The Looking Glass Theatre proudly announces its upcoming production of ADVENTURES OF THE PUPPET PRINCESS, written and directed by Fulbright recipient Jennifer Goodlander, which opens Saturday, October 18 and plays through Sunday, November 23. Performances will be Saturdays at 12 p.m. and 2 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.
ADVENTURES OF THE PUPPET PRINCESS is a Balinese fairytale with music which follows Putu, a troublesome tomboy, and Nyoman, the neighbor boy that her father, a master puppeteer (dalang), is teaching about the art of puppets. Putu loves to play with the puppets and make up stories, but in Bali, girls can't be puppeteers...or can they?
When Putu and Nyoman get lost n the jungle, they encounter fantastical creatures who share stories through dance, comedy and masked drama. But their only way out of the jungle is to create a puppet show for a witch (layak)! Reluctant to work together, can they set aside their animosity to perform a puppet show magical enough to impress the witch and get home? Is all that seems scary and evil also good?
About the Playwright/Director Jennifer Goodlander... Ms. Goodlander received her MFA in Asian Performance and Directing from the University of Hawaii, where she directed numerous original plays. She studied and performed many styles of traditional Asian theatre, including Chinese opera, noh, kyogen, kabuki, hula and others. Ms. Goodlander received a John Young Award for her artistry and a Foreign Language Area Studies fellowship from the U.S. Department of Education to study Indonesian language, culture and performing arts. She has drawn from her Aisan theatre training by directing interculturally informed productions of THE BACCHAE (Looking Glass) and a noh-inspired production of THE GHOST SONATA. Ms. Goodlander participated in the Lincoln Center Director's Lab focusing on new work where she directed a staged reading of FIREFLIES by Suzue Toshiro that was later revised at the Japan Society. She recently completed course work for her PhD in Interdisciplinary Arts, focusing on theatre and performance studies, at Ohio University. Ms. Goodlander spent two summers in Bali studying performance and doing preliminary research for her dissertation on expanding the role of women in traditional Balinese performance. She received a Fulbright Research Award to support her dissertation research.
About The Looking Glass Theatre... The Looking Glass Theatre's mission is to explore and expand the feminite aesthetic, producing works by historic female playwrights, new works by women and productions of the classics re-imagined by contemporary women directors. In June 2006, The Looking Glass Theatre and Founder/Artistic Director Justine Lambert received The Lucille Lortel Award from The League of Professional Theatre Women. Additionally, New York Resident named Ms. Lambert one fo the Top 100 New Yorkers of 2003 for her work with the company.
ADVENTURES OF THE PUPPET PRINCESS -- October 18 - November 23, 2008 SCHEDULE: Saturday @ 12PM & 2PM; Sunday @ 2PM & 4PM
TICKET PRICE: $15 adults, $12 for children (12 and under)
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