Spotlight On The Phantom Limb & 69°S Shackleton Project (CBS Boston)

The Phantom Limb Company’s 69°S: The Shackleton Project brings Ernest Shackleton’s 1914 trip across Antarctica to the stage February 7-12 in Boston. The production was co-commissioned by the Hopkins Center, and made its North American premiere there, on Friday, September 30, 2011.

Erik Sanko and Jessica Grindstaff, the Phantom Limb Company’s founders and co-artistic directors, recently talked with CBSBoston.com about the inspiration for the show, their trip to Antarctica, and working with puppets.

Dartmouth served as “a laboratory for us” as they researched the piece, said Grindstaff. “We did three residencies there. The Rauner Special Collections Library has the largest collection of polar expedition archives in the U.S. … We were doing a show [at Dartmouth], so in the mornings before going to the theater, we went to the library for a few hours to paw through everything they had. On one of our last visits we found one of the handwritten journals, and we spent two weeks researching and photographing that. There’s also a polar studies department at Dartmouth, so we spent time there.”

Read the full story,  published 2/6/12 by CBS Boston.