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rural academy theater fall tour!

Posted: September 10 2014

Check out the schedule here.

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This fall The Rural Academy Theater will clip clop its way into your back yard and heart with a full array of exciting new material to inspire, charm, divert and incite.

The ambassadors of The Slow Theater Movement bring with them an evening of audience manipulated mini-circus, a fast paced, slap stick exposé of North Carolina’s pro frackinglegislation and a two dimensional study commissioned by the University of Cardboard exploring ideas of geographical identity and the human presence as viewed on a geological timeline.  The evening will wrap up with a screening of Georges Méliès’ 1902 classic silent film “A Trip to the Moon” with live, eclectic score provided by The Rural Academy Orkestar.

Bring a blanket to sit on, a coat to wrap up in, cash for the show and all your cheap art needs (most shows suggested $10-$20 donation/ kids $5-$10), a friend to share in your delight, a sense of wonder, good boots, and a flashlight to find your way back to your car, bike or horse.

If you want to go the extra mile and make a puppeteer’s day, check out the wish list on our website. 

Below is a little more info on each of the pieces for the overly curious...


The Real Reel Small Lap Circus:
The Too Short To Suck Theater presents the Real Reel Small Lap Circus: An audience manipulated mini-circus in a box full of real life wonders and classic humbuggery. Sure to confound and delight.    

Observe the Cow:
A fast paced, two dimensional, exposé of North Carolina’s pro fracking legislation and the dairy industry led by two charming lads from the public health board.   

Not for Long:
Not for Long examines the identity of place via shadow puppetry and toy theater.  Does a geographical locale have an identity that is distinct from its human usage? How is humanity defined by location as opposed to location defined by humanity? How would the biography of a geographical feature read? What sort of supporting role would humanity play, if any? On a geological timeline, the human presence becomes difficult to conceptualize and notions of time must be reimagined. These questions and more will be batted around by a host of puppets and low tech theater appliances.


A Trip To The Moon:
Georges Méliès’ 1902 classic silent film “A Trip to the Moon” appearing now in hand painted color follows a band of bearded explorers on their destructive misadventures on the moon, set to a live score by the Rural Academy Orkestar.