Food, Clothing, and Shelter


  • September 6, 2017

Wilson wrote “Food, Clothing, and Shelter” as part of his year-long residency at Firehouse Theatre. The play is set in the summer of 1927 when the Yankee Doodle Circus train derails outside of Vinton, Indiana — leaving the company stranded and without access to their possessions until the train can be put back on the tracks. The three interconnected “one-acts” that are at the center of the play revolve around different members of the circus troupe trying to get their basic needs of food, clothing, and shelter met by the townspeople of this small Midwestern town. Wilson’s script is a wild amalgam of traditional playwriting/theatre and devised/immersive work that explores the collision of inside with outside and the up with the down. A special feature of this production is the sideshow performers who’ll be busking throughout the Firehouse building. “Food, Clothing, and Shelter” is one of many festival events during September, when the Yankee Doodle Circus makes camp at Firehouse.