Pig Iron Theatre Company will work with new-music composer Troy Herion to create a theatrical oratorio about global climate change. The work is designed for two choirs (one composed of children, another composed of senior citizens) who will participate in a mock-epic intergenerational dialogue about global responsibility—sometimes hilarious, sometimes rancorous, sometimes poignant.
Pig Iron Theatre Company
Founded in 1995, Pig Iron Theatre Company has created over two dozen original works, and has toured to festivals and theatres in Brazil, England, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, and Scotland. In 2005, Pig Iron won an OBIE Award for Hell Meets Henry Halfway, an adaptation of Polish writer Witold Gombrowicz's novel Possessed; in 2008, Pig Iron won a second OBIE for James Sugg's performance in Chekhov Lizardbrain. Pig Iron's staging of Shakespeare's Twelfth Night was nominated in 2012 for ten Barrymore Awards for Excellence in Theatre, winning four.
Troy Herion's compositions have been performed by leading ensembles such as American Composers Orchestra, So Percussion, JACK Quartet, Nash Ensemble of London, Brentano Quartet, and Crash Ensemble. As composer and sound designer for theater, he has worked with Pig Iron Theatre, The Wilma Theater, The Arden Theatre, Azuka Theater, Swarthmore College, and Columbia University. He was nominated for three Barrymore Awards, including the prestigious F. Otto Haas Emerging Artist Award, and his sound design for Pig Iron Theatre’s Love Unpunished was featured in the 2011 Prague Quadrennial.
Slide photo: courtesy of Bret Thomas Photography / Bio photos: Pig Iron courtesy of Pig Iron and Troy Herion by Elan Bogarin