PUTNEY -- Sandglass Theater’s New Visions Puppetry Series welcomes the return of Finn Campman’s "Of Bread and Paper" on Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m.
This evocative piece, which played to sold-out audiences at the 2012 Puppets in the Green Mountains festival, invites audiences to enter a world of light and shadow where layers of meaning are glimpsed and gradually revealed.
Tickets are $16 general and $13 for students and seniors.
"Of Bread and Paper" is the story of a poor refugee trying to find his way home. His exile is self imposed but enforced by the struggles of the world: poverty, conflict, indecision and love. It is a play made of fairytales and shadows and like One Thousand and One Nights the story unfolds within itself revealing layers of narrative.
A storyteller tells of a paper man who has nothing but a small round of bread. As he seeks his fortune, he is confronted by a dream that seems to unfold his future, a future that holds his true love, a child and the need to return home. As he is released from the dream he finds himself confronted with the ghost of his future in the form of the storyteller himself. The show is played with paper figures, light and shadows.
Campman studied printmaking and literature at Sarah Lawrence College and began working with puppets in 1991 when he joined Sandglass Theater. Since then, he has worked with Roman Paska at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center, taught puppet construction and design at Helsinki College of Art and Design and in residence at Hamilton College. He taught puppet and object manipulation for six summers at Sandglass Theater’s Summer Intensive.
Campman is Co-Artistic Director of Company of Strangers, whose production "Moth and Moon" won an UNIMA Citation of Excellence. He has toured Scandinavia, Portugal, Hungary, Germany, France, Spain, and Israel. He do-directed and designed Touchstone Theatre’s production of "The Little Prince" and was guest video artist and composer in a collaboration with Contemporary Dance Wyoming.
For four years he was an artist in residence at The Hall Farm Center for the and Arts and Education. He created the video component for the Brattleboro Music Center’s production of "Divine Chemistry" and has presented his work in two Puppets in the Green Mountain festivals. He is currently performing Company of Strangers’ newest productions, "The Alchemy Triptych" and "Of Bread and Paper," as well as showing his short films, "Revolution," "Up" and "Beast in the Machine."
Reservations are encouraged. Admission is payable by cash or check at the door. Sandglass Theater is located at 17 Kimball Hill. For reservations, e-mail email@example.com or call 802-387-4051. For a full list of performers in the New Visions Series, and for other events this fall, visit sandglasstheater.org.
Next up on Nov. 2 and 3, Sandglass Theater teams up with Next Stage Arts Project and Green Mountain Crossroads to present Haitian-American Performance Artist Lenelle Moïse in her one-woman show "Womb-Words, Thirsting."