From the Pig Pile: The Requisite Gesture(s) of Narrow Approach

A collaboration between Austin-based theater companies Rude Mechs and Salvage Vanguard Theater, and a New Dramatists resident playwright. The group has gathered four times a year for three years in a chaotic work format known as a Pig Pile, with little discernible leadership or centralized structure - neither of narrative nor of process – and has assembled an unwieldy and highly associative collection of seemingly unrelated imagery, geography and aromas, that over time and layers of work has revealed an emerging, intimately connected web of enfolded and implicate mythology.
This project is one of five institutional New Dramatists/Full Stage USA Commissions for new work at an eclectic mix of producing organizations across the country. The Full Stage USA initiative, conceived by New Dramatists and underwritten by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, addresses the field-critical issues of new works “stalling” in development with no resulting full production and the special challenge of securing subsequent productions after a world premiere. Each partnership provides a $25,000 commission to a writer; supports two years of enhanced writer-driven development in New Dramatists’ Playwrights Lab; and culminates in the full production staged by the partner theater.

You can view a trailer for the piece here:

Yes, that's Todd London. With Hannah Kenah, Matt Hislope, and audience.
Yes, that's Todd London. With Hannah Kenah, Matt Hislope, and audience.
Cast Requirements

4 W
5 M
2 tweens, male and female
A real living, human baby


"I would like to take the next two years meditating on what I have seen and asking questions . . . To me the text takes on the shroud of a mythology or maybe the tenets of a Tao by its patient construction, its dense layers, its hidden secrets, and by the courage of these artists to embed it with the deeply personal . . . It requires you to be present and available and to bring your own history that you may weave it into the tapestry, but if you are willing to meet them half way the reward is well worth the work . . . I envy most of you who will walk in, largely unaware, and take each brave step for the first time."
- Aaron Sanders for Culturebot


Production and Development History

Premieres at Salvage Vanguard Theater, Austin TX, April 2014.
Developed in New York and Austin.
Work in Progress showing at the Off Shoot for the 2013 Fusebox Festival.