File puptcrit/puptcrit.0811, message 373


To: puptcrit-AT-puptcrit.org
Date: Sat, 22 Nov 2008 11:57:09 -0600
Subject: [Puptcrit] My Vote Performs project


Here in Milwaukee there was a  My Vote Performs project, on Election  
Day Nov. 4th.
11 artists and companies performed at polls on that day.

Some years ago I was sitting in a cafe, reading and drinking coffee. A  
young German born woman who worked the the Art Center (a former high  
school building) that housed my theatre company, approached me to  
introduce me to her (then) boyfriend. They sat and he told me he had  
seen my company's free in the park performances many times as a child.  
Now he was a puppeteer and puppet builder, and he credited me with  
sending him into the profession.

People coming up to me and saying they enjoyed my work was a level of  
"famous in Milwaukee -FIM" that I treasure. But even more perfect is  
hearing that a professional decided to do their work partially because  
of seeing my work or being a student of mine.

Michael Petit, the young man in the cafe, works with his own company  
and Max Sampson's Mask and Puppet Theatre. The video of Michael's  
"Because You Vote"* was shot at BUCKETWORKS** on November 6th.

*http://blip.tv/file/1471767/

**http://bucketworks.org/

- moynihan



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