Chicago-based Redmoon Theater uses puppets, mask work, acrobatics, circus skills, live music, and inventive mechanical objects for its unique and memorable performances.

As the 2005-2006 winner of Chicago Flyhouse’s annual ‘Strings Attached’ rigging grant, Redmoon asked Flyhouse to design and build a unique scenic effect for their summer production, “The Golden Truffle.”

An original musical, Truffle’s centerpiece was a giant three-level cake-shaped staging area. To cap off the evening, each night the entire piece of scenery “collapsed,” bringing down the house – literally – and ending the show.

In addition to developing a design withstanding repeated use without compromising scenic integrity, Flyhouse’s team worked closely with Redmoon staff and artists to ensure the remarkable effect would be completely safe.

Truffle was a great success for Redmoon, and the collapsing cake effect received high praise from audiences and critics, garnering a 2007 Jeff Award for Object Design.

For more information about Redmoon Theater, visit their website.