“Eye of the Storm” is a puppet theater piece about neighbors and the difficulties of trying to stay connected. In a world that is so isolated it has no technology except a flushing toilet, a set of neighbors struggles to survive on a shrinking island. A silent woman is trying to reach her son, her loud neighbors are trying to leave their shack, and they all are trying to hang on as an increasingly heavy storm destroys their surroundings. Told with rod puppets, hand puppets, shadows, and original music, “Eye of the Storm” unfolds a bizarre and visually stunning world using hardly any language. This piece is appropriate for adults and youth ages 10 and up.
Zeller is a puppeteer and designer who grew up in a family of traveling puppeteers. Grace is a sculptor who works in wood, wire, metal, and hot glass. “Eye of the Storm” was developed in part at the O’Neill Puppetry Conference, with funding from the Jim Henson Foundation.