Sandglass Theater to Bring D-GENERATION to Touchstone Theatre, 11/14-17
This November, Touchstone Theatre presents the internationally-acclaimed Sandglass Theater in its award-winning production, D-Generation: An Exaltation of Larks, performing November 14-17.
D-Generation explores the subject of Alzheimer's and advanced-stage dementia with both humor and compassion. The full-length play centers around stories written collaboratively by groups of people with late-stage dementia. From these stories, Sandglass forms scenes of the inner life of the characters, expressing the despair and joy of both the patients with dementia and the caregivers and family members. The patients' collected stories were gathered by Sandglass performers during visits to care facilities, using a collective story-making method called TimeSlips (www.timeslips.org).
The play is performed by three puppeteers, Eric Bass, Ines Zeller Bass, and Kirk Murphy, the caregivers, and five puppets, the residents of a care facility. The production also features an original score by Paul Dedell, animated video segments by Michel Moyse, and lighting by Sabrina Hamilton.
"It is one of the most beautiful and affecting theater pieces I've ever seen," says Douglas Anderson of the Middlebury Town Hall Theater. "I laughed and cried (literally) and was blown away by the supreme artistry of these puppeteers and actors. You come away with all kinds of fresh thoughts about aging, and time, and living in the moment, and you have a deeper understanding of those who have travelled down the road before us."
Performances of D-Generation are part of a national tour, made possible through a National Theater Project grant, administered by the New England Foundation for the Arts, with lead funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
Touchstone Theatre's season is sponsored by First Generation, an integrated marketing communications company. WDIY provides media sponsorship.
D-Generation: An Exaltation of Larks by Sandglass Theater plays November 14-17, Thursday through Saturday at 8:00pm and Sunday at 2:00pm. Tickets are $25, $15 for students and seniors. On Thursday, Touchstone offers Pay-What-You-Will, where patrons purchasing tickets at the door may name their own price. To purchase tickets, contact Touchstone Theatre at 610-867-1689 or visit www.touchstone.org.