PULLMAN, Wash. — Washington State University’s Beasley Performing Arts Coliseum will feature a Tears of Joy Puppet Theatre performance of “Coyote Tales” at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 2 as part of its 2003-04 Children’s Series.

Tickets are $5.50 for adults and $3.50 for children ages 12 and under and can be purchased at all TicketsWest outlets, including Beasley Coliseum, Cougar Depot, University of Idaho North Information Center and Albertson’s in Lewiston, by calling (800) 325-SEAT or online at www.beasely.wsu.edu.

Coyote Tales is based on a number of Native American stories from throughout North America. The performance will explore how Coyote choose his new name after Grizzly Bear, Eagle and Salmon are already taken. Other tales include the Coyote and the Cedar Tree, an adaptation of a Clatsop tale. In this story, Coyote gets shut inside a tree and must find a way out. He looks to Raven and Woodpecker for help.

Coyote Tales is performed with bunraku-style puppets (traditional Japanese puppets), masks and rod puppets. The performance, said to be full of both foolishness and wisdom, gives audiences a way to celebrate the Native American cultures encountered by the Lewis and Clark

Expedition.

Founded in 1971, Tears of Joy Theatre brings puppet theatre to audiences throughout the country and abroad and is recognized nationally for its commitment to excellence and innovation. Three of the theatre’s productions have received American puppetry’s highest honor, the Citation of Excellence in the Art of Puppetry.