Sesame Street, The Muppets, heck, even Avenue Q have brought new meaning to the word puppet. But even they have nothing on the multi award winning, micro epic, post-apocalyptic The Adventures of Alvin Sputnik: Deep Sea Explorer. This dynamic and innovative production is bringing its emotional, uplifting, touching and funny story to the Long Center, April 29-May 3 in the Rollins Theatre.
Any show with the words “epic,” “heroism,” and “puppet,” in the description probably needs no introduction, but in the case of The Adventures of Alvin Sputnik: Deep Sea Explorer, we’ll (daringly) take a whack at it. Meet Tim Watts: performer, deviser, director, producer, puppeteer, and animator (sorry, didn’t mean to make you feel less adequate so early in the week). Tim’s latest project? “A multi award-winning one-man micro epic puppet show that melds technology and multimedia into a touching story about love, loss, and heroism in a post-apocalyptic world.”
Impressed yet? Maybe need a bit more backstory? Imagine the following said in the Mr. Moviephone voice:
“The seas have risen, billions have died and those who are left live on farms atop skyscrapers, atop mountains. The scientists have tried everything. Floating islands have sunk, space probes have found nothing, and the giant sponges, visible from the moon, are rotting icons of failure. Now science and humanity are turning to the oceans themselves. A last ditch effort to save the human race requires journeying down through the mysterious depths of the deep blue sea to find a new place for us to live.
Alvin Sputnik, who has just lost his wife, accepts this perilous mission so that he may to follow her soul down to the underworld so that they can be together again once more.” (source: http://nyuskirball.org/calendar/alvinsputnik)
Engaged yet? We thought so.
Alvin Sputnik first premiered in May 2009, and has been taking audiences of all ages on unforgettable, deep sea adventures for nearly 5 years. The show has won countless awards, including “Best Production Theatre” at the 2011 Auckland Fringe Festival, “Best Puppetry” at the 2010 Adelaide Fringe Festival, and “Best Solo Show,” at the 2009 New York Fringe Festival. Tim Watts and Alvin Sputnik, a dynamic duo, if you will, use creativity and imagination to engage the audience like never before.
This innovative, one-man (and one-puppet) show is a lot of things. It’s a love story. It’s an action-packed story. It’s a family friendly, unbelievably engaging story. And- best of all- it’s a story headed right here to the Long Center.