Today, the critically acclaimed troupe PigPen Theatre Co. released an original Christmas carol titled "Father Hare" for download through the following link: http://pigpentheatreco.bandcamp.com/track/father-hare. PigPen will premiere the carol live tonight at 7:30 PM during their "Un-Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting and Concert" at The Gym at Judson (243 Thompson Street, NYC) leading into their performance of The Old Man and the Old Moon, which has been chosen as a Critic's Pick and hailed by The New York Times as "charming and smartly staged...words play second fiddle to the giddy feelings it inspires".
As an additional holiday gift, PigPen is offering $25 discounted tickets to The Old Man and the Old Moon until Sunday, December 16th when you use the code "PENMAS". To purchase tickets, visit: https://web.ovationtix.com/trs/pr/916452.
"Father Hare" is written, arranged, and performed by PigPen Theatre Co. Produced and mixed by Ron Robinson Jr., with original artwork by E.K. McDonnell.
Other discography by PigPen includes their 2012 debut album, Bremen, a collection of original indie-folk compositions that combines the bold theatricality of their stage work with the subtlety of their expressive storytelling voice, often heard through a mix of playful melodies matched with haunting lyrics. In conjunction with The Old Man and the Old Moon, PigPen re-released the album Bremen on October 9th and is performing a Bremen Live Concert Series at the famed Joe's Pub (www.joespub.com) until December 17th.
PigPen Theatre Co. was formed at Carnegie Mellon School of Drama in 2008, PigPen has toured nationally and became the first company in history to win the top honor for a play at the New York City International Fringe Festival two years in a row, in 2010 (The Nightmare Story) and 2011 (The Mountain Song). The troupe first performed professionally in Chicago and have gone on to perform at New York's Barrow Street Theatre, the Boston Center for the Arts, and The Irondale Center in Brooklyn. The seven founding members of PigPen are Alex Falberg, Ben Ferguson, Curtis Gillen, Ryan Melia, Matt Nuernberger, Arya Shahi, and Dan Weschler.
The Old Man and the Old Moon opened on October 7, 2012 and is a co-production of Britt Lafield/BKL Productions, SoHo Playhouse, Inc., Aaron Glick, Ronnie Planalp / Deborah Taylor and The PigPen Company. The Old Man and the Old Moon began previews at The Gym at Judson on September 26th and is set to close on January 6, 2013.
The Old Man and the Old Moon is the tale of an old man who must abandon his duties of filling up the moon every month to cross the seas in search of his missing wife, who left home in search of a mysterious melody carried in the ocean breeze. On his journey, the Old Man will encounter titanic leviathans of the deep, apocalyptic storms, civil wars, cantankerous ghosts and other startling and fantastical creatures. The upcoming production features PigPen's signature blend of original music, shadow puppetry, live action, and clever lighting effects, and marks the company's first large-scale Off-Broadway production.
For more information of PigPen, visit www.pigpentheatre.com.