Astonishment and The Twins


About the Production

A combination of Midsummer Night's Dream, a Grimms’ fairy tale and Looney Tunes, this theatrical parable features a multi-lingual Mother Nature a la Beatrice Lillie, a pair of twins and a swift-talking lounge lizard dealing in the primest of real estate, the Garden of Eden. Featuring aspects of mime and an original musical score, the play transports audiences beyond its Biblical origin to a distinctly different view of Paradise.

Production Team And Cast

Conceived and Directed by

Ping Chong

Written by

Ping Chong and Louise Smith

Sound Design

Brian Hallas

Set and Costume Design

Mel Carpenter

Tour Director

John Fleming


Louise Smith, Brian Hallas, John Fleming and Michael Duffy

Performance History


Art Awareness, Lexington, NY (July 1984)


Marquette University Museum of Art, Milwaukee, WI (November 1984)

Teatro dell'Arte, Milan, Italy (January - February 1986)

University of Maryland, Catonsville, MD (February 1986)

Central Park Summerstage, New York, NY (August 1987)


Lexington Art Center