By Jana Zeller, Spybird Theater
Friday November 30th and Saturday December 1st at 7:30 pm
A work in progress showing
$12/students and seniors, $14/general admission
Kasper and Gretel
This raucous puppet piece features traditional German hand puppet heroes Kasper and Gretel as they struggle to survive in an old shack on the margins of society. As the centuries pass through their little puppet booth, war is always raging and Kasper tries to avoid getting blamed, arrested and drafted, yet this petty puppet always ends up being the scapegoat for larger crimes. In a grotesque world of gun-runners, outhouses, and a declining monarchy, Kasper (with the humor and wit of the common man) ducks out from under authority and manages to survive another 200 years. This is an action packed work in progress show, inspired by German, British and Italian hand puppet traditions.
Jana is a second generation puppeteer whose passion for the hand puppet has driven her to research this 400 year old European tradition extensively. She is intrigued by the fact that these little puppets, who first appeared in the fairgrounds of Europe in the sixteen hundreds and spoke to the common people about politics, the church, and society, have survived to this day, defying authority, economic hardship and censorship, and that the themes they were addressing long ago still have relevance in our current times. In her research Jana conducted several interviews with Peter Schumann of Bread and Puppet, who witnessed the old fairground performances in his childhood and personally knew some of Germany’s most renowned hand puppeteers. The creation of this piece is supported by a generous grant from the Jim Henson Foundation.
Tickets are available by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling (802) 387-4051. Reserving tickets in advance is highly encouraged as seating is limited. You may also take your chances at the door, payable by cash or check. Sandglass Theater is an accessible, 60-seat theater located
right off of I91, exit 4 in the heart of Putney, Vermont.