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Jan. 16, 2002
CONTACT: Mary Avrakotos, 312-4581
OSWEGO -- In addition to flowers and candy, this Valentine's Day in Oswego will feature Squonkers.
Following a five-week run at the Helen Hayes Theatre on Broadway, Squonk Opera will be the next installment of SUNY Oswego's Artswego Performing Arts Series. To accommodate a larger audience, the troupe's critically acclaimed touring production "The BigSmorgasbordWunderWerk" will be staged at the Ralph M. Faust Theatre for the Performing Arts in the Oswego High School at 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 14.
"BigSmorgasbordWunderWerk" is an artist-driven performance art piece that stirs together ingredients that include the use of light and shadow, hypnotic music, puppetry, dance and visual effects. The show's artistic director, Steve O'Hearn, won the 2000 American Theatre Wing Design Award for Outstanding Unusual Effects.
Like the Blue Man Group and De La Guarda, the Squonkers have created a unique production that is a cross between avant-garde theatre performance art, physical comedy and modern dance. The Village Voice has termed Squonk's work as "absurdly inspired" while The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette calls it "graceful and kooky."
The performance weaves dance, humor, giant puppetry, striking scenery and lighting and innovative props with live music in a mix of Phillip Glass, Ravi Shankar, Irish techno-folk, Richard Wagner, rock rap and industrial noise.
New York Daily News critic Fintan O'Toole said the performance is "for those with minds open enough to let in a blast of refreshing weirdness." More information about the company and its imagery can be found at
This program is partially supported by a grant from Pennsylvania Performing Arts on Tour, a program developed and funded by the Vira I. Heinz Endowment; the William Penn Foundation; the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency; and The Pew Charitable Trusts. The Pennsylvania Arts on Tour program is administered by the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation.
Tickets for "BigSmorgasbordWunderWerk" are available through Tyler Hall box office at 312-2141 or Admission is $15, with discounted tickets for seniors and students at $12. SUNY Oswego students can attend for $6, and transportation will be available from campus to the high school and back. A special Family Pack is also available for $40 (two adults and two children).
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