I Wan Jan Puppet Theater of Taiwan to Perform at Stony Brook University
"What a wonderful way to celebrate the 2005 North American Taiwanese Heritage Week," said organizer and host to the troupe, Stella Shieh. "The group has thrilled and delighted audiences throughout the world. We are honored that they have agreed to come to our area. In this age of plasma TV's, video games and multiplexes, we often lose sight of how enjoyable it can be watching a live performance of a traditional art. This is one that will be truly memorable."
Established in 1931, the I Wan Jan Hand Puppet Theater is one of the most prestigious hand puppetry troupes in Taiwan and the surrounding region. Its founder Li Tien-lu won countless awards, including a Lifetime Achievement Award from the NY-based Chinese American Arts Council. Since 1974, he and his troupe have made special efforts to cultivate a new generation of puppeteers. As a result they have spawned countless disciples of the puppet theater throughout the world. Though Mr. Li passed away last August, he did live long enough to see the fruits of his labors: a recent resurgence in the popularity of hand puppetry in his native Taiwan.
The two performances at the Wang Center are at 1:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Reserved admission is $10, $5 for students with ID, and $15 at the door. More information may be obtained by calling 631.532.4400. An additional show will be held on May 18th at the Flushing Library (41-17 Main Street) in Flushing, NY at 4:00 p.m.