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THE PUPPET CYCLE: Small World Stories

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Commissioned by Arts Brookfield, THE PUPPET CYCLE: Small World Stories is the latest from Phantom Limb Company, the New York City-based partnership known for its distinctive storytelling, social engagement, and sophisticated visual style. Guaranteed to transport and delight, these roving puppet performances feature a team of puppets and puppeteers who will bring to life two original short plays by Dipika Guha and Jen Silverman, as well as a musical number. This family-friendly bill of marionette plays will be performed on a solar powered movable stage—a specially adapted cargo bike—that will tour selected locations in Manhattan and Brooklyn. All performances are free, open to the public, and perfect for any age!

As in all of Phantom Limb’s productions, THE PUPPET CYCLE brings an environmental focus to bear, but in a departure from the scale of more recent work (such as the critically acclaimed Environmental Trilogy), the feeling strived for in these performances is intimate, interactive, and entirely local.

Each playlet is a snapshot of living in this precious, precarious moment. Jen Silverman’s Frown Town looks at the upside of feeling down, and Dipika Guha’s Elephantasia features a pachyderm who dreams of flight. With characteristic humor and a tinge of darkness, THE PUPPET CYCLE: Small World Stories locates hope in the shadow of so much uncertainty.

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