About the show

Flushing is a new puppet piece for adult audiences being created by Linda Parris-Bailey, Executive/Artistic Director of Carpetbag Theatre, and Eric Bass, Co-Founder and Co-Artistic Director of Sandglass Theater. Directed by Kathie DeNobriga.

After years of knowing each other as theater colleagues, Linda and Eric discovered by chance that they grew up only a few miles apart at around the same time in Flushing, NY. Though their life paths took them in different directions and to different parts of the globe, they once again find themselves in a similar place– in the process of handing their theater companies to a younger generation of leaders and facing the Brink of leadership succession. Flushing is a journey that the audience takes with Linda and Eric from present to past to present and engages with issues of race, legacy, and identity. Together, we look into the abyss, sometimes from the edge of a South American volcano, sometimes from the window of a speeding subway train, sometimes through our parent’s nightmares to connect with where we come from and how we got here.

The project is being developed over a series of workshop residencies and will premiere in the Fall of 2020.

Artist Bios

Eric Bass, Co-Founder, Co-Artistic Director of Sandglass Theater

Co-Founding Artistic Director of Sandglass Theater, has worked for nearly forty years as a director, playwright, performer, presenter, producer, and puppet maker. In 1982, Eric co-founded Sandglass Theater in Munich, Germany, with his wife, Ines Zeller Bass, and they moved to Vermont in 1986. As a director, he has worked in America, Australia, Germany, Poland, and Finland, as well as the United States. In 1991, Eric was awarded the Figurentheater Prize of the City of Erlangen, Germany for his contributions to the field of Puppet Theater. International collaborations include The Story ·of the Dog, in Cambodia, BlackBirds in Poland, and a new adaptation of Nathan the Wise in El Salvador. All of these productions have addressed the impact of war and violence in society. Eric served for five years on the first board of the Network of Ensemble Theaters. He has been the Festival Artistic Director of Sandglass’ ten international Puppets in the Green Mountains Festivals. In 2010, Eric and Ines received the Vermont Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts. He is now touring in Sandglass’ D-Generation: an Exaltation of Larks, a piece about people with dementia and their caregivers, with support from the National Theater Project of NEFA. His newest production with Sandglass Theater is Babylon: journeys of refugees, created in association with the Vermont Refugee Resettlement Program.

Linda Parris-Bailey, Co-Founder of Carpetbag Theatre

Linda Parris-Bailey creates story-based plays with music focusing on themes of transformation and empowerment. She is also the former Executive/Artistic Director of Carpetbag Theater, Inc. in Knoxville, Tennessee. She is the primary playwright-in-residence and the recipient of the 2015 Doris Duke Artist Award in Theater. Her most recent work, Speed Killed My Cousin, was awarded a NEFA National Theater Project grant to support touring and an NPN Creation Fund grant. Between a Ballad and a Blues, her ode to Appalachian renaissance man Howard “Louie Bluie” Armstrong, was developed with support from the NPN Creation Fund and the Arts Presenters Ensemble Theatre Collaborations. Her signature work, Dark Cowgirls and Prairie Queens, highlights the lives of Black women in the American Old West and continues to be performed around the country. Parris-Bailey is a founding member of Alternate ROOTS and Senior Advisor to the International Women Playwrights Conference. Her works have been published in Alternate ROOTS: Plays From the Southern Theater, Ensemble Works! and other anthologies of contemporary plays.

Kathie DeNobriga, Founding member of Alternate ROOTS

Kathie is a founding member of Alternate ROOTS, a service organization for community-based artists in the South, DeNobriga served as ROOTS' executive director and planning/development director for ten years. Raised in Kingsport TN, DeNobriga holds an MA in Theatre (Directing) from Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, NC, and a BA with honors in Speech Communications and Theatre Arts. Her early employment includes directing and managing community theatres in Smithfield and Sanford and working in the acting ensemble of The Road Company, Johnson City, TN. DeNobriga was a Visiting Artist for two years for the NC Arts Council, and a Fellow in the Rockefeller Foundation's Next Generation Leadership program and in the Rockwood Leadership Institute. She is now a consultant, specializing in strategic planning, building organizational capacity, staff/board retreats and creative conflict engagement. She is project manager for the Arts and Democracy Project, a member of the consultant pool at the Georgia Center for NonProfits, and writes for the National Performance Network. She is a certified mediator in the State of Georgia, and a board member for Alternate ROOTS. After three terms as Councilmember DeNobriga is now serving as Mayor for the City of Pine Lake, where she is an advocate for and practitioner of arts and community development.

Thank you to our funders

This project is made possible, in part, through a grant from the Network of Ensemble Theaters' Travel & Exchange Network (NET/TEN), supported by lead funding from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.