True story: Thirty years ago, a family’s pet turtle suddenly went missing. The family looked everywhere but eventually gave up searching. Earlier this year, they finally found her…in their garden shed. She had lived there for three decades. The strange tale inspired puppeteer Emily Hynds to create the shadow play Turtle Turtle for Boo Town. (Boo Town is well-known to Houston audiences for its ongoing series Grown-up Storytime, an unpredictable pairing of writers and on-stage readers.) Turtle Turtle mirrors the real-life story with a slight variation: In this case, Turtle takes refuge in the family's attic, where he delights in living among his family's castoff treasures right above their heads.
Hynds is using several new technologies to tell Turtle's story, including multiple projectors and rolling screens to produce constantly moving images. ''Shadow puppetry is interesting to work with as an artist because it challenges our concept of design and makes us strip down to just two colors and shapes,'' said Hynds by e-mail. ''It really makes you think about the most basic way to convey an emotion…which in turn makes whatever image is created pretty universal and hopefully accessible to everyone.''
11:55 p.m. Friday, 9 p.m. Saturday. Rudyard’s, 2010 Waugh. For information, visit bootown.org. Pay what you want.
Fri., June 21, 10 p.m.; Fri., June 28, 10 p.m.; Sat., June 29, 10 p.m., 2013
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