NORTH ADAMS -- The Mettawee River Theatre Com pany will present "Communica tions from a Cockroach: Archy and the Underside" on Sat urday, Aug. 4, at 8 p.m., at Windsor Lake Park.
Admission is free. Bring a lawn chair or blanket to sit on.
"Communications from a Cockroach" is drawn from the Archy and Mehitabel sketches, which were written by noted humorist and poet Don Mar quis for his daily column in the New York Sun starting in 1916.
Archy is a cockroach who possesses the reincarnated spirit of a free-verse poet and who finds his means of expression by jumping from key to key on Marquis’ typewriter. He shares his misadventures as well as those of Mehitabel, an alley cat with the soul of Cleopatra.
The production incorporates a wide array of puppet critters operated by actors in full view of the audience -- from fleas, tarantulas and crickets, to an ancient Egyptian mummy -- a colorful population from the nooks and crannies of early 20th century New York.
"Communications from a Cockroach" was originally co-produced by the Mettawee River Theatre Company and the Shakespeare Project in 2001.
In addition to Lee’s puppets, masks and set, the production has costumes designed by Casey Compton. Actors An drew Butler, Tanya Dougherty, Amelia Grossman, Tom Mari on and Rob McFadyen will play multiple roles. The production will feature an original musical score composed by Neal Kirkwood, performed by musicians