...a wagon wheel creaks as the snake oil salesman dances and winds his way through a dusty gothic west. The landscape and its wayward inhabitants mutate: prisoner becomes ascetic, waif becomes witch, and pilgrim becomes helmsman as the musicians play on...
Hailed by audiences & critics at home and on tour, Snake Oil for the Lovelorn is like nothing else you'll see in Albuquerque theatre. Combining multiple live art forms, the q-Staff Performance Group expertly weaves a hypnotic world of story, image and song into a compelling exploration of hope and cure.
The q-Staff Performance Group dives headlong into an amazing assortment of objects and instruments - from goat cart to tuba, bubble machine to hungarian citera - on a fervent quest in pursuit more for question than answer. The group uses song and text powerfully meshed with intense physicality to reveal the invisible world inside our most fevered struggles. Snake Oil for the Lovelorn is q-Staff's third original performance piece and represents the clearest distillation to date of the group's unique and vigorous approach to actor training and performance creation.
"there's definately something entrancingly irresistible about this performance."
- Steve Allen, Weekly Alibi
"the amalgam of vocal and visual, highly poetic and gently comic, culturaly diverse, still unmistakably American, adds unique flavors to the notion of performing arts."
- Laszlo Upor
"If you thought we were strange..."
- Pajama Men
Directed by Richard van Schouwen
Performed by q-Staff Performance Group:
...Richard van Schouwen
With original music by q-Staff