File puptcrit/puptcrit.0904, message 195


To: puptcrit-AT-puptcrit.org
Date: Tue, 14 Apr 2009 20:29:48 GMT
Subject: [Puptcrit] Talking Rocks


He or she who casts the first stone may be preparing a rock puppet opera. 

Could pet rocks be trained to perform?.


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From: The Independent Eye
Sent: Tuesday, April 14, 2009 1:18 PM
To: puptcrit-AT-puptcrit.org
Subject: Re: [Puptcrit] Talking Animals

>That rock story had me on the edge of my seat.

AND

>You'd have to be pretty stoned to sit through that rock story. I'm 
>sure that some here thought it really rocked but on it's surface, it 
>was hard to take - geologically speaking. I think I'll go to my room 
>now.

Do I sense a bit of irony here?  I didn't know that was allowed on Puptcrit.

Might actually be a way to get puppetry into the high schools, where 
from our experience a significant part of the audience (in the back 
third of the auditorium) would be right in the mood.  I'm referring 
mainly to the suburban schools, where they can afford a better 
quality of drugs.

Might also be appropriate to the post-Beckettian experimental 
theatre, if we could devise a way to have the actual rocks, the 
puppet rocks, actors body-painted as rocks, real-time projected video 
feeds of aboriginal Australian rocks, and the dialogue set to a 
beat-box rhythm.

Seriously, though:  I have a good friend who's a geologist, also a 
neo-pagan who's done many "groundings" as part of rituals, speaking a 
meditative visualization of a journey from our shoe soles down to the 
center of the Earth, according to the latest scientific concepts of 
the layering, not the sci-fi versions.  It's enormously moving, in 
part because he's so deeply in love with his subject.  I've sometimes 
thought of doing a puppet journey based on that idea.  Have to think 
about it again.

I wonder, by the way, if talking-animal stories tend to be less 
violent.  It's hard to talk with your mouth full of your opponent.

Cheers-
Conrad B.
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