Puppets, bicycles and storytelling take center stage
A new mixed media play about poet and Bethlehem native Hilda Doolittle; a bicycle theater group that celebrates the Christmas City; storytelling by local veterans; and a Polish theater troupe exploring inequality and poverty in Bethlehem are a few of the more than 20 free and ticketed events Oct. 4-13, that are part of Touchstone Theatre’s ten-day Festival UnBound.
Festival UnBound plans to use art to spark conversation about how the city has changed in the 20 years since the closing of Bethlehem Steel, and to imagine its future together now that it is “unbound” from the Steel.
Here are a few spotlighted shows to check out.
Info and tickets: 610-867-1689, Touchstone.org or festivalunbound.com
‘The Secret’ from Mock Turtle Marionette Theatre
“The Secret” is an exploration of the Lehigh Valley’s celebrated feminist writer and LGBTQ icon Hilda Doolittle (H.D.) from Mock Turtle Marionette Theatre. It premieres
Oct. 5-8 at Touchstone Theatre in Bethlehem.
Using narrative, song and puppetry, “The Secret” journeys to Bethlehem’s past. It is directed by Jennie Gilrain and features puppets by Doug Roysdon.
Doolittle (1886-1961) was born in Bethlehem’s Moravian community, where she found her style in early childhood. As she developed her technique, Doolittle’s innovative and experimental poetry and prose established her as a leading Modernist writer in the early 20th century. She is widely recognized today as a feminist visionary.
“The Secret” begins in 1894 Bethlehem, with the young Doolittle walking down Church Street on a snowy winter evening with her brother and parents when she confronts the memory of how her grandfather silenced Doolittle’s mother. This silencing of women, becomes a central theme of the play — and of Doolittle’s life and work — as she rejects traditional feminine roles and seeks her own voice.
Doolittle is portrayed onstage by two actors, and 13 uniquely
Doug Roysdon created 13 marionettes of Hilda Doolittle for “The Secret”