When: Sat., April 6 2013
When I saw this Nashville Public Library Puppet Truck program coming up on the calendar, it made me excited for the Nashville International Puppet Festival, which returns to town at the end of June. If you’ve got a puppet jones, that’s a long time to wait. You better get down to this production by the library’s Puppet Truck to tide you over until the big event. As always, the library’s puppeteers take their production seriously, matching the Chinese folk tale The Stonecutter to a traditional style of puppetry called Bunraku. Dating back to the 17th century, the Japanese form is characterized by elaborately designed puppets controlled by visible puppeteers who are dressed in black outfits and hoods. The Stonecutter is similar to the Brothers Grimm tale “The Fisherman and His Wife” in its themes of ambition, greed and — eventually — humility. In the yarn, a humble stonecutter learns that riches and power aren’t all they appear to be. The NPL Puppet Truck takes the main library’s productions on the road — this free performance is at the Goodlettsville Branch.