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Dec 19, 2019 12:00 AM - Feb 5, 2020 12:00 AM

A Christmas Carol, OY! Hanukkah, Merry Kwanzaa

For the delight of audiences aged 5 to 105, Theater for the New City, 155 First Ave., will present Czechoslovak-American Marionette Theatre (CAMT) in "A Christmas Carol, Oy! Hanukkah, Merry Kwanzaa" from December 19 to January 5. The show is an adaptation of Dickens' classic with Old World accents and New World inclusiveness. Adapted, directed and reinvented by Vit Horejs, it features 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.

This toy-puppet theater extravaganza is a new take on Charles Dickens' classic with a few twists and digressions. Into the familiar story is woven a surprising and delightful blend of English, Jewish, African, American and Czech winter rituals and customs, all performed by over three dozen marionettes ranging in size from four to twenty-four inches as well as found objects and toys.  Mr. Horejs operates the whole cast of puppets, backed up by a live chorus: an "a capella monumentale" choir of Katarina Vizina (a transplant from Slovakia) and Valois Mickens (West African/Celtic/Native American origin).  The piece is still set in Old London, but with Czech accents.  Imagine that the familiar tale was told to you not by an English serial novelist, but by your Czech grandmother.

The scenic design uses elements of made-in-Prague 1920’s toy marionette theater donated recently by Madeleine Albright and an identical set that Vit Horejs and his mother played with in their childhoods. The Bob Cratchit and Charwoman marionettes are from these toy theaters.

There are ghost puppets by Vit Horejs and unknown folk carvers and a Camel marionette that has played an intruder in several CAMT shows. Set and costume design are by company member Michelle Beshaw, a two-time Innovative Theatre Awards winner.

Schedule:  Dec. 19, 20, 21, 22, 26, 27, Jan. 2, 3, 4, 5.
Thursdays through Saturdays at 8:00 PM, matinees Saturdays & Sundays at 3:00 PM.
Tickets $18 gen. adm., $12 seniors/students/kids
Come dressed as character of Dickens' Christmas Carol or any seasonal holiday and use discount code SCROOGE for $2 off all tickets (advance sale and box office).
Box office 212-254-1109, www.theaterforthenewcity.net
Running time 75 minutes. Critics are invited to all performances.
Photos: https://photos.app.goo.gl/7eaYStdviUi2FL9S8


Theater for the New City, 155 First Ave. (at E. 10th Street)


From: Dec 19, 2019 12:00 AM
To: Feb 5, 2020 12:00 AM


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