THEATER FOR THE NEW CITY
Crystal Field, Executive Director, Presents
Czechoslovak-American Marionette Theatre in the Culminating Events of its Fantasy Tour
“A CHRISTMAS CAROL, OY! HANUKKAH, MERRY KWANZAA, HAPPY RAMADAN”
Because everything is virtual this year, Czechoslovak-American Marionette Theatre is going full-out fantasy in re-staging its perennial holiday favorite, “A Christmas Carol, Oy! Hanukkah, Merry Kwanzaa, Happy Ramadan.” Longing for a worldwide tour of historical venues, the company is staging a cyber-only circuit of them December 19 to 30, culminating in a triumphant finale at Theater for the New City December 31. This toy-puppet theater extravaganza is a new take on Charles Dickens’ classic with a few twists and digressions. It features Vit Horejs, 30 Czech marionettes, and an “a capella monumentale” choir of two women.
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 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. The running time is 75 minutes.
The “pretend” out-of-town try-out performances at venues outside Theater for the New City (many of them are long torn down) will be created with virtual backgrounds in the prologues.
Admission is free to all the venues–both the existing ones and the long-gone ones–but donations will be gratefully accepted.
WHERE, WHEN AND HOW TO WATCH
Out of town tryouts co-produced by J. P. Morgan, Andrew Carnegie and P. T. Barnum:
11 am Jan Hus Playhouse, NYC – introduction by Vit Horejs
3 pm Slovak National Theatre, Bratislava – introduction by Katarina Vizina
7 pm Madison Square Garden, East 26th Street and Madison Avenue – introduction by Theresa Linnihan
11 am Royal Albert Hall, London – introduction by Deborah Beshaw-Farrell
3 pm Plaza de Toros, bullfighting ring, Madrid introduction by Steve Ryan
11 am Théâtre des Champs Elysée, Paris – introduction by Michelle Beshaw
3 pm Hollywood Bowl – introduction by Judith Barnes
7 pm Bolshoi Theatre – introduction by Hayden DeWitt
11 am Hudson Valley Summer Festival – introduction by Bonnie Sue Stein
3 pm La Scala Opera House – introduction by Harlem Lafayette
11 am Detroit Institute of Arts – introduction by Valois Marie Mickens
3 pm National Theatre, Prague – introduction by Gail Whitmore
7 pm Bannerman’s Island, Hudson River – introduction by John Scott Richardson
A co-production of Theater for the New City and Czechoslovak-American Marionette Theatre
3 pm Culminating performance at Theater for the New City, NYC – introduction by Daniel Wilkes Kelly