The Puppet Festival (r)Evolution features performances, talks and workshops, many of which are family-friendly. Here are a few festival highlights taking place at Swarthmore College:
1. The Struggle for Justice:
Mississippi-based Red String Wayang Theatre uses traditional Indonesian-style shadow puppetry to explore the civil-rights struggle in Jim Crow America. (Thu-Fri, Aug. 8-9, 1:30 p.m., $12, Frear Theatre)
2. Beauty is Embarrassing:
A documentary about Wayne White, the irreverent artist responsible for the design of Pee-wee’s Playhouse and Beakman’s World and videos for Peter Gabriel and the Smashing Pumpkins. The film captures White’s story through his one-man show. White will conduct a Q&A session after the screening. (Wed, Aug. 7, 8 p.m., $15, Pearson Hall Theater)
3. Celebration of Flight:
Heather Henson, youngest daughter of the legendary Muppets creator and puppetry advocate, creates an environmentally themed outdoor performance with flying, kite-like puppets. (Sat., Aug. 10, 3 p.m., free, college campus lawn)
4. Joseph Jonah Therrien:
The founder of the People’s Puppets of Occupy Wall Street relates his journey from apathy to activism, as he tries to change the world “one puppet at a time.” (Tue., Aug. 6, 1:30 p.m., $12, Cornell 101)
5. Dreams in the Arms of the Binding Lady:
Izumi Ashizawa spins a quartet of Japanese ghost stories through a combination of physical theater, storytelling and unconventional object manipulation. (Tue.-Wed., Aug. 6-7, 1:30 p.m., $12, Troy Dance Lab)
The Puppet Festival (r)Evolution, Aug. 5-10, various locations in Swarthmore, 267-240-3679,
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