“Wacky and wise, wild, melodic and mischievous . . .” – The New York Times
“Unexpectedly liberating.” – This American Life
Love’s Fowl is a miniature grand opera about the life and adventures (mostly amorous) of La Pulcina Piccola (Chicken Little), a larger-than-life bird.
A cult classic, with a national following, Love’s Fowl is silliness on a grand scale. Writer and performer Susan J. Vitucci handles the tiny Italian puppet troupe, Il Teatro Repertorio delle Mollette (The Clothespin Repertory Theatre) on a table-top stage while she and accompanying baritone/pianist sing the score (in Italian) composed by two-time Tony Award nominee and Grammy Award-winner Henry Krieger. Like opera, Love’s Fowl is sung in Italian while the text is projected as supertitles on a screen above the actors’ heads. And, like rock and roll, live video of the styrofoam-and-clothespin puppet actors is projected onto large screens on either side of the stage.
Love’s Fowl was presented at New York Theater Workshop in 1998 to critical acclaim from The New York Times, The New Yorker, and Time Out New York among others. Love’s Fowl has gained fans worldwide from a feature story frequently aired on NPR’s This American Life. With its life-affirming message to enjoy today, for the sky may fall tomorrow, this opera of small means and grand themes will delight audiences of all ages.