PHOTO CALL: War Horse's &qout;Joey" Visits Citi Field for &quotHooves on First" Fundraiser

News   PHOTO CALL: War Horse's &qout;Joey" Visits Citi Field for &quotHooves on First" Fundraiser Cast members of the Tony-Award winning play War Horse, along with life-size puppet star, Joey, visited Citi Field on Sept. 10 as a part of the Mets and Seraphim12 joint fundraiser "Hooves on First" to raise awareness about the treatment of horses.

Seraphim12 Foundation is a non-profit dedicated to creating a sympathetic balance between horse and man. They advocate for a shift in perception about the care and classification of the horse, so that all horses have a dignified life, final retirement and resting place. With their humane educational school and summer camp programs, they teach a new way of kindness, compassion, and love for all animals, and each other, through the help and guidance of the horses.

Here's a look at Joey and the War Horse cast at Citi Field:


   

War Horse, the 2011 Tony Award-winning Best Play, will conclude its Broadway run Jan. 6, 2013, at the Vivian Beaumont Theater. It is directed by Marianne Elliott and Tom Morris. Nick Stafford (The Battle Royal, The Snow Queen) adapted Morpurgo's 1982 children's novel.

War Horse features a series of life-sized equestrian puppets, which have the capability of strikingly lifelike movement. Each evocative creature (created by Handspring Puppet Company) is manipulated by an on-stage crew of three puppeteers who give life to a horse named Joey, as he grows from a skittish foal into a full-grown horse.

Here's how LCT bills the work: "At the outbreak of World War I, Joey, young Albert's beloved horse, is sold to the cavalry and shipped to France. Joey is soon caught up in enemy fire, and fate takes him on an extraordinary odyssey, serving on both sides before finding himself alone in no man's land. But Albert cannot forget Joey and, still not old enough to enlist, he embarks on a mission to find his horse and bring him home."

The production features designs by Rae Smith and original puppet design and construction by Adrian Kohler, lighting by Paule Constable, and movement and horse choreography by Toby Sedgwick. The puppetry directors are Basil Jones and Adrian Kohler; video designers are Leo Warner and Mark Grimmer; and songs are by John Tams. The production has music by Adrian Sutton and sound by Christopher Shutt.

War Horse began performances in October 2007 at the National's Olivier Theatre where it continued in repertory for a sold-out run through March 2009. The production transferred to the West End's New London Theatre March 28, 2009. Stephen Spielberg's film adaptation of the novel debuted in December.

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