Thursday March 14, 2013

PUTNEY -- Sandglass Theater’s hit production at last fall’s Puppets in the Green Mountains Festival, "D-Generation: An Exaltation of Larks," is returning to Brattleboro’s New England Youth Theater on Friday and Saturday, March 22 and 23, at 7:30 p.m. The performances are a preview for a national tour which will open at Theater Grottesco in Santa Fe, N.M., in April.

Sandglass spent January reworking the production with director Roberto Solomon. The reworking of the production and the development of the national tour were made possible by a National Theater Project grant, administered by the New England Foundation for the Arts, with lead funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

"D-Generation" is compelling, moving and humorous while treating the subject matter of advanced stage dementia with respect. It is a full-length theater piece based on stories written collaboratively by groups of people with late-stage dementia. The work is performed by three puppeteers, Eric Bass, Ines Zeller Bass, and Kirk Murphy who are the caregivers and five puppets who are the residents of a care facility.

Set to an original score by Paul Dedell, video and striking animated video segments by Michel Moyse, "D-Generation" explores the rich creative potential and ability to communicate that exists in people with late-stage dementia. The production is further enhanced by Sabrina Hamilton’s lighting design and sound by Finn Campman.

The collected stories, which are associative and non-linear, were gathered by Sandglass’ performers during 20 visits to care facilities, during which circles of people with dementia were guided through a collective story-making method called TimeSlips (www.timeslips.org).

Tickets are $16, $13 for students and seniors. They are available at Everyone’s Books, 25 Elliot St., Brattleboro, on line at www.brownpapertickets.com, two hours before curtain at the New England Youth Theatre, and at the Sandglass Theater administrative office in Putney by appointment; call 802-387-4051.