A sweaty, hilarious and unique look at powerless people in search of their superpower.
Creator/Lead Artist/Performer: Benjamin Camp
Creator/Performer: Makoto Hirano
Creator/Director: Alex Torra
Fight Direction: Brett Cassidy
Set Design: Emma Ferguson
Sound Design: Dan Perelstein
Lighting Design: Tim Sawicki
Costume: Katherine Schellman
TSunPCo’s company members Benjamin Camp, Makoto Hirano, Alex Torra and a band of “cameo” performers present a play about fantasy violence and how much fun it can be.
Inspired by action movies, comic books, anime and video games, Punchkapow is a sweaty, hilarious and unique look at powerless people in search of their superpower. Everyday life, it often seems, is filled with a niggling tedium, a lack of clear rules and with games of personal negotiation and compromise. In a fantasy world, simplicity reigns, good and evil are clearly defined and at the end of the day, justice wins out… every time. TSunPCo explores how individuals wrap themselves in a cocoon of disillusion and fantastic distraction, taking a leap from the mundane to the imagined and then slipping, joyfully, into the violent. Punchkapow promises stunning physical acting and kickass fights as two dudes explore their brutal relationship in a world of ninjas, villains and epic battles large and small.
Punchkapow was devised by the Co-Captains with help from:
Aram Aghazarian, Sarah Camp, Hannah de Keijzer, Jared Michael Delaney, Charlotte Ford, Jenna Horton, Justin Jain, Sarah Lowry, Jamie McKittrick, Elizabeth Scanlon, Mikaal Sulaiman, Leah Walton, Brad Wrenn, and Christina Zani.
Punchkapow was created and debuted at Underground Arts at the Wolf Building with support from Gary Rueben, and restaged for NET’s Micro-festival at the CEC, and at Passage Theatre’s 2012 Solo Flights Festival.
Special thanks to Sarah Chandler, Annie Halliday, Dan Plehal, Ben Levan, Katherine Fritz, and Michael Doherty.
“WOW!! Saw PunchKapow last night – and it totally blew me away. Ben and Makoto are outstanding! It’s such a relief to see a show that leads from the heart… And the fights are amazing…Best piece of devised work I’ve seen in a long time – go see it if you still can..!” -Geoff Sobelle
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