File puptcrit/puptcrit.0811, message 99

Date: Sun, 9 Nov 2008 12:04:51 -0800
Subject: Re: [Puptcrit] Puppet controversy

the world needs art.
art feeds the world.


On Sun, Nov 9, 2008 at 11:51 AM, Preston Foerder <>wrote:

> This is just another problem with puppetry being associated with
> small children in this country (as well as many other western
> countries). In the 80s, I went to see a touring production of Philppe
> Genty's show "Round Like a Cube". (The French title translates
> literally as "Blue Like an Orange".) I later studied with Philippe. I
> saw the show in a theater in suburban New Jersey where it had been
> booked as part of their family series, I assume because it was a
> "puppet show". The audience was the typical family crowd, parents
> with their small children, some post-natal to barely verbal.  The
> show is a series of sketches.  The first scene is a recreation of the
> guillotine routine from the Guignol shows.  This is similar to the
> Punch hangman routine.  Guignol is supposed to have his head cut off
> in the guillotine. Instead he tricks the executioner into putting his
> head into the guillotine, at which point Guignol triggers the
> guillotine and chops off the executioner's head. The executioner hand
> puppet runs around headless. Guignol grabs the puppet body off the
> puppeteer's hand which is missing an index finger and spurting blood,
> followed by a blood curdling scream from backstage. Blackout.  The
> parents in the audience were looking extremely nervous at this point.
> Some left.  Later on in the show there is a scene between two very
> jolly phallic shaped puppets.  I hope the bookers learned their
> lesson about puppet theatre.
> Preston
> ----- Original Message ----- From: "Puppet People" <
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> Sent: Sunday, November 09, 2008 2:03 PM
> Subject: Re: [Puptcrit] Puppet controversy
> >WOW! That is insane! I can't believe he stopped the show! Thanks for
> sharing
> >your war story. It is too bad that people can't take things with a grain
> of
> >salt. Art helps foster discussions. If it fosters HUGE discussions...I
> guess
> >they did a good job!? I am glad that people took the time to write you
> >supportive letters.
> >
> >Michelle
> >
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