This summer a raft of refugee animals gets pushed out of their homes and into Dufferin Grove Park for an epic papier-mâché fight for the future of the planet in Clay and Paper Theatre’s giant puppet tale, Animal Nature.
A neurotic Caribou poet, a storytelling flatulent Possum, a sleep deprived Grizzly with anger management issues, and a lonely Orca lost in her watery dreams, are just a few of the colourful and bold creature characters in Animal Nature. “How did we get pushed to the very edges of the earth itself?” they all demand.
With its cast of puppet tricksters and merrymakers, Animal Nature rallies audiences to love the planet entirely, absolutely, fervently and to find the way back home together. With original and vibrant design, music, dance, and signature Clay & Paper Theatre satire and wit gone awry, Animal Nature is provocative puppetry in public space at its best.
Directed by Clay & Paper Theatre Founder and Artistic Director David Anderson and Assistant Artistic Director, Kathryn Durst, and written by David Anderson and associate artists, Tamara Romanchuk and Anna Sapershteyn, Animal Nature features music direction by Dr.Chris Wilson, puppet sculpture by David Anderson, puppet and scenic painting by Liudmila Lipovskaya, shadow puppets by Craig Morrison, set design by Maria Wodzinska and a stellar cast of emerging professionals: Brendan Austin, Felix Beauchamp, Sam Bowen, Kathryn Allison Durst, Oriane Edwards, Cameron Grant, Laura-Lee Lewis, Jake Runeckles.
Animal Nature runs in Dufferin Grove Park , from July 23 to August 16 (Preview July 22) @7:30pm, Wednesdays to Sundays. The performance is approximately an hour in length. Admission is Pay-What-You-Can, $10 suggested. No reservations are necessary.
VENUE: Dufferin Grove Park (875 Dufferin St., South of Bloor St. W., across from Dufferin Mall.) North of the Children’s Playground
PREVIEW PERFORMANCE: July 22, 2015 @ 7:30pm
PERFORMANCES: July 23 to August 16, 2015 (Wednesday through Sunday) @ 7:30pm
ADMISSION: Pay-What-You-Can, $10 suggested. No reservations necessary.
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