Monthly Archives: September 2013

Yo! Ho! Ho! The Pirate Show!

Yo! Ho! Ho! The Pirate Show!

Take a Pirate Ship adventure on a search for treasure with puppeteer Crazy Captain Jenny. Children learn how to walk and talk like a pirate, learn the Pirate Code of Conduct, and meet Clarence the Baby Crocodile who warns of a giant Sea Monster. An exciting interactive show that includes a message in a bottle and a treasure hunt.

Audience: children through adult.

2013 Fall Cultural Events Series
Programs are free with regular Museum admission, a suggested donation of $3 per adult and $1 per child, and always free for members.

Renton History Museum is located at 235 Mill Ave. S., Renton, WA 98057, one block south of Renton Library. Phone: 425.255.2330.

The new Douglas Paasch Puppet Playhouse

The Douglas Paasch Puppet Playhouse

Douglas Paasch was Seattle’s preeminent puppeteer for more than twenty years, opening the imaginations of audiences through his ambition, versatility, and whimsy. This fall, Strawberry Theatre Workshop honors Paasch’s legacy with a puppetry arts showcase at the Lee Center for the Arts at Seattle University. Including performances by regional puppet artists, The Douglas Paasch Puppet Playhouse exhibits brilliance in the craft of puppet design and manipulation, nurtures innovation in the use of puppets as storytellers, and playfully celebrates the gift of imagination, which Paasch so relished and inspired.

“Moon Show 143” by Kyle Loven
“The Snowflake Man” by Sarah Frechette
“The Matchbox Shows” by Laura Heit
“Nesting” by Torry Bend
“Escape” by Reed Garber-Pearson
“Punch and Judy” by Clay Martin
“Denmark” by Signal Light Puppet Theatre

All artists appear every night, Oct 3-6. With the exception of Laura Heit, who will substitute for Sarah Frechette one night only, Oct-4.

Recommended for ages 12 and up.

Opening Night: Thursday, October 3, 2013
Venue: Lee Center for the Arts
Address: 901 12th Ave (Seattle University)
Run of Show: Thursday, October 3 Sunday, October 6
Performance Times: Thu-Fri-Sat performances at 7:30pm, Sun at 2:00pm
Ticket Prices: $25 General, $10 Students/Seniors
Phone Sales: 1-800-838-3006
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Shadow Woman: The Extraordinary Career of Pauline Benton

Shadow WomanShadow Woman: The Extraordinary Career of Pauline Benton
by Grant Hayter-Menzies

The remarkable career of the American woman who became the world’s first female master of Chinese shadow theatre.

The author will be launching the book on November 9, 2013 at the Seattle Asian Art Museum.

Kansas-born Pauline Benton (1898-1974) was encouraged by her father, one of America’s earliest feminist male educators, to reach for the stars. Instead, she reached for shadows. In 1920s Beijing, she discovered shadow theatre (piyingxi), a performance art where translucent painted puppets are manipulated by highly trained masters to cast coloured shadows against an illuminated screen. Finding that this thousand-year-old forerunner of motion pictures was declining in China, Benton believed she could save the tradition by taking it to America.

Mastering the male-dominated art form in China, Benton enchanted audiences eager for the exotic in Depression-era America. Her touring company, Red Gate Shadow Theatre, was lauded by theatre and art critics and even performed at Franklin Roosevelt’s White House. Grant Hayter-Menzies traces Benton’s performance history and her efforts to preserve shadow theatre as a global cultural treasure by drawing on her unpublished writings, the recollections of her colleagues, the testimonies of shadow masters who survived China’s Cultural Revolution, as well as young innovators who have carried on Benton’s pioneering work.

– See more at the Publisher’s website.

Chinese Shadow Puppets at Seattle Art Museum

Nov. 7, 2013, 7-9pm at the Seattle Art Museum, Stimson auditorium

Grant Hayter Menzies speaks on Pauline Benton, who learned shadow puppetry in Beijing, went on to tour in the U.S. and became a champion of this cultural tradition. Held in connection with his new book Shadow Woman: The Extraordinary Career of Pauline Benton.

The evening includes film clips of the Red Gate Shadow Theater with composer Lou Harrison, and an introduction to Chinese shadow puppets from the SAM collection by Mary Hirsch.

Free. RSVP required.