Members Preview: Robin Frohardt’s The Plastic Bag Store: Open Rehearsal

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Members Preview: Robin Frohardt’s The Plastic Bag Store: Open Rehearsal

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Robin Frohardt’s The Plastic Bag Store is an immersive installation and puppetry-based play that is a tragicomic ode to the eternity of plastic. By day, visitors can wander the aisles of what appears to be a typical grocery store, but the familiar products are made out of plastic bags. At night, the store comes to life with live performers, puppetry, dynamic sets, and hidden worlds to tell the darkly comedic, sometimes tender story that explores how the hordes of plastic waste we are leaving behind might be misinterpreted by future generations.

In preparation for The Plastic Bag Store’s premier with Times Square Arts, Frohardt and her team of puppeteers perform this original theatrical work within her installation in an open rehearsal.

ROBIN FROHARDT

Robin Frohardt is an award winning artist, puppet designer, and director living in Brooklyn. Frohardt has a knack for taking a simple premise to an elaborate realization. Her rich imagination, unique sense of humor, and stunning technical craft come together to create work that defies the conventions of traditional storytelling. Her play The Pigeoning debuted in 2013 and continues to tour at home and abroad. In 2016 she received a Creative Capital Award for The Plastic Bag Store.

Installation view: Robin Frohardt, The Plastic Bag Store, Carolina Performing Arts, North Carolina, 2018. Courtesy the artist

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