The Mud Angels is an evening-length figure-theater piece with an inspired musical score by Val Opielski. The piece tells the story of a book restorer working after the catastrophic flood, which occurred in Florence, Italy in 1966. The piece explores memory and loss in a very tangible way – through the destruction and miraculous restoration of the written treasures of a society. The story uses the central figure of the restorer as one of a dying breed – the kind whose painstaking labor of love is completely overlooked by others. The urgency is tangible in the race between his ability to save the books and their disintegration. The Mud Angels is an interdisciplinary theater project which blends dance/movement with contemporary puppetry, sculptural set design and projections. The evening-length premiere of the piece took place on December 10-13, 2009 as part of the The Voice 4 Vision Puppetry Festival.  The festival was presented at Theater for the New City in New York. The initial development of this work took place during participation in the Puppet Lab at St. Ann’s Warehouse. The first phase of The Mud Angels were presented as part of the Puppet Lab’s LABAPALOOZA! (A Mini Festival of Puppet Theater from the Lab). This work has received generous support from The Jim Henson Foundation. Photos by Richard Termine VIDEO EXCERPT