Geppetto: Extraordinary Extremities is a tale of resilience, adaptation and ingenuity that tells the story of puppet-maker Geppetto, who is attempting to perform — all by himself for the first time ever — the grand mythical love story of Perseus, who slays a sea monster to save his beloved Andromeda. During the show things begin to go haywire, and Geppetto finds himself desperately improvising to overcome the challenges of performing solo while at the same time scrambling to devise new story lines, new characters, and even new limbs.
Geppetto: Extraordinary Extremities was inspired by a NPR story on Hugh Herr, whose legs were amputated after a climbing accident and who now designs technologically advanced artificial limbs.
New York State Puppet Festival, Theatre@37, Perry, NY
SUNY-Orange, Kaplan Hall, Newburgh, NY
Canal Café Theatre, London, UK
Dixon Place, New York, NY
Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit, MI
Storytelling Arts Center, Laurinburg, NC
South Korea Tour: Gwangju Cultural Center, Baekseok University & Jeju
Flint Institute of Arts, Flint Public Library, Flint Local 432, and Mott Middle
Bridge Street Theatre, Catskill, NY
Amphibian Stage Productions, Fort Worth, TX
The Dairy Center for the Arts, Boulder, CO
Diana H. Jones Innovative Senior Center, Brooklyn, NY
Creative Aging Conference, The Creative Center, New York, NY
Mint Theater, New York, NY
Rowan University, Performing Arts Center, Glassboro, NJ
Pontine Theatre, Portsmouth, NH
April and May 2014
OFF-Broadway, SoHo Playhouse, NYC
Teatro Jaco, Jaco, Costa Rica and Embassy Club de Artes, Playa Hermosa, Costa Rica
7-City Tour of Northern Italy
August 17-18, 2013
Bard SummerScape Spegieltent, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY
June 10-30, 2013
HERE Arts Center, New York, NY
March 16, 2013
Two In-progress showings at Hudson Opera House, Hudson, NY
June 1-3, 2012
An early In-progress showing, St. Ann’s Warehouse’s Labapalooza!, Dumbo, NY
Geppetto: Extraordinary Extremities development began during a residency at St. Ann’s Warehouse’s Puppet Lab, Brooklyn, NY, 2011-2012. The development of Geppetto has been made possible through the support of New York State Council on the Arts, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, and The Jim Henson Foundation.
“The play focuses on a longing for magic, a wish for a transformative power…A compelling performance, enhanced by haunting cello music… It celebrates human ingenuity.”
– The New York Times
“It’s romantic in an old-fashioned way…lovely music…Carlo Adinolfi’s performance is charming.” – The New Yorker
“Poignant yet funny… worth seeing…” –nytheatre.com
1) “Geppetto” Workshop – “Evil Guy” (one of Geppetto’s puppets): Participants make their own “Evil Guy” and learn how to manipulate him.
2) “Geppetto” Workshop – Acting and Directing with Puppets: Can be either an introductory workshop or a master class and can focuse on either acting or directing or both.
3) “Geppetto” Workshop – What are Prosthetics: looks at developments in modern prosthetics and the use of prosthetics in “Geppetto”.
4) Talkback with Audience or Special Focus Group.
5) Lecture/Demonstration: with excerpts from the show as examples. The Lecture/Demo can focus on: Our Creative Process, “Meet the Puppets,” Different Types of Puppetry, Manipulation of puppets, Creating Puppet Plays, etc.