Created and performed by Ronnie Burkett
"The slam of emotion these little wooden puppets evoke will surprise you!"
--The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
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This part-gothic thriller, part-apocalyptic drawing room comedy comes to Washington from Canada's foremost puppet theater artist, Ronnie Burkett. With music by John Alcorn and lighting design by Kevin Humphrey, Penny Plain tells the story of a frail but indomitable old boarding house owner who sits in her overstuffed armchair, waiting for the world to end. She is blind, but hears plenty about the state of mankind. When her companion dog leaves to live as a man, Penny's end-of-days vigil is interrupted by survivalists, a serial killer, a cross-dressing banker, and other bizarre characters seeking sanctuary as Mother Earth plans to reclaim her ground.
Free Explore the Arts Post-Performance Discussion: March 20
In English. Recommended for age 14 and up.
Performance Timing: 2 hours, with no intermission. There is NO late seating or re-entry to the theater.
Part of WORLD STAGES: International Theater Festival 2014
Presenting Underwriter HRH Foundation
Major support is provided by David and Alice Rubenstein.
Additional support is provided by A. Huda and Samia Farouki, The Florence Gould Foundation, The Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation, Amalia Perea Mahoney and William Mahoney, The Laura Pels International Foundation for Theater, and the State Plaza Hotel.
International government support is provided by the Ministry of Culture of the People’s Republic of China, the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in the United States, the Embassy of Israel in the United States, the Canada Council for the Arts, The National Theatre of Iceland, and the Japan Foundation.
Major support for education and related artistic programming is provided by David and Alice Rubenstein through the Rubenstein Arts Access Program, the National Committee for the Performing Arts, and the President’s Advisory Committee on the Arts.
International Programming at the Kennedy Center is made possible through the generosity of the Kennedy Center International Committee on the Arts.
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