Beauty and the Beast
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Beauty and the Beast played its final performance on the road on July 19, 2016.

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BASIL TWIST

Puppet Design

Basil Twist, originally from San Francisco, is a third generation puppeteer who lives and works in New York City. Broadway credits include The Addams Family and The Pee Wee Herman Show. Original creations: The Araneidae Show, Symphonie Fantastique, Petrushka, Master Peter’s Puppet Show, Dogugaeshi, La Bella Dormente Nel Bosco, Behind the Lid, and Arias with a Twist. Partnerships include The Spoleto Festival, Lincoln Center Festival, Lincoln Center’s Voice and Visions Series, The Los Angeles Philharmonic, The Japan Society and Gotham Chamber Opera. He premiered his second opera, Hansel and Gretel, with The Houston Grand and Atlanta Opera Companies. Recent collaborations include A Streetcar Named Desire with Lee Breuer at The Comedie Francaise. Awards: Obie Award, five UNIMA Awards for Excellence in Puppetry, two Bessie Awards, a Drama Desk Award, New York Innovative Theatre Award, and Henry Hewes Design Award, Guggenheim Fellow, an inaugural United States Artist Ford Fellow and an inaugural Doris Duke Performing Artist Award. This past year he was honored with a festival of his original works in Washington, DC. Twist is the director of the Dream Music Puppetry Program at HERE in New York City.  His Rite of Spring will premiere with Carolina for The Performing Arts in 2013. www.basiltwist.com