The New Victory Theater Presents
Théâtre de l’Œil’s The Star Keeper,
Limited Engagement April 1-3
(March 14, 2016) New York, NY- The Star Keeper, an enchanting production by Théâtre de l’Œil (Dear Fizzy, New Vic 2004), combines a variety of stunning visuals, original music and puppet styles to tell a fanciful tale about a funny little worm with a funny little face. The Star Keeper, which first appeared on the New Victory stage in 1999, returns to The New Victory Theater from April 1-3, 2016.
As Pierrot lights up the night sky, he clumsily—and unwittingly—allows a star to fall from the heavens. Pretzel, a valiant and chivalrous little worm, finds the glowing orb and resolves to carry it back to its home in the outer stratosphere. Along the way, Pretzel must climb a tap-dancing spider’s thread, journey through the dormitory of dreams, dive down into the depths of the ocean and outwit an entrancing bubble charmer in order to keep the celestial sphere safe. Will Pretzel complete his quest and return the star to its home in the cosmos?
For nearly 20 years, The Star Keeper, which The New York Times called “a striking display of highly skilled, creative puppetry and clever storytelling,” has traversed the globe, bringing joy to audiences across the world. Pretzel’s captivating story, created through the magic of marionettes, bunraku and shadow puppetry, is inhabited by comical, surprising and touching characters. The creation of The Star Keeper, Théâtre de l’Œil’s 19th production, was the result of a years-long collaboration led by the company’s artistic director, André Laliberté. After working to create what Laliberté calls a “theater of images,” with puppets expertly designed by Richard Morin, set design by Richard Lacroix and haunting music composed by Libert Subirana, The Star Keeper, beloved by audiences the world over, came into being.
Learn more about Théâtre de l’Œil’s The Star Keeper on the New Victory website.
Public Performance Schedule: 5 performances
Friday, April 1, 7pm
Saturday, April 2, 12pm & 5pm
Sunday, April 3, 12pm & 5pm
The Star Keeper has a running time of 55 minutes with no intermission and is recommended for everyone ages 6 and up.
The Star Keeper is supported, in part, by a Presenter’s Grant from The Jim Henson Foundation.
Tickets for The Star Keeper at The New Victory Theater (209 West 42nd Street) are $10, $13, $18 or $25 for Members based on seat locations, with full price tickets starting at $15. Tickets are available online (NewVictory.org) and by telephone (646.223.3010). The New Victory Theater box office (209 West 42nd Street) will be open Sunday and Monday from 11am-5pm and Tuesday through Saturday from 12pm-7pm.
Theatergoers who buy tickets for three or more New Victory shows qualify for free Membership benefits, including locked-in discount ticket prices, free unlimited exchanges (up to 48 hours in advance) and access to a first-look purchase period for newly added performances.
About Théâtre de l’Œil
Promoting the art of puppetry has been the mission of Quebec’s Théâtre de l’Œil (Dear Fizzy, New Vic 2004; The Star Keeper, New Vic 1999) since its inception in 1973. Founded by Francine Saint-Aubin and André Laliberté, the company’s current artistic director, Théâtre de l’Œil is lauded for its innovative puppet making and operating techniques, as well as for its diverse scripts and visually stunning set designs. With 26 original productions that have had over 5,000 performances on four continents, they have received numerous awards including a 2013 Prix de Reconnaissance from the Arts Council of Montréal, and have participated in a multitude of events and festivals including the Australian Performing Arts Market (APAM), NYC’s Association of Performing Arts Presenters (APAP), International Performing Arts for Youth (IPAY), as well as Festival of Wonder (Denmark) in 2013 and Taipei Children’s Art Festival (ROC) in 2014.
About The New Victory Theater
This year, The New Victory celebrates its 20th Anniversary season of bringing kids to the arts and the arts to kids as New York City’s premier theater devoted to the highest quality performing arts for kids and families. Serving the community in all its diversity, The New Victory Theater on 42nd Street presents theater, dance, circus, opera and music from around the world at affordable ticket prices. In addition to its public performances, the New Vic is also the largest provider of live performance to NYC school kids, serving 40,000 youth through more than 200 schools, after school programs and day camps each year. The New Victory has been recognized for its contributions to the cultural landscape of the city. Awards include a National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award presented by the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities for the New Victory Usher Corps, which provides paid employment to approximately 50 NYC teens each year, the national Arts Education Award from Americans for the Arts and a Special Award from The Drama Desk for “providing enchanting, sophisticated children’s theater that appeals to the child in all of us, and for nurturing a love of theater in young people.”
About The New 42nd Street
Founded in 1990, The New 42nd Street is an independent nonprofit organization charged with the continuous cultural revival of 42nd Street between 7th and 8th Avenues. Committed to the transformational power of the arts, The New 42nd Street builds on the foundation of seven historic theaters to make extraordinary performing arts and cultural engagement part of everyone’s life. The New 42nd Street fulfills this purpose by ensuring the ongoing vibrancy of 42nd Street’s historic theaters; maintaining and fully using the New 42nd Street Studios and The Duke on 42nd Street to support performing artists in the creation of their work; and through The New Victory Theater, New York’s premier theater for kids and families.
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