Coming to Sarasota's Ringling International Arts Festival
-Pig Iron & Toshiki Okada's ZERO COST HOUSE moves on to the Ringling International Arts Festival in Sarasota, FL, on October 11-13.  Tickets can be purchased here.

ZERO COST HOUSE is a meditation on how Henry David Thoreau's Walden changed a man's life; on the disruptions and re-imaginings that accompany a national disaster; and on the uneasy compromises between radical idealism and contemporary living.  Jeremy Gable of EDGE Philadelphia writes that “Okada's style…translates well with Pig Iron's talented five-person cast (which includes [Dito van Reigersberg], Mary McCool, Shavon Norris, James Sugg and Alex Torra), and director Dan Rothenberg unearths great worlds of meaning from the smallest moments.”

Toshiki Okada is one of the most unusual and polarizing voices in world theatre today; he's been compared to Richard Maxwell and Samuel Beckett, and his ENJOY, which was named the “worst play in 2006” by Japanese critics, went on to a celebrated run in translation at 59E59 Theatres in New York in 2010.  Click here to read director Dan Rothenberg's interview with Culturebot about this new collaboration.

Photo of Alex Torra in ZERO COST HOUSE courtesy of JJ Tiziou (

The creation of Zero Cost House was funded in part by the Pew Center for Arts and Heritage through the Philadelphia Theatre Initiative; by the MAP Fund, a 
program of Creative Capital supported by the Doris Duke Charitable
 Foundation and the Rockefeller Foundation; by the Japan Foundation through the Performing Arts JAPAN Program; by the Independence Foundation New Works Initiative; by the Asian Cultural Council; by the Saison Foundation; by the National Endowment for the Arts, which believes that a great nation deserves great art; and by the William Penn Foundation.