Tears of Joy Theatre’s new puppet play pairs folktales from Mexico and Argentina for a new show, When Animals Were People and The Lazy Bee. To the right are Tortuga and Ardilla. The show opens April 10 and continues with daytime performances through April 19. Details below

awhen-animals-were-peopleTales from Mexico and Argentina are paired into Tears of Joy Theatre’s new puppet play incorporating Spanish words and phrases, The first part is called When Animals Were People and the tales.

Performances run Friday through Sundays, April 10 – Sunday April 19 at Imago Theater, 17 SE 8th Ave. The only evening performance is opening night and weekends are all matinees with two shows a day.

In Animals, adapted from the Huichol culture, Tortuga, Grandfather Zopilote and Ardilla enjoy sharing meals together. When Lobo asks to join them, he wants to eat more than their estofado (stew).

The Lazy Bee is adapted from the story by Argentenan Horacio Quiroga. A fun-loving bee refuses to do her share of the work and then she must find a way to survive a night away from the hive.

These tales of friendship, dedication and family, are filled  with clever touches of adult-level wordplay. Puppets, by Carrie Anne Huneycutt and Sara Fay Goldman bring whimsical voices and deft maneuvering. The music was composed and recorded by Gerardo Calderon.

Tears of Joy also presents Signal Light Puppet Theatre’s Playtime! with Pete and Randy two nights only April 17 and 18 also at Imago Theatre. Pete and Randy are two well-meaning puppies navigating a world of their own design. This show is an irreverent children’s puppet show for adults, part Muppets, part Ren and Stimpy. They re-engineer a cat, get shot in the face, cheat at a science fair, destroy all life on earth, and discover the true meaning of Easter.  Not recommended for children under 10 due to scenes of comic violence.

Tickets are variably priced and available at www.tojt.org.