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The Trial of Murderous Mary

Aaron Cromie & Gwen Rooker

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Sep 13, 1916 – Demise of Mary the Elephant in Small Town Appalachia

The year is 1916 and the arrival of the railroad brings the diversions, delights, and dangers of the outside world to a coal-mining boomtown in the Appalachians. The Sparks Family Circus comes to town, led by Ringmaster Charlie Sparks and featuring his beloved, five-ton elephant, Mighty Mary, “the largest living land animal on Earth." Amidst the excited throngs, Red, a newly hired worker, strikes Mary with tragic results. The sad, bloody fiasco that follows threatens to derail the circus permanently unless Mr. Sparks can placate the enraged townspeople.

A darkly comic story of circus life, mass-hysteria, and loss created by Philadelphia artists Aaron Cromie and Gwen Rooker, told through macabre vignettes, shadows, original music, eye-popping visuals and puppetry, The Trial of Murderous Mary critiques alarmists, rips irrationality, and denounces the mistreatment of circus animals, while enthralling audiences with its circus-inspired song and spectacle.

Gwen Rooker was featured in our PIFA video blog! (Youtube)

TAGS: Pop Culture
Artistic Credits

Lisi Stoessel - Scenic Design
Sarah Cogen - Light & Costume Design
Gwen Rooker, Aaron Cromie, & Jered Mclenigan - Puppet & Shadow Design
Rajiv Shah - Building & Production Manager
Rachel Mazzagatti - Stage Manager
Adriano Shaplin - Sound Designer
Cast: Erin Carney, Sarah Gliko, Dave Johnson, Gwendolyn Rooker, & Aaron Cromie


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