A Chance Shadow

Double Image Theater Lab (New York)

Saturday, Sept. 14, 4pm + 7:30pm, New England Youth Theater

Recommended for ages 12 and up
50 minutes

A Chance Shadow is a poetic play inspired by the Chinese poet Xu Zhimo (1897~1931) and the Spanish poet Federico Garcia Lorca (1898~1936). Xu was one of the first Chinese writers to successfully naturalize Western romantic forms into modern Chinese poetry and Lorca was a social activist who changed the world around him through his unique style of surrealism and theatricality. With their passion for literature, social reform and true love, they changed society. By using the elements of pop-up arts, Shadow Theater, Toy Theater and poetry, the show brings the audience into the poets’ romantic and historical worlds.


“…The delicacy of the show is extreme…Telling the story at different levels, the personal and the social……The art of puppetry is rich and alive…”

“By inviting the audience into this intimate piece with its evocative imagery, A Chance Shadow helps us gain a deeper appreciation of the literature of Lorca. At once we are swept into imaginative interpretations and images that brought to life Lorca’s search for the duende …..”
-Puppet Master Newsletter’s review

About the Company

Double Image Theater Lab is based in New York City and was founded by Spica Wobbe and Margot Fitzsimmons in 2011. They create cross-cultural productions that span across many art forms, such as; poetry, multimedia, music, dance and puppetry.

Spica Wobbe ( 鄭淑芸 Shu-yun Cheng), co-founder, is a puppetry artist originally from Taiwan. She has worked and studied with master puppeteers Albrecht Roser, Norbert Goetz (Germany), Damiet van Dalsum (Holland), Suratno S. Kar (Indonesia), Peter Schumann and Ralph Lee (U.S.). Her work has been seen in Taiwan, Hong Kong, Korea, Japan, Holland, Germany, Israel, and Austria. Now based in NYC, she works as a puppetry artist and teaching artist since she received her M.A. in Educational Theater from New York University in 2003.

Margot Fitzsimmons, co-founder, is a puppetry artist in NYC. Her work has been seen in Holland, Israel, Taiwan and Austria. She has studied with master puppeteers Ralph Lee, Landis Smith (U.S.), Diego Guzman (Spain) and Norbert Goetz (Germany). She works as a teaching artist for The New Victory Theatre, American Place Theatre, and Acting Manitou Theatre Camp where she serves as a puppet choreographer, teaching artist, producer and builder for their summer shows. Margot has taught various subjects using active learning methods. Some of her favorite locations have been Virginia working with migrant workers and their families and Uganda where she worked with Invisible Children Teacher Exchange working with youth and teachers. She is a collaborating artist with A Space Between Theater, Trusty Sidekick and Spellbound Theatre. She received a B.A. in Theater and Spanish (Dickinson College, 2004) and M.A. in Educational Theater in Colleges and Communities (NYU, 2007).


Concept by Spica Wobbe, Margot Fitzsimmons
Directed by Nancy Smithner
Performed by Spica Wobbe, Margot Fitzsimmons
Original Music by Yukio Tsuji
Puppet and Set Designed by Spica Wobbe
Lighting Design by Joyce Liao
Voice-over by Harold Dean James, Ming Pan, Margot Fitzsimmons
Singer: Alfonso Cid

This show is made possible with the support of the Jim Henson Foundation’s Seed Grant (2012) and Project Grant (2013)

Website: www.doubleimagetheaterlab.com