Photo credit: Amanda Reintjes

Photo credit: Amanda Reintjes

Photo by Kat Berger/Alverno Presents

Photo by Kat Berger/Alverno Presents

Manifest Destiny! (there was blood on the saddle)

2010-2011

A psychedelic Wild West Show inspired by the language of Cormac McCarthy and William S. Burroughs as well as the Spaghetti Westerns of the 1950’s and 60’s. Manifest Destiny! is equal parts Wild West Show and cultural scavenger hunt, juxtaposing the silence and stillness of the open range with the rowdiness and sweat of a barroom brawl.  Manifest Destiny! weaves spectacle, vaudevillian comedy, live music, cowboy poetry, campfire songs, puppetry, dreamlike imagery, and the smell of frying bacon into a highly physical, sensory collage. Using the script of Wild Bill’s original Wild West show like a prospector’s map, The Hinterlands have dug up a passion play for the North American frontier that both enlightens and entertains, shocks and delights.  Ritual, comedy, historical reenactment, feats of strength and skill, black hats, white hats, shootouts and sing-alongs: anything can happen once you set out down the trail.

Featuring Richard Newman, Liza Bielby, Eleni Zaharopoulos, Steven DeWater, and Dave Sanders. Directed by Richard Newman with Movement Direction by Liza Bielby; Design by Anthony Cerrato. Produced by Alverno Presents.