October 11, 2017 at 3:04 pm #20833Jonathan SlaffMember
November 2-19, 2017
La MaMa E.T.C. (First Floor Theatre), 74 East Fourth Street (betw. Bowery and 2nd Ave.)
Presented by La MaMa in association with GOH Productions, and as a co-production of Czechoslovak-American Marionette Theatre, a resident company at La MaMa, and Theatre Kapow of New Hampshire.
Thursdays through Saturdays at 7:30 PM, Sundays at 3:00 PM
$20 general admission, $15 students & seniors. Ten $10 tickets will be available to every performance on a first-come, first-served basis (advance sale recommended). $1 facility fee is added on all tickets.
Box office (646) 430-5374, http://www.lamama.org
Running time: 99 minutes. Critics are invited on or after November 3 (JFK Day).
Recommended for ages 12 and up.
DESCRIPTION: In the era of alternative truth, it is timely to revisit three 1960s national traumas which are shrouded in dense cobwebs of multiple conspiracy theories: the assassinations of President Kennedy, Robert Kennedy and Rev. Martin Luther King. To elucidate them with puppet theater wisdom, Czechoslovak-American Marionette Theatre (http://czechmarionettes.org) revisits these tragedies in “The Life and Times of Lee Harvey Oswald,” conceived, written and directed by Vít Horejš. The piece represents the main protagonists as a peculiar cross between Greek tragic figures and stock characters from traditional puppet murder mysteries.
The Kennedy brothers and King, portrayed by puppets, are dramatized as inexorably approaching the Grassy Knoll through their lives, guided by fate, as marionettes are pulled by their strings. A chorus of all-American cheerleaders, FBI, KGB and talent agents warn them in vain to avoid the path of destruction. A score of ’60s hits, military anthems and sound effects, played on Wurlitzer organ and percussion, comments on the action and guides the stringed players through their unavoidable life changing acts.
The story is acted out on the Grassy Knoll with the Book Depository in the background. On this location, the chorus begins recounting the story while moving and transforming the mobile set from the Book Depository into Hyannis Park, the White House, Moscow, Havana, Offices of the anti-Castro League in Miami, Dallas International Airport, the Viaduct, and other renowned locales. A cast of over 50 eight-inch marionettes by Milos Kasal, and a dozen ventriloquist dummies for the chorus by Václav Krcál, interact with nine performer/puppeteers.
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