Created by Caitlin Brzezinski
and Libby Schap
September 26-28 (Thurs-Sat) | 8:00 pm
Tickets: $16/$12 Puppets at Night Members
On a dark night, as a storm brews on the horizon, three women take refuge in an abandoned house. Their presence awakens a strange and shadowy world of memory and desire where fantasies are possible…if only for the night. Flying Lessons is an innovative new work that skillfully combines dance, object, and shadow theater, blurring the line between puppet, set, and plaything. Characters transform into visual hybrids, with hidden truths emerging in surprising ways. This surreal, enchanting production is told entirely without words and features original music, agile scenery, and intricate shadow design. Recommended for adults and teens.
Sneak a peek at the multi-year Flying Lessons development process in this WBUR Video Feature.
Performers: Caitlin Brzezinski, Libby Schap, and Lisa Joyce
About the Artists
The Flying Lessons creative team first met in October of 2016 during Puppet Showplace Theater’s production of The Midnight Zoo. During the nightly performances, Brzezinski and Schap started discussing a book by Audrey Niffenegger - The Three Incestuous Sisters. This book would be the inspiration for a short shadow puppet piece entitled “The Flying Lesson,” performed at the January 2017 Puppet Showplace Theater Puppet Slam. Since then, Flying Lessons has grown into a full-length shadow play with the help of Lisa Joyce (performer) and Tim Fairley (lighting tech). The work also features original music by Marshall Daniels and Everett Hardin.
Caitlin Brzezinski recently completed a two year training program at the William Esper Studio in New York City. Caitlin is a veteran performer at the Puppet Showplace Slam and has created puppet performances using text from Italo Calvino's “Distance from the Moon” and audio of children telling stories. She was recently seen in Waterhouse Collective’s A Minute Flowering in NYC. www.caitlinbrzezinski.com
Libby Schap currently resides in Boston, Massachusetts and tours community programs with The Kids on the Block, an educational puppet troupe building disability awareness. Other recent work includes a touring production of Matt & Ben, developing an original production of Snow White & Rose Red, and producing films for the 48 Hour Film Project. More information can be found at www.libbyschap.com.
Lisa Joyce has been with this magical show from the start and could not be more excited to finally share Flying Lessons with the world! She is a Boston native and graduate of Salem State University. Previous credits include The Man Who Came to Dinner, Laughter on the 23rd Floor, Damn Yankees, The Producers, Spamalot (Barnstormers Theatre), The Broadway Jukebox (Brown Box Theatre Project), Our Dear Dead Drug Lord (Off The Grid), The Salonnieres (Greater Boston Stage), and Once Upon a Mattress (FPAC and Hackmatack Playhouse). Up next she can be seen at Wheelock Family Theatre in Willy Wonka! Sending lots of love and thanks to her friends and family!
Flying Lessons was awarded a 2019 Jim Henson Foundation Production grant. It also received generous support from the Bob Jolly Charitable Trust, the Ko Festival, and Puppet Showplace Theater’s Incubator program.
This production has received a StageSource Standing O for work towards achieving gender parity in New England theatre.