Good Year For Hunters is a queer horror play about a mysteriously orphaned brother and sister who fall in love with a closeted husband and wife in a world of fractured time and secrets. Its creation was inspired by Tori Amos’ seminal 1992 album “Little Earthquakes,” an earnest and abstract document of a young woman’s struggle to find her voice under oppressive cultural, religious, and sexual circumstances, and the soundtrack of artistic team Chris Giarmo and Jess Barbagallo’s teenage years. Using a poor theatre aesthetic of minimalist design and physical acting, the Hunters cast creates a darkly comedic landscape of yearning turned nightmare. Good Year For Hunters is a looped reliving of traumatic loss in which memory rewrites history interminably, capturing the very contemporary problem of deferred adulthood.
Chris Giarmo is the resident composer of Half Straddle and has performed with Big Dance Theater since 2005. Chris also recently sound designed Young Jean Lee's Untitled Feminist Show.
Jess Barbagallo is a multidisciplinary theatre artist and founding member of Half Straddle. She has performed with Big Dance Theater, Theatre of a Two-Headed Calf and The Builders Association. Jess was named a 2011/2012 Queer Arts Mentorship Fellow to write an essay on queer/trans grieving and is the co-creator of GLBTQ film review site: www.homoflix.wordpress.com.
Mike Cacciatore is a New Jersey/New York based multi-instrumentalist, manipulator of knobs, and blossoming songwriter. In addition to doing sound design work for film and theater, he can be seen rocking out in two bands, "Griffin and the True Believers" and "Boys Don't Fight."
Good Year for Hunters was developed through a residency with Dixon Place in NYC.