|Paul Vincent Davis, creator of Raccoon Tales|
Greetings, Readers! In honor of Thanksgiving - which we all know is tied for "Best Holiday of the Year" with Christmas because you get to sample so many different kinds of pies (*insert happy "YAY!" here*) - we're bustin' out some of our favorite stories, each seasoned with a dash of food-themed fun.
We begin the yummy, finger-lickin' season with Raccoon Tales by Paul Vincent Davis, performed by PST artist-in-residence Brad Shur, which, we think, will inspire you to create a family folklore of your own - with the help of some tribal tricksters, of course.
About the Show...
What better way to bring in the holiday season with a show inspired by Native American tales of the Seneca Tribe? That's right! Thanksgiving's (basically) just around the corner and we're celebrating with Raccoon Tales. Based on tales such as "How the Fox and the Raccoon Trick Each Other," "Why the Blue Jay is Blue and the Gray Wolf Isn’t," and "Why the Bear has a Stumpy Tail," Raccoon Tales is guaranteed to get you in a "thankful" mood.
Yes, see what happens when the animals from the forest play tricks on each other. Will they learn their lessons? Boy, we hope so because!
Although our artist-in-residence Brad Shur is performing Raccoon Tales this week, the show was first created by Paul Vincent Davis in the late 60's - one of the six shows commissioned by the New York Town/Park Department. Drawing inspiration from a humorous collection of Native American tales called Skunny Wundy, written by Arthur C. Parker, Paul prepared the show in a year, with puppet making help from friend, Karen Larson.
|Paul's Hand Puppets|
|Paul, performing an earlier version of Raccoon Tales|
And the Man Behind the Raccoon...
Paul is widely recognized as one of the foremost hand puppeteers in the country. Not to mention, he's a great artist, writer, etc.
|One of Paul's sketches|
|Paul, surrounded by clowns (literally)|
Be sure to come on down to PST this week to see Raccoon Tales. Tickets can be purchases online HERE.
Till next time! Yours truly, Esra Erol - marketing intern at PST.