PS21 Presents Mask and Puppet Theater Ecological Allegory

Osiris & the Fire

Osiris & the Fire

(CHATHAM, N.Y.) – To Fuel The Fire, a large-scale mask and puppet theatre production by Arm-of-the-Sea Theater about the ecological costs of acquiring and delivering energy, will take place at PS21: Performance Spaces for the 21st Century on Saturday, August 27, at 3 and 7.

Created after the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill, this original show features two mythological characters drawn from Ancient Egypt and recast as an immigrant couple running a soup shop on the modern-day Gulf Coast. From their ancient rounds of planting, harvesting, cooking and composting, Isis and Osiris feed generations of workers sent to gather fuel. After the disastrous oil rig explosion, they use their powers to restore the waters of life.

This tragic comedy features primordial masks and kinetic puppet figures, vivid paintings, whimsical props and live music. With the Universe as backdrop, the action leapfrogs through events in earth’s evolutionary history. Plays-within-the-play depict the rise and fall of civilizations propelled by various fuels. As new cultures scour the earth to keep their fires burning, Isis and Osiris carry-on within cycles of fertility and renewal.

The Tent at PS21 is located at 2980 Route 66 in the town of Chatham.

For information or to order tickets, please call 518.392.6121 or visit PS21: Performance Spaces for the 21st Century. Tickets will also be available at the door until the show sells out.

Osiris blows his horn

Osiris blows his horn

Saugerties, N.Y.-based Arm-of-the-Sea Theater draws its name from the Hudson River Estuary, a prodigious tidal ecosystem where fresh and salt waters meet and mix. For over 20 years, the five-member performance company has toured throughout the eastern half of the country. This is their third year performing at PS21.

PS21: Performance Spaces for the 21st Century is a not-for-profit organization located at 2980 Route 66 in Chatham, New York. PS21 is dedicated to the performing arts and to serving a diverse community with concerts, programs and residencies by professional artists and ensembles, youth and children’s programming, and cultural education opportunities for all ages.




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