Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Xperimental Puppetry Theatre - Center for Puppetry Arts!

Center for Puppetry Arts Presents Xperimental Puppetry Theater, May 14-17
Adult Puppetry Performances Celebrate Collaboration and Experimentation

WHAT:            Xperimental Puppetry Theater by Various Artists

Artists of all disciplines join forces to create bold, original performances in Xperimental Puppetry Theater (XPT). For only four nights, May 14-17, patrons can experience these creative short puppet performances and films from 11 different teams comprised of more than 40 artists.  The lineup is as follows:

·         Deus Ex Machina,” two explorers investigate a world of clockwork machinery
·         The Nose, film in which a man loses his nose and finds it living a more interesting life on its own
·         “From Beyond,” based on the H.P. Lovecraft story of a man investigating mysterious disappearances
·         “Roommate,” film in which a young woman is frustrated by her roommate’s loud sexual interactions
·         “A Penny Dreadful,” raconteurs tell a tall tale about a man driven crazy by the sun
·         “S.Lenderman,” a “live movie” that explores the recent mythos of the Slenderman
·         “Bean and Bear Presents,” two imaginary friends ask for audience suggestions to perform puppet shows
·         “The Room,” based on “The Yellow Wallpaper” a woman confined to her room drifts into madness
·         “Nanaboozhoo: Firebringer,” Native American tale of how men got fire
·         “Worm Hole,” a rock opera set in a gay bar in space
·         “A Frivolous Age,” a marionette installation drawing parallels between the modern age and Rococo period

For more than 30 years, XPT has allowed the Center for Puppetry Arts to invite theater newcomers and seasoned professionals alike to collaborate and showcase their talents by writing, directing, constructing and performing experimental works for the puppet stage. Recommended for ages 18 and older ONLY, XPT proves that puppets are definitely not just for kids.  A beer and wine bar will be open before the show and during intermission.

WHEN:            May 14-17, 2015
Thursday- Saturday: 8 p.m.
Sunday: 5 p.m.
                        Wine/Beer Bar: Thursday-Saturday: 7 p.m. and Sunday: 4 p.m.
                        Talkback with the artists following every performance

WHERE:          Center for Puppetry Arts
1404 Spring Street NW, Atlanta, GA 30309

Tickets are $7 (Members) and $12 (Nonmembers) and include entry to the performance and museum exhibits. ORDER TICKETS ONLINE AT http://puppet.org/xpt15/ OR CALL 404-873-3391.

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The Center for Puppetry Arts is supported in part by: Fulton County Board of Commissioners • City of Atlanta Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs • Georgia Council for the Arts • Zeist Foundation • The Wish Foundation Fund of the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta • PNC • Aetna Foundation • The Coca-Cola Foundation • Regency Suites Hotel • WSB-TV Family 2 Family Project • YP • For a complete list of the Center’s major supporters, visit www.puppet.org/about/sponsors.shtml.

Kermit and friends are getting a new home at the Center for Puppetry Arts! The nation’s largest nonprofit dedicated to the art of puppetry has begun construction on a 7,500 square foot museum expansion. Set to be completed in fall 2015, the museum will feature objects from the Center’s extensive global collection and will display the world’s most comprehensive collection of Jim Henson's contributions to the world of puppetry. The project also includes a major renovation to existing spaces, including a renovated entryway, expanded research library and many other upgrades that will enhance the overall experience for all visitors to the Center. For more details, visit www.puppet.org/believeinmakebelieve.

Center for Puppetry Arts® is a unique cultural treasure – a magical place where children and adults are educated, enlightened, and entertained. Since 1978, the Center has introduced millions of visitors to the wonder and art of puppetry and has touched the lives of many through enchanting performances, curriculum-based workshops, and the hands-on Museum as well as Distance Learning and Outreach programs. Center for Puppetry Arts is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization and is supported in part by contributions from corporations, foundations, government agencies, and individuals. Major funding is provided by the Fulton County Board of Commissioners and the City of Atlanta Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs. These programs are also supported in part by the Georgia Council for the Arts through the appropriations of the Georgia General Assembly. GCA is a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts. The Center is a member of Theatre Communications Group (TCG), the national organization for the American theatre; Theatre for Young Audiences (TYA/USA/ASSITEJ); and International Performing Arts for Youth (IPAY).The Center also serves as headquarters of UNIMA-USA, the American branch of Union Internationale de la Marionnette, the international puppetry organization.

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