PUTNEY -- Puppeteer Brad Shur visits from Boston to present "The Magic Soup and Other Stories" at Sandglass Theater on Saturday, with performances at 2 and 4 p.m. This is the second performance in the 2013 Winter Sunshine Series of Family Performances at Sandglass.
Uncle Murray is coming over for dinner, but there’s no food in sight. A young man’s search for a family recipe brings folk tales to life in the fast-food-filled kitchen of his bachelor pad. Based on a collection of traditional Yiddish stories, "The Magic Soup" teaches that it is those with wit, humor and imagination who have the best chance of filling their bellies -- and fulfilling their dreams.
In putting together this show, Shur looked for stories that he felt a real connection to. "I chose Jewish folk tales from eastern Europe because these are the stories my grandparents were raised on. I think they have a unique texture to them that’s very strange and very familiar at the same time."
Shur says that we can transcend our troubles by embracing a creative worldview. "The people living in shtetls who created these stories often had a very hard life and these stories were part of the mythology that helped them to persevere."
Winter Sunshine co-producers Jamie Keithline and Bonny Hall saw the show in Boston last year and knew they wanted it for Winter Sunshine.
"Brad does a terrific job of presenting these traditional tales in a
The 2013 Winter Sunshine Series of Family Performances continues on Feb. 23 with Nappy’s Puppets, March 16 with Magical Moonshine Theater (all the way from California) and ends on April 6 with Ines Zeller Bass of Sandglass Theater.
All tickets are $8. Reservations are recommended; call the Sandglass box office at 802-387-4051.