ARTS NC STATE kicks off the 2013-14 performing arts series with “The Adventures of Alvin Sputnik: Deep Sea Explorer,” an award-winning one-man micro-epic puppet show that melds technology and multimedia into a touching story of enduring love and the end of the world.
The show runs Thursday through Sunday, Oct. 24-27, in the Titmus Theatre on campus. Purchase ticket online through Ticket Central or call 515-1100.
The show’s synopsis reads like the script for a Hollywood blockbuster:
The seas have risen, billions have died and those who are left live on farms atop skyscrapers, atop mountains. The scientists have tried everything. Floating islands sank, space probes found nothing, and the giant sponges, visible from the moon, are now rotting icons of failure. Now science and humanity are turning to the oceans themselves. A last ditch effort to save the human race requires journeying down through the mysterious depths of the deep blue sea to find a new place for us to live.
Alvin Sputnik, who has just lost his wife, accepts this perilous mission so that he may to follow her soul down to the underworld so that they can be together again once more.
The show is performed by Tim Watts, who employs an unique blend of mime, puppetry, live and recorded music and animation.