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Brains and Puppets

Two puppet plays about the neurological conditions of


Written by Edward Einhorn
Directed, Designed & Performed by Tanya Khordoc & Barry Weil
Sound Design by Henry Akona
Lighting Design by Solomon Weisbard
Stage Managed by Jennifer Spinello
publicity by Emily Owens PR

at Walkerspace

46 Walker St., between Church & Broadway, two blocks south of Canal Street

March 1 – March 15

Saturdays at 6pm and Sundays at 3pm

Tickets $10, Box Office: 212-352-3101 or Theater Mania


Untitled Theater Company #61 and Evolve Company are collaborating to present The Boy Who Wanted to be a Robot and The Taste of Blue, two plays examining the conditions of autism and synesthesia, respectively.  In both of the pieces, the protagonist is a child with a neurological condition, and the audience is invited to enter into that child’s world and experience that child’s experience.  The plays are a playful examination of how the brain works, both for those of us who are “neurotypical” and for those who are not.

The Boy Who Wanted to be a Robot is a Pinocchio tale in reverse presented as a fairy tale from a foreign culture—the culture of people with Asperger’s Syndrome.  Enacted by Barry Weil with a cast of puppets whose design is inspired by the work of artists with autism, the play follows the adventures of a boy who grows up surrounded by robots and then is at sea when he finds himself in a world of humans.  He struggles for logic and order among people whose emotions are sometimes confusing to him.

The Taste of Blue is about a teenage girl who can taste color and see music.  She has synesthesia, a condition in which the senses are mixed, a condition shared by many artists, from Kandinsky to Nabokov.  Tanya Khordoc brings us into her world and shows us the incredible landscape within her mind.

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