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"Geppetto: Extraordinary Extremities": Performances in Spanish and English

The New York Times exclaims, “Geppetto: Extraordinary Extremities ‘celebrates human ingenuity.’”

Indeed, it is a “tale of resilience and adaptation that tells the story of recently widowed puppet-maker Geppetto, who is attempting to perform — all by himself for the first time ever — the grand mythical love story of Perseus, who slays a sea monster to save his beloved Andromeda. During the show things begin to go haywire, and Geppetto finds himself desperately improvising to overcome the challenges of performing solo while at the same time scrambling to devise new story lines, new characters, and even new limbs.” However, he triumphs over the difficulties because of his creativity and human spirit.

Puppeteer/actor Carlo Adinolfi brings his puppets to life and engages his audience in so doing. And after each presentation of the play, time is allotted for audience members to “Meet the Puppets.” Throughout the performances, original music is played by cellist Jeanette Stenson.

In order to engage a greater audience, Geppetto: Extraordinary Extremities will be presented twice on Saturday, Feb. 24: the first performance starts at 12:30 p.m. and will be performed entirely in Spanish. Then a space of time comes for more attendees to enter for the 3:30 p.m. performance which will be spoken in English.

Adinolfi  and writer/director Renee Philippi comprise the Concrete Temple Theatre, a multi-disciplinary company, committed to the creation of compelling new theatrical works, incorporating drama, dance, puppetry, music, and the visual arts.

The play will take place in Orange Bank & Trust Company Great Room 101 in Kaplan Hall on the College's Newburgh campus. Free, secure parking is available in the Kaplan Hall parking garage entered at 73 First St.

Also, the Future Teachers Club of the Education Department at SUNY Orange is offering free to families new children’s books which will be on display.

Tickets are very reasonably priced at $2 for children, students*; $5 for adults, senior citizens, faculty, staff, alumni. *Free for SUNY Orange students with ID.

Tickets may be purchased online anytime at:

Online tickets require a $2.50 service charge for each ticket.

Tickets will also be available at the box office table starting one hour before the performances.

This event is offered by Cultural Affairs at SUNY Orange in cooperation with Safe Harbors of the Hudson.

Questions may be directed to Cultural Affairs at (845) 341-4891/9386 or Information is available through the website at

This announcement is available in Spanish upon request to

Event date, time and location.

Dorothy Szefc
Cultural Affairs