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World-Class Puppeteer Group to Perform at RWU on April 23

Figures of Speech Theatre will present award-winning play 'Cupid and Psyche' as part of Roger Williams University's Alive! Arts Series

World-class puppeteer group Figures of Speech Theatre will give a special performance of the award-winning mythical love story “Cupid and Psyche” at Roger Williams University on April 23. Presented as part of the University’s Alive! Arts Series, the one-of-a-kind puppet theater performance is free and open to the public.

A celebration of love, trust and the struggle of the human spirit, “Cupid and Psyche” is Figures of Speech Theatre’s adaptation of the 2000-year-old Greek myth, told through actors, puppets, dance and good humor.

The story follows Cupid, the god of love, who falls in love with the irresistible and mortal Psyche when his mother, goddess of love Venus, sends him to kill Psyche to appease Venus’ outrageous jealousy.  Intricately carved three-foot tall puppets portray Psyche and Cupid, while actors Carol Farrell and John Farrell take on the dynamic roles of Venus and Zeus, respectively. The result is an entertaining collage of romance, drama and outrageous humor.

Figures of Speech Theatre has toured from Tokyo to Europe to Broadway with performances featuring actors and puppets. Since it won the coveted UNIMA (Union Internationale de la Marionnette – International Puppetry Association) Citation of Excellence – the highest award in American puppet theater – the group has performed “Cupid and Psyche” in theaters, festivals and schools from Maine to California, including two extended runs at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C.

The special Figures of Speech performance travels to Roger Williams through the University’s Alive! Arts Series, which supports arts within the greater RWU community through a succession of free performances by nationally recognized artists.

Also playing at the Barn: a special production of the student theatre performance “Return to the Forbidden Planet,” running April 20 to 28.

“Cupid and Psyche” Figures of Speech Theatre Performance:             

April 23 at 7:30 p.m.
Free event

“Return to the Forbidden Planet” Theatre Performance:
April 20, 21, 26, 27 and 28 at 7:30 p.m.; April 22 at 2:00 p.m.

General admission $10; Students and seniors $5

Both performances are open to the public and will take place at The Roger Williams University Performing Arts Center located on Roger Williams University’s Bristol campus at One Old Ferry Road. For more information, call the Performing Arts Center at 401-254-3626.

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