Brains and Puppets at Walkerspace

Untitled Theater Company #61 and Evolve Company presents Brians and Puppets: 'The Boy Who Wanted to be a Robot / The Tast of Blue which examine the conditions of autism and synesthesia, respectively. The production plays at Walkerspace from 1 - 15 Mar 2008.

In both of the pieces, the protagonist is a child with a neurological condition, and the audience is invited to enter into that child's world and experience that child's experience. The plays are a playful examination of how the brain works, both for those of us who are 'neurotypical'� and for those who are not.

The Boy Who Wanted to be a Robot is a Pinocchio tale in reverse presented as a fairy tale from a foreign culture�the culture of people with Asperger's Syndrome. Enacted by Barry Weil with a cast of puppets whose design is inspired by the work of artists with autism, the play follows the adventures of a boy who grows up surrounded by robots and then is at sea when he finds himself in a world of humans. He struggles for logic and order among people whose emotions are sometimes confusing to him.

The Tast of Blue is about a teenage girl who can taste color and see music. She has synesthesia, a condition in which the senses are mixed, a condition shared by many artists, from Kandinsky to Nabakov. Tanya Khordoc brings us into her world and shows us the incredible landscape within her mind.

Brians and Puppets plays in repertoire with Cat's Cradle and Hiroshima: Crucible of Light at Walkerspace.

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