The Langston Hughes Performing Arts Center and the Parks Commons Program will bring engaging multicultural puppet theater to six Seattle parks . AMADOO AND THE CROCODILE is a lively collection of African stories, musical interludes by African American Jazz greats featuring toy and hand puppets by master puppeteer Clay Martin of the Clay Martin Theater.

Youth and adults will delight to the music of Cab Calloway, Ma Rainey and learn how Anansi the Spider once had all the stories in the world and then lost them. Does a bad deed always repay a good deed? Follow Amadoo as he ventures into the jungle and meets Mr. Crocodile to learn the answer.

 “Martin’s puppetry brings the world of African fable to life, incorporating many valuable lessons that are relevant today.” notes Jacqueline Moscou, Artistic Director, Langston Huges Performing Arts Center. “Puppet theater is an historic, accessible art form that brings culture and history forward in an engaging way.”

 Outdoor performances of AMADOO AND THE CROCODILE are scheduled for the following dates, times and locations:

 September 2        3PM & 4:30PM    John C. Little Park     6961 37th Ave. S
September 9        3PM & 4:30PM    Duwamish Waterway Park   7900 10th Ave. S
September 11      12N & 2PM          Flo Ware Park 28th Ave. S and S Jackson St
September 18      12N & 2PM          Bergen Place  Leary WY @ Market St. Ballard

 Puppets in Parks is presented by the Langston Hughes Performing Arts Center in cooperation with the Parks Commons Program and the YouthFit Program. The mission of the Langston Hughes Performing Arts Center is to celebrate, nurture, present and preserve African American performing arts and cultural legacies.

All performances are free and open to the public.

 Langston Hughes Performing Arts Center, Royal Alley-Barnes Executive Director.