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Cat Mountain


For Immediate release - 28 February, 2003

Theater/Music/Dance

Behind The Mask Theatre Presents - Cat Mountain: A Japanese Folk Tale told through Storytelling, Masks, Puppetry, Dance, and Original music!

Behind The Mask Theatre (BTMT) announces its latest theatre production, Cat Mountain, in Brookline and Cambridge, MA.  Adapted from a Japanese folktale by BTMT, Cat Mountain tells the story of Sho, a young servant girl who journeys to a strange and far-off mountain where she hopes to find her freedom and her lost cat.  But as the people she meets on the way tell her, no one ever returns from Cat Mountain!

Premier: Saturday, March 8.  10:30 am.
Coolidge Corner Theatre - 290 Harvard Street, Brookline
$8.50 adults/$6 children.  Tickets available through Ticketweb
Show information available at 617-734-2501
(Part of the Coolidge Corner's weekly family series of events)
(This performance is not wheelchair accessible)

Additional performances: Friday - Sunday, April 4-6. (Fri & Sat at 8pm, Sun at 2pm).
Cambridge Center for Adult Education, Blacksmith House - 56 Brattle Street, Cambridge
$15 adults/$8 children & seniors. Tickets available at 617-547-6789 ext.1
Show information available at 617-547-6789 ext.1
(This performance is wheelchair accessible)

Additional performances: Friday - Saturday, May 9-10. (time to be announced).
Puppet Showplace Theatre - 32 Station Street, Brookline
Show and ticket information available at 617-731-6400
(This performance is wheelchair accessible)

Behind The Mask has brought together several acclaimed artists to create this show.  Award Winning Maskmakers Eric Bornstein and Deborah Coconis have created original masks for all stage performers; Acclaimed musician Patricia Vleig has composed the show's songs; Internationally celebrated Koto player Ayakano Cathleen Read has provided additional music; local choreographer Leda Elliott, who grew up studying dance in Japan, has created movements to bring masks and music alive.  Uniting these talents are veteran performance artist Mari Novotny-Jones and Prometheus Dance core member Andrea Taylor-Blenis as Stage Directors.

Eric Bornstein, BTMT Founder/Artistic Director, says: "Japanese theatre has a rich vocabulary of masks to succinctly convey character traits and emotional nuances to the audience.  Drawing from this vocabulary for an American audience is both a challenge and a pleasure.  By combining the talents of people who know both the Japanese and American traditions, we bring this magical tale to life."

Behind The Mask Theatre is well-known for its skill in bringing the folklore of different cultures to the stage, for the stunning masks it creates for its productions, and for weaving together multiple art-forms into a single tapestry they call "augmented storytelling".  Those who enjoyed last season's production of Monkey King Tales and the fantastic creatures this group has showcased at 12 years of Boston's First Night celebrations are sure to enjoy Cat Mountain, a show for audiences of all ages!

"Magnificent...Eric Bornstein is a gifted Maskmaker."
The Boston Globe

Partially funded by the Cambridge Arts Council, a city agency, and the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency

Horizontal and vertical images available on request.

For more information about Behind The Mask Theatre, visit their website: www.behindthemask.org  email them: behindthemask@msn.com  or call: 617-876-7412.

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