The irreverent storyteller Vít Hořejš re-tells classic Czech and Slovak fairy tales from his socially-distanced Hudson River Valley refuge. Co-starring guest-musicians from across the globe. Children welcome.
On Wednesday, July 8, at 3pm, we will stream the folk tale, KING POLECAT, with Grammy Award winning composer/violinist, Lisa Gutkin in a surprise location.
VÍT HOŘEJŠ, puppeteer, writer, director, actor, and translator is a native of Prague. He emigrated to the United States in 1979, bringing with him the love for puppetry and one childhood marionette. In 1990, he co-founded Czechoslovak- American Marionette Theater (CAMT) in New York City. It became a respected member of the puppetry community. The Czechoslovak Society for Arts and Sciences awarded Vit with the Lifetime Achievement Award for promoting Czech and Slovak Puppetry world-wide. The new reality inspired Vit to bring the traditional Czech and Slovak tales to a global virtual audience while socially distanced. He is excited to collaborate with his musician friends in this challenging format.
Grammy Award winning violinist, singer, actor, and composer LISA GUTKIN is best known as a member of the acclaimed Klezmatics, and more recently for her musical scoring, performance, and music direction in the two time Tony award-winner, Indecent, a play about Sholem Asch’s the God of Vengeance. She co-authored songs with Anne Sexton, Maggie Dubris and Woody Guthrie, among others; and composed and played for film, TV and stage, including Sex and the City, Sting’s musical The Last Ship, and Mabou Mine’s Song For New York, directed by Ruth Maleczech, and is a MacDowell and Norton Stevenson Fellow. Recent scores for filmmaker Pearl Gluck, include “Summer,” premiered at the New York Jewish Film Festival, and “Write Me” which is currently circulating.