As for how puppetry fits into the theater of war, co-creator and KSU associate theater professor Jane Barnette explained on the production's web site (www.redbadgeofcourage.net): "Psychologically, there's a cognitive dissonance that occurs during extreme trauma, and the puppet allowed us to depict those moments of disassociation materially. On a spiritual level, the puppet represents Henry's higher self — a wholeness of body, mind and soul that he seeks."
With “Red Badge’s” opening, Haverty, artistic director Heidi S. Howard and managing director Mack Headrick are marking their one-year anniversary as 7 Stages’ leaders.
Shows are at 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays (with 2 p.m. matinees March 15 and 22) and 5 p.m. Sundays. Intended for ages 12 and up. Tickets start at $20. 1105 Euclid Ave, Atlanta. www.7stages.org.
Jerry’s Habima tunes up for ‘Little Shop’
Having celebrated its 20th anniversary as Georgia’s only theater troupe led by professionals that features actors with special needs, Jerry’s Habima Theatre returns with a production of “Little Shop of Horrors” starting Feb. 27 at the Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta.
“It gives me such joy to witness all of the lives that have been deeply touched by this remarkable theater and to see how far it’s come in 21 years,” troupe benefactor Lois Blonder said. She praised the actors “who pour their hearts into each production” and audiences that respond with emotion of their own.
Director Dina Shadwell mixes in professional actors with her special needs cast. Members of the latter group, all ages 18 and up, “achieve new levels of self-confidence, motivation and socialization from the intensive three-month process of rehearsals and performances,” she said.
Show times are 7:30 p.m. Feb. 27 and March 1; 3 p.m. March 2; 7:30 p.m. March 6 and 8; and 3 p.m. March 9. Tickets: $35; $15 ages 12 and under. Morris & Rae Frank Theatre, 5342 Tilly Mill Road, Dunwoody. 678-812-4002, www.atlantajcc.org/boxoffice.
All that and art supplies too
Their selection last year as Working Artist Project fellows by the Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia just got sweeter for E.K. Huckaby, Scott Ingram and Fahamu Pecou.
MOCA GA recently announced that each of the honorees will receive a $1,000 supply account at Binders Art Supplies and Frames. They will be presented with the new prize in a 2 p.m. Feb. 25 event at Binders, 3330 Piedmont Road, Atlanta.
As part of their selection, each already is receiving a $12,000 stipend and a studio assistant to support the creation of an exhibit at MOCA GA over a year's time. For more on the Working Artist Project, launched in 2007 to encourage mid-career artists to remain in Atlanta and to promote the city as a place where artists thrive: www.mocaga.org/workingartistproject.asp.