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« on: April 07, 2011, 10:28:12 AM »

I've been waiting for this since an online friend who builds puppets for the stage in Australia posted about it premiering in London.  Now, I have to figure out how to get there to see it.

http://www.lct.org/showMain.htm?id=199
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« Reply #1 on: April 07, 2011, 04:12:29 PM »

I saw that it was coming to Lincoln center on the news about a month ago and got really excited! I hate going to the city though....but it seems worth it.
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« Reply #2 on: April 07, 2011, 05:19:32 PM »

That's the thing, I'm a real country bumpkin.  Wish i knew someone from my area that feels confident going to the city that I could go with.
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« Reply #3 on: April 08, 2011, 07:35:13 AM »

  Maybe a bus trip to an afternoon show?
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« Reply #4 on: April 21, 2011, 11:14:01 AM »

  Maybe a bus trip to an afternoon show?

Only weekday matinee is on Wed. Not doable ubless i xcancelled lessons which no one else can do for me.  Sunday matinee's already sold out far in advance



http://www.nytimes.com/2011/04/12/books/michael-morpurgo-author-of-war-horse-an-unlikely-hit.html?_r=1&hpw

Before it was made into a hit West End play, before it was bound for Broadway, before it was set to be Steven Spielberg’s next big movie, “War Horse” was a slim, powerful children’s book about a young man and his beloved horse on the front lines of World War I.

But that all changed in 2007, when a dramatic version of “War Horse” opened at the National Theater. Starring, as the horses, life-size puppets created by the Handspring Puppet Company of South Africa, the play was a huge, emotional triumph, leaving audiences wrung out and weeping. It transferred to the West End, where it is still selling out. It opens Thursday at Lincoln Center Theater in New York, where Mr. Morpurgo will be in the audience. And in December the film version, directed by Mr. Spielberg and starring the British actors Jeremy Irvine, Benedict Cumberbatch and Emily Watson (and a cast of real horses), is to open in the United States.

The book, which has been called a great argument for pacifism, is written from the point of view of Joey the horse. It was inspired, in part, by a series of conversations Mr. Morpurgo had had years ago in his village, Iddesleigh, in Devon, with an elderly man who had served in a cavalry unit in World War I. “He told me with tears in his eyes that the only person he could talk to there — and he called this horse a person — was his horse,” Mr. Morpurgo said.

From the Imperial War Museum, Mr. Morpurgo learned that between one million and two million British horses had been sent to the front lines in the first World War, and that only 65,000 or so had come back. He resolved to write about them but struggled to find the right voice.

Then one evening he was at the farm he and his wife run in Devon, where poor children come to work with animals. (There are now three in Britain, and one in Vermont.) He was passing through the stable yard when he saw one of the children, a troubled boy who had a bad stutter and had not uttered a word in school in two years, standing head to head with a horse.

“He started talking,” Mr. Morpurgo recalled. “And he was talking to the horse, and his voice was flowing. It was simply unlocked. And as I listened to this his boy telling the horse everything he’d done on the farm that day, I suddenly had the idea that of course the horse didn’t understand every word, but that she knew it was important for her to stand there and be there for this child.” That became Joey’s role in “War Horse” — observer and witness as much as protagonist.
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