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‘Cat in the Hat,’ Lopez’s ‘1001 Nights’ highlight puppetry season

“Dr. Seuss’s the Cat in the Hat” and “1001 Nights: A Love Story About Loving Stories” are highlights of the Center for Puppetry Arts’ just-announced 15-show 2013-14 season.

The puppetry center has sought to produce “Cat in the Hat” for 35 years, artistic director Jon Ludwig said, but rights were an issue until the smash run of the National Theatre of Great Britain’s adaption by playwright Katie Mitchell. “This was the book that got me reading,” he added, “and it should be a fun show for the kids and adults who have grown up reading it.”

“1001 Nights,” co-produced by the puppetry center and Flying Carpet Theatre Company of New York City, is an early work by Tony-winning composer-lyricist Robert Lopez of “Avenue Q” and “The Book of Mormon” fame. The story is about a princess who saves a kingdom, with cliffhangers and catchy tunes.

“Flying Carpet and the center have been mutual fans of each other’s work for some time,” Ludwig said. “So when we got to work together on an original production with Robert Lopez’s music, we were all ecstatic.”

The schedule:

  • May 28-June 9: “The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs by A. Wolf” by Paul Mesner Puppets of Kansas City, Mo.
  • June 13-July 28: “Dr. Seuss’s the Cat in the Hat,” directed by Jon Ludwig
  • Aug. 1-Sept. 8: “Rumpelstiltskin,” adapted by Bobby Box and Michael Haverty
  • Sept. 11-22: “Peter Rabbit” by Thistle Theatre of Seattle
  • Sept. 25-Oct. 6: “Everybody Loves Pirates” by Frogtown Mountain Puppeteers of Bar Harbor, Maine
  • Oct. 9-20: “The Wizard of Oz” by Frisch Marionettes of Cincinnati, with puppet and set design inspired by W.W. Denslow’s original illustration for L. Frank Baum’s 1900 book “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz”
  • Oct. 22-Nov. 3: “The Dragon King” by Tanglewood Marionettes of Ware, Mass.
  • Nov. 7 – Dec 29: “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” adapted by Ludwig, based on the classic television special
  • Nov. 8-10: “Autumn Portraits” by Sandglass Theater’s Eric Bass of Putney, Vt.
  • Jan. 2-Feb. 2, 2014: “Stan the Lovesick Snowman,” adapted by Ludwig
  • Feb. 6-March 23, 2014: “Weather Rocks!” written by Ludwig
  • Feb. 25-March 2, 2014: “Great Expectations” by Simpich Marionettes of Colorado Springs, Colo., featuring the entire range of voices by David Simpich in a solo performance and what Ludwig calls “exquisite” hand-carved marionettes by the puppeteer.
  • March 25-April 6, 2014: “1001 Nights: A Love Story About Loving Stories”
  • April 10-May 25, 2014: “Charlotte’s Web,” the E.B. White childen’s classic, adapted by Joseph Robinette
  • May 15-18, 2014: Experimental Puppetry Theater (XPT)

Information: 404-873-3391, www.puppet.org (click Performances).

HOWARD POUSNER

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