A pair of world premieres in one program takes place this weekend with Wolves in the Walls and The Book of D, at Burke-Hawthorne Hall on the UL campus.
Acting Unlimited (AUI) and Wanderlust Theatre Co. have hooked up with the UL-Lafayette Performing Arts Department for the performances.
Wolves is an award-winning children’s book by Neil Gaiman and Dave McKean’s, and Book of D is a play for young actors by Cody Daigle, who adapted Wolves for the stage.
“AUI and Wanderlust Theatre both have reputations for delivering exciting theatre work,” says Marie Diaz, lead producer. “This collaboration is a natural fit. We look forward to bringing Gaiman’s world to life for local audiences.”
The story line in Wolves has Lucy hearing strange noises in the walls, noises she believes to be wolves. No one believes her except her puppet, Pig. Then one night, Lucy discovers that the wolves in the walls are real. And they’re coming out to play. The play included human actors and puppetry design by Brady McKellar and Elsa Dimitriadis, artistic directors of Wanderlust Theatre Co., who will incorporate a host of puppetry techniques.
In Book of D, imagination and myth combine to help two young people forge a friendship and cope with the pressures of growing up. D keeps a book that contains an explanation for everything. When D meets Blu, it seems like a new story of friendship is going to be written. But life has other plans — as it always does — and stories become the strongest link between them.
Rob Guillory, local artist and an Eisner-award winning creator of the comic book series Chew, will supply the poster art for the production.
Curtain on Thursday, Friday and Saturday is 7:30 p.m. Curtain on Sunday is 3 p.m. Call 484-0712 for tickets and more information.
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