high energy production is a response to
the world wide refugee crisis and it’s impact on communities in the United
States. Working with the USCRI Vermont (US Committee for Refugees and
Immigrants), we are understanding the challenges that face refugees and
asylum seekers. Babylon looks at the relationship of refugees to their
homelands, lost and new, and the conflicts that exist within the countries
to which they flee.
Using puppets and moving panoramic scrolls, five actor/singer/puppeteers
tell the refugees’ stories in original four-part choral songs. Our show is
portable and accessible to simple venues, in order to be able to play in
diverse spaces and communities. Residencies can include a selection of
workshops and community engagement opportunities.
For BOOKING contact
(802) 387 – 4051
video by Willow O’Feral
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
Thank you to our Funders
Babylon was made possible with funding by the New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Theater Project, with lead funding from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and additional support from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. Additional support for Babylon was awarded from The National Endowment for the Arts, The Fresh Sound Foundation, The Jim Henson Foundation, The McKenzie Family Charitable Trust, The Vermont Community Foundation, The National Performance Network with commissions from The Flynn Center, Portland Ovations, Columbia College Chicago Center for Community Arts Partnerships.
Fee support for Sandglass Theater may be available to nonprofit organizations through the New England States Touring (NEST) program of the New England Foundation for the Arts. Visit www.nefa.org for more information.