This summer, the Imaginists theater collective in Santa Rosa will present not just one, but two bilingual, bicycle-powered traveling shows.
The fifth annual ‘Art is Medicine Show,’ featuring the poetry of Federico García Lorca and performed in both English and Spanish, will play seven dates around Sonoma County for the Redwood Empire Food Bank’s Summer Lunch program at lunchtime.
The dates and sites: July 9, Monte Vista Apartments, Santa Rosa; July 11, Martin Luther King Park, Santa Rosa; July 12, Alicia Park, Rohnert Park; July 16, Southwest Community Park, Santa Rosa; July 18, Bayer Farm, Santa Rosa; July 23, Carillo Place, Santa Rosa; Aug. 1, Rancho Feliz, Rohnert Park.
The show also will be performed at the annual Rivertown Revival on July 20 at the David Yearsley Petalmua River Heritage Center in Petaluma.
The second show, “The Billy-Club Puppets,” also by Federcio García Lorca and performed in English and Spanish, makes its debut this year, with performances at seven Santa Rosa parks.
Times, dates and sites: 7 p.m. July 6, Juilliard Park; 4 p.m. July 7, Howarth Park; 7 p.m. July 13, MLK Park; 4 p.m. July 14, Humboldt Park; 7 p.m. July 19, Bayer Farm; 4 p.m. July 21, Southwest Community Park; 4 p.m. July 28, Finley Park.
The performances are free.
The two productions are supported by a $10,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. Both feature imaginative puppetry and are suitable for all ages.
The Imaginists will present an opening night gala performance of “The Billy-Club Puppets” at 8 p.m. July 5 at their home theater, 461 Sebastopol Ave. Santa Rosa. Tickets cost $50 and include Lagunitas beer and tamales.
Information: 528-7554, theimaginists.org.