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International Sailing Stage Company To Premiere 'Hackster' Play In Met Park

Lindsey Kilbride

Get ready for trickery and stolen gold because there’s a pirate ship in town.

The Caravan Stage Company has had their whimsical 98-foot wooden ship, the Amara Zee, docked at Metropolitan Park for the two months.

A crew of 38 people have been preparing for the world debut of their theatrical production, Hacked: The Treasure of the Empire set to premiere in Jacksonville on June 17.

Credit Cyd Hoskinson / WJCT
Stage sets for the premiere of "Hacked: The Treasure of the Empire" on the deck of the Amara Zee.

The show is a futuristic take on economic issues based on a market crisis involving the price of gold. The plot involves illegal “hackster” pirate’s battling elite characters over the precious metal.

Rowan Faye, aerial choreographer, said audience members can expect a one-of-a-kind performance.

“It’s very abstract so the show involves a lot of puppetry and there’s some amazing aerial dance that happens in the show using circus equipment and some very talented circus performers who’ve worked all over the world,” Faye said.

Faye said the majority of their set has been built in Jacksonville at the local makerspace studio JaxHax and a lot of pieces have complicated mechanics behind them.  

“There’s a cage that when two people stand on it, it squishes and when they come off it, it opens. So it’s kind of technical functional set pieces that are being designed by the team here,” Faye explained.

Construction of the ship, which has sailed all over the world including an 8-year European tour, started in 1992.

After their Jacksonville performance, the 20-person tour group will travel up the east coast for a three-and-a-half month tour.

The show is set for June 17 and 18 at Cove Dock in Metropolitan Park at 9 p.m. The show is free, but it is advised that spectators to bring chairs.

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Lindsey Kilbride was WJCT's special projects producer until Aug. 28, 2020. She reported, hosted and produced podcasts like Odd Ball, for which she was honored with a statewide award from the Associated Press, as well as What It's Like. She also produced VOIDCAST, hosted by Void magazine's Matt Shaw, and the ADAPT podcast, hosted by WJCT's Brendan Rivers.