Charlestown Working Theatre Presents Dan Froot and Dan Hurlin’s WHO'S HUNGRY October 3rd-5th

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An evening of experimental tabletop puppet plays that give a voice and face to hunger in America/

Charlestown Working Theater

The Charlestown Working Theater presents WHO'S HUNGRY, October 3-5, 2013. WHO'S HUNGRY is an evening of experimental tabletop puppet plays that give a voice and face to hunger in America. The project aims to raise awareness of the lives of those of us who, on a daily basis, must choose between life’s basic necessities – food or rent, food or medicine, food or bus fare. The production weaves together the life stories of five homeless and/or hungry individuals, incorporating puppetry, dance, music, and text. In WHO'S HUNGRY, the performers serve the audience a visual and narrative feast. The 60-minute puppet theater adaptation tells the oral histories of five very different homeless and/or food-insecure people through five 15 to 20-minute segments, woven together much as a chef weaves a succession of flavors into a cohesive multi-course meal. Performed at a specially built 24-foot dinner table, the audience views the action from one side, as if they are banquet guests.

WHO'S HUNGRY is the brainchild of award-winning playwright, composer, choreographer and performer Dan Froot, an associate professor in UCLA’s Department of World Arts and Cultures / Dance. Working in close collaboration with Froot is Dan Hurlin, a nationally acclaimed puppet artist who directed the production and designed and constructed the objects and sets. The project incorporates a range of puppetry styles -- a 3-foot tall Japanese bunraku figure, rod puppets, shadow plays inside 1960's TV sets, and a world of carved wood objects painted to look exactly like Delft china -- in order to give each of the five stories its own aesthetic treatment.

Four years after the onset of the economic crisis, hunger remains high in the U.S, and New England has been deeply affected by food insecurity. While New England is certainly not alone in this, it does present some unique dichotomies: acres of working farms, yet people go hungry; a play land of the wealthy is under- girded by the services of the working poor; a city acclaimed for the number of restaurants has food shelves depleted because of need.

CWT is partnering with five New England presenters on this New England tour of WHO'S HUNGRY, as well as with Charlestown-based social service organizations and individuals working on hunger advocacy.

The Charlestown Working Theater was founded on the idea that a theater and a community can engage in a dialogue that results in creative, artistic expression, an exciting exchange of ideas, and a deeper understanding of the people who make up the community. CWT has maintained this philosophy throughout its history and has remained dedicated to serving the cultural needs of Charlestown and greater Boston. CWT’s Resident Artists Program was established in 1997 to create the opportunity and environment for area theater artists to develop, rehearse, and perform creative theater productions, teach workshops, and engage with our community. Today, the Resident Artists Program features the work of local, national, and international theater companies and artists.

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