Winston-Salem on Fox and Beggar Theater Troupe Tour


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Winston-Salem, NC (July 15, 2016) —  Fox and Beggar Theater, the innovative Asheville-based fusion performance troupe, has included Winston-Salem on its upcoming four-state, six-city southeast tour of TAROCCO, A Soldier’s Story.  Jim Sparrow, President and CEO of The Arts Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County said the July 30 performance at the Stevens Center offers local theater enthusiasts a unique entertainment experience that includes circus arts, puppetry, dance, aerial acrobats, moving backdrops with intricate animation, ballet and original music.


“When Fox and Beggar Director Nat Allister — also the creator of TAROCCO — contacted us about a performance here and explained this extraordinary creative production, it sounded like an interesting evening for Winston-Salem theater goers,” said Sparrow.  “We say that Winston-Salem is ‘a city of arts and innovation,’ and this production of TAROCCO by a cirque nouveau and dance fusion troupe certainly rolls the two together in a way that is sure to hold an audience entranced. We offered to lend a hand.”  The Arts Council will collaborate with Fox and Beggar Theater by providing logistical support and volunteers.


The Winston-Salem performance is at the Stevens Center in downtown Winston-Salem, at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, July 30.  Tickets are $31 (reserved seating) or $74 VIP, which includes priority seating, a meet-and-greet with the FBT, and a complimentary VIP gift basket with limited-edition Tarocco tour merchandise. Senior/Military $21, Children 11 and under $15. Tickets available at



Other cities in the tour are Asheville, Knoxville, Atlanta, Greenville SC, and Raleigh. “Visiting groups like Fox and Beggar not only bring exciting theater to our doorsteps, they add vitality to the downtown theater district, generate more activity at the Stevens Center, and enhance our reputation as a regional theater center,” said Sparrow. “It is good news for downtown Winston-Salem, its restaurants and entertainment venues and the city in general when the lights are on at the Stevens Center.”


TAROCCO: A Soldier’s Tale, is premiering 100 years after Italy’s entry into WWI, and tells the story of an Italian WWI infantryman, trapped behind enemy lines after barely escaping the gas attacks at Caporetto. To pass the time, the soldier comforts a dying comrade with stories using the images from an ancient deck of playing cards known as the Tarocco Piemontese, a predecessor of modern Tarot cards.  A spellbinding and dark narrative based on the Fool’s Journey of the Tarot follows.


Each new card brings to the stage a mysterious character, leading the doomed soldier through 21 wondrous labyrinths of the human imagination. TAROCCO blends history and fantasy into a wholly new kind of theatrical experience. Handmade Venetian costumes adorn circus artists and dancers. Nashville composer Marcin Bela performs with a multitude of live instruments and live vocals, and Alexander Daniloff’s stunning, hand-drawn Tarocco Piemontese are woven into the nonstop animation of Colorado’s Dreambox Workshop.


Last spring, Fox and Beggar Theater successfully test-ran TAROCCO, its latest production, at Asheville’s “Orange Peel” over two weekends and received enthusiastic reviews. This summer, the Theater reimaged and revamped the show at Asheville’s Diana Wortham Theater before launching the six-city tour that includes its Saturday, July 30, performance at the Stevens Center in Winston-Salem.


Founded by Nat Allister in 2013, Fox and Beggar Theater is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization committed to bringing visionary dance productions to the southeastern United States, building bridges across its artistic community, and providing for the training and education of performers, dancers, artists, designers, and others involved in its shows.


Winston-Salem and Forsyth County have a robust arts community that enriches the lives of area residents every day and accounts in large part for the recognition they continue to receive as a great place to live, learn, work and play. Its Arts Council is committed to the development of a vibrant and inclusive arts and theater district in downtown Winston-Salem.






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Nat Allister

Fox & Beggar Theater

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