PULLMAN, Wash. — Washington State University’s Visual Performing and Literary Arts Committee continues its exploration of the art of love with John Cashore’s “A Celebration of Life” at 7:30 p.m., Nov. 13, in Kimbrough Concert Hall.

Cashore, an internationally acclaimed puppetry artist, will entertain audience members when he brings his marionettes to life in a performance set to the music of Vaughan Williams, Vivaldi, Copland, Beethoven and others. The program is a series of silent portrayals and poignant scenes from everyday life. It is not appropriate for children under age 8.

“This collection of nine puppet vignettes, set to well-chosen music, is a simple but brilliant production that carries the audience through a range of feelings … I can’t recommend this show highly enough – even for adults who don’t happen to have kids,” a critic said.

His numerous awards include a Citation of Excellence from the American Chapter of Union Internationale de la Marionette, the highest honor an American puppeteer can receive. He also received a Pew Charitable Trusts Fellowship for Performance Art based upon his artistic accomplishments and a grant from the Henson Foundation intended to help promote puppetry to adult audiences.

“Each creation is a slice of life, awe-inspiring in the minutest detail,” the Toronto Sun wrote.

Cashore has been performing full-time across North America, Europe and Asia since 1990. His performance venues have included the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., and the Imperial Theatre in New Brunswick, Canada. He has also performed at the Jim Henson Puppet Festival (New York) and the Hong Kong International Children’s festival.

Student Services and Activities Fees fund VPLAC’s “The Art of Love” series with in-kind support from the Office of Campus Involvement and the School of Music and Theatre Arts.

For more information on the Cashore Marionettes and upcoming VPLAC programs, contact Marty Mullen at (509) 335-2313 or e-mail to mullen@wsu.edu. Visit VPLAC’s Web site at cub.wsu.edu/VPLAC.