Lehman Center presents a new twist on an age old fairy tale

Imago Theater presents La Belle Lost in the World of Automaton at the Lehman Center for the Performing Arts on Jan. 28.

“La Belle Lost in the World of Automaton” meshes elements of steampunk and automata with the original classic La Belle et la Bête (Beauty and the Beast).

Set aboard a steamship circa 1920 La Belle is the unlikely love story of the ship’s coal stoker (Sam Stoker) and one of the vacationers on the ship (Lady Rose). When she takes refuge from a storm while on deck Rose finds herself in Sam’s engine room far below. She discovers that he has constructed the story of La Belle et la Bête in the world of the automata (figurines brought to life by the ingenuity of clockwork mechanics).

She also knows the story of Beauty and the Beast, and joins him in the telling. They become friends, beautifully melding the real and fantasy worlds while playing the characters of Beauty and the Beast, and they fall in love. This fairy tale experience is for audiences of all ages.

“La Belle Lost in the World of Automaton,” Jan. 28 at 4 pm; tickets $25 general admission and $10 for children and senior citizens.

Lehman Center for the Performing Arts [250 Bedford Park Boulevard West in Kingsbridge; (718) 960–8833; www.LehmanCenter.org]

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