File puptcrit/puptcrit.0509, message 74

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Date: Wed, 7 Sep 2005 17:09:10 -0400
Subject: [Puptcrit] Dwiggins

>Go ahead and make heavy wood carved marionettes that weigh 10-12 pounds 
>each.  It's your choice.  Then try to tour with them.

>And touring the world via airlines is different today, or haven't you 

I have noticed that there are many fine puppeteers who travel overseas.  But 
transportation problems have nothing to do with evaluating the artistic 
merits of W. A. Dwiggins.  Consider that there are many fine puppeteers who 
limit their touring to this country.  Some even stay within a region; others 
work out of a stationary theater and don't travel anywhere.

When evaluating fellow puppeteers, I think it's best to focus on what 
happens when the curtain goes up (if there is a curtain, which is another 

>My remarks were for those who might want to actually make a living with 
>puppetry today.

Actually, I have made a living from puppetry for the last 26 years, and I 
have also traveled overseas.  It can be frustrating that American puppeteers 
don't receive the same governmental support of some of their foreign 
counterparts.  But I also know that foundations exist to help American 
performers of all kinds with their travel expenses.

Puppeteers need to be encouraged to pursue their art as they please and not 
be advised to compromise because of another person's obstacles.

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