LaSalle Academy

Todays Date: 06/29/22
Last Update: 02/28/09 09:25:38 PM
Address: 38 Second Avenue
New York, NY    10003

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Featuring 26 amazing storytellers from the United States and Canada: Rita Auerbach, Laura Bobrow, Ruth Danziger, Julie Della Torre, David Elyha, Therese Folkes-Plair, Mark Horn, Linda Humes, Joy Kelly, Justin Jaron Lewis, Jack McKeon, Stuart Nager, Ron O'Reilly, Norman Perrin, Eli Rarey, Regina Ress, Thelma Ruffin Thomas, Mary Ann Schmidt, Ken Setterington, Ellen Shapiro, Ron Sopyla, Karen Thibodeau, Gioia Timpanelli, Kira Van Deusen, Rivka Willick, and Diane Wolkstein

Each storyteller will tell a section of the epic. Your 3-Day ticket grants you admission to as little or as much of this historic event as you wish: come to see your favorite section, or stay for the whole adventure! This adventure story of self cultivation is appropriate for children 8 and up. Reservations are encouraged as space is extremely limited. 


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The sixteenth century epic of Monkey: Journey to the West is known to every Chinese person, in Mainland China, Taiwan, and the diaspora. Monkey, born from a 356 foot round stone, sets out in search of immortality. Fourteen years of apprenticeship bring Monkey the skill of cloud somersaulting and an impenetrable body. He then tries to take over heaven but is defeated by Buddha. Five hundred years later, Kwan Yin, the Goddess of Compassion releases Monkey from his captivity so he might accompany a young monk to India to bring back the Buddhist scriptures. En route they have adventure upon adventure, encounters with robbers, fiends, monsters, tigers, brigands, and lusty women who would steal their powers.

On the surface, the epic is a great adventure with the immortal Monkey whose supernatural powers put him in a league with Superman, or Batman. With the support of his compliant rod, he defeats tyrants, liberates the oppressed, and helps the needy. He also loses his temper at the slightest insult and has great difficulty obeying orders. His companion, Monk is a pure soul, ignorant in worldly matters, trembling before each tall mountain, tiger and woman they meet.

Our presentation offers the excitement of the journey while also focusing on the inner adventures of the protagonists. Monkey has gained immortal powers from studying with the Taoists; his first instincts are to triumph, to prevail. However, in his role as the monk's protector, he runs into constant difficulties, for the Buddhist monk, cannot see the difference between fiend and friend and his loving heart would care for all, even those who would destroy them. Taoism - enlightenment of the self, and Buddhism - care for others, struggle toward integration during the journey. Equally relevant to our times is the struggle and eventual integration of the magician and the "saint". The assertive, spontaneous magician Monkey, has great technical powers and would happily take over the world, while the submissive, pure Monk journeys with the intention of ending the suffering of all beings.

In our times, we have great technical knowledge, we know how to split the atom and clone; we also want to care for the whole planet. How do we integrate such matters?