This July, Dream Story Puppets might be performing its latest piece “Alice, or the Purple King’s Dream.” Two characters, whose identities will not be very clear, convey to life a puppet of a little bit woman and so they set her on the seek for her misplaced kitten. The little woman’s title is Alice. Although she arrived on this unique theatrical world from the pages of Lewis Carroll’s tales, and she or he meets many characters from Carroll’s tales, her adventures comply with their very own distinctive path. Carroll’s nonsense and puzzles are elements of our present, and so they match the “theater in a theater” stylistic system that is also current there. We purpose to convey joyful leisure and encourage imaginative, artistic pondering by inviting the viewers to take part in our seek for that means and sense in partly nonsensical worlds.
Twenty years in the past, in the beginning of my life within the U.S., I labored largely as a theatre trainer. Dream Story Puppets was based as a program on the Cape Cod Kids’s Museum and in a while was supported underneath the umbrellas of my following visa sponsors. 5 years in the past, once we had been kicking off work on “Alice,” my visa sponsor was the Polish Theatre Institute of NYC. The Institute gave us the liberty to pursue no matter objectives us. So with work on “Alice”, I attempted to search for my subsequent id as an artist. On a sensible degree, it meant making an attempt to reconnect with some artistic strategies I realized or developed earlier on in life, and looking for methods of making theatre that may emerge in the course of the work.
After all, these sorts of explorations wanted additional sensible assist. Fortunately for me, Margaret Moody agreed to affix. John Wesley United Methodist Church in Falmouth, the Middleborough, Kingston, Arlington, Somerville Public Libraries, and the Unitarian Universalist Church in Medford supported us with rehearsing areas. The Puppet Showplace Theatre included us within the Incubator Program and likewise supplied a spot to work. Associates helped with supplies and set constructing.
In September 2017, I needed to go away the U.S. to attend in my native Poland for my subsequent visa. Eight months later, I used to be again in Massachusetts as a U.S. resident. This dramatically modified my immigration standing and freed me from the annual requirement of making use of for an extension of my visa.
We resumed rehearsals on the finish of 2019. When the pandemic hit, we needed to transfer rehearsals on-line. This added to the experimental dimensions of the undertaking as we performed with a wide range of sorts of puppets and methods to convey scenes to life. This present tells its personal story, however it additionally chronicles the sensible theatrical seek for my and our ensemble’s creative id. The traces of this search are imprinted within the present and its language, and I hope they’re as fascinating and galvanizing because the story is.
THE FIRST PERFORMANCES DATES
- Tuesday, July 12, at 2:00 PM, Reuben Hoar Public Library in Littleton,
- Friday, July 15, at 2:00 PM, Carver Public Library,
- Saturday, July 16, at 12: 00, Mansfield Public Library.
This program is supported partly by grants from the Littleton, Carver, and Mansfield, Cultural Councils, native companies that are supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state company.