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Imago Theatre: La Belle, Lost in the World of the Automaton

Imago founders Carol Triffle and Jerry Mouawad are physical comedians, theatrical animators, modern-day magicians, and adventurous alchemists. For over 35 years, their Portland-based theatre company has been creating a vast repertoire of boundary-blurring productions that defy categorization. Their newest incarnation, La Belle, is set aboard a 1920s steamship where the refined Lady Rose encounters the ship’s coal stoker, Sam, after taking refuge in the engine room during a storm. Rose discovers a curious collection of trucks and treasures and soon realizes that Sam has constructed the 1740 French fairy tale La Belle et la Bête (Beauty and the Beast) in the world of the automata (fanciful figurines brought to life by the ingenuity of clockwork mechanics). As they retell the story together, love blossoms in the midst of a whimsical, non-stop, gear-driven, kinetic world featuring over 100 astonishingly detailed automata, puppets, and non-digital dazzling effects.

Recommended for ages 7 and up

This performance will last approximately one hour and 10 minutes with no intermission.

Patron Sponsors

  • Dixie & Evan Dickens

Endowed Co-sponsor

  • The Susan Sargeant McDonald Endowed Fund for Youth Programming (Suzi was the founder/developer of the Krannert Center Youth Series)

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Event Details

Colwell Playhouse
Tu Feb 06, 2018 - 7:00pm
Pick Five+: 23 / SC 18 / STU 15 / UI & YTH 10 Single: 25 / SC 20 / STU 15 / UI & YTH 10