It’s a busy time.
A Sock’s Fables opened last weekend at Triskelion in Greenpoint and we are continuing to refine the show this week in anticipation of our first visit from the critics on Saturday. We’ve been really amazed to find ourselves promoted on the parent blog Mommypoppins next to mega-brands, and blockbuster shows as one of “The Very Best Shows for Pre-schoolers in NYC This Winter!”
When we’re not rehearsing, we’ve been shooting promos and recording demos of the A Sock’s songs. Tami particularly has been a dynamo getting the word on the street in our local neighborhoods here in Brooklyn and the get out the audience effort is starting to pay off.
Meanwhile, Light; a Dark Comedy is still in full production mode, and our costume designer Theresa Squire and puppet maker Lake Simons are frequently with us building the Light costumes and puppets.
It’s hard to describe what it feels like to be at the center of such a creative storm. The closest thing might be the feeling you get when you open a birthday present from someone who knows you really well and it’s perfect. Only in this case, on some days, that feeling lasts for 6 or 7 hours.
There’s a lot of hard and thankless work that has gotten us to this special creative moment, of course. Perhaps these days feel all the more precious for having come from such a long hard period of laying the foundation last year.
Two parents at A Sock’s Fables last weekend commented to me after the show that they were "planning to come again next weekend.” That kind of immediate, unsolicited affirmation is great proof that our little Paper Canoe is heading down the right stream.
Keep an eye out for the little videos we shot this week. We’re hoping they will give all our friends and supporters a great inside look at the Paper Canoe creative team.
What is this Paper Canoe? Why is it here? Where does it go from here?
Think of a paper canoe. It is a remarkable bit of engineering. A flat piece of paper is folded in such a way that it becomes a vessel. But not just any vessel. It is not one that eats up a huge amount of gas, or carries freight. It's not exactly 'practical' or utilitarian in that sense. That is exactly what is so beautiful and useful about it. A Paper Canoe is a vessel for the imagination. It is a thing of ephemeral loveliness that prods you to imagine. It invites you to create a story, a universe of possibility, and in your mind you float with it downstream.
The company Paper Canoe tells stories that invite you to imagine. It was formed by a small group of friends who had all recently become parents. As lifelong story tellers, theater makers, directors, writers, choreographers, etc...we wanted to bring our attention to stories that would be good for families. We have a simple idea that families who tell a lot of stories, and enjoy stories together are the happiest kind of families. Happy families make happy communities. Happy communities make a happier world.
That seems to us like a great mission.
We started making a work for the stage. You can read more about that here. But we quickly realized that even though the theater is certainly the most powerful place to experience a story, there is no reason why we should stop there. Stories are books, stories are videos, stories can even happen on a T-Shirt, a mobile app, a coffee cup. The important thing is that stories are to be shared with the ones you love.
So what is Paper Canoe? It is 'devised transportation.' The simple shape of a great story. A vessel for your imagination. We hope it will take your family everywhere you want to go. Together.