'Whimsy: The Scot Augustson Odyssey' presented Sept. 11 at BPAC

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BENNINGTON — In an in-theater event, the Bennington Performing Arts Center will present the documentary film: "Whimsy: The Scot Augustson Odyssey" on Friday, Sept. 11, at 7 p.m.

Attendees will have had to pre-purchased a ticket to enter the building at 331 Main St. Masks will be mandatory, along with temperature checks upon entry.

Tickets will be $5 (available online only due to COVID-19 regulations). Ticket Link: https://app.arts-people.com/index.php?show=117038

BPAC opens its doors with a night of film and discussion! While we would love to be putting on live theatrical performances, we are taking it slowly. So join us in this first event inside the space with a showing of the film about making theater.

"Whimsy" is a stylized and playfully constructed feature-length documentary about the life and work of Seattle's mercurial playwright, Scot Augustson. His shadow puppet theater is bawdy, whimsical and irreverent with a sense of heart. Whimsy draws the viewer into Scot's imaginative world, where they discover that self-doubt, loneliness and regret are his constant companions. "Whimsy" documents the production of Augustson's shadow puppet creation "Shadow Odyssey," which was directed by BPAC Executive Director Jennifer Jasper, who is also featured in the film. It's described as "where the river Styx meets Route 66," a hilarious adaptation of Homer's Odyssey performed in a circus tent. By blending elements of magical realism and fiction, the documentary relies on non-traditional storytelling to evoke curiosity and create an atmosphere of spectacle.

The film offers a peek into Jasper's theatrical background before relocating to Bennington in 2017. She is excited to invite the community back into the theater space for this special event.

Run-time is 45 minutes with a talk back via ZOOM hosted by Jasper with both Augustson and filmmaker Cory Kelley following the screening.

Seating will be limited to 46 people. The bar will be closed and seating will be immediate upon arrival. May contain adult content and language not suitable for children.

Call BPAC at 802-447-0564 for more information or visit our new website: www.bpacvt.org.

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