This July, Dream Story Puppets shall be performing its latest piece “Alice, or the Pink King’s Dream.” Two characters, whose identities usually are not very clear, deliver 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 components of our present, and so they match the “theater in a theater” stylistic machine that is also current there. We intention to deliver joyful leisure and encourage imaginative, artistic considering by inviting the viewers to take part in our seek for which means and sense in partly nonsensical worlds.
Twenty years in the past, originally of my life within the U.S., I labored principally as a theatre instructor. Dream Story Puppets was based as a program on the Cape Cod Kids’s Museum and in a while was supported beneath the umbrellas of my following visa sponsors. 5 years in the past, after we have 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 identification as an artist. On a sensible stage, it meant attempting to reconnect with some artistic methods I realized or developed earlier on in life, and trying to find methods of making theatre that may emerge through the work.
In fact, these sorts of explorations wanted additional sensible assist. Fortunately for me, Margaret Moody agreed to hitch. 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 provided a spot to work. Associates helped with supplies and set constructing.
In September 2017, I needed to depart 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 deliver scenes to life. This present tells its personal story, however it additionally chronicles the sensible theatrical seek for my and our ensemble’s creative identification. The traces of this search are imprinted within the present and its language, and I hope they’re as attention-grabbing 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 businesses that are supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state company.