City of Hamburgers Comes to Life in the Big Apple

9781592993468Hamburgers and frankfurters will dance off the page and onto the stage this September when a group of New York artists adapts the children’s book City of Hamburgers into a puppet show for neighborhood children in Brooklyn. The free performance will debut Sept. 12 at a block party in Lefferts Gardens, Brooklyn. Alphabet Arts, the nonprofit theater company creating the puppet show, hopes to tour the show to other local neighborhoods. City of Hamburgers is a collaboration between “Simpsons” writer Mike Reiss and illustrator Xeth Feinberg, co-creators of Showtime’s hit cartoon “Queer Duck.” The book recently received a bronze “Book of the Year” award from ForeWord magazine.

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    […] City of Hamburgers was West’s first official foray into puppetry and poetry, or what she calls puppet poems. A block party on her street was the catalyst for creating a puppet poem performance on her front porch in Lefferts Gardens, Brooklyn where she lived at the time. City of Hamburgers, a children’s book by Mike Reiss, is about young protagonist Jeffrey who yearns to hear stories about his grandmother’s life in Hamburg, Germany rather than the tired fairytales that children are usually offered. West worked with dozens of friends and collaborators to build a 10-foot long stage, to create two dozen hamburger puppets and to compose live music to accompany the show. It was a hit on the block. Noticing that City of Hamburgers was so well-received, West founded Alphabet Arts collective. She enlisted the assistance of friends and neighbors to help build a website for the collective and to apply for grants. After receiving a grant from the Brooklyn Arts Council, the show did a small tour at public libraries in the area. […]

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