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Muntergang and Other Cheerful Downfalls

May 03, 2018 - May 06, 2018

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Theater Project
45 West Preston Street
Baltimore, MD 21201


Created in collaboration with the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research, Muntergang is based on the lives and work of Zuni Maud and Yosl Cutler, two radical hand-puppeteers from the early 20th century. Muntergang is a bilingual show (Yiddish and English) using a range of puppet techniques, including hand puppets, rod puppets, projections, panoramic scrolls, handmade lighting instruments, flat cut-outs and live actors, with an original music score performed live. Founded by artists Zuni Maud and Yosl Cutler in New York in 1925, Modicut was the first Yiddish puppet theater, and one of the most unique and innovative cultural phenomena to hit the flourishing and diverse Yiddish stage. Created by two artists who met working as cartoonists in the Yiddish press, the troupe brought folklore and expressionistic style to high art venues, and fun and satire to working class audiences in the radical art-making milieu of Lower East Side NYC life. YIVO Institute, with its strong interest in contemporary applications of the historic materials housed in its extensive archives, has been Great Small Works' collaborating partner in this project. An article about Modicut, researched in the collection of Modicut manuscripts and puppets at YIVO and written by Dr. Edward Portnoy, Academic Advisor at YIVO, provided the historical background on which this show is based. Follow Theater Project on Social Media: Facebook: Baltimore Theatre Project Twitter: @BTheatreProject Instagram: @baltimoretheatreproject

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