Winter Sunshine cooks up ‘Magic Soup’ in Putney

PUTNEY — Puppeteer Brad Shur visits from Boston to present “The Magic Soup and Other Stories” at Sandglass Theater in Putney on Saturday, Feb. 2.

Uncle Murray is coming over for dinner, but there's no food in sight! A young man's search for a family recipe brings folk tales to life in the fast-food-filled kitchen of his bachelor pad. Based on a collection of traditional Yiddish stories, “The Magic Soup” teaches that it is those with wit, humor and imagination who have the best chance of filling their bellies - and fulfilling their dreams.

Winter Sunshine co-producers Jamie Keithline and Bonny Hall saw the show in Boston last year and knew they wanted it for Winter Sunshine.

“Brad does a terrific job of presenting these traditional tales in a modern context,” Keithline says. “The puppets are beautiful, the staging is quite ingenious, and the stories are warm, touching and very, very funny."

Brad Shur is the Artist in Residence at Puppet Showplace Theatre in Brookline, Mass. He began his career as a performer with the Providence puppet and mask company Big Nazo while studying film and animation at the Rhode Island School of Design.

This is the second performance in the 2013 Winter Sunshine Series of Family Performances at Sandglass. The series continues Feb. 23 with Nappy's Puppets; March 16 with Magical Moonshine Theater (all the way from California); and ends April 6 with Ines Zeller Bass of Sandglass Theater.

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