The Chicago Shakespeare Theater at Navy Pier takes a leading role in the inaugural Chicago International Puppet Theater Festival, presenting the return engagement of Blind Summit’s “The Table”.
Come meet Moses, a cantankerous puppet with a cardboard head immersed in an existential crisis on a table. Intended to be a theatrical interpretation of the biblical story of Moses, “The Table” is performed by a grizzled, crotchety old man—but the grumpy puppet narrator strays far from the planned story line.
Blind Summit, theatrical innovators who have created puppetry for Anthony Minghella, Complicité and Danny Boyle’s Olympic Opening Ceremony, presents epic puppetry drawing on the Japanese Bunraku style. It is performed completely on the table top with multiple, visible puppeteers who improvise and interact with each other and the audience. Blind Summit’s artists breathe poignant life into the character, revealing something of us in the cardboard, wood and fabric creation onstage.
Tickets for the 70-minute (no intermission) performance of “The Table” are $35 and may be purchased at http://www.chicagoshakes.com.