CITY THAT DRINKS THE MOUNTAIN SKY is the epic story of NYC’s water supply told in the elemental beauty of mask & puppet theater.
Heralded as one of the wonders of the world, New York City’s ingenious system of aqueducts and reservoirs provides clear mountain water from the Catskills to nine million downstate residents. And though the struggle over these water resources has, at times, bitterly divided city managers and watershed residents, it has also irrevocably united them.
Through a shimmering tapestry of poetry, puppetry and evocative music, City that Drinks the Mountain Sky brings alive the lyrical landscape of the Catskills— to portray the on-going story of the watershed and the uneasy marriage of those who must protect its vulnerable flowing treasure. You can expect plenty of visual punch and timely wit as the Hudson Valley’s premier eco-logic theater traces life’s quintessential liquid from mountain top to city tap.
Story & visuals by Marlena Marallo, Patrick Wadden & Jean Whelan, And featuring original music by Dean Jones. City That Drinks the Mountain Sky premiered in 1999. It continues to be a perennial favorite. It is suitable for family audiences and Gr K-8 school audiences. The show is 55 minutes in length, and requires a performance space of 34′w X 25′d X 12′h.
Production and presentation of CITY THAT DRINKS THE MOUNTAIN SKY has been made possible through grants from the Catskill Watershed Corporation in partnership with the NYC Dept. of Environmental Protection. Original support also provided by the A. Lindsay and Olive B. O’Connor Foundation, and the National Environmental Education and Training Foundation.