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FOUR WISHES, an adaptation of Gluskabe and the Four Wishes by Joseph Bruchac

Gunstwork Puppet Mask Theatre / Boulder CO

Posted: 07/17/2010 12:43 PM | Comments: 0

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Adapted from a Wabanaki tale written by Joe Bruchac, Four Wishes is the story of four Abenaki men who yearn for more. The traditional teaching tale is unfolded with an elegant and eye-catching collection of puppets, masks, props and an engaging narrative. The entire production is performed by a buckskin-clad Michael Gunst, who slips naturally from one character to another.

One man is greedy for many worldly possessions, the second for stature so he can be taller than anyone, the third seeks immortality, while the last wishes to be a better hunter so he can provide for his people. They journey by canoe to visit Gluskabe, a great creator who will grant such wishes. But what happens if they open their medicine pouches too soon?

This graceful, well-crafted production out of Boulder, Colo., is well-deserving of a broad audience.

— Wendy Burke

From the official Fringe Festival guide:

"Deeply satisfying … magical" - City Beat

Four Wishes, adapted from Gluskabe and the Four Wishes by Joseph Bruchac.

From Michael Gunst, the performer of The Mask Messenger, Pick of the Fringe in '05, and Four Wishes, Encore Pick of the Fringe in ‘07, Boulder International Fringe Festival. Four Wishes is as much an extravagant children's adventure as it is a potent fable for adults.

www.gunstwork.com

Warnings: Stunningly visual
RECOMMENDED: Family Friendly

60 min

Kids Venue (School of Contemporary Dancers), to Saturday

Tickets: $10
Discount Tickets: $5 for Kids (12 & under)
Under 4 not admitted.


 

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