Hobo Grunt Cycle

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Hobo Grunt Cycle

is a theatrical circus pantomime taking a compassionate look at the true costs of war. Exposing the post-war legacy of soldiers by making empathetic connections between wounded veterans and    injured pit bulls, a silent Tramp clown (Kevin Augustine) toils to heal the scars of violence by nursing his beloved pet dog back to health.

Developed over 6 years with a 2014 commission from Dixon Place in NYC, Hobo Grunt Cycle blends disparate threads- from the little known circus clown hierarchy, to the military industrial complex- to silently speak about peace. The tramp is the lowliest of clown types- never one to throw a pie but always sure be hit with it. His low status parallels the Grunt Soldiers who obediently fight and die in the wars which they themselves never create.  A further parallel shows the barbarity of dog fighting juxtaposed against military conflict, as many vets live a suicidal postwar life eerily similar to fight dogsā€”so badly injured they must be "put down".   In a most unusual way, this production urgently asks audiences to rethink the necessity of violence in our conflict resolutions.