For Immediate Release
November 5, 2013
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Brockport, NY – The mix of puppets and people, along with the setting of urban brownstones, may remind people of Sesame Street, but the lessons learned on Avenue Q are very different from the ones we learned as toddlers. They are not only much more mature, but these puppets talk like sailors and have urges, as well. Yes, we’re talking about puppet sex. All of this adds up to the Tony Award®-winning Best Musical that Entertainment Weekly calls “… jaw-droppingly hilarious.” Performances of the felt-tastic phenomenon begin on Friday, November 22, 2013, at 7:30 pm in the Tower Fine Arts Center Mainstage, 180 Holley Street, on the Brockport campus. Tickets are $16/General, $11/Seniors, Alumni, Faculty and Staff, and $8.50/Students. Tickets are available online at fineartstix.brockport.edu.
What else can one expect fom the very adult Avenue Q, besides puppet pornographers, post-college malaise and a pair of “Bad Idea Bears”? Well, the musical tells the timeless story of a recent college grad named Princeton who moves into a shabby Brooklyn apartment all the way out on Avenue Q. There, he meets Kate Monster (the girl next door), Rod (the Republican), Trekkie Monster (an internet sexpert, and no relation to Kate), Lucy the Slut (need we say more?), and other colorful types who help Princeton finally discover his purpose in life.
Corralling all the elements of a musical can be difficult enough, but when dealing with puppets and actors, the Department of Theatre and Music Studies is fortunate to have director Amanda Friou at the helm. In addition to being a directing fellow at Geva Theatre Center, Friou has a vast amount of experience creating puppets and masks for many of her own theatrical endavors, which include building puppets for Basil Twist and Hudson Vagabond puppets. She also spent a year touring with Das Puppenspiel Puppet Theatre puppeteering and performing, in addition to serving as the company’s technical director.
With such demand for the actual puppets that are such an integral part of the musical, it would have been easy enough to rent a set of the foam and felt creations. However, it was also an obvious “teachable moment” for a college production. Under the tutelage of associate professor Gail Argetsinger, independent study students have been creating the puppets since the beginning of the semester and are looking forward to the chance to hear them “sing.”
Performances of Avenue Q are November 22, 23 and December 5, 6, and 7 at 7:30 pm. There is also a matinee on Sunday, November 24, at 2 pm, which will be sign language interpreted. Tickets may also be purchased by phone at (585) 395-2787, or at the Tower Fine Arts Center Box Office, 180 Holley Street, Brockport. Avenue Q is not recommended for those under the age of 16.
This spring semester will include performances of Dead Man’s Cell Phone by Sarah Ruhl, and Charles Mee’s bobrauschenbergamerica, a collection of simple moments of simple lives captured as the artist himself may have done. More information on the 2013-14 Fine Arts Series at The College at Brockport can be found at www.brockport.edu/finearts.
Photos: Photo Credit: Matt Yeoman Photo 1: Shown with Trekkie Monster and Kate Monster are (l. to r.) Heather Leary, Lex (Alexander) Howland, and Hannah Kelley, who created the puppets who populate Avenue Q. The Tony Award®-winning musical will be presented at The College at Brockport on November 22 – 24 and December 5 – 7. Purchase tickets online at fineartstix.brockport.edu.
Photo 2: Trekkie Monster and Kate Monster (no relation) study their lines for their appearances in Avenue Q. The Tony Award®-winning musical will be presented at The College at Brockport on November 22 – 24 and December 5 – 7. Purchase tickets online at fineartstix.brockport.edu.
Photo 3: Trekkie Monster and Kate Monster (no relation) bask in the glow of Avenue Q. The Tony Award®-winning musical will be presented at The College at Brockport on November 22 – 24 and December 5 – 7. Purchase tickets online at fineartstix.brockport.edu.
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