The Pigeoning

Dumpster Monster!

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(The Pigeoning) “…is a “very funny bunraku puppet play for grown-ups (which) has as whimsical a relationship with time as it does with realism”…

Laura Collins-Hughes, NY Times
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“Frohardt and company have been finessing their piece for years, and the result is something extraordinarily integrated, burnished to a high gloss.”

Helen Shaw, Time Out NY
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“”The Pigeoning is an absolute must-see show that is family-friendly” ”

Sonia Roberts, Theater Pizzazz!
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The Pigeoning is a bunraku -style puppetry show performed by five puppeteers and original score which can be performed live by one musician. Obsessed with cleanliness and order, Frank is also plagued by pigeons. Convinced the pigeons are plotting against him, Frank sets out on an adventure to solve a problem that perhaps isn’t really there? The Pigeoning is a darkly comedic yet heartfelt story that spins articulate puppetry, original music, and lo-fi special effects into an epic tale about the illusion of safety and control in the context of the end of the world. The Pigeoning takes a look at the divide between man and nature at time when listening to the animals may be our best bet…

The Dumpster Monster is a 10 foot high inflatable plastic bag monster that explodes from a dumpster.  The audience in encouraged to participate by playing with various cockroach, fly and rat puppets that swarm around him. Dumpster Monster was originally created for the NEXTNOW Festival at The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center in 2015.


Robin Frohardt is a multidisciplinary artist and designer living and working in Brooklyn, NY. She began as a painting major Seattle and was soon lured to San Francisco by its colorful underground theater and circus scene. It is there she cut her teeth, teaching herself and learning from a host of others the skills needed to contribute creatively to a number of large scale sculptural projects as well as a few vaudeville style theater and performance troupes. Traveling to Taiwan and Thailand in 2005 and 2006 her focus shifted primarily to puppetry and large scale puppet building for parades and puppet festivals. Upon returning to San Francisco in 2006 she founded the Apocalypse Puppet Theater. In 2008 she came to New York to work with a team of artists called the Swimming Cities building sculptural junk rafts that traveled down the Hudson River, the Ganges River in India and the canals of Venice.

Over the last 5 years in New York, Robin has designed and fabricated puppets for television, film and theater as well as developed her own work. She was a resident artist in 2011 and 2013 at St. Anne’s Warehouse’s Puppet Lab and is concluding a year and half residency at HERE Arts where she been developing The Pigeoning her first full length production for which she has been awarded a project Grant from the Jim Henson Foundation. Recently, her short film “Fitzcardboardaldo” was shown at Union Docs in New York City and at the Telluride Film Festival in Colorado. In 2014, Robin was awarded an Arlyn Award for truly outstanding design in the puppet theater. She is currently rehearsing as a puppeteer for an upcoming production at Radio City Music Hall.

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Company’s website
Robin Frohardt’s 2014 Arlyn Award
Robin Frohardt’s 2012 Jim Henson Award

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