On Friday, March 11, Wit’s End Puppets will kick off a spring outreach tour of its immigration-themed play Saudade with a public performance at GALA Hispanic Theater in the Columbia Heights neighborhood. A second public performance on Thursday, March 24 at President Lincoln’s Cottage will be presented in partnership with the American Immigration Council. The outreach tour continues throughout the month of March with performances for ESL teachers and students across the DC area.
Set in Washington, DC, the 45-minute Saudade uses shadow and light to portray three stories of immigrant families. Nearly wordless (with a meticulously-designed ambient noise soundtrack by Patrick Calhoun), the piece depicts moments when its characters feel “saudade” – a Portuguese term referring to a feeling of melancholy and nostalgia for places left behind. The play’s fictitious characters grew out a series of more than 50 interviews that Cecilia Cackley, Artistic Director of Wit’s End Puppets, conducted with immigrants to the Washington, DC area. “In developing this work,” says Cackley, “I wanted to emphasize the diversity of the immigrant experience here in DC. Our piece tells stories of people of different ages and different walks of life, and who moved here from different countries.”
Saudade made its debut at the 2015 Atlas INTERSECTIONS Festival. It was presented in May 2015 by the Winnipeg International Storytelling Festival, where the company performed at aid organizations and community centers for newcomers. The spring 2016 outreach tour is supported by the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities. Initial funding for the piece was provided in part by The Puffin Foundation
Wit’s End Puppets is an innovative and experimental puppet theater in the national capital region. The company produces original work for adventurous audiences, collaborates with local partners to bring quality puppetry into contemporary performance, and educates both children and adults about the craft of puppetry. Learn more at www.witsendpuppets.com.
“Saudade” by Wit’s End Puppets
Written by Cecilia Cackley
Featuring the work of puppet designer Katherine Fahey, sound designer Patrick Calhoun, and Wit’s End artists Genna Davidson, Amy Kellett, and Emily Marsh
Kickoff performance: Friday, March 11, 8:00pm
Location: GALA Hispanic Theatre
Address: 3333 14th Street NW, Washington, DC (Metro: Columbia Heights)
Tickets: By donation ($10 suggested donation). Seating is limited – Reservations suggested.
Reservations at https://www.artful.ly/store/events/8480
Public performance: Thursday, March 24, 7:00pm
Location: President Lincoln’s Cottage
Address: 140 Rock Creek Church Rd NW Washington DC 20011
Tickets: By donation. Seating is limited – Reservations required.
Reservations at http://www.lincolncottage.org/saudade-shadow-puppet-show/
Press contact: Cecilia Cackley, Artistic Director: Cecilia@witsendpuppets.com
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Ingrid and Ole Hass will be performing “The Hollow Stump,” an adaptation of The Mitten, on Sunday, March 13, 3pm, at the College Park Arts Exchange. Free admission, but the Arts Exchange invites donations. The show is for children and adults age 4 and up.
Head out to Glen Echo Park this weekend to catch Pinocchio’s final weekend.
Make sure you don’t miss what DC Theatre Scene is calling “a one of a kind experience” here at the Puppet Co! Len Piper’s Pinocchio runs through February 21st, and we’d love to see you here! Visit www.thepuppetco.orgfor information and fee free online ticketing.
Joseph Cashore will be performing at the Montgomery College Cultural Arts Center on February 13th, 2016.
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Tickets are limited so get your tickets soon to this amazing performer.