Bates, Figures of Speech to stage ‘Dragon’s Daughter’

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LEWISTON — John and Carol Farrell of Freeport, founders of Figures of Speech Theatre, are internationally renowned for adapting folk tales in productions that make imaginative use of masks and puppetry.

The two are working with Bates College students in a workshop that will culminate in performances of the Asian folk tale “Dragon’s Daughter” Thursday through Sunday, May 20-23.

The shows are open to the public.

Figures of Speech premiered “Dragon’s Daughter” in 1997. Set upon an altar in an ancient temple, the production combines carved puppets with dynamic masked dance and storytelling. It’s the story of a young girl’s experiences as she seeks a secret lake that will save her village from drought.

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Since its founding in 1982, Figures of Speech has celebrated the value of all cultures through the interplay of puppets, actors, shadows, music and masks. The company, which has toured worldwide, explores personal, social and spiritual issues. It is a four-time recipient of the coveted UNIMA Citation of Excellence, the highest distinction in American puppet theater.

Performances will be at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, May 20-22, and at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 23, in Gannett Theater at Pettigrew Hall on the Bates College campus. Tickets are $6/$3 for seniors and students. Tickets will be available from batestickets.com. For more information, call 786-6161.

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