On Nov. 1 and 2 in Mexico, people come together to feast and celebrate with their ancestors on the Day of the Dead.
This is the setting for Dream, Runaway Moon Theatre’s play featuring actors and puppets, to be presented at the Enderby Drill Hall on Nov. 2.
On that day, when the line between the living and the dead is easily crossed, Juan, a poor, hard working farmer, finally indulges his one long-held desire. He is visited by three powerful figures, each holding him to account for his actions.
Based on a folktale from Mexico, the story is told with intricately crafted puppets by a duo of mariachi style musicians from another era.
“This intimate production takes full advantage of the possibilities that puppetry brings to storytelling,” said Cathy Stubington, founder and puppeteer with Runaway Moon, who with Salvadoran actor Zompopo Flores created Dream in 1996.
It was first performed at the Caravan Farm Theatre the following year and was revived by Runaway Moon for a tour of B.C. communities in 2011, and again for a festival in Victoria in September.
Both humourous and poignant, the play is designed primarily for adults, but like all Runaway Moon productions, it can be enjoyed by those five and older.
Tickets for Dream are $12/adult, $5/child at the door. Refreshments will be served by the Enderby and District Arts Council, which is presenting the play.