My Grandfather's Prayers
by Lisa Sturz, Red Herring Puppets
Saturday, August 12 | 8pm
Sunday, August 13 | 3pm
A fourth-generation cantor, blessed with an extraordinary operatic tenor, invokes the transcendent power of music to uplift souls across two continents amid world war, religious persecution and personal heartbreak.
"My Grandfather's Prayers" is a theatrical production based on the life of Cantor Izso Glickstein (1890-1947), a Jewish Ukrainian prodigy who settles in Boston, where his powerful golden voice expresses the passion and determination of a people holding onto faith and tradition through the violent diaspora of the twentieth century. Izso’s remarkable story is told from the point of view of his granddaughter, Lisa Sturz, a professional puppeteer exploring her own Jewish ancestry, artistry, spirituality, and responsibility. Lisa uses shadow puppets, scrolling backgrounds, mixed-media film sequences, and poetic text to accompany this rich musical journey.
ABOUT THE PERFORMER:
Red Herring Puppets is a national touring company based in Asheville, North Carolina. They perform over three hundred shows a year at schools, libraries, festivals, and special events, and they have been featured at the Center for Puppetry Arts in Atlanta. Their work has earned an UNIMA Citation of Excellence - the highest honor in American puppetry. Red Herring Puppets also design and build figures for film, television, theatre, opera, museums, and parades. Clients include UNCTV, the Field Museum, Shedd Aquarium, Chattanooga Aquarium, Atlanta Symphony, Harrah’s Casino, and the Lyric Opera of Chicago.
Lisa Aimee Sturz, artistic director of Red Herring Puppets, is an Emmy-award-winning puppeteer who has worked with Jim Henson Productions, Walt Disney Imagineering, the Ice Capades, PBS, NBC, and many more. She has an MA from UConn and an MFA in Puppetry from UCLA. As a teaching artist, Lisa has participated in arts and integration trainings with the Kennedy Center, Blumenthal Performing Arts Center, UNCA, and the North Carolina Arts Council. She has been a guest presenter for the NC Theatre Arts Educators, the Broward Cultural Center Arts Integration Conference, and the Tennessee Arts Integration Conference. She currently teaches puppetry at Warren Wilson College.