Like the Siren of travel which inspires Afar's community, the whimsical The Old Man and The Moon by Pigpen Theatre begins with a yearning induced by a song carried on the wind.
The Old Man in question has one job: to fill up the Moon as its light empties out into a bucket. His wife, who hears a song on a breeze, is stirred to leave their long-filled post, to follow this lyrical thread of memory. The Old Woman leaves her husband, who is unwilling to leave his post, to seek its source. Upon waking, the Distraught Man goes after her.
What follows is an old fashion adventure. Dripping with wonder in the form of light, shadow puppets and folk melodies, The Old Man and The Moon is wide-eyed but the idealism isn't unearned.
The ensemble cast of seven Carnegie-Mellon grads--who developed the story while still in school--deliver a tale that delves into the ideas of devotion, adventure, memory and that most theatrical of emotions: love. They are a talented chorus of storytellers, each with a great voice and each picking up different instruments, seven Orpheus' singing ahead of their Eurydice, The Story. Think a banjo and a fiddle, drums and guitars. It's as if Mumford and Sons, completely donned in chambray and chinos, striped henleys and vests--decided to become thespians on the Off-Broadway stage.
The magical stagecraft performed by this earnest cast transcends any inkling the audience may have of a "hipster" show. Like the titular Moon itself, this show drips liquid light.