Paper Theatre by Great Small Works and Facto Teatro

September 2, 2015 @ 7:30 pm – 9:15 pm
AS220's Blackbox
95 Empire Street
Paper Theatre by Great Small Works and Facto Teatro @ AS220's Blackbox

Great Small Works members Trudi Cohen and John Bell are teaming up with Facto Teatro from Mexico City and Barbara Steinitz from Berlin to share a program of Paper Theater for theaters and community centers across New England.

Wednesday Sept 2nd, 730 PM, $15 regular admission, free entry for Brown/RISD students with ID.


Facto Teatro:  Don Chico Con Alas (Don Chico with Wings)

Performed by Alejandro Benítez, Antonio Cerezo and Armando Tapia.


Based on a story by the Mexican writer Eraclio Zepeda, Facto Teatro’s Don Chico lives in the mountains of Chiapas, Mexico. To go from one village to another he must come down the mountain, cross the jungle, then the river and up the opposite hill.  He decides he needs to build himself a pair of wings and fly, to reach the sky before national holidays.  A story of ingenuity, creativity, surrealism and human adventure, which tells us that, for some, the sky is the limit.


Facto Teatro and Barbara Steinitz: Duraznos azules (Blue Peaches)

Based on a Mexican tale, design by Barbara Steinitz, construction by Facto Teatro and Barbara Steinitz. Performed by Alejandro Benítez and Barbara Steinitz.


Eight-year-old Pedro wants to find out why the peach tree in grandmother’s garden is producing blue peaches. But the adults always give him the same answer: “There are no blue peaches, boy.” First collaboration between Facto Teatro, based in Mexico City, and Barbara Steinitz from Berlin, Blue Peaches was produced in collaboration with and premiered at the 26th Preetzer Papiertheatertreffen (Paper Theater Festival) in Preetz, Germany, 2013.


Trudi Cohen and John Bell:  Living Newspaper, Episode Two: Sidewalk Ballet

A recent Toy Theater series, the name Living Newspaper is a nod to the docu-drama form developed by the Federal Theater Project  in the 1930s, and inspired by our work with Great Small Works’ news-based Toy Theater work, “Terror As Usual.”  This second episode contemplates the life of the city, featuring Jane Jacobs, Robert Moses, a burning bush, and the sidewalk.