File puptcrit/puptcrit.0612, message 306

Date: Sun, 24 Dec 2006 10:15:48 -0800
Subject: [Puptcrit] Seeking Punch puppeteers in Los Angeles

Greetings All,

Happy Holidays!

My theater company, Rogue Artists Ensemble ( is
preparing to embark on a an adaption of the graphic novel, "Mr. Punch" by
Neil Gaiman and Dave McKean. The project will combine puppets, masks,
digital media and is scheduled to open in April 07.  Mr. Punch" focuses on a
Punch and Judy performer at a sea side arcade in Britain in the 50's and I'm
wondering if you, or anyone you know is a Punch professor located in the Los
Angeles area?  Ideally it would be fantastic to find someone interested in
the project to either be an actor in the piece, perform as a puppeteer, or
even assist in a directing capacity.  So much of the success of the show
hinges on finding a really fantastic Punch Professor able to manipulate both
the puppets, but also act opposite the other characters.

More info:

To celebrate Rogue Artists Ensemble's 5th Anniversary we will be premiering
an original adaptation of the famed graphic novel Mr. Punch by the author /
illustrator team of Neil Gaiman and Dave McKean. Brought to life by the
Rogue's in Hyper-theater, this project will feature a dizzying array of
visual elements to allow the audience to feel as if they have stepped into a
graphic novel.

Originally published in 1995 and centered on a Punch and Judy performer at a
sea side arcade and is a twisted tale of murder that explores the fragmented
nature of memory. Mr. Punch is a dark fable about the innocence of childhood
and the pain of adulthood.

Both Gaiman and McKean have created many best selling pieces of literature,
comics, graphic novels and children's books, in addition to the recent
Henson Film's production of Mirrormask.

More information about this project is located here -

As Usual,
Sean T. Cawelti
Rogue Artists Ensemble - Artistic Director
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