Tales from the Tipping Point
created & performed by Betsy Tobin
           with music by Janet Feder

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                Dairy Arts Center Grace Gamm Theater
                               August 12-14 7:30 PM
                                    August 15 4 PM 

Travel with your quirky guide through the cosmos using what is at hand to navigate worlds in this inventive DIY performance about sustainability with immersive shadows and video imagery.

The show features costumes, characters, and sets built from recycled and upcycled materials and music created using objects and materials not commonly considered “musical”, revealing properties of beauty often overlooked in day-to-day artifacts.

Written and performed by Betsy Tobin, assisted by George Sherwood and Margarita Blush.
           Supported by the Boedecker Foundation Path to Excellence

                     For adults and children age 10 +.   Tickets: $14-24

                Puppetry with Recycled Materials

                            a workshop lead by Betsy Tobin

                   Grace Gamm Theater at the Dairy Arts Center

                            Saturday, August 14th 11 AM-1 PM


Workshop participants will use recycled and upcycled materials to create original rod puppets.

They will learn manipulation techniques for bringing their characters to life in simple scenes.

Materials will be provided, but participants are encouraged to bring in additional recycled materials if they wish.

FREE. For adults and children age 11 +

Registration required at the Dairy Arts Center or at 303 588 5048

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, Puffin Foundation,

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