'theLASTree' by Laurencio Carlos Ruiz

Penn State Altoona will present "theLASTree" by Laurencio Carlos Ruiz Friday through Sunday, April 16-18 via Zoom.

Recorded performances are at 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. April 16 and at 2 p.m. April 17 and 18, each followed by a live talk back with Ruiz in which he will discuss his creative process and answer questions. "theLASTree" premiered at Penn State Altoona in 2018 as a full-length show. These spring performances are shortened versions perfect for families to enjoy in their own homes. Registration is required and is available online.

"theLASTree" is a visual spectacle featuring puppets, music, song, and movement about nature and the consequences of deforestation, pollution, and plastic waste. Mother Nature is the storyteller who encourages the audience to engage in three fundamental sustainable practices: refuse (refuse disposable plastics), reuse, and recycle in order to protect the air, water, land, and ecosystems. The puppets, props, costumes, and stage for these performances are made 100% from recycled materials.

Private streamings with live discussions are available for classes, meetings or other events. Contact Ruiz at lcr112@psu.edu.

For further information, call the Misciagna Family Center for Performing Arts at 814-949-5452.