Live performance by the RURAL ACADEMY THEATER
Thursday, 15 October 2015, 7:30 PM
The Plaza at 140 W. Franklin Street
Downtown Chapel Hill
The Ackland Art Museum, in collaboration with the Chapel Hill Downtown Partnership and the Town of Chapel Hill, is thrilled to welcome The Rural Academy Theater as it clip-clops its way into our town!
The Rural Academy Theater is a collaboration of individuals―both two-legged and four-legged―creating theater for primarily rural audiences in response to the growing urbanization of our culture, economy, food, education, media, and art.
Rural Academy Theater’s annual horse-pulled tour brings performers, musicians, sculptors, and dancers to town greens, college campuses, riverbanks, and farms via horse-pulled wagon and bicycles. They perform evenings of original theater under the stars or clouds, using their wagon as their stage.
The 2015 Rural Academy Theater tour is a celebration of season and place. The performance opens with a modern skewing of the Persephone myth, while following the conversation of a small band of dinner guests joined for an annual meal. The show explores our ties to agrarian rhythms as well as our modern disassociation from them. The story springs to life through shadow puppetry, song, and physical theater.
The feature presentation will be followed by a screening of Buster Keaton’s 1922 silent film Cops, accompanied live by The Rural Academy Orchestra.
Suggested donation: $5-$10 for children; $10-$20 for adults. Please bring your own blankets and chairs to sit on!