Journey with Echo Theatre to historic Fair Park for a unique theatrical experience. Gate 3 (behind the Women’s Building) is the access point. We’ll send a map with every ticket confirmation and there’ll be way-finding helpers for patrons once inside the park. Free, attended parking adjacent to the venue is provided. If you’ve ever gawked at the State Fair of Texas’ Butter Sculpture, checked out the quilts, and examined other blue ribbon-winning items on display, you’ve been in the Creative Arts Building. The theater, usually offering puppet shows during the fair, will be transformed into a Japanese temple by our designers. Audiences are limited to only 99 patrons per show for a more intimate viewing experience.
Journey through the world of Temple Spirit; filled with the demons and ghosts that have influenced Japanese culture for thousands of years. These are psychologically terrifying entities that prey on the minds and bodies of the living and embody a myriad of today’s fears; blurring our impulse to choose right or wrong. As the legend goes, after a village temple was taken over by a demon, many good priests attempted to cast it out. This one-night challenge always ended with their very malicious destruction. When a new challenger arrives, he carries with him a secret shame that may be the only means by which he can defeat the evil within the temple. A fantastical world will confront him, and other lives depend upon his victory.
Masks, music, and shadow work add to the theatricality of the production and to the audience experience.