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AS OF SEPTEMBER 23, 2013
WITHOUT WINGS -- Janice Amaya as Chaska, the shepherd girl, being
taken to the skies.
4 TO 27
IATI THEATER, 64 E. 4TH STREET
"A GIRL WITHOUT WINGS"
Based on an Andean myth, "A
Girl Without Wings" by Jason Williamson, directed by Kathleen
Amshoff, is an object theater piece telling the story of a lonely condor
who falls in love with a spirited shepherd girl. The play is based on
a folk tale of the Quecha speaking communities of Equador and Peru.
IATI Theater and Dramatic Adventure Theatre will present the piece October
4 to 27, 2013 as the first production in IATI's newly-renovated facility
at 64 East Fourth Street. Supported by the Jim Henson Foundation, this
play is for all ages and is recommended for theatergoers from 8 to 108.
THEATRE -- Brando Boniver, Alysia Dorhout and puppets by Spica Wobbe.
19 TO NOVEMBER 10
WEST END THEATER, 263 WEST 86TH STREET
For audiences age three and up, Frog
and Peach Theatre Company, widely known for their popular and critically-acclaimed
Upper West Side productions of Shakespearean plays, will present a fairy
tale series, "Tinkerbell Theatre," adapting "Cinderella"
(from the Brothers Grimm) and "The Tinderbox" (from Hans Christian
Anderson) into Rocky-and-Bullwinkle style plays featuring sing-along
songs and big, soft puppets. The plays, written and directed by Lynnea
Benson, will be followed by puppet-making workshops to which all kids
attending will be invited. "Tinkerbell Theatre" will be performed
in repertory with the Frog and Peach Theatre Company's production of
"Hamlet," which opens October 17.
MARIONETTES -- Vit Horejs in workroom of Czechoslovak-American Marionette
Theatre, with Socrates puppet.
29 TO DECEMBER 15
LA MAMA E.T.C.
CZECHOSLOVAK-AMERICAN MARIONETTE THEATRE IN "THE REPUBLIC"
Czechoslovak American Marionette
Theatre will perform "The Republic," an interdisciplinary
performance written and directed by Vít Horejš, which adapts
Plato's "Republic" with some elements from two of Plato's
dialogues: "Crito" (in which Socrates refuses to escape from
prison) and "Phaedo" (about Socrates' death). A cast of seven
assumes multiple characters and interacts with puppets of many sizes
and styles, including traditional Czech marionettes, found objects,
shadow puppets, masks and giant rod puppets.
piece examines questions of justice, government, the rights and duties
of citizens and deeper questions of metaphysical truth. In today's world,
with governments and constitutions being overhauled left and right,
we are expressing doubts about our own political system that purports
to be an example to the rest of the world. Just as in the 5th century
B.C., political movements led by demagogues and sophists are taking
over from the voice of reason. Was Socrates executed by a vigilant Athenian
"Department of Homeland Security?" We may not come to any
conclusions, but we hope to open a dialogue in a true Socratic method.
THE ELIZABETHAN UNDERSTANDING OF THE ACTOR AS PUPPET UNLOCK THE MEANING
OF SHAKESPEARE’S PLAYS?
The occasion of The
Dark Lady Players' performance of "Shakespeare's Anti-Christian satires:
The Virgin Mary Parodies" gave us the opportunity to investigate
how Elizabethan Meta-Theater could be enacted with contemporary puppet
So we asked John Hudson,
the theorist and dramaturg of The Dark Lady Players, to illuminate the
possibilities. We learned, in short, that all puppetry is metatheatrical
but not all metatheater is puppetry.
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