Puppet play at The Yard asks, “Who’s Hungry”

Rachael Lincoln, Darius Mannino and Zach Tolchinsky in "Who’s Hungry?" — Photo by Rose Eichenbaum

Although some playgoers associate puppets with productions just for children, Dan Froot and Dan Hurlin’s puppet play “Who’s Hungry,” performed this weekend at The Yard, delves into hunger as a socio-economic issue.

September is Hunger Awareness Month at The Yard, which will accept financial donations to the Vineyard Committee on Hunger and canned food donations to the the Island Food Pantry. The staff and artists at The Yard have also worked with Morning Glory Farm, gleaning unharvested crops to donate to the Food Pantry.

“Who’s Hungry,” which is based on interviews by Mr. Froot and Mr. Hurlin, weaves together stories based on the lives of five homeless and/or hungry residents of Santa Monica, California. “It gives a voice and a face to the little talked about problem in America of people living in hunger and poverty, on the edge of food stability,” The Yard’s managing director Alison Manning said of the play.

The show is part of an ongoing series of puppet plays produced and written by Mr. Froot, designed and directed by Mr. Hurlin, with music by Amy Denio. Mr. Froot and Mr. Hurlin have been in residence at The Yard for the past week and will continue to work there for another week, creating a five-section play.

“This is a divergence from what we normally do at The Yard,” said Ms. Manning, noting the unique nature of adult puppetry. “But it’s something we hope to incorporate more of. This play is awesome, and it’s extremely relevant.”

Performances are Friday and Saturday, September 20 and 21, at 8 pm. Tickets are $25, $15 for students, seniors, and military. For more information, call 508-645-9662 or visit dancetheyard.org.