Company of Strangers: Of Bread and Paper

Company of StrangersFriday and Saturday,
October 11-12, 7:30pm

Tickets are $16 general, $13 students and seniors
Reserve by email or by calling 802-387-4051

Sandglass Theater’s New Visions Puppetry Series welcomes the return of Finn Campman’s Of Bread and Paper.   This evocative piece, which played to sold-out audiences at the 2012 Puppets in the Green Mountains festival,  invites you to enter a world of light and shadow where layers of meaning are glimpsed and gradually revealed.  Performances are Friday and Saturday, October 11th and 12th at 7:30pm.  Tickets are $16 general and $13 for students and seniors.

Of Bread and Paper is the story of a poor refugee trying to find his way home. His exile is self imposed but enforced by the struggles of the world: poverty, conflict, indecision, and love. It is a play made of fairytales and shadows and like One Thousand and One Nights the story unfolds within itself revealing layers of narrative. A storyteller tells of a paper man who has nothing but a small round of bread. As he seeks his fortune, he is confronted by a dream that seems to unfold his future, a future that holds his true love, a child, and the need to return home. As he is released from the dream he finds himself confronted with the ghost of his future in the form of the storyteller himself. The show is played with paper figures, light and shadows.

Finn Campman studied printmaking and literature at Sarah Lawrence College, and began working with puppets in 1991 when he joined Sandglass Theater. Since then, he has worked with Roman Paska at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center, taught puppet construction and design at Helsinki College of Art and Design and in residence at Hamilton College. He taught puppet and object manipulation for six summers at Sandglass Theater’s Summer Intensive. Finn is Co-Artistic director of Company of Strangers, whose production Moth and Moon won an UNIMA Citation of Excellence. He has toured Scandinavia, Portugal, Hungary, Germany, France, Spain, and Israel. Finn Co-directed and Designed Touchstone Theatre’s production of The Little Prince, and was guest video artist and composer in a collaboration with Contemporary Dance Wyoming. For four years he was an Artist in Residence at The Hall Farm Center for the Arts and Education. Finn created the video component for the Brattleboro Music Center’s production of Devine Chemistry, and has presented his work in two Puppetry In The Green Mountain Festivals. He is currently performing Company of Strangers’ newest productions The Alchemy Triptych and Of Bread and Paper, as well as showing his short films, Revolution, Up, and Beast in the Machine.

Reservations are highly encouraged, as seating is limited.  Admission is payable by cash or check at the door.   Sandglass Theater is located at 17 Kimball Hill in the heart of Putney, VT.  For reservations email info@sandglasstheater or call 802-387-4051.  Click here for the full list of performers in the New Visions Series.

Next up in the series is SOVA Dance and Puppet Theater’s Adelka Polak. Adelka has previously performed at the Puppets in The Green Mountains festival and Puppets in Paradise.  She returns with her newest solo, Branches, on November 15-16.   Last up in the series, on November 23-24, Leila Ghaznavi visits the area for the first time with her unique blend of puppetry, aerial acrobatics, and dance in Beyond the Light.