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"Feathers of Fire" is the most elaborate shadow theater experience ever created, and this recording, captured on an actual theater stage, transforms it into a video-on-demand production for all ages. The story is adapted from Shahnameh (the Persian Book of Kings) and tells the action-packed tale of two star-crossed lovers of old Persia. Zaul, an outcast albino boy, is brought up by a bird-goddess and grows up into a wise ruler. He enters into a forbidden love with Rudabeh, a princess who is the granddaughter of the dreaded Serpent King. Their young, impetuous romance survives many precarious adventures before they finally receive blessings for their union. When they ultimately have a child, it is Rostam, "the Hercules of Iran." Aspects of the story are reminiscent of "Romeo and Juliet," "Rapunzel," "The Firebird" and "Jungle Book."
The piece is created and directed by Hamid Rahmanian, a 2014 Guggenheim fellowship-winning filmmaker/visual artist living in Brooklyn. It is endorsed by Francis Ford Coppola, who called the production "Fantastic! One of the greatest epics of all time and my favorite Shahnameh brought to life in a spectacular fashion by Hamid Rahmanian with shadow puppets design and cinematic wizardry."
COMPLETE INFO: www.jsnyc.com/season/feathers.htm
FILM: "USED AND BORROWED TIME"
Post production is completing in Estonia for "Used and Borrowed Time," written and directed by Sophia Romma. The idyllic love of a youthful interracial couple rises above the hatred of a vengeful white supremacist family in segregationist Alabama during the 1960s. This experimental avant-garde piece, a psychological drama phantasma, will be released to festivals soon. It pays homage to the French New Wave films of Goddard, Truffaut and Agnès Varda.
COMPLETE INFO: http://usedandborrowedtime.com
THEATER FOR THE NEW CITY
"OPEN 'THO SHUT"
On Saturday, December 5 from 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM, Theater for the New City (TNC), 155 First Ave., will present its third "Open 'Tho Shut," a weekly series of free, live walk-by performances in which acts will be staged live in the theater's set shop for audiences of socially distanced passers-by, who will watch through an open garage door on East Tenth Street between 1st and 2nd Avenues. The shop was renamed "The Chop Shop Theater" for this series. It is outfitted with an elaborate set by Mark Marcante and Litza Colon, full stage lighting and a four-mic sound system.
COMPLETE INFO: www.jsnyc.com/season/chop_shop.htm
DECEMBER 19 TO JANUARY 3
CZECHOSLOVAK-AMERICAN MARIONETTE THEATRE IN FANTASY TOUR WITH
"A CHRISTMAS CAROL, OY! HANUKKAH, MERRY KWANZAA, HAPPY RAMADAN"
FOR THE HOLIDAY SEASON
Because everything is virtual now, Czechoslovak-American Marionette Theatre (CAMT) decided to go full-out fantasy this year in restaging its perennial holiday favorite, "A Christmas Carol, Oy! Hanukkah, Merry Kwanzaa, Happy Ramadan." Longing for a worldwide tour of historical venues (some of them are long-gone and torn down), the company is staging a virtual worldwide tour December 19 to January 2 to preview its production before opening at Theater for the New City--again virtually--on January 3.
The show is intended for audiences aged 5 to 105 and is an adaptation of Dickens' classic with Old World accents and New World inclusiveness. Adapted, directed and reinvented by Vit Horejs, it featuresHorejs, a two-woman choir and over 30 puppets by Milos Kasal including a quartet of Rockettes in Slovak, Moravian and Ruthenian folk costumes and holiday songs in Czech, English, Hebrew, Slovak, Spanish and Swahili.
COMPLETE INFO: www.jsnyc.com/season/Vit_Carol_2020.htm
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