The GULLIVER PROJECT


Llysa Holland, co-artistic instigator of theater simple (with a very awesome assist from Chris Griffith of Z Puppets Rosenshnoz, Minneapolis, MN) worked with theater students of Ben Stuart at Roosevelt High School on an interpretation of the classic Gulliver's Travels - from a different point of view. The Liliputians version of that particular history.
theater simple and Z Puppets taught storytelling techniques and   new tactics for developing community-anchored site-specific performance with the students. (And had an afternoon learning  ways to make insta-puppets out of practically nothing.)

These exercises, expanded and team-taught to youth at Roosevelt, became a sold-out sensation, squashing double the expected attendance into each performance. Unique, original perspectives which were adapted gracefully to accommodate the influx, the resilient performers surprised everyone, including themselves.

The Gulliver Project can either be part of an educational residency, or be folded into the residency portion and performance installation of The Adventures of Owl & Pussycat.

Roosevelt HS - The Gulliver Project poster

Roosevelt HS - The Gulliver Project poster

This project made possible, in part, through a grant from the Network of Ensemble Theatres' Travel & Exchange Network (NET/TEN), supported by lead funding from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, and by Seattle's amazing 4Culture.