Tears of Joy Puppet Theatre
Liberty Theater is pleased to present Tears of Joy Puppet Theatre
in their production of Bridge of the Gods by Ed
Saturday, February 19, 2011
7-8 pm performance
Curriculum Guides and Mask Making patterns are available - email director@...
Tickets: Adults $12, Seniors/Students/Military $8. |
Ask about special discounts for groups.
Puppetry brings a Native American legend to the Liberty stage. Huddle Come close to our campfire and listen to the story
of the Bridge of the Gods. This legend tells of a fight between two brothers that caused the great land bridge in the Columbia Gorge to collapse.
Join Coyote and She Who Watches as this story of the river and mountains unfolds. This remarkable play based on a Klickitat version of the tale is written by Native American storyteller Ed Edmo (Shoshone-Bannock), designed by Lillian Pitt (Warm Springs/Yakima) and features music by Arlie Neskahi (Dine’ Nation New Mexico) and poetry by Elizabeth Woody (Warm Springs/Yakima). Underwritten by a grant from Clatsop County Cultural Coalition |
This story is based on Klickitat versions of tales of a great land bridge that once spanned the Columbia River near Cascade Locks, Oregon and Stevenson, Washington. “There is
not one true version of the legend,” said Edmo, who grew up, like Pitt, in the shadow of Celilo Falls east of The Dalles.
“Every group has its own version.” In the Klickitat telling, Wy-East and Klickitat are brother chieftains who are constantly at odds. Wy-East sings songs, Klickitat hunts, and each scorns the other’s way of taking care of his people. Loo-Wit is an old woman who has the secret of fire; she agrees to share it with the brothers if Tahmahnawis will make her look young and beautiful. The god agrees, and the brothers, rather than being thankful for the food and warmth he has provided them, begin a battle to take Loo-Wit to wife. Disgusted with the unceasing fighting, Tahmahnawis shatters the land bridge and transforms Wy-East,Klickitat and Loo-Wit into mountains. So they stand, and so our place on Earth came to be. Broadening his sources, Edmo
brought She Who Watches, the petroglyph who overlooks the places where we grew up, Pitt said. Edmo also included Coyote, the Native American character who is one of the greatest inventions of world storytelling. Renowned artist Lillian Pitt designed the masks which echo traditional designs of the Klickitat and Wasco people. Lillian wove remembrance into the fabric of her masks, exploring Coyote’s mischievous spirit, basing bodies on the shapes and patterns of river basketry, adding traditional designs that |
belong to the Klickitat and Wasco people. “I like to keep these designs living.”
Tears of Joy Theatre is recognized as one of the nation’s outstanding puppet companies. Its performances create theatrical magic that delights audiences of children and adults alike. Founded in 1971, the theatre tours throughout the U.S. and abroad performing for over a quarter of a million children each year. Three of the theatre’s productions have received American puppetry’s highest honor, the Citation of Excellence in the Art of Puppetry. Bridge of the Gods was originally produced in 1997, with funding from The National Endowment for the Arts. It serves as a reminder to us of the great cultures that existed here thousands of years before their discovery by United States explorers.
Saturday, February 19th, 2011
Show Begins at 7:00 PM
This event is presented by the Liberty Theater
Student, Senior, Military
Box Office is open Tuesday - Saturday from 2pm -
5:30pm and two hours before the show.
Tickets may also be purchased through www.ticketswest.rdln.com 503.224.8499 or 1.800.992.8499.
Tickets subject to a convenience charge. Ask for your tickets to be put in Will Call at the theater and you can pick them up on show night and avoid the shipping charge.