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Soldier Bear

Leila and Pantea Productions

Sep 9 - 19 2015

Runtime TBA


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Soldier Bear_Leila and Pantea Productions

Two orphans, both soldiers, one a bear. A true story from World War II, spanning five countries and two species, showing what makes a family has no boundaries when a Polish soldier adopts an orphaned cub irrevocably changing both their lives. Puppetry, dance, shadow theater, and animation combined. Funded by the Jim Henson Foundation.

$5 – $13 / 45 minutes


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From the creator of:
Silken Veils, Philly Fringe 2012 sell out show, called “Magical and Enchanting, 5 STARS!” by the Scotsman and nominated for best new work at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

Beyond the Light – “Not to be missed!” – Jane Henson, Philly Fringe 2013. Developed with the support of Puppetry at the Carriage supported by Jane Henson and the Eugene O’Neill Puppetry Conference.

Broken Wing – “Compelling” – Howard Shapiro, Newsworks.

Comes a new full length puppet play. Audiences will sit on the stage of Plays & Players to experience a journey that combines puppetry, shadow theater, dance, and animation and tells the story of an unlikely World War II hero. This World Premiere is generously funded by provided by the Jim Henson foundation. Ghaznavi developed sections of this piece at the Eugene O’Neill Puppetry Conference.

The cast includes Bob Stineman, Aaron Lathrop, Gwen Rooker, and Leila Ghaznavi. Candace Cihocki directs the piece. Created and written by Ghaznavi. The set is designed by Kit Stolen, who was the assistant designer to the TONY Award winning designer of Rocky, The Musical. David Sexton is the Lighting Designer.

Pantea Productions is a multi-disciplinary theater company led by Leila Ghaznavi with a rotating roster of contributing artists. Pantea Productions evolved when Ghaznavi’s experiences with her first original work, Silken Veils (which received five stars at the Edinburgh Fringe and was shortlisted for best new work) imbued her with a hunger to create theater that examines foreign cultures.

Pantea Productions is named after a female general in the Persian Empire that led a fighting force comprised of soldiers from across the world. In this spirit of strength through diversity, Pantea Productions brings together artists from across the country to combine their respective artistic expertise for the creation of new work. To date the company has combined dance, theater, aerial acrobatics, physical theater, clown, puppetry, poetry, and lighting design with original music for unrestricted storytelling.