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Release Date: Oct 11, 2012

WHAT: The Gopher Plan by Lauren Bon and the Metabolic Studio is a 25-minute musical puppet show that sends a message of ending veteran homelessness.

Curtis Bailey, a formerly homeless veteran, performs the show as the character C.J.  from a VW van—which is also his residence. He is traveling from L.A. to Washington, D.C., to present to the President a solution to veteran homelessness. Bailey has a copy of the Deed of 1888, which gave hundreds of acres of land in West Los Angeles to veterans as a home in perpetuity. Currently, it is not being used that way. The Gopher Plan is bringing this Deed to the President because “if he knew about the Deed, we are sure he would do the right thing and ensure that there is always a home for any veteran.”

Prior to the upcoming appearance in Times Square this weekend, The Gopher Plan was in Denver, CO, during the Presidential debates.  Like an old style traveling marionette show, this musical production will unfold in Times Square for all audiences and conclude with a Q&A with the performers.

Presented in affiliation with the Creative Time Summit, an annual conference devoted to art and social justice organized by public arts organization Creative Time, this production brings a challenging subject to international audiences packaged as an engaging artwork.

WHEN: October 12-13th at 12:00 p.m., 3:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. each day.

WHERE: Times Square, in the Broadway Plaza between 46th and 47th Streets

PRESS NOTES: Filming and photography are allowed during all performances on Friday and Saturday.  Interviews with Lauren Bon and Curtis Bailey available upon request. Press should register in advance to Daniela Stigh, Rubenstein Communications, 212.843.8269 or dstigh@rubenstein.com

About Times Square Arts: Times Square Arts, the public art program of the Times Square Alliance, presents leading contemporary art and performances in multiple forms and media to more than 400,000 daily visitors to New York City’s Times Square, making it one of the highest profile public arts programs in the United States. Since its inception, Times Square Arts has featured works by a diverse group of more than four dozen prominent and emerging artists. Times Square Arts is partially funded by Rockefeller Brothers Fund. www.TimesSquareNYC.org/arts