Open Space Arts

Harry Hope Hosts Open Space Arts

Fall 1998

Open Space Arts will be guest artists-in-residence at the Harry Hope Theatre at Eastern Connecticut State University, October 12th-25th, offering performances and workshops. Founded in Maryland in 1989, Open Space Arts, will teach mask-making, masked movement and puppetry performance. Eastern students will create their own masks and puppets for performance in “Like Trees Walking” which will be presented October 22nd-25th, Thursday through Saturday at 8pm and Sunday at 2pm, in the Harry Hope Theatre in Shafer Hall (comer of High and Valley Streets in Willimantic).

In addition to the production of “Like Trees Walking,” the public is invited to attend two University Hours in Eastern’s Multipurpose Room in the Student Center. The first will take place on Wednesday, October 14th, in which Open Space Arts will do a demonstration of “Movement in Masks.” The second University Hour on October 21st will be Open Space Arts and Eastern students presenting excerpts from “Like Trees Walking.” Also there will be an opportunity to meet the author and to hear his concept behind the show which is based on the novel, “Now We Praise Great Men.” University Hours will take place from 3-4 pm and are free.

In the spirit of the “Bread and Puppet Theatre,” Open Space Arts works in a truly interdisciplinary manner and offers the ECSU community- at- large an opportunity to experience a unique approach to Theatre as they witness a show about, a serious topic of poverty in the South presented with masked performers, puppets and live actors. Bob Ritz, Scene Designer and Technical Director of the Harry Hope Theatre, has been overseeing the construction of sets and props in preparation for the troupe’s two-week residency. Claudia Widdiss, ECSU Sculpture professor, has integrated her curriculum into this residency and Anne Dawson, Art Historian at ECSU, has a student creating slide images of Walker Evans for the production as well.

“Like Trees Walking” is appropriate for adults and older children.