File puptcrit/puptcrit.0606, message 90

Date: Wed, 07 Jun 2006 06:53:03 GMT
Subject: [Puptcrit] Joe Louis rod puppet theater of Bangkok, Thailand

We were hoping to announce the arrival of a traditional puppet troupe from Thailand to Los Angeles for performances June 24 and 25.Tuesday night I received word that the tour has been cancelled. Last September it was because of a problem with an individual in immigration (USA). This time the Thai airlines changed their minds about comping tickets for 10 puppeteers, so that is that for now.

I am sure that similar disappointments occur all too often in trying to book foreign puppeteers. Years ago, I think it was Tandarica Theatre in Bucharest which was to visit and tour several cities in the USA. Eveything fit the extra large plane that crossed the Atlanic to Boston, but it was too big a load to fly with domestic air services. All it takes is one screw-up and the whole thing fails.

You need a minimum of 3 to 4 weeks just to do publicity and prepare for tickets, and we were already down to 2 weeks or less, so at this point, the cancellation is a relief.


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