"I understand how valuable theatre is as a tool for change and discovery."
Rascal: Kendrick Haunt
First Rascal Tour
Role: Costume Designer & Actor
Lives: Bozeman, MT
From: It's complicated
Go-To Biking Snack: Banana
Favorite Song-to-Sing while biking: 500 Miles
Cyclist Rating: 3/5
Why did you choose to join Agile Rascal for their Florida tour?
My brother was a part of the Montana tour and I was lucky enough to see them perform. I was inspired by how the company used everything they had at their disposal, including camping equipment, to create sets and costumes and props. I told myself that I would apply to the next tour, and here I am!
What makes you excited about performing and biking in Florida?
I'm really excited to explore the landscape and wildlife of Florida in a different way than ever before. I used to go there on vacation with my parents when I was really little and I only remember it in snippets. I'm excited to experience the state in a much slower and more personal way.
Can you tell us a story of bicycling?
This is a throwback...when I was a little kid my mom had a tag-along extension on the back of her bike so that I could pedal and go along for a ride, too, without having to keep up on my own. Instead of actually pedaling and paying attention, my favorite thing to do back there was to dance and do acrobatics. One time I got far too excited and managed to get my foot caught in the spokes. By some miracle I did not to break myself or the tag-along, but my parents had to work my leg back out of the bike, so we could be on our way.
Why do you choose to do live theatre?
There is an intense sense of connection to people and place that I have found in theatre that I have never found anywhere else. I think that there is some sort of magic, sacred journey that a group of people goes on through the telling of a story in such an immersive manner, especially when it is taken out of the context of a traditional theatre space. I definitely felt this when I first started performing as a kid, but the older I get the more I understand how valuable this is as a tool for change and discovery.
What will it mean to intersect bicycles, environment and theatre?
Biking has always just been a convenient and more pleasant way to get around town for me, so this tour will open up a very different relationship to biking. I'm excited to approach theatre and travel in a slower, less tech-heavy way than I have my entire life, and see how that changes its significance for me.