January 10, 2018 at 12:45 pm #22102Meg WalshMember
Make Believe Neighborhood
Presented by In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre
February 2 – 25, 2018
1500 E Lake Street, Minneapolis, MN 55407
Tickets: $10 children/students/seniors, $20 adults
Box Office: https://make-believe.brownpapertickets.com/ or 612-721-2535
use discount code “trolley” to get $2 off adult tickets for opening weekend!
Directed by Bart Buch
Musical Direction by Martin Dosh
Artistic Collaborators and Performers Seth Eberle, Masanari Kawahara, Angela Olson, and Laurie Witzkowski
Make Believe Neighborhood celebrates Neighborhood Helpers – the ordinary people who do extraordinary work to make our own neighborhood a brighter, healthier, friendlier place. Director Bart Buch weaves these stories together with scenes from the life of Fred Rogers and gorgeous music produced by Martin Dosh. Join us as we look deeper into the background of Mr. Rogers and how he came to be a strong advocate for children, the beauty of the everyday, and simple acts of kindness. At the same time, we’ll shine a spotlight on some of the neighbors who have made our community what it is today.
Buch says, “As fellow puppeteers, educators, and activists in our Minneapolis neighborhood where ‘make believe’ is part of our daily work, we are inspired by Fred Rogers. His gentle persistence and dedication to the emotional well-being of young people, families, and communities has simply and profoundly affected millions of people. Mr. Rogers liked to tell of when he was a kid and saw something scary in the news; his mother would tell him if he were ever in a scary situation to look for the helpers, in any situation there are always people helping. He focused on looking for the neighborhood helpers in many of his shows and always sought to highlight those positive people and stories, to counterbalance the negativity in the media. We want to tell the stories of our own incredibly diverse neighbors who are helping people and communities believe in themselves, making better lives and neighborhoods.”
Make Believe Neighborhood is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.
Bart Buch has been creating, directing, designing performing and teaching puppetry for 20 years. He focuses on interpreting poetry into puppetry arts performances (called puppet poems) and seeks to convey poetry through evocative puppet movement, visual imagery, few spoken words, and an enveloping musical language. He has presented several independent puppet shows working with the poetry of Allen Ginsberg, Adrienne Rich, Wendell Berry, Dar Williams, Rumi and others, as well as his own poetry. Bart recently presented his puppet poem Mortal City, inspired by a song of the same title by Dar Williams, at the International Puppet Festival in Chicago in January, 2015. He is the Director of Youth and Community Programming at In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre and a 2017 Playwrights’ Center McKnight Theatre Artist Fellow.
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