READY, SET, STORY! HOW KATIE SAVED THE SNEAKY SPIDER'S TALES

Genre: Kids
Written by Emily Paul, Directed by Rose Ginsberg

Katie is always getting into trouble for playing tricks! But then, she meets the greatest trickster of them all: Anansi the Spider, the African god of storytelling. When Katie peeks into Anansi's magical box of stories, three ancient myths escape from the box! Katie and Anansi travel through the missing myths, from Viking castles to Apache forests, trying to recover the stories from the clever characters of Norse, Native American, Japanese, and African folklore. But will Katie find all the stories before they are lost forever?

Ready, Set, Story! captures the sense of wonder and excitement children find in their favorite myths, as well as the stories’ incredible imaginative power. Who doesn’t recall spending hours poring over tales of enchanted animals, bickering gods and goddesses, and brave heroes (and heroines!) on impossible quests? Clever tricksters who don’t look like much, but always manage to outsmart even the scariest monsters? These folktales are epic yet familiar, magical yet human, ancient yet totally alive, and children simply can’t get enough of them. And while the stories have been told for centuries, each new listener envisions them in his or her own unique way. This play uses movement, voice work, and playful costumes to bring mythical characters vividly to life, inviting audiences of all ages to explore their amazing, delightful worlds. As Anansi the Spider says, “Ready, Set... Story!”

Featuring an energetic mix of part-time teachers, puppeteers, clowns and comedians, this diverse cast tackles four different myths and their many characters. Renée-Michele Brunet (Katie) and Lauren Kelly Benson (Anansi) lead the standout ensemble, which also features Andrew Ash, Andrew S. Davies, Brian Hirono, Elisa Pupko and Emily Tucker portraying almost 20 different mythical roles.

Creative team includes: Dara Malina (Assistant Director/Stage Manager), Sibylle Weltert (Assistant Director/Stage Manager), Zane Enloe (Scenic Designer), David Monroy (Lighting Designer) and Rachel Soll (Costume Designer).


About the Company: Looking Glass Theatre

Reflecting Life on the Stage with Truth and Theatricality While Exploring a Female Vision and Creating a Community of Artistic Freedom

Our goal is to create a community of artistic freedom: freedom from the pressure to be commercial, freedom from gender expectations and freedom from judgment. We believe this is the way to bring our audience aesthetic bliss. Supporting inspiration without expectations gets creative juices flowing. This pure creative energy then creates the purest entertainment.
 

Open:   10/10/09
Close:   11/22/09

Schedule:
Saturday at 12pm and 2pm
Sunday at 2pm and 4pm
Theater:   Looking Glass Theatre
Address:   422 W 57th St
New York, NY 10019
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Cost:$15 adults, $12 children 12 and under
Buy Tickets Online or Call: Theatermania/OvationTix at 212-352-3101
Company: Looking Glass Theatre         Official Web Site: lookingglasstheatrenyc.com/