and Directed by Theodora Skipitares
Narrators: Tom Costello
and Mary Lou Wittmer
Special thanks to Cynthia Jenner.
This program has been funded, in part, by the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York State Council on the Arts, Meet the Composer, the Composer Performance Fund and the Mary Flagler Cary Charitable Trust.
THEODORA SKIPITARES was trained as a sculptor and designer, and began creating solo autobiographical performances in the mid 1970s. In the 1980s, she began to combine historical subjects with small animated figures. These kinetic sculptures, or puppets, started out as a handful of characters and grew into a cast of 300 for her 1984 production, The Age of Invention. In 1987, Defenders of the Code, a musical, examined the history of eugenics. Empires and Appetites (1989), presented the history of food and famine. In 1991, Ms. Skipitares created her most ambitious project to date, The Radiant City, a music-theatre work based on the life of Robert Moses. Undergroundıs composer, Robert Previte, has performed his music extensively, throughout Europe and the U.S., including the Pori, Frankfurt, Geneva, Toronto, Lisbon, Berlin and Helsinki Jazz Festivals. He will be performing in Japan this summer and will tour Europe again this fall. He is currently working on a new ballet.