Playful puppetry explores Mexican culture, daily routine

January 27, 2009

Penn State Altoona's Division of Arts and Humanities will open up the world of puppetry with two new works by Laurencio Carlos Ruiz, theatre arts instructor. Performances of Quenamican (The Place Where, Somehow, Life Goes On) and Give Me a Hand take place at 7:30 p.m. Feb. - 14 with a 2 p.m. matinee Feb. 14.

Quenamican explores the presence of pre-Hispanic gods and goddesses that remain present in Mexican culture and throughout the world. It also deals with issues of moving from Mexico to the United States. The star of the show is Mictlantecuhtli, a carved wooden marionette on wire depicting the god of the underworld. Co-starring is a life-size paper-mache puppet, hand-crafted by Ruiz. The performance includes some recorded dialogue and both Spanish and English languages.
Give Me a Hand, is inspired by everyday life. Drawn from daily routine, the work reminds viewers about the wonder of our body and being.
Performances are in the Paul R. and Margery Wolf Kuhn Theatre of the Misciagna Family Center for Performing Arts. They are suitable for all audiences and for children over 5 years of age.
Tickets are $5 for Penn State Altoona students and $7 regular admission. Children under 12 are free. Tickets are available at the Misciagna Family Center for Performing Arts Box Office at Penn State Altoona, Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. and before and during all performances. Telephone reservations may be made by calling the Box Office at (814) 949-5452. The Paul R. and Margery Wolf Kuhn Theatre is handicapped accessible and open to the public. For further information, call the Misciagna Family Center for Performing Arts or visit the Penn State Altoona web site at

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Last Updated March 19, 2009