‘The Dancing Fox’
Under the artistic direction of mask maker, designer and director Ralph Lee, the Mettawee River Theatre Company, founded in 1975, creates original theater productions that incorporate masks, giant figures, puppets and other visual elements with live music, movement and text, drawing on myths, legends and folklore of the world’s many cultures for its material. Lee seeks to create vivid theatrical moments with an evocative simplicity in its outdoor performances.
In the ‘The Dancing Fox: Wisdom Tales of the Middle East,’ some clever foxes, dim-witted fish, a vengeful snake and other creatures, with a number of wise and foolish humans, tell tales gathered from the shared folk traditions of Jews and Arabs. A variety of masks, puppets and giant figures will be used to flesh out the particular realm of each tale. New perspectives emerge from the comic twists and tragic turns of their adventures. There will be numerous area performances in July and August, including: Thursday, July 10, Little Theater, Fort Edward, N.Y.; Friday, July 11, Park-McCullough House, North Bennington; Tuesday, July 15, Georgi Museum, Shushan, N.Y.; and Wednesday, July 16, Salem Central School, Salem, N.Y.; and Friday, July 25, Methodist Church, Sandgate, all at 8 p.m. For a full schedule of performances, visit mettawee.org or call 518-854-9357.