Families 3 to 103 will delight in Thistle Theatre’s puppet production of Aesop’s Fables. Aesop was born a slave in 6th Century BC and is heralded as one of the great moral teachers of all time. Aesop tells three entertaining stories of animals that have human foibles and strengths.
Set in different locations on the Mediterranean Sea, the first fable, “The Raven and the Swan”, is set in Greece and comically illustrates the lesson that true beauty is found within. Traveling to Egypt for the second fable, “The Lion and the Mouse”, shows how a small mouse can help a mighty lion. “The Tortoise and the Hare” journey to the markets of Byzantium (now Istanbul, Turkey) in the classic story of how “slow and steady wins the race”.
Thistle Theatre specializes in the tabletop Bunraku-style of puppetry from Japan. There are also hand puppets and simple rod puppets in the production. Zane Exactly and Andrew Wilkes are the puppeteers in the show directed by Jean Enticknap with puppets designed and built by Brian Kooser and Jean Enticknap. The production features the score and original songs written by Sue Ennis including two with Ann and Nancy Wilson of the Hall of Fame rock group Heart.
Performance Schedule and Ticket Information:
Magnuson Park Theatre
7110 62nd Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98115
May 4, 5 @ 1:00pm and 3:00pm
Sunset Hill Community Club
3003 NW 66th St, Seattle, WA 98117
May 18, 19 @ 1:00pm and 3:00pm
16051 NE 10th St, Seattle, WA 98008
June 1, 2 @ 2:00pm and 4:00pm