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Date: Sat, 28 Jul 2007 15:44:43 -0700 (PDT)
To: puptcrit-AT-puptcrit.org
Subject: Re: [Puptcrit] A Question re: puppetry and racial problems


Red String Puppet Theatre, here in Gulfport MS, is about 25% complete with a shadow puppet program based on the Civil Rights struggle in Alabama and Mississipppi from about 1930-1960. It is my current new project, being submitted this fall to the Henson Foundation among other sources for funding.
   
      I am a white man. This is part of my history, too... as our nation truly evolves into a multi racial, multi-cultural society. Working on this project has been a truly expansive endeavor, as I myself had never looked closely enough at the history from this period to understand where a lot of Black folks were coming from. From my discussions with African American teachers here so far, they are pleased I am doing this. I'm thrilled.
   
    Michael Richardson
   Red String Puppet  Theatre
  -AT-msn.com> wrote:
  I was sorry to hear that the California African American Museum in Exposition Park, Los Angeles decided not to have a Ralph Chesse retrospective exhibit---it could have shed light on past problems in American History.

I would appreciate any comments from African American puppeteers about financial survival in puppetry, if any challenges came up, etc. Any comments on puppetry as a means of addressing social/racial problems in our culture also welcome.

I am considering an essay from puppetry aspects. What is a stereotype puppet, what is a folk art puppet (the two different categories have been confused in the past), what is a non-stereotype puppet?

All related thoughts welcome.

ALAN COOK

As previously mentioned, while installing the puppet exhibit at St Paul Central Public Library in June 2007, an African American library patron expressed pleasure that the exhibit INCLUDED 2 Black Puppets.


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