Genre: Drama, Dance, Kids, Other
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Renee Philippi and Carlo Adinolfi

Through workshops and support from The Jerome Foundation, The Jim Henson Foundation, St. Ann’s Puppet Lab, Workspace for Choreographers, Ensemble Studio Theatre/Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Science & Technology Project Commission, DCA, NYSCA, and chashama, Concrete Temple Theatre proudly presents its multimedia, multi-disciplinary allegory: Bird Machine.

Using a visceral mixture of object art and puppets -- from the creation of the play's environment/landscape, to flapping birds as rod puppets, to shadow and projection work -- Bird Machine is a play about technology, a contemporary fable that explores the desire to live beyond human limitations. Part one reveals: Leo, the dreamer, obsessed with flying; Vince, the realist, trying to control his world through miniaturization; and the Emperor, destroying Leo and his flying machine, out of fear that others will use the technology to destroy the city walls. In part two, Vince vindicates Leo’s murder by turning his miniature garden into a larger-than-life garden, to lure and trap the Emperor.

Audiences of Bird Machine will experience two worlds and two technologies. The beginning of piece depicts a world that is pastoral, the mechanics simple: a bird flaps across stage then soars overhead. As Vince dreams, his desk transforms into the city of the Emperor and the People. Part two, still a puppet- driven environment, uses projections to introduce contemporary technology.

Bird Machine is a co-creation of Renee Philippi and Carlo Adinolfi. Carlo Adinolfi designs sets and puppets; Renee Philippi directs. David Pinkard is composer and sound designer for the through-composed piece.
Renée Molina designs lights. Cast includes: Carlo Adinolfi, Ayako Dean, Jo Jo Hristova, Leat Klingman, Zdenko Slobodnik, Michael Tomlinson, and Stacey Weingarten.

About the Company: Concrete Temple Theatre

Concrete Temple Theatre is a multi-disciplinary company that emphasizes the creation of compelling new theatre works, incorporating drama, dance, puppetry, and the visual arts, which focus on the individual's struggle for identity and society's struggle for cohesion. Through touring and presenting workshops in New York City, nationally, and internationally, Concrete Temple Theatre strives to bring myth and ritual back to the center of dialog, while making connections and opportunities for diverse audiences to question and examine their place in the world. Grants and Residencies: Concrete Temple Theatre is a recipient of grants from the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, The NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, Jerome Foundation, New York State Council on the Arts; Arts Alive Westchester, The Jim Henson Foundation, and the Alfred P. Sloan/EST Project Commission. Residencies include Art at St Ann's Puppet Lab; chashama AREA Award; EST Open House Residency Lexington, NY; the Workspace for Choreographers; Nantucket Historical Association; St Bonaventure College, NY; The Yard and Martha's Vineyard Historical Society.

Preview:   06/18/09
Open:   06/19/09
Close:   07/05/09

Wednesday – Saturday are at 8 PM & Sundays at 2:30 PM; with an extra performance Tuesday, June 30th at 8 PM
Theater:   Theatre Three
Address:   311 West 43rd Street
New York, NY 10036
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Closest subways to Theater Three, 311 West 43rd St., 3rd floor: 1, 2, 3, 7, A, C, E, N, R to 42nd St., walk North one block and West to theatre. By bus: #10 bus up 8th avenue or #'s 104 or 42 cross-town from the east side. Plenty of available parking in several lots located between 8th and 9th Avenues on 43rd St. Entrances also available off 42nd St. and 44th St.

Cost:Tickets are $20; $12 for students w/valid ID
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