PUTNEY >> On Friday, Nov. 6 and Saturday, Nov. 7, "Bitter Fruits and Combat Boots: a Hip Hopera" breaks new ground as Redwing Blackbird Theater's hand puppeteer, Amy Trompetter, collaborates with East Harlem rap poet, Not4Prophet.
The innocence of the puppet is well paired with the justified rage that gives birth to Not4Prophet's howls of poetry. His songs weave history into the puppetry dialogue. The story moves from creation to expulsion from the Garden of Paradise into a New World Order, and through Harlem ghetto parables to the Apocalypse ushering in a utopian society. Puppetry text sources include Medieval Mystery Plays, Punch & Judy, Black Lives Matter and a Kazakh wonder tale.
"Bitter Fruits and Combat Boots: a Hip Hopera" will be presented as part of Sandglass Theater's New Visions Series, which serves as a laboratory for new works by artists in the field of puppetry and movement-based theater.
Amy Trompetter designs, directs and performs puppet shows. Her roots are in the Bread and Puppet Theater in 1960s New York City.
Not4Prophet aka Zero Prophet creates and performs Hip Hop honed afro aesthetic indigenous inspired political poetry, militant music and subversive sounds.
Show times are Friday and Saturday, Nov. 6 and 7 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $16 general and $13 for students and seniors available at sandglasstheater.org. For reservations (highly encouraged) call the theater at 802-387-4051. Tickets are also at the door. Sandglass Theater is a wheelchair accessible theater located on Kimball Hill, Putney.