OBIE and Drama Desk winner, puppeteer Basil Twist (Symphonie Fantastique) will curate a new program dubbed, "Dream Music Puppetry Program" at NYC's HERE, July 29-30
The series will feature new works by American puppeteers and launch July 29 & 30, in two special "Puppetry Parlor" nights. The new program will present the work of new puppeteers every month in the 1999-2000 season.
The schedule for The Puppetry Parlor" is as follows:
* Shadows and Light by Jim Napolitano, using shadow puppetry, Napolitano tells a series of wonderful stories based on children's literature. * The Wallowhat & The Pinchay by Tim Nevits, is a musical fairy tale about letting go. A large, lumbering Wallowhat falls in love with a Pinchay bird and sews it to its head. Trapped, the Pinchay grows deathly ill, its feathers falling of one by one. Faced with losing his Pinchay, the Wallowhat learns that loving sometimes means letting go.
* Harrison Bergeron by Stacey Havens. An adaptation of Kurt Vonnegut's "Harrison Berger." It's the year 2081, and everyone is finally equal. By using various style puppets this adaptation envisions a society where equality is taken to the extreme.
* Doubting Dorothy by Gretchen Van Lente. A striking, satirical adaptation of "The Wizard of Oz."
* Atlantis in My Eye created by Erin Eager. A surreal voyage which begins underwater and ends by revealing the ocean in the urban landscape.
* E-Evolution by Eric Novak. The history of evolution told as a shamanistic dance. A puppet show in five parts about the history and future of evolution told in the form of dance.
* Sam's Dog and Pony Show created by Sam Hack with Andrew Perret. Ladies and gentlemen...witness the greatest acts of agility and skill the animal kingdom has ever produced. Meet the goose that fetches, the dog that sings and the counting mules.
* The Wild Queen created by Brian Selznick -- follows a boy who is building a city of twigs beneath a bush behind his suburban home.
For tickets or more information, call (212) 647-0202.
-- By Sean McGrath