Puppeteer and puppet designer. My specialty is shadow puppets, but I make other kinds, too. I work mostly in theaters, sometimes in bars, and once on the radio.
What First Got Me Interested in Puppetry
The free Wizard of Oz puppets that came with some brand of dish liquid or laundry detergent, back in the '60s.
My Puppetry (or Puppet) Hero
My collaborator Paul Zaloom.
If I Were a Puppet, I'd Be...
More About Me:
June 3 - October 10
My puppets will be featured in the world premiere of
adapted by Octavio Solis
from the novel by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra
at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival
Elizabethan Stage/Allen Pavilion
NOBLE KNIGHT OR RAVING LUNATIC? Embracing both aching humanity and earthy humor, Octavio Solis's stage adaptation of DON QUIXOTE is a colorful, action-packed re-imagining of the Spanish epic adventure. In his quest for the bygone days of chivalry, our aging hero jumbles reality and imagination as he forges a noble but messy trail across the plains of La Mancha. Cervantes' classic comedy is directed in a grand theatrical production by Laird Williamson.
Tickets: (800) 219-8161
Fax ticket orders: (541) 482-8045
Para información en español: (541) 482-2111 opción 5
My puppets will be featured in the world premiere of:
ARISTOPHANES' PEACE, adapted by CULTURE CLASH
Previews: Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, September 3, 4, and 5
Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, September 10–October 3
Time: 8:00 p.m.
Location: Getty Villa, The Barbara and Lawrence Fleischman Theater
Tickets: Previews $20. Performances $42; students/seniors $36. Tickets go on sale Wednesday, July 1, at 9:00 a.m. Call (310) 440-7300 or visit http://www.getty.edu/visit/events/peace.html
The comic heroes of Culture Clash and guest director Bill Rauch invoke the revolutionary spirit of Aristophanes in freely adapting his zany and visionary utopian escapade Peace for the Getty Villa's Outdoor Classical Theater.
In 421 B.C., the 27-year-old comic playwright Aristophanes launched a ribald and scathing theatrical assault on Athens' entrenched "military-industrial complex." High on Mount Olympus, the ogre War has imprisoned the goddess Peace and holds sway over all of Greece; while on Earth below, a small band of rustic patriots hatch a daring plot to engineer her rescue and restore Peace to the land.
Please be advised that Peace contains adult language and bawdy humor and is not suitable for children.
About CULTURE CLASH
Culture Clash is the nation's most prominent Chicano-Latino performance troupe. For 25 years, writer-actors Richard Montoya, Ric Salinas, and Herbert Siquenza have imitated the workings of social anthropologists, digging deep into America's racialized culture to formulate their outrageous brand of satire. Peace is their second dramatic encounter with Aristophanes at the Getty Villa.
STORRS, CT - MUSEUM EXHIBIT
Opened April 2009 - now running
A model of the jumbo toy theater for THE ABECEDARIUM is featured in the current exhibit at The Ballard Institute and Museum of Puppetry:
TOY THEATERS OF THE WORLD
Toy theater was one of the most popular forms of entertainment in the 19th and early 20th centuries, when mass-produced, miniature versions of popular stage productions sold by enterprising printers were customized by young people in the middle-class homes of Europe and the United State. This exhibit brings together historic toy theaters of the classic tradition including English, Danish, and early twentieth-century American examples of the Institute’s collection, as well as contemporary examples.
Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays 12 - 5 pm
The Ballard Institute and Museum of Puppetry
University of Connecticut - Depot Campus
Bourne Place, U-5212
Storrs, CT 06269
Cornerstone is a multi-ethnic, ensemble-based theater company. We commission and produce new plays, both original works and contemporary adaptations of classics, which combine the artistry of professional and community collaborators. By making theater with and for people of many ages, cultures and levels of theatrical experience, Cornerstone builds bridges between and within diverse communities in our home city of Los Angeles and nationwide.
To find out more, click on the link below!
Founding member of Cornerstone Theater Company. Member of UNIMA-USA, Puppeteers of America, the Los Angeles Guild of Puppetry, and Theatre Communications Group.
Re the offer of the 20 handout. That sounds like a great deal! If it's electronic, send it to email@example.com
If it's paper, drop a note to the above address and I'll send you a mail address or fax number.
Nice stuff with Paul's shadow/Mother show!
Great stuff, I'll try to make it to one of the shows. And yes, I've heard of Dante's Inferno a while ago, and really loved it!! Do you know David Early? And if you're ever in need or hiring assistants for props, puppets, and scenic painting, let me know. You can check out my larger portfolio here: http://dicapriasportfolio.blogspot.com
See ya at a future show.
I saw a showing of Dante's inferno at puppet rampage last year and it was really fantastic! out of all the things I saw that week it was definitely one of the best and most thought provoking. It was the first time I'd seen Paul also and he was great. Did you go to Rampage?
Glad to hear Dante is going to be out soon on DVD, its definitely going on my wish list and should come out around my birthday so is a perfect excuse!
The little fat guy on my page is called Span. He's a character from a wonderful book called 'The Skook' by JP Miller which is now sadly out of print. JP Miller also wrote 'days of wine and roses' that later became a film about an alcoholic couple.. a very good film.