The Man Who Planted Trees

Hear the wind, feel the rain, smell the lavender and laugh with Dog in this multi-sensory theatrical delight. Based on Jean Giono’s classic environmental novel, this play is a unique blend of comedy and puppetry and tells the inspiring, ecologically oriented tale of a human being who saw a need and decided not to ignore it but “to put things right.” In spite of wars and hardship, a French shepherd sets out with his dog to plant a forest and transform a barren wasteland. This uplifting and unforgettable story shows us the difference one man (and his dog!) can make to the world. Adapted and performed by Richard Medrington and Rick Conte and featuring set and puppet design by Ailie Cohen, The Man Who Planted Trees is an award-winning puppet theater production that has performed world-wide from the Sydney Opera House to the Lincoln Center in New York. The production is the first of three presentations to make up the 2014 edition of the Arcata Playhouse Family Series. The series has become an Arcata and Humboldt County mainstay for families looking for quality, affordable entertainment for children and adults alike. Over its eight year history the Playhouse has presented performing companies from across the U.S. and Canada and the U.K. With both school and public performances of family theater, storytelling, puppetry and variety performances the series is known for its intimate setting and for outstanding performers and this year’s series is no different.