Saturday March 18th
Double Image Theater Lab: I Laid An Egg
Margot goes on an adventure with her imaginary pal, Egg, in a world made of evocative shadows and quirky household items. A nonverbal interactive show filled with unexpected surprises and discoveries that presents a poetic journey for the child in all of us.
I Laid an Egg has collaborated with the internationally known musician Driftwood Fire and Vlada Yaneva, director Nancy Smithner, award winning lighting designer Joyce Liao, performer Spica Wobbe and Liz Parker. The show has been shown in many festivals in the U.S. and overseas. Its footprints have gone as far as Austria and Holland.
Double Image Theater Lab (www.doubleimagetheaterlab.com) is developing high quality and unique theater pieces for both young audiences and adults by utilizing and developing the abstract elements of puppetry they create poetic and intimate productions. They are the recipients of the Jim Henson Foundation 2012 Seed Grant and the Jim Henson Foundation 2013 Project Grant.
Listen to what people said about I Laid an Egg…
“Double Image Theater Lab captures the essence of freedom children have in letting dreams become reality, in their performance, I Laid an Egg. It’s a captivating, imaginative show for any child who has ever said, “I once had a dream…”
~ India Long, audience at Jumping Juniper Family Festival at BAX, New York
“The audience was completely captivated by the performance. We loved it! We definitely want to have you back!”
~ Forster Manfred, director of Kuddelmuddel children’s culture center in Linz, Austria
“It’s really nice to see how you create interesting shadows with household objects. It gave us ideas of how to play with our children at home.”
~ Nel de Boer, audience at Poppetentheater in Dordrecht, Nederland
“I Laid an Egg” is a delightful and beautiful performance that captures a young child’s voice and poetic imagination. Double Image has created a show that is both captivating for young children and warmly nostalgic and inspiring for adults.”
~ Lauren Jost, director of Spellbound Theatre
Saturday March 25th
Brad Shur (Resident Artist at Puppet Showplace Theater): Cardboard Explosion!
Get ready for a one-of-a-kind puppetry experience! A show fueled entirely cardboard and the power of your imagination. With help from the audience, Brad transforms simple cardboard shapes into elaborate puppet characters, then brings them to life right before your eyes.
Cardboard Explosion was created in Puppet Showplace Theater’s Incubator program with funding support from the Jim Henson Foundation, the Bob Jolly Charitable Trust, and the Sakharoff Family Trust.
Brad Shur grew up making art out of any materials he could find. In puppetry, Brad discovered a medium that let him share his passion for all forms of creativity: sculpting, writing, performing, and more. Brad began performing in puppet shows while he was a student at the Rhode Island School of Design. He then hit the road, touring nationally with several puppet companies before beginning to create his own full length shows. As a puppet builder, Brad has created characters for American Idol, Dolly Parton, and a number of theater companies and independent performers. As a teaching artist, Brad has led workshops at the Center for Puppetry Arts, the National Puppetry Conference, the Puppeteers of America National Puppetry Festival, and at camps, schools, and colleges across New England. Since 2009, Brad has been the Resident Artist at Puppet Showplace Theater where he has created four original shows: “Dr. Doohickey’s Monster Machine,” “The Magic Soup and Other Stories,””Tall Tales” and “Robin Hood.” He also trained extensively with master puppeteer and Puppet Showplace Resident Artist Emeritus, Paul Vincent Davis. Brad‘s newest creation, “Cardboard Explosion!” brings together puppetry, design, and creative improvisation to energize audiences to become art makers themselves. Brad hopes that families and school groups will leave the theater ready to transform their old cardboard boxes into something magical.
CARDBOARD EXPLOSION! The fall schedule at Puppet Showplace Theater is filled with elaborate reenactments of fairy tales . . . and then there’s this reinvention. Using nothing but pieces of cardboard, the theater’s resident artist, Brad Shur, creates puppet characters and brings them to life in an interactive story. You’ll never look at a discarded shipping box the same way.
Sunday March 26
Workshop with Brad Shur ~ Building Puppets with Recycled Materials
11:00 – 12:30 pm in the Brattleboro Food Co-op community room.
Join us to build your own puppet from recycled materials!