Jim Henson who? Get yourself into Trouble (Puppet Theatre)
It's the end of the world as we know it... and you're gonna love it.
Wednesday evening, Trouble Puppet Theatre Company will fill up Salvage Vanguard Theatre with doomsday revelers celebrating the Apocalypse the way Austin should: with puppets, performance and plenty of spirits.
Get Yourself Into Trouble is their annual party to raise money for the upcoming season and to give the community a little taste of the joy and madness that Trouble Puppet brings to Austin each year.
You may be familiar with Trouble Puppet Theatre by way of the much-deserved hype surrounding an all-puppet prouduction of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein at Salvage Vanguard. Or their all-puppet theatrical version of the gritty Depression-era story The Jungle. My favorite was their chilling evening of A Most Unsettling and Possibly Haunted Evening in the Parlour of the Brothers Grimm which honestly spooked me out for days afterward.
These aren't Jim Henson's brand of muppets, y'all, this is real life. Well, close to real life...
Befitting the dark, powerful subject matter they're familiar with, Trouble Puppet is celebrating the end of the world this year with prizes, music and plenty of macabre laughter.
Mary Jo Pehl (of Master Pancake and Mystery Science Theatre 3K fame) will be hosting a screening of Doomsday Machine, a Cinematic Titanic DVD release involving stock footage from NASA and other bad movies.
"It's about a space mission to Venus, manned by men AND ladies!" reveals Pehl. "Spolier alert (since we don't get to see the whole movie): the Earth blows up thanks to the Commies, and the men and women on the mission are tasked with replenshing the human race."
Emcee Chris Gibson will oversee drunken team survival games that will be played with prizes ranging from Trouble Puppet tickets to 3-day ACL Music Fest passes. And the old-timey sounds of The White Ghost Shivers will provide the ghostly jazz soundtrack for the evening.
Come for the puppets, stay for the massive end-of-the-world destruction.
Tickets are $15.00, available at the door or online.