Balinese Children’s Fairytale with Music, A Groovy Re-Invention of Pix’ Classic and Winter 2008 Forum Featured on the Looking Glass Stage this Fall

The Looking Glass Theatre proudly announces its Fall 2008 Season: ADVENTURES OF THE PUPPET PRINCESS, written and directed by Fullbright recipient Jennifer Goodlander; THE SPANISH WIVES, by Mary Griffith Pix, re-invented and directed by NYIT Award nominee Aliza Shane; and the WINTER 2008 WRITER/DIRECTOR FORUM, featuring 12 original and adapted classical works with female playwrights and directors.

Playing October 11 – November 23, The Adventures of the Puppet Princess is a Balinese fairytale with music which follows Putu, a troublesome tomboy, and Nyoman, the neighbor boy that her father, a master puppeteer (dalang), is teaching about the art of puppets. Putu loves to play with the puppets and make up stories, but in Bali girls can’t be puppeteers, or can they? When Putu and Nyoman get lost in the jungle, they encounter fantastical creatures who share stories through dance, comedy and masked drama. But their only way out of the jungle is to create a puppet show for a witch (layak)! Reluctant to work together, can they set aside their animosity to perform a puppet show magical enough to impress the witch and get home? Is all that seems scary and evil also good?

About the Playwright/Director Jennifer Goodlander…
Ms. Goodlander received her MFA in Asian Performance and Directing from the University of Hawaii, where she directed numerous original plays. She studied and performed many styles of traditional Asian theatre including Chinese opera, noh, kyogen, kabuki, hula, and others. Ms. Goodlander received a John Young Award for her artistry and a Foreign Language Area Studies fellowship from the U.S. Department of Education to study Indonesian language, culture, and performing arts.. She has drawn from her Asian theatre training by directing interculturally informed productions of THE BACCHAE at the Looking Glass and a noh-inspired production of THE GHOST SONATA. Ms. Goodlander participated in the Lincoln Center Director’s Lab focusing on new work where she directed a staged reading of FIREFLIES by Suzue Toshiro that was later revised at the Japan Society. She recently completed course work for her PhD in Interdisciplinary Arts, focusing on theatre and performance studies, at Ohio University. Ms. Goodlander spent two summers in Bali studying performance and doing preliminary research for her dissertation on the expanding role of women in traditional Balinese performance. She received a Fullbright Research Award to support her dissertation research.

Playing October 30 – November 23, this groovy new adaptation of Mary Griffith Pix’ restoration piece THE SPANISH WIVES has been completely reinvented and transplanted to the hippie streets of San Francisco, where the characters find themselves exploring their options in this quickly changing world. The Governor of Barcelona is now a college professor who is dipping his toes into the world of free love while still hoping to keep his marriage vows intact. But will the Professor’s wife stay true to her husband? Meanwhile, their uptight houseguest is desperately trying to keep his own wife chained by her apron strings to the traditions of the past. But, feeling the pull of the times herself, she realizes she has made the wrong choice by abandoning her first love. Luckily, for her, he’s returned, and with the help of a slightly unconventional personal Guru, has tracked her down to San Francisco to win her back.

About the Playwright/Director Aliza Shane…
Ms. Shane most recently wrote and directed Looking Glass Theatre’s popular children’s show The Three Sillies, which has been nominated for a New York Innovative Theatre Award for Outstanding Short Script. She has directed four new works at Looking Glass as part of the Writer/Director Forum, including her original adaptations of Moliere’s THE MISANTHROPE and THE IMAGINARY INVALID, both of which won multiple Forum Awards. Ms. Shane also serves as Forum Producer. She has worked as a director, playwright, assistant director, stage manager and singer in many venues around NYC. Other directing experience includes: THE ACOUSTIC NERVE (Groove Mama Ink) an d DRUM BEAT (Ciona Taylor Prod.), both at the Gene Frankel Theatre, HAMLET, THE FIRST QUARTO (Genesis Repertory), and CABARET: A NEW WORLD (Towards Truth Prod.). Ms. Shane also co-directed THE BACCHAE (Cypreco Theatre Co.), which was performed at the Cyprus Consulate and the HBO Summer Stage. She earned a BA in Theatre from Queens College.

Playing December 4-21, the semi-annual Writer/Director Forum is part of the company’s mission to reflect life on the stage with truth and theatricality while exploring a female vision/aesthetic. This year’s winter festival features the work of twelve emerging female directors tackling new works and new adaptations of the classics. Forum Audience Awards – weekly and overall, voted for by audience members – will be given for Best Actor, Best Actress and Best Production.

About The Looking Glass Theatre…
The Looking Glass Theatre’s mission is to explore and expand the feminine aesthetic, producing works by historic female playwrights, new works by women, and productions of the classics re-imagined by contemporary women directors. In June 2006, The Looking Glass Theatre and Artistic Director Justine Lambert received The Lucille Lortel Award from The League of Professional Theatre Women. Additionally, New York Resident named Ms. Lambert one of the Top 100 New Yorkers of 2003 for her work with the company.

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A Balinese Fairytale with Music
Written & Directed by Jennifer Goodlander
October 11 – November 23
Saturday at 12pm & 2pm; Sunday at 2pm & 4pm
Adults $15, Kids $12

A Groovy Tale of Peace, Love and Restoration
By Mary Griffith Pix
Re-Invented and Directed by Aliza Shane
October 30 – November 23
Thursday – Saturday at 8pm; Sunday at 7pm
General $15

Semi-annual festival of new works featuring
various playwrights and directors
December 4- 21
Thursday – Saturday at 7:30pm; Sunday at 5pm

TICKETS & INFORMATION FOR ALL SHOWS: www.lookingglasstheatrenyc.com