The Northeast Theatre Presents: Bite the Puppet

The Arts — By on August 30, 2006 at 7:37 am

 

All the elements of a classy variety show coupled with the spice of children’s programming (in short, a benefit for The Northeast Theatre)

Created and Performed by Conor McGuigan
(Scranton, PA, 8/7/2006)

PSA (30 Seconds)

On September 15th and 16th, The Northeast Theatre presents Scranton?s most original performer, Conor McGuigan, in his spicy, classy variety show, Bite The Puppet, which features bubble machines, waltzes, super heroes, and plenty more. Performance Space at the Jermyn, 326 Spruce Street, 2nd Floor, Downtown Scranton. Purchase tickets at the box office Wednesday through Saturday after 3 p.m., by phone at 570-558-1515, or online at www.thenortheasttheatre.us. Your professional theatre in the heart of Scranton.

Listing Information

BITE THE PUPPET: Friday & Saturday, September 15 & 16, 8 p.m. General and Senior $10, Students (-25) $5. The Northeast Theatre, Performance Space at the Jermyn, 326 Spruce St., 2nd Floor, Downtown Scranton. 570-558-1515 or www.thenortheasttheatre.us

What

Bite the Puppet, created and performed by Conor McGuigan featuring puppets, bubble machines, waltzes, super heroes, and plenty more; a benefit for The Northeast Theatre.

Who

Scranton?s own playwright, director, and actor, Conor Mcguigan who founded and ran the art gallery Test Pattern. In the Test Pattern Basement Mr. McGuigan presented such shows as Scrantonia, The Big Make Out, and RANTO 50 Goes West: A Scrantonian Tale, of which Bite the Puppet is the same ilk.

When and Where

September 15 and 16, 2006 Friday and Saturday at 8 Performance Space at the Jermyn, 326 Spruce Street 2nd Floor, Downtown Scranton

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September 15:
Tickets $10, Students (25 and under) $5
September 15:
Tickets $10, Students (25 and under) $5

Admission

Tickets $10, Students (25 and under) $5

Buying Tickets

Tickets may be purchased at the box office, Wednesday through Saturday 3 p.m. to curtain, by phone at 570-558-1515, or online at www.thenortheasttheatre.us

About the Play

Bite the Puppet combines all the elements of a classy variety show with the spice of children’s programming to capture the essential quality of a benefit for The Northeast Theatre.

A Spicy, Classy, Unpredictable Variety Show

Conor Mcguigan and his puppet pals are coming out of the basement to entertain sellout crowds in a big peoples? theatre. The show features dancing, singing, dramatic recitations, acrobatics on scooters, a bubble machine, waltzing, super heroes, and tons more — and all to the tunes of rare vinyl LP?s. Conor’s old friends Freddie the Frog and RANTO 50 will be there, plus some new faces, all of whom will collaborate in close formation to bring you, the audience, ever closer to the true essence of a benefit for The Northeast Theatre.

Conor has been on the leading edge of the Scranton arts scene ever since he opened his grassroots art gallery Test Pattern on Adams Avenue a couple of years ago. There, he displayed new wall art and sculpture, and presented plays, poetry, pop tunes, and puppets. His basement venue evoked the hip days of Greenwich Village in the 60?s, and the shows that played there were fresh, exciting, goofy, and irreverent in a very reverent sort of way.

Conor has since moved on, leaving Test Pattern in the capable hands of others, while he pursues new projects, one of which is to photograph all the WalMarts in the country (an adventure not unlike painting the Golden Gate Bridge, a job which, as soon as it is completed, must begin again.)

Conor is also an actor in more legitimate venues such as The Northeast Theatre?s Performance Space at the Jermyn where he opened the 2005-06 season as Kipps in The Woman in Black. He will be featured in two productions with The Northeast Theatre in the 2006-07 season: the recent off-Broadway hit, Almost, Maine by Tony nominee John Cariani in January, and in March, An American Wife by local professional writers Michael Downend and Karen Blomain.

To round out his theatrical involvements, he also serves on the board of directors for The Northeast Theatre. “I?m the young guy on the board,” he says, “that?s my function. So, I?m thinking, I?m young, that?s nice, but it?s not much of a contribution. So, why don?t I do a benefit?” And thus, Bite the Puppet was born. You can be a part of Conor?s contribution to The Northeast Theatre on September 15th and 16th at 8 p.m., Performance Space at the Jermyn, 326 Spruce Street, Second Floor, in the heart of Downtown Scranton.

Regular ticket prices are $10 general and seniors and $5 for students 25 and under. Tickets may be purchased at the box office Wednesday through Saturday 3:00 p.m. until curtain, by phone at 570-558-1515, or online at www.thenortheasttheatre.us

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