When Mrs. Edna Rural pricks her finger and bleeds onto her sewing, she sees the face of Jesus Christ in a quilt square, and the shroud of Turnip Corners changes her sleepy prairie town forever. As the media and the faithful converge, they are joined by a has-been Hollywood vampire seeking rejuvenation, and a karaoke-singing gay terrorist intent on revenge. And, just as the bloodbath begins, the man in the quilt appears in the flesh to the odd trio, revealing that the bonds of blood are thicker and stranger than their individual thirsts led them to believe.
Premiered at Manitoba Theatre Centre’s Warehouse Theatre 1998
Playwright: Ronnie Burkett
Marionettes, Costumes and Set Designer: Ronnie Burkett
Marionettes made by: Ronnie Burkett
Costumes and Quilts made by: Kim Crossley
Additional Sculpting and Molds/Assistant to Mr. Burkett: Angela Talbot
Scenic Carpenter and Drafting: Martin Herbert
Scenic Welder: Wendy Hogan/Hot Flashes
Decorative Metal Work: Jeff deBoer and The Little Gaint Rocket Company
Scenic Painter: Linda Leon
Casting and Sanding: Larry Smith
Additional Sanding: Joni Clarke
Marionette Controls: Luman Coad
Additional Props: Andrea Locktin
Upholstery: Elena Viola
Production Financing Advisor and Accountant: Kevin D. McClelland
Business Liaison: Larry Smith
Studio Supervisor: Hoover
Music Recording Produced by: Mark Korven
CAST & CREW
Ronnie Burkett has been captivated by puppetry since the age of seven, when he opened the World Book Encyclopedia to “Puppets”. He began touring his puppet shows at the age of fourteen and has been on the road ever since.
Ronnie Burkett Theatre of Marionettes premiered in 1986 with Fool’s Edge, which played the Edmonton Fringe Festival that summer. Ronnie began his long association with Theatre Network in 1990, when Awful Manors premiered on the Roxy stage. For his work with Theatre of Marionettes, Ronnie has received numerous awards in the Canadian theatre as a playwright, actor and designer (including eight Sterling Awards from the Edmonton theatre community), and international recognition including a Village Voice OBIE Award in New York for Off-Broadway Theatre. 10 Days on Earth is the tenth production from Theatre of Marionettes, and follows the now-retired international success Provenance and the “Memory Dress Trilogy” of Tinka’s New Dress, Street of Blood and Happy, all of which played here at The Roxy.
Throughout 2006-07, Ronnie will be performing 10 Days on Earth in Vancouver, Auckland, Sydney, London, Manchester, Vienna, Montreal and other cities around the world. When not jiggling puppets in front of strangers, Ronnie lives in expensive, noisy Toronto, and is presently working on two new productions – Billy Twinkle, Requiem for a Golden Boy and Penny Plain. Ronnie really really really thanks you for turning off your cell phone.