DESCRIPTION

HOW BIG WE ARE. AND WHAT WE DO.

Hand to Hand is propelled by puppet hands the size of houses and music that blows the roof off. The Squonkers, dwarfed by the hands, climb a multi-tiered stage. Music rises from a single finger flicking an organ key, as natural an expression of humanity as a wave or a fist. Squonk's original progressive rock drives a journey that is spectacular, plaintive, and comic. In this melee, the giant thumbs detach to become truly opposable and challenge each other with guitars. Audience members come together to grab the rigging, each individual powering a larger movement of giant fingers, a web of connections, a single dance. We want to encourage shared discovery, people face to face, festive, and making a community of the imagination. Hand to Hand.

Co-commissioned by the Kennedy Center (Washington, D.C), Artscape (Baltimore, MD), Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership (Pittsburgh, PA), Moraine Valley Fine & Performing Arts Center (Chicago, IL), FirstWorks (Providence, RI), and Discovery Green (Houston, TX).

Created in 2019.

Videos

TOURING

Upcoming Dates

Artscape
Baltimore, MD
July 19, 20, & 21, 2019

PPG Plaza
Presented in conjunction with Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership’s Saturday Night Market & Downtown Sound Music Series
Pittsburgh, PA
Hand to Hand
August 3, 2019

Moraine Valley Fine & Performing Arts Center
Palos Hills, IL
August 20 & 21, 2019

Kennedy Center
Opening Festival for The REACH
Washington, D.C.
September 15 & 16, 2019

Pitt Arts Fest
University of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, PA
Shows at 12 & 3.30 pm
Outside the William Pitt Student Union
October 20, 2019

Touring history

Coming Soon

Photos

Photos by John Altdorfer, Sarah Doccolo, Emily O’Donnell, and David S. Rubin

Downloads

For downloadable publicity photos, contact Jackie Dempsey

Basic Tech Info

Self-contained for staging, sound, & crew
Requiring approximately 50’ x 50’ footprint with 30’ overhead clearance, & access to power
Multiple half-hour shows & STEAM workshops are possible each day

ARTISTS

ARTISTIC DIRECTORS
Steve O’Hearn & Jackie Dempsey

BAND
Keyboards
Jackie Dempsey

Bagpipes & Wind Synth
Steve O’Hearn

Drums
Jeremy Papay

Electric Guitar
David Wallace

Bass
Nathan Wilson 

HANDLERS
Heidi Nagle
Randy Nickerson
Todd Nonn
Forrest Trimble
Taylor Weiner

PRODUCTION TEAM
Music

Jackie Dempsey with the Squonkers

Design
Steve O’Hearn

Stage Direction & Creative Consultation
Rick Kemp

Technical Direction
Todd Nonn

Graphic Design
David Wallace

Movement Consultation
Beth Corning

Company Manager
Heidi Nagle

Painting
Emma Cummings
Elliott Gardner
Chris Letzelter
Chris St. Pierre
David Wallace

Costume Design
Hilary Penigar

Build
Chris Barker
Daniel Callery 
Jo Cohen 
Nick Darke
Brad Keller 
Venise St. Pierre 
Spencer Thomas 
Forrest Trimble
Taylor Weiner

Sound
George Powell  
Carolyn Slothour

VIDEO TEAM
Director of Photography / Producer
Luke Geissbühler

Editor
David S. Rubin

Sound Mixing & Mastering
Nathan Wilson

Camera Operators
Kevin Jacobsen
Alex Hass

Camera Assistant
Charlie Muentes

Production Assistant
Silin Cowles

Behind the Scenes Video
Jason Cohn

Steve and Jackie would like to acknowledge everyone involved in this production
for their creative contributions, especially the Squonk musicians for adding their
own individual flavor to the music, and the designers, builders, and technicians who
added detail and richness to the production.