File puptcrit/puptcrit.0904, message 235


Date: Thu, 16 Apr 2009 19:06:36 -0400
To: puptcrit-AT-puptcrit.org
Subject: Re: [Puptcrit] Talking Rocks


A friend of mine is building marionettes out of stone.  He was the
apprentice of John Payne who made steel dinosaurs marionettes.  He
designed a cool counterbalance to carry the weight on a dolly.  They
are for film use.

On Tue, Apr 14, 2009 at 4:29 PM, Alan Cook <alangregorycook-AT-msn.com> wrote:
> He or she who casts the first stone may be preparing a rock puppet opera.
>
> Could pet rocks be trained to perform?.
>
>
> -----Original Message-----
> 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? =A0I 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. =A0I'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: =A0I 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. =A0It's enormously moving, in
> part because he's so deeply in love with his subject. =A0I've sometimes
> thought of doing a puppet journey based on that idea. =A0Have to think
> about it again.
>
> I wonder, by the way, if talking-animal stories tend to be less
> violent. =A0It's hard to talk with your mouth full of your opponent.
>
> Cheers-
> Conrad B.
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