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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 Smith, 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.”

Presented with support from Cheryl Henson.

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: 48 mins

ADA Accessible? Yes

The Puppet Has Been Waiting.

The Chicago International Puppet Theater Festival is returning in a big way, January 18-29, 2023, at venues large and small throughout the city. For 12 consecutive days, Chicago will be the puppetry capital of the world, home to more than 100 performances and events around the city that promise to astonish and delight.

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