Dan Hurlin, last presented at St. Ann’s Warehouse in 2004 with his award-winning puppet-theater work, Hiroshima Maiden, returns with the World Premiere of Disfarmer. The story is inspired by the over forty-year career (1915-1959) of portrait photographer Mike Disfarmer, who for decades shunned his family and neighbors while operating the only portrait studio for miles around Heber Springs, Arkansas. Using “Table-top puppetry,” an oddly funny text by Sally Oswald and an original banjo score by Dan Moses Schreier, Hurlin’s Disfarmer seeks to create a visceral sense of the photographer¹s interior and exterior worlds, illuminating the contradictions in the life of this American hermit whose intimate and revealing portraiture documented an entire community.

Presented by St. Ann’s Warehouse, in association with MAPP International Productions
A project of Red Wing Performing Group