Sunday, February 15, 2009

The Center for Puppetry Arts and NACA-Atlanta present A WEEKEND OF CHINESE CULTURE

The Center for Puppetry Arts (CPA) and the National Association of Chinese Americans-Atlanta (NACA-Atlanta) are pleased to present a Weekend of Chinese Culture, March 7 & 8. The weekend will feature performances of Old Man and the Monkeys & other Chinese Tales, by Dragon Art Studio (Tigard, OR), one of the few professional Chinese puppetry companies in the United States, as well as special tours highlighting the Chinese hand puppet collection in the Center’s global puppet Museum, Puppets: The Power of Wonder and other fun-filled activities focused on Chinese culture.

Old Man and the Monkeys & other Chinese Tales is presented as part of the Center’s 2008-09 Family Series, and runs March 3 – March 15, 2009. In this compilation of five traditional and non-traditional tales of Ancient China, stories of compassion, consideration, and the greatest ping-pong match of all time, are told with the grace and precision that only classically trained, veterans of the puppetry stage can tell. Critically acclaimed puppeteer, actress and Beijing Opera singer, Yuquin Wang and master puppeteer and graduate of the Beijing Puppetry Art School, Zhengli Xu, perform short vignettes that are told with beautiful music, ornate characters and, remarkably, no dialogue!

In addition to the performances, the schedule for the weekend includes guided tours of Puppets: The Power of Wonder by Museum Curator Jeremy Underwood at 12pm and 2pm on Saturday and 2pm on Sunday. This tour highlights the Chinese hand puppets in the permanent collection. As an added treat on Sunday from 4-5pm, there will be a Dragon Art Studio backstage tour (included with admission to 3pm show) given by Brenda Xu. This behind-the-scenes peek gives an in-depth look at how Dragon Art Studio successfully blends puppetry and music with elegance, humor, and special effects to create a uniquely entertaining theatrical experience.
Old Man and the Monkeys & other Chinese Tales will be presented in the Downstairs Theater. Showtimes are: Tues – Fri @ 10:30am & 12pm; Sat @ 11am, 1pm, & 3pm; Sun @ 1pm & 3pm.
Tickets for patrons ages 2 and older are $14.82 + tax for the general public and $8.33 + tax for Members.

The All-Inclusive ticket price includes a performance, the Create-A-Puppet Workshop,* and admission into the permanent Museum exhibit Puppets: The Power of Wonder, and special exhibits including Jim Henson: Wonders from His Workshop. *Dual/Family Level and above.
During this special Weekend of Chinese Culture, the All-Inclusive ticket price includes all of the above plus the special tour of the Chinese hand puppet collection on a first-come, first served basis (limit 20 people per tour). Please visit http://www.puppet.org/museum/permanent.shtml for more information on the Museum.

Order your tickets “FEE-FREE” online at www.puppet.org or call the Ticket Sales Office at 404.873.3391. The Ticket Sales Office is open Monday through Saturday from 9am – 5pm and Sunday 11am – 5pm, with extended hours during evening performances. The Center is located in Midtown Atlanta, across the bridge from Atlantic Station, is accessible from MARTA, and has limited free parking.
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