Get tickets now for EPIC's Heart of the Beast event Oct. 2

Oct 2 2009 7:00 pm
Oct 2 2009 8:30 pm

In recognition of Disability Employment Awareness Month in October, EPIC Enterprise will host a special performance of two plays by In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre Friday, Oct. 2, at 7 p.m. at the ARTech school. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children age 3-18. Children age 2 and under are free. Although tickets will be available at the door, reservations are recommended -- call 507-645-6800.

The program will include two shows: "On the Day You Were Born," based on the award-winning children's book by Debra Frasier, and "Coyote Stories." The first is a toy theater production that combines puppetry, poetry and music to celebrate and explore natural earth. "Coyote Stories" (pictured at right) draws from the stories of the Assiniboine of the Great Plains, the Aztecs of Mexico and the Okanagun and Salishan of the Great Basin. The Coyote character plays the roles of hero, creator and self-centered showoff (but with a kind heart).

Since 1973, In the Heart of the Beast has been using water, flour, newspaper, paint and unlimited imagination to tell stories that explore the struggles and celebrations of human existence. Drawing inspiration from the world's traditions of puppet and mask theatre and its lively roots in transformative ritual and street theatre, the Minneapolis-based group creates vital, poetic theater for all ages and backgrounds.

Dundas-based EPIC Enterprise provides services to and work opportunities for adults with developmental disabilities. Area businesses that use EPIC's services include Econofoods, the City of Northfield, Bon Appetit Management Company at Carleton and St. Olaf colleges, Viking Auto Salvage and six local CommonBond properties.