Gregor and the squonk
Written by Daniel Caffrey
Directed by Susan Myburgh
October-November 2008 at The Bailiwick Loft
Tympanic kicked off its second season by transforming the Bailiwick Arts Center's cozy loft space into a mystical forest inhabited by mythical creatures and absurd characters. Set in a Pennsylvania forest during the dead of winter, Gregor and the Squonk centers around Gregor Courtepy, a hunter deeply devoted to his vain wife, Margaret. After a countless number of plastic surgeries leaves her broken and self-loathing, Gregor enlists the help of their doctor to find a creature rumored to grant eternal beauty to whoever captures it. Absurd, fantastical, and often haunting, Gregor and the Squonk is the perfect fable for a society built on botox, rhinoplasty, and silicone.