PLANET PLASTIC  (working title)
                  DAIRY ARTS CENTER     
August 12-14 
7:30 PM  &  August 15 4 PM  2021
In this solo puppetry performance about sustainability and transformation created and performed by Betsy Tobin, as the lights come up onstage a pile of recycled materials gradually begins to shift.  The quirky character who emerges, costumed in an odd assortment of recycled materials, playfully transforms herself, the space, and the odds and ends she is surrounded by during the following hour. From shadow puppets and magical worlds in plastic projected on walls, to hand puppets, and fully articulated puppets made from cardboard, paper, plastic, and bubble wrap, the sets and characters conjure known and imaginary worlds.

        Image from the Great Pacific Garbage Patch scene
                                   Funded in part by a

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Created and performed by Betsy Tobin & Michael Gunst
Music by Jesse Manno     Animation by Jesse Tobin Weiss
             OPENING SHOWS:  POSTPONED due to Covid-19 and library closure
Originally scheduled for May 16th & May 17th  in the Canyon Theater, Boulder Public Library
        OPEN REHEARSALS:  POSTPONED due to Covid-19 and closures
March 18th   West Boulder Senior Center  & March 31st   Meadows Branch Library  Sponsored by Boulder Arts Week
Details on rescheduled shows and open rehearsals to follow soon!


Bricklayer mask by Michael Gunst

Stories will unfold as if emerging out of a black and white photo. Dressed in work clothes, with make-up on their hands and faces to blend in with the predominantly black and white figures, the two performers will represent the workers of humanity. They will set the stage, manipulate puppets, objects, and shadows, and play roles with or without masks in this non-verbal show for adults and children age 10+. The scenes explore themes of humanity: migration, love, cruelty, humor, faith, poverty, hunger, work, generosity, isolation, joy, and companionship. 


Hand puppets by Betsy Tobin

Funded by Boulder Library Foundation, Boulder County Arts Alliance,

Gunstwork Puppet Mask Theatre & Now Or Never Theatre

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Image from Garden of Earthly Light video by Betsy Tobin

Ongoing video collaboration with kinetic sculptor George Sherwood 
for his exhibitions in botanical gardens across the U.S.

Seismic Memory  by George Sherwood