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The Table

January 13, 2015

Mark your calendars for The Table, an exciting show that runs from January 14-15. The Chicago Shakespeare Theater takes a lead role at the inaugural Chicago International Puppet Theater Festival with the unique presentation of The Table. Created by British puppetry innovators Blind Summit,  this comical yet emotional show in particular features an interesting puppet manipulated by a team of three.

The Table depicts the biblical story of Moses as narrated by an old and grumpy puppet with attitude. This Japanese Bunraku style puppet is made with cardboard, cloth, molded hands, and boots, and his personality comes to life through acrobatic movements and witty remarks.  As the name suggests, The Table is performed on a table in a stage-like setting. Watch the Bunraku-style puppet Moses talk, react and dance during his humorous interview.

Interesting facts about The Table:

  • The puppet was originally created for another show, an adaptation of George Orwell’s 1984, but was considered “too cute” for the job. The role was a leader of a secret underground resistance group.
  • Nick Barnes the founder of Blind Summit, was fascinated by the ability to create, build, and perform through puppetry.
  • Blind Summit’s signature puppet style comes from Barnes’ creation of puppets during his backpacking trip across China. The figures narrated the powerful story of Yunnan café owner and former Chinese enemy, He Liyi.

You don’t want to miss The Table and its ability to teach lessons and move emotions through the art of puppetry. Get your tickets on The Chicago Shakespeare Theater website here and find detailed scenes and puppet construction in The Table photo gallery.


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