Hard Headed Heart
, Chicago's most acclaimed puppet master,
comes to the CWT with Hard Headed Heart
, a wonderful trio of interconnected
solo shows including:
The Puppet Show of Don Cristobal
– Based on the bawdy script
by Federico Garcia Lorca, this play, performed with wooden hand puppets and a drum kit, is a humorous retelling of the
traditional trickster Cristobal's wooing and marriage to the delectable Dona Rosita.
St. James Infirmary
– Based on the traditional New Orleans
folksong, this is a clever, romantic show performed with rod marionettes, a motorized paper scroll and a one-man pit band.
– Based on Wallace Stevens' poem
13 Ways of Looking at a Blackbird
is an engaging, inventive shadow puppet show performed on a set
of four rolling paper scrolls, lit entirely by lamplight.
"The technique and commitment on display is nothing short of staggering."
- Chris Jones, Chicago Tribune
For anyone who loves the performing arts, Blair Thomas & Co. provides magical theatrical experiences and illuminating
connections to unique cultural traditions by combining live music, narrative literature and handcrafted objects.
As co-founder of the highly successful Redmoon Theater, Blair spent a decade leading a vision to create large-scale
spectacle theater. He was the principal creator behind all of its productions, parades and pageants, including
Frankie & Johnny
, Moby Dick
, the Winter Pageant
the All Hallow's Eve Halloween Parade
until he left in 1998. Blair then
served as co-curator for both of Chicago's International Puppet Festivals in 2000 and 2001 and became an Associate
Adjunct Professor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
In 2002, Blair founded Blair Thomas & Co. to create a distinctive Chamber Puppet Theater. With the company, Blair
has toured to Boston, Pittsburgh, Baltimore, Tampa, Atlanta, Phoenix, Madison, Bloomington, Mexico, and Spain, and
has built a repertoire of work for adults and for children. He was awarded the Illinois Arts Council Fellowship for
New Performance in 2002 and 2004, and was hand-picked to serve in the inaugural position of Jim Henson Artist-in-Residence
at the University of Maryland in College Park for the 2006-07 academic year.
For more information, visit blairthomas.org
September 11 - 12, 2010
Saturday and Sunday at 8pm
Students and Seniors: $20
Buy tickets online!