History

 2016

everlasting itch: A workshop exploration

  • designer, builder, co-performer
  • Shadow puppetry, shadow video, live performance

Adapted from Patricia Thomas's script for a solo show of Moby Dick, this one time performance at a neighborhood festival in New Bedford used shadow puppetry and video projection on the screen as well as being projected onto the actor to highlight different narrative elements of Melville's classic.

Serve, protect, occupy

  • Writer, designer, builder, co-performer
  • Shadow puppetry, video projection, oversized toy theater

Originally concieved of as a response to the militarization of municipal police forces in America and developed at the Eugene O'Neill Center in 2014 (Toy theater portion), this show remains unfortunately relevant.  This Standing Rock version was created for the CulturePark short play marathon in New Bedford, MA.

2015

A haunting on Buzzard's Bay

  • Writer (lyrics), designer, builder, co-performer
  • Shadow puppetry with music and singing

Created for the 13th Culture Park Short Play Marathon at the Whaling Museum in New Bedford, MA.  Screened on the sails of a sailboat, this is the story of a whaler, long lost at sea, who finally makes his way back home to New Bedford in the present day.

There's Nothing To See Here

  • Performer / Facilitator
  • Lighting and object design, fabrication, and manipulation

Objects consisted of found object and flashlight projectors and special effects that provided environmental effects to a interdisciplinary work created by Vanessa Gilbert, Justine Williams and Eva Peskin. 

2014

REGRETZERFRUZHENNACHT

  • Writer, Builder, Co-performer
  • Masking Tape Puppet and Set, Tabletop

This show tells the story of the newest olde time holiday, celebrated on the eve of the first trash nigh of the new year.  It is a magical tale of self shame, community building and leftovers, with a spirit to be carried through the spring cleaning season and the rest of the year.

Hans halfway built.

Hans halfway built.


2013

I know a few people took pictures at the show, but it was only last week, so until I get a copy...some propaganda and a link to learn why the show was made

THE INSUBORDINATION OF CERTAIN INDIVIDUALS

  •            Co-creator
  •            Recycled and modified puppets 

This show, my first foray into agitprop puppetry, is a response to the firing of a valuable and beloved librarian in Providence.


Tiny Man (operated by Horus of Men) rehearses on his little stage, which is also the central chest cavity of Zaide, who is really big.

Tiny Man (operated by Horus of Men) rehearses on his little stage, which is also the central chest cavity of Zaide, who is really big.

ZAIDE! A DESPERATE STAB                                                         

  •  Designer, builder for Casey Llewllyn
  •   large puppet/ stage and small puppet

           With design impulses from playwright Casey Llewellyn, I designed a puppet stage that doubled as a one of the two puppets in this play that otherwise was performed by human actors.  Zaide! A Desperate Stab was presented as part of the 2013 Writing is Live festival at Brown University. A few more pics can be found here.


2012

Shown here is the gangplank in the up, or closed position.  The Trojans, of course will just see the front of horse's neck and the bottom of the jaw

Shown here is the gangplank in the up, or closed position.  The Trojans, of course will just see the front of horse's neck and the bottom of the jaw

THE ODYSSEY                                  

  • Designer, builder, consultant for Double Edge Theatre                                              
  • wood, steel, grass, rope, burlap


           Invited by Matthew Glassman to consult and collaborate on various puppetry aspects of Double Edge Theatre’s 2012 summer spectacle, I focused on the creating a fully functional Trojan Horse



This is Ian.  When I said "I got a tank of helium, some magnets, and a vague idea of a show", he said "Alright man, I'm in."

This is Ian.  When I said "I got a tank of helium, some magnets, and a vague idea of a show", he said "Alright man, I'm in."

BAGGAGE                                                                                  

 

  •  Generating artist, co-performer
  •  polyethylene shopping bags, helium, magnets

              Created at the 2012 National Puppetry Conference, Baggage was redesigned, rebuilt and performed with greater satisfaction for both artist and audience at the Contemporary Theatre Company in Wakefield, RI and the Culture Park Festival in New Bedford, MA.

 

 


2011

I don't have a picture of Smuggo right now, so here's the picture that inspires Smuggo to turn over a new leaf.  

I don't have a picture of Smuggo right now, so here's the picture that inspires Smuggo to turn over a new leaf.  

SMUGGO'S BIRTHDAY SURPRISE 

  • Writer, builder, performer  
  • Soft monster in a mixed media landscape

            Once again, after pushing the conceptual envelope, I wanted something that was fun to make and fun to watch.  A demented coffee addicted troll with a heart of gold helped me find what I was looking for.

 


2010

Rehearsal photo from Mallory Avedon's  O Guru Guru Guru  

Rehearsal photo from Mallory Avedon's O Guru Guru Guru 

O GURU GURU GURU    

 

  • Consultant, director, builder
  • Shadow puppet sequence within longer, non-puppet play

            I was brought in after rehearsals had started to assist with the shadow puppet sequences of O Guru Guru Guru by Mallory Avedon.  Although many beautiful shadow puppets had already been acquired,  I helped complete the needed puppets and assisted the director with the staging and rehearsals of the puppet sequences, which were being performed by trained actors with no puppet experience.

 

 

One of two shadow puppet screens used during the presentation of this piece at a Blood From a Turnip

One of two shadow puppet screens used during the presentation of this piece at a Blood From a Turnip

FIELD'S POINT SUNSET

  • riter, builder, co-perform
  • ixed media adaptation from previous text

              Performed as a ten minute stand-alone show, with the intention of incorporation into a full-length theater piece along with poetry, dialogue between humans, video, comic book projections, and song.  Adapted from poetry. Two shadow screens, one map, a tiny puppet dressed as the puppeteer, birds made of trash and yards of fabric.

 

 

 

Katie, the waitress, from Antipasto's

Katie, the waitress, from Antipasto's

ANTIPASTO'S

 

  • Writer, builder, co-performer  
  • found objects including knives, corkscrews, and other things found in a restaurant

            A puppet realization of an earlier comedic writing piece that had been originally intended as a short screenplay or stage play.

 


2009

Greaser back at home after a rough night.

Greaser back at home after a rough night.

GREASE VS. BIRD: BATTLE FOR THE WORD                                 

  • Writer, builder, performer
  • hand carved wood, leather, and tape rod puppet vs. a modified plush toy

            An audio mash-up of “Grease (is the word)” and “Surfing Bird” was the soundtrack for this show, which lasted 4 minutes and ended in the bloody death of Grease, thereby confirming that “bird” is indeed the word.

 

 

 

R.I.P.

R.I.P.

REQUIEM FOR HUNTER

  • Writer, builder, co-performer
  • object theater/ prop non-comedy /props as puppets or “proppets”

            Four years after Hunter S. Thompson was unable to suffer another four years of G.W. Bush and killed himself, I wanted to share the Obama inauguration with him.  In this piece, Hunter was portrayed as the negative space around which his trademark props took on life.  I still like the concept and cringe at its execution.

                                                                                  


2008

Gregory, the main character, seated in front of the shadow screen.  Visible beneath the deck (and running through the legs of the table)  are the controls for his left hand

Gregory, the main character, seated in front of the shadow screen.  Visible beneath the deck (and running through the legs of the table)  are the controls for his left hand

SHAWERMA

 

  • Writer, builder, co-performer
  •  rod?-style plus shadow screen 

            The main character remains seated with motions controlled through magnets and strings, hidden in the furniture in set.  Most non-shadow action in this piece consisted of changes to the seated character’s environment.  It was the first piece that did not rely on comedy.

                                                                     


2007

set pieces from Sammy Davis Therapy.  The pieces spin to change from Providence to Las Vegas

set pieces from Sammy Davis Therapy.  The pieces spin to change from Providence to Las Vegas

SAMMY DAVIS THERAPY

 

  • Writer, builder, performer
  • toy theater

            Mostly soft puppets in a foam core landscape. First use of strong magnets for puppet control.

 


2006

Opening scene.

Opening scene.

AUNT DIANE’S

  •            Witer, builder, co-performer
  •            mixed media: toy theater/shadow puppet)

            Shadow screen consisted of a 50 ft paper scroll, depicting the travels from Rhode Island to Michigan.  Images projected onto screen were a combination of shadow puppets and overhead projections.