Possum Kingdom

3 Nov

Possum Kingdom

Yesterday I had the opportunity to see performance “Possum Kingdom” by Cripple Creek Theatre Company from New Orleans.

This production is part of a larger artistic collaboration with The Louisiana Bucket Brigade and the “Down By the River” project, which explores issues of environmental justice, the history of resistance movements, and plantation-to-plant patterns in Cancer Alley communities affected by the petro-chemical industries along the Mississippi River Road between New Orleans and Baton Rouge.
Inspired by the unfolding environmental ruination and societal crises in south Louisiana, the story takes place in a small community of swamp workers whose lives and livelihoods are uprooted when the whims of unseen “upriver” consumers and the degradation of their natural environs force them to sacrifice and discard their jobs, homes and memories. Possum Kingdom’s team mixes politics, physicality, original music, and simple machines to create an enchanting outdoor theater experience with a heavy dose of magic.


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