Yesterday I was privileged to participate in a found object puppetry workshop with Paul Zaloom. I had participated in a similar workshop with him a few years ago. Both were great fun, yet this one seemed special. Maybe it was because the President of the U.S. was in town, snarling traffic as only the President can manage, but there were only three of us in the workshop. Paul made four. As a result we were able to conduct much deeper, hands -on explorations than had there been the usual twenty or so participants. I learned a lot!
One of the truly fun moments was conveying a “HI” to Paul, from a couple of wonderful, Florida Based puppeteers. It turned out Lynn Jeffries, Paul’s long time puppetry colleague, designer, and dramaturg, knew them as well! (I was early to the workshop, imagining I would encounter a monumental traffic jam – which fortunately occurred elsewhere – and had the great good fortune to talk puppetry for a few minutes with her.)
Last night, I went back to the Flynn Space, the Flynn Theater’s black box performance space where Paul held the workshop, to see the world premiere of his new puppet theater piece, White like Me: A Honky Dory Puppet Show. I’ve posted a review and discussion of the performance on my Dreaming the World Blog.
The day was rich in humor and playfulness. Paul’s work, as seemingly always, was also the source of animated discussion, during which we were reminded that somethings are not as they appear. I hope you will treat yourself, and go see the show when it comes to a venue near you.