MCLA will present ‘Who's Hungry,' a puppet work based on the oral histories of homeless and hungry people, at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 29, in the North Adams Puppet Lab at 107 Main St.
A Bessie Award-winning professor at the University of California-Los Angeles (UCLA), Dan Froot has collected interviews from Santa Monica, Calif., residents to transpose real life experiences of hungry and homeless individuals into a puppet show that's presented in a banquet setting. The puppets tell their story while moving around a 24-foot long dinner table.
Obie Award-winner Dan Hurlin, known for his exquisite puppet theatre, directed the show that Froot created.
"This project is about people's lives - people who, at times, happen to go without food," Froot said. "They have some truly beautiful, moving and hilarious stories that might otherwise go untold."
Froot added, "It's not about feeling sorry for anybody - each of these people is sharing their unique oral history with us, their lives - with dignity and a fair amount of humor."
"Hunger and homelessness plagues innumerable parts of the world, but this production will remind the local community of similar issues that some in the City of North Adams face on a daily basis," said Spencer Moser, coordinator of the Center for Service and Citizenship.
Admission is $10 for adults, $8 for MCLA Alumni, $5 for MCLA faculty/staff and non-MCLA students, and free for members and MCLA students. For ticket, call (413) 662-5204. For more information, call (413) 664-8718, or visit www.mcla.edu/presents.