The remarkably gifted Papermoon Puppet Theatre of Indonesia will perform at Lafayette College’s Williams Center for the Arts on Tuesday, Sept. 11 at 8 p.m.

In a country with world-renowned puppetry traditions, the young, expert artists of Papermoon use the whimsy and seeming innocence of beautiful, simple puppets to create multimedia performances that tackle political persecution and the personal side of history in a way that promises to bring Indonesian history home and spark dialogue among audience and artists.

The company will perform Mwathirika, which is set in 1965, the infamous Year of Living Dangerously, when thousands of Indonesians were jailed and murdered. A 60-minute non-verbal puppet theater experience in intimate scale, Mwathirika transforms the artistry of puppets into a performance experience that is intellectually challenging, emotionally chilling and visually bold.

Tickets are $15 and can be purchased by calling the box office at (610) 330-5009 on weekdays between noon and 2 p.m. and 4-5 p.m.

Their visit to campus includes class presentations and workshops with students to speak about their work, creative process and treatment of the 1965 Sukarno struggle.

Funding for the performance is provided by Center StageSM , a public diplomacy initiative of the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. It is administered by the New England Foundation for the Arts in cooperation with the U.S. Regional Arts Organizations, and with additional support from the Robert Sterling Clark Foundation, the Asian Cultural Council, and the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art.

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Kathleen Parrish (610) 330-5524
Brenda Jocsak (610) 330-5121
Communications Division
Lafayette College
Easton, PA 18042