Even today, the magic of a puppet can inspire a child to grow up to be a puppeteer or a tiny actor made of fabric. Feel child-like wonder with this GrouponLive deal.
- Admission to Pato, Muerte y Tulipán (Duck, Death, and Tulip) or Lágrimas de Agua Dulce (Tears of Sweet Water)
- Where: 24th Street Theatre
- Section: general admission
- Door time: one hour before showtime
- Ticket values include all fees.
- Click to view the schedules for Pato, Muerte y Tulipán (Duck, Death, and Tulip) and Lágrimas de Agua Dulce (Tears of Sweet Water).
- $17 for one adult ticket and one child ticket (up to a $34 value)
- $40 for two adult tickets and two child tickets (up to a $48 value)
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Pato, Muerte y Tulipán (Duck, Death, and Tulip)
This production is presented in English and Spanish, but the story originated as a 2007 children's book by German illustrator Wolf Erlbruch. The staged version pays tribute to its literary roots by setting the story in a world of paper, with scenery such as leaves, the moon, and the sun emerging from an open book to provide the play's backdrop. Live actors and classically trained puppets enact the tale, which follows Duck as she makes a new acquaintance—but as it turns out, Death has been following her for her entire life. The two spend an afternoon together, talking about the nature of the world, and what takes place after we depart it. A poignant and bittersweet fable, Pato, Muerte y Tulipán might inspire some tears but imparts a fundamentally uplifting message.
Lágrimas de Agua Dulce (Tears of Sweet Water)
Little Sofia is a walking miracle in a tiny town plagued by drought: her tears are not salty, but freshwater. Before long, she is being exploited by avaricious adults who want to make money off of her rare gift, with only her best friend and her grandmother to speak up on her behalf. The little girl's tears could save the village, but to get the precious water the residents are willing to insult her, pinch her, spank her, and even torture her. Lágrimas de Agua Dulce is a tragic allegory for child exploitation, but the cast of puppets played by actress Ana Zavala adds a spoonful of sugar to the dark story. This production is in Spanish with English supertitles.
24th Street Theatre
The 24th Street Theatre blurs the line between adult and children’s theater with programming that's simultaneously accessible and nuanced. But the organization accomplishes much more than that. Stewards to the Teatro Nuevo Latino Initiative, music services, and outreach programs for at-risk youths, 24th Street Theatre's creatives draw neighborhood adolescents into the arts. And they're obviously doing something right. As Jack Black once said of the theatre’s director, according its website, “I don’t know what I would have done if I hadn’t met Deb Devine, my first drama teacher.”