Sunday, September 07, 2003

"I have never hated a puppet as much as I hate Tatianna..."

I'm in rehearsals right now for Bobbindoctin Puppet Theatre's "Ivan the Fool."
I have to say that it's a damn funny show.
Not because it's in my contract that I have to say that or anything,
but because it is...

and the music is a lot of fun.

anyway, you should check it out if you like

1. puppets
2. russian literature
3. comedy
4. me

here's what the folks at BPT themselves have to say about it...

IVAN THE FOOL opens with a
Special Opening Night Pre-Performance Reception
Thursday, September 11, 6:30 -8:00 pm at Barnevelder Movement/Arts
Complex. Tickets for the special reception are $30 (cash or check) for
reservations call: 713-526-7434

Opening night pre-performance reception buffet generously provided by
Boulevard Bistro, Cafe Noche, Epicure Bakery, Mockingbird Bistro Wine
Bar, Let It Fly, Zana Mediterranean Café, and more

NINE NIGHTS ONLY! September 11, 12, 13, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, 27 at 8:00
For reservations call: 713-526-7434

Bobbindoctrin Puppet Theatre kicks off its new season with Tolstoy’s
cautionary tale, IVAN THE FOOL. Unlike many of Bobbindoctrin’s past
productions, IVAN THE FOOL is designed to be suitable for all audiences,
including most children.

The production, originally produced in 1999 as part of DiverseWorks’
Houston Residency Program, tells the tale of IVAN THE FOOL. Ivan works
the fields and takes care of his deaf-mute sister and aging father.
Even as his militant and greedy brothers Semyon and Taras come and take
most of his land, Ivan abides peacefully. This aberrant peace angers
the Old Devil, who decides to use them as a living example of man’s
capacity for evil. He dispatches his hell spawn imps to set the
brothers at each other’s throats. But while the imps and the Old Devil
dismantle Semyon and Taras again and again with ease, they can’t seem to
get a handle on IVAN THE FOOL. Easy to bend, impossible to break, Ivan
survives war and poverty to become Tsar of the land. Will the brothers
tear Ivan apart in jealousy? Can Ivan manage a kingdom? Is it possible
to have a story with a happy ending but no moral center?

Adapted and directed by Joel Orr. Puppets by Larry Olivarez, stages and
effects by Dennis Clay, costumes and shadow puppets by Yelena Zhelezov,
music composed by Anthony Barilla, music arranged by John DuBoise.
Starring Ahmad Hernandez, Joe Fallodori, Charlesanne Rabensburg, Jodi
McLaughlin and Matt Hume. And the Ivan Orchestra: Mike Swietzer, Cathy
Power, Chris Bakos and John DuBoise.

Barnevelder Movement /Arts Complex (2201 Preston, Houston TX)
September 11-27 2003 / Thursday through Saturday, 8 PM
TICKETS: $15 for reservations call: 713-526-7434

Bobbindoctrin Puppet Theatre is a participant in the Cultural Arts
Council of Houston/Harris County’s Arts Incubator Program.

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