Reverse Cascade
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Reverse Cascade is geared towards adults, but is appropriate and much loved by those age 8 and up Through music and object puppetry, Reverse Cascade tells a story about the remarkable life of Judy Finelli, a renowned juggler and circus performer whose life changed completely after she was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. After finding the work she loves as a circus performer and one of the country’s best jugglers, Judy Finelli suddenly finds her body betraying her. Although her work and identity begin to slip away with her body, the circus still calls to her, and breathes purpose back into her life. We follow her new life, which she no longer lives in her body but in her dreams, thoughts, and her wheelchair. We encounter Judy’s journey in a world of circus objects: scarves, clubs, juggling balls and juggling rings are the characters, the environment, and the elements of her world. In this unique form of puppetry, performance objects, worlds, and characters magically transform before your eyes. Reverse Cascade was created by Baltimore puppeteer Anna Fitzgerald and is performed by puppeteers Emily Hall. Sophie Hinderberger, Sarah Nolen, Jeanine Padgett, Anna Fitzgerald, and Moira Horowitz. For this performance, a live musical score will be provided by Baltimore based multi-instrumentalist ellen cherry. ABOUT ANNA FITZGERALD: Anna Fitzgerald is a Baltimore based (and Baltimore bred) puppeteer and performer with an MFA in Puppet Arts from the University of Connecticut. She has performed at festivals and theaters around the United States including at the Creative Alliance in The Wild Purim Rumpus and Pepito's Clowndemonium Revue. Anna was an Emerging Artist at the 2013 National Puppetry Conference at The Eugene O'Neill Theater Center and a recipient of a Puffin Grant, both for her production of Reverse Cascade. She was also the recipient of the 2014 Jerry Rojo Award for Production Excellence for Reverse Cascade at The University of Connecticut. In April, she was an artist in residence at A Studio in The Woods in New Orleans, and is part of the 2015-2016 Mead Theatre Lab’s Works-In-Progress Series at The Source in Washington, DC for her new family production Adventures! She is a teacher at Baltimore School for the Arts' TWIGS program and is a proud board member of UNIMA-USA, building international understanding and friendship through the art of puppetry. "One of the most powerful performances I have seen since arriving in Baltimore." -Josh Kohn, Creative Alliance Performance Director 8pm | ADV $15, $12 mbrs | +$3 at the door