File puptcrit/puptcrit.0412, message 46

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Subject: RE: [Puptcrit] Jewish Puppetry +
Date: Sat, 4 Dec 2004 23:40:23 -0500

I ran a big thing here in Georgia back in 1978 or 9 called "The World
Festival of the Yiddish Spirit"  part of it was a wonderful company
called (if I remember right, I'm old) the American Jewish Theatre
Company that did wonderful plays dealing with the Hassidim and early
Yiddish traditions. We also had a wild, sort of esoteric puppetry group,
but I can't recall the name (I will try to find an old program) that did
fairly non-representative puppetry with fabric elements some made of
foam  expressionistic wood elements that moved to music, and a moving
shape-shifting Star of David.  I think they were from Eastern Europe,
Hungary, Romania(?).  I wish I could be more helpful but the AJTC is
still around and if any of them are old enough to remember the Festival,
they might remember the name of the puppet group. 

Richard B. Johnson, Husband, Father, Grandfather, Actor, Director,
Puppeteer, Playwright, Teacher,Writer, Thingmaker, Mormon, Person, Fool.
I sometimes think that the last persona is the most important- and most

-----Original Message-----
[] On Behalf Of
Michael John Moynihan
Sent: Saturday, December 04, 2004 6:16 PM
Subject: Re: [Puptcrit] Jewish Puppetry +

On Dec 4, 2004, at 2:23 PM, Spence Porter wrote:
> Hi, Everybody!
> I suspect that when Michael asked about "Essene tales", which would, 
> to put it mildly, be hard to come by (!), he intended to ask about 
> *Hassidic* tales, which are plentiful and often quite wonderful, and 
> well within Jewish tradition.

Actually I am interested in any information regarding Essene stories 
and other texts uncovered by the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls. 
Obviously I am attempting to address my considerable ignorance and 
wondering if there is anyone working in puppetry that has looked into 
the texts uncovered in the Scrolls.

I'm also interested in any stories, accounts, experiences that would 
link puppetry to the 19th and 29th century American Yiddish theatre .


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