takes the ancient art of shadow theater to delightfully modern heights
The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
Ichabod Crane listens to every snap of a twig and rustle of the leaves
He is charmed by the young ladies of Sleepy Hollow
and enthralled by the old wives' tales of the supernatural in the remote valley.
Ichabod woos the farmer's daughter
while the local yokels are entertained by the stranger's antics.
Ichabod is entranced not only by the farmer's daughter, but also by the succulent riches of her father's farm;
he combs his locks in preparation for the ball
but the long way home is full of terrors for Ichabod who believes he is pursued by the region's headless horseman
Ichabod Crane is never seen again in Sleepy Hollow, though many years later visitors in a faraway city believe they might have seen him as propprietor of a tavern, telling tales of the haunted hollows of the Catskill mountains.
Assassin bugs from New Jersey discuss ways to deal with juvenile long-horned beetles in Central Massachusetts.
Although the Asian long-horned beetles, newcomers to town, are welcomed initially for volunteering on all the committees
the young beetles are hell-raisers and the town seeks ways to eliminate the problem
But the town's efforts may be too late.
An intriguing version of Neil Gaiman's story by the Holy Cross Theatre Department, with Firefly Shadow Theater shadow puppets and projections.
A small adjustment is all that is needed for Coraline to enter a perfect world.
A one-act epic for adults, featuring a blood-thirsty lion tamer and a pacifist, vegetarian lion. Premiered at the National Theatre, Helen Hayes Gallery, Washington, D.C.
A gruesome tale for adults, first performed at The Black Cat in Washington, D.C.
The Adventures of Isabel
Isabel met an enormous bear,
Isabel, Isabel didn't care;
The bear was hungry, the bear was ravenous,
The bear's big mouth was cruel and cavernous...
A play based on the poem by Ogden Nash.
Isabel met a hideous giant,
Isabel continued self-reliant,
The giant was hairy, the giant was horrid,
He had one eye in the middle of his forehead.
The Monkey and the Crocodile
In this 2000-year old Jataka tale from India, the crocodile makes an attractive offer to give the monkey a ride on his back to the juicier mangoes on the other side of the river.
Jack and the Beanstalk
Jack, about to exchange his mother's only cow for genetically modified beans from a stranger
Jack's mother throws out the beans in disgust and overnight an enormous vine grows where the beans fell
Having climbed up to the top of the beanstalk, Jack walks towards a huge house in the distance
Jack climbs the steps to the the giant's abode
"FEE FI FO FUM
I small the blood of an Englishman!"
The giant smells Jack but can't find his hiding place
Resourceful Jack makes off with the chicken that lays the golden eggs while the giant is sleeping
and though Jack and his mother live happily ever after, the giant who pursues Jack down the beanstalk --- which is strong but can't support his weight --- does not.
The Old Wife and the Ghost
There was an old wife and she lived all alone
In a cottage not far from Hitchin:
And one bright night, by the full moon light,
Comes a ghost right into her kitchen...
The Billy Goats Gruff
The grass really is greener on the other side of the valley but there's a bit of a problem with the bridge
The Vinegar Bottle
An unusual British folktale. Sometimes you can't make an old sourpuss happy no matter what you do.
One Candy too Many
A cautionary tale about what happens to the trick-or-treater who takes too many candies