Made in China
Award-winning visual theatre company Wakka Wakka Productions performs its new, outrageously funny, puppet musical Made in China on Thursday, March 23, at 7:30 p.m. at the Redfern Arts Center.
Made in China, a darkly comic musical inspired by true events, features 30 puppets, seven puppeteers, animated video, and music inspired by both American and Chinese traditions. Baby pandas, dancing appliances and romping middle-aged lovers populate Wakka Wakka’s universe of tiny-to-huge puppets, belting out original songs.
Made in China is a fantastical exploration of human rights, consumerism and morality as told through the unlikely love story between an odd middle-age woman and a Chinese ex-pat. Mirroring an actual event, the woman, who is an avid shopper, finds inside a recently purchased package a note for help from a worker in a Chinese labor camp. She decides to help this worker and enlists the support of her neighbor, a Chinese emigrant. They take a fantastic journey to China where the adventure continues. Wakka Wakka spins contemporary issues such as Chinese manufacturing practices and American consumerist complicity, into a vastly entertaining tale with surreal dimensions, lots of laughs and powerful take-aways.
The Redfern Arts Center presents several free Creative Connections outreach activities in conjunction with the Made in China performance.
● Used in Keene: An Exhibit, curated by IAART-399 Curatorial Practice students, examines the consumption of products made in China. The exhibit is on display March 10 to April 7 in the Main Lobby of the Redfern Arts Center.
● Wakka Wakka Productions’ resident teachers Peter Russo and Andrew Manjuck lead a Theatre Workshop exploring object based improvisation and devising with TAD 206 Acting: Scene Study students at 10 a.m. Wednesday, March 22, in the Redfern’s Wright Theatre.
● Post-Show Meet and Greet Reception and Discussion with Wakka Wakka company artists in the Redfern’s Main Lobby immediately following the Thursday, March 23 performance.
Wakka Wakka puppeteers and puppets will attend the LOCALVORE Lunch at the Zorn Dining Commons on Thursday, March 23, from 11:45 a.m.to 12:30 p.m. to provide diners with a preview of the Made in China performance. The luncheon, which runs from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., features food produced in New England with several Asian-inspired dishes as well other local favorites. The lunch costs $8.75 per person at the door. For tickets, call the Redfern Box Office at 603-358-2168 or order online at keene.edu/arts/redfern.
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Reading & Seeing John Lewis’s Graphic Memoir March
Wednesday, March 29 at 4pm Centennial Hall, Alumni Center
Professor Chaney’s talk draws from his study Reading Lessons in Seeing: Mirrors, Masks, and Mazes in the Graphic Autobiographic Novel (UP of Mississippi, 2017)
Sponsorship from: American Studies Program, English Department, & Keene State College Office of Diversity and Multiculturalism.