The White Doe, or The Piteous Trybulations of the Sufferyng Countess Jenovéfa
August 8, 2012 - August 18, 2012,
Thirty traditional marionettes star in song-filled 18th-century puppet theater experience.
Wednesdays-Fridays at 8:00 PM; Saturdays at 5:00 PM and 8:00 PM
Tickets: $18 general admission; $12 for children under 12 and seniors.
Box office: www.smarttix.com, (212) 868-4444
Buy tickets online from company's website: www.czechmarionettes.org
Suitable for audiences ages 6-106.
Runs 70 minutes; critics are invited on or after August 8
For audiences of all ages, Czechoslovak-American Marionette Theater will perform "The White Doe," a classic play of the Czech Puppetry repertoire, adapted and directed by Vít Horejs, August 8 to 18 at Bohemian National Hall, 321East 73rd Street. The piece has not been seen in New York since 2001. It is a 17th century tale of a diabolical steward named Golo, who schemes to steal the wife of his lord, Count Sylkfrid, but is undone by the testimony of a ghost and by a white doe who reunites the couple on a hunting trip.
The play was called "downright hilarious, an indescribable experience" by Matthew Murray in Talkin' Broadway. Puppetry Journal wrote, "Vít Horejs threatens to become Cecile B. DeMille of puppeteers." The actor/puppeteers are: Deborah Beshaw, Michelle Beshaw, Ron Jones, Vít Horejs and Steven Ryan.
While the Count Sylkfrid is off to the war he leaves his wife, the chaste countess Jenovéfa, in the care of his trusted steward Golo. As soon as the count leaves his castle however, Golo begins to court the countess. When she rejects him, Golo orders her and the cook Drago to be thrown into the dungeon and sends a message to the count falsely accusing them of infidelity. The count, deceived by a witch, believes the accusation and orders the countess to be executed. Good-hearted guards take pity on Jenovefa and help her leave the castle with a promise never to return again. With a heavy heart, the countess leaves the castle to live in a desolate wasteland with her son, who had been born in prison. The count is berated by his knight Tristan for his impulsive behavior. The ghost of the cook Drago appears to tell the count the true story of Golo's betrayal. Unaware that his treason has been revealed, Golo proposes a hunting trip. Sylkfrid, led by a white doe, wanders off from his hunting party to the cave where Jenovefa is living with their son, now seven years old. Jenovefa and Sylkfrid rejoice at their reunion and Golo is justly punished for his misdeed. All ends with a surprise twist.
The play's six acts are bracketed by Czech folk songs with arrangement and vocals by Elise Morris.
Presented by GOH Productions in collaboration with Bohemian Benevolent and Literary Association and Czechoslovak Society of Arts and Sciences.
THE CZECHOSLOVAK-AMERICAN MARIONETTE THEATRE
They wrote about GOLEM:
"The synergy these forces create is superbly imaginative; “Golem” uses 19th-century versions of special effects, but its visual illusions feel far more magical than anything you’ll see in a Broadway blockbuster." Catherine Rampell, NY Times
This event has been made possible in part with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, Materials for the Arts, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic, with support from Bohemian Benevolent and Literary Association and Czech Center New York.