Gershwin Live: The Little Mushroom
As part of “Gershwin Live,” a 21st century salon curated by Michael Wiener featuring artists with fearless and distinctive voices in theater, dance, film, cabaret, ghost stories, music, and uncategorizable hybrids, “The Little Mushroom” follows a family of mushrooms living happily in the haven of a forest— that is, until an animal disrupts the balance of the environment and a tiny spore is cast as the forest’s salvation. The story, for children of all ages, is a celebration of the natural world: a prayer for the idyllic triumph of tree groves by trickling streams. And little mushrooms everywhere. The beloved opera comique takes the screen in an innovative and delightful short film. With enchanting visuals, dynamic performances, and spellbinding original composition, this timeless parable ponders our relationship to nature, past and future. Written and directed by John Reed, with an original score by Raul Rothblatt, the piece includes shadow puppet art created and performed by Charlotte Lily Gaspard, narration by Lori Elizabeth Parquet, and accompaniment by Rothblatt (cello) and Danny Tunick (Javanese gènder).