New York City
The History of Valentyne and Orson tells the story of Valentyne, found as a baby in the forest and raised by King Pepin. Years later, when a ferocious wildman threatens Pepin’s domain, the courageous Valentyne sets out to deal with him. Their encounter turns from a battle into the beginning of a friendship, and the wildman is given the name Orson because he was raised by bears. Our two heroes join forces to determine the nature of Valentyne’s origins, and along the way meet villains and fools, charming ladies, an ornery giant and a hungry bear.
Based on a 15th century French romance about Valentyne, the production features the extraordinary masks and puppets of Ralph Lee. Enacted by six actors – original music by Neal Kirkwood, performed live on violin and trombone.
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