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Harold Washington Library & Chicago Puppet Fest present:

Theodora Skipitares: Grand Panorama

US/New York

Frederick Douglass is widely recognized as the most photographed person in the 19th century. In Grand Panorama, his obsession with photography takes center stage illuminating the power of image to “tell the truth” about humanity and the African-American experience during slavery. Directed and designed by Greek artist, Theodora Skipitares, using her trademark larger-than-life size puppets and featuring music by Mazz Swift, artforms blend with panorama, magic lantern, shadow theater and crankies to articulate Douglass’s belief that “Rightly viewed, the whole soul of man is a sort of picture gallery, a grand panorama.” Music performed by Brittany Harris. Puppetry direction by Jane Catherine Shaw.

With special support from: Cheryl Henson and the Paul M. Angell Family Foundation

Event Details

Sunday, January 22 at 2pm
Monday, January 23 at 5pm
Tuesday, January 24 at 6pm

Location: Harold Washington Cindy Pritzker Auditorium, 400 South State Street (Entrance on Plymouth Court )

Cost: $30/$20 seniors, CPS students free, limited availability. **CPS students, please arrive 20 minutes early for the performance in order to help ensure all available seats can be used.

Ages: 9 and up (Family Friendly)

Running Time: 52 mins

ADA Accessible? Yes

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