- October 25, 2018
DUKE OLDRICH & WASHERWOMAN BOZENA, THE TRUE STORY: A HISTORICAL COMEDYE IN THREE ACTS
A non-traditional staging of a 374 year-old marionette play based on the story of love at first sight of the 11th century Duke Oldrich, who braved stout opposition for friend and foe alike to marry the exquisitely fair washerwoman Bozena, but forgot to mention some details of his own marital status to his beloved. The two legendary lovers are truthfully represented by fine hand-carved marionettes and life-like mechanicals fashioned expertly two centuries ago from the choicest linden wood; their manipulators in period costumes are artfully composed in flesh and blood.
Performed by actor/puppeteers Carrie Beehan, Deborah Beshaw, Vít Horejs, Jane Catherine Shaw, Ben Watts (Duke Oldrich) and David Wiley Jones (Washerwoman Bozena). Music and vocals are by cross-border polyglot Silesian folk singer Beata Bocek (Czech Republic). Set design is by Roman Hladík. Costume design is by Michelle Beshaw. Lighting design is by Federico Restrepo.