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The Charmed Life of Rezo Gabriadze
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The Charmed Life of Rezo Gabriadze

Tbilisi’s Hottest Ticket

by Dominick DeGaetano
23 September 2018
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How Do We Comprehend the Effects of Climate Change?

by Kendra Fanconi
17 September 2018
Livestreaming events from the Puppets in the Green Mountains Festival at Sandglass Theater in Vermont—Friday 21 September - Sunday 23 September 2018
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Livestreaming events from the Puppets in the Green Mountains Festival at Sandglass Theater in Vermont—Friday 21 September - Sunday 23 September 2018

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The Charmed Life of Rezo Gabriadze
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The Charmed Life of Rezo Gabriadze

Tbilisi’s Hottest Ticket

23 September 2018

Dominick DeGaetano takes us to Tbilisi, Georgia’s beloved marionette theatre, the Gabriadze, which was built and runs on the vision of single man, eighty-two-year-old Rezo Gabriadze.

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How Do We Comprehend the Effects of Climate Change?

17 September 2018

Kendra Fanconi explains why it might take us eighty-eight minutes to digest one simple sentence about climate change.

Breaking Away from the Institution
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Breaking Away from the Institution

How to Take Control of Your Education

5 September 2018

Theatre student Abigail Warhus talks about feeling stuck at university and taking her education into her own hands.

The Orphan in Me
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The Orphan in Me

Generational Trauma in Hyung Seok Jeon’s A Held Posture

6 May 2018

Dominick DeGaetano reflects on Hyung Seok Jeon’s A Held Posture, which last performed at Theaterlab in New York City in January 2018.

Symphonie Fantastique and the Triumph and Trap of Puppetry
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Symphonie Fantastique and the Triumph and Trap of Puppetry

5 April 2018

Jonathan Mandell reflects on the twentieth anniversary production of Basil Twist's Symphonie Fastastique at HERE Arts Center in New York City.

Theatre History Podcast #57
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Theatre History Podcast #57

Dr. Claudia Orenstein on the Evolving Art of Tolpavakoothu

20 February 2018

Dr. Claudia Orenstein of Hunter College introduces us to the art of tolpavakoothu, a shadow puppet tradition from Kerala, in southern India.

Theatre History Podcast #52
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Theatre History Podcast #52

Remembering Argentina’s Traumatic Past Through Theatre with Dr. Noe Montez

12 December 2017

Dr. Noe Montez of Tufts University joins us to talk about how Argentina's theatre have dealt with the legacy of the country's period of military dictatorship.

The Third Language in Montreal’s Theatres
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The Third Language in Montreal’s Theatres

9 June 2017

Zach Fraser reveals the puppet theatre community of Montreal.

The Smallest Theatre in the World
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The Smallest Theatre in the World

An Interview with Caja lambe-lambe artist Gabriela Céspedes / El Teatro Más Pequeño del Mundo: Una entrevista con la artista de caja lambe-lambe Gabriela Céspedes

29 April 2017

Puppeteer Cecilia Cackley interviews Gabriela Céspedes, a leading caja lambe-lambe puppet artist based in Argentina.

The Story Behind Puppets in Kenya
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The Story Behind Puppets in Kenya

9 April 2017

Puppeteer Fedelis Kyalo shares his puppet background, and discusses how puppetry intersects with popular entertainment and street protests in Kenya.

China on Stage
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China on Stage

3 February 2017

Jonathan Mandell digs into three recent productions in New York City—Made in ChinaConfucius, and Caught—that explore US-China relations.

Howard Barker on Puppetry, the Actor, and Process
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Howard Barker on Puppetry, the Actor, and Process

5 November 2016

David Dudley interviews playwright Howard Barker about writing for live actors versus marionettes.

Stretching the Canvas in Ethan Lipton’s Tumacho
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Stretching the Canvas in Ethan Lipton’s Tumacho

6 September 2016

Ethan Lipton discusses making music, making theatre, and combining the two in his full-length play-with-music Tumacho at Clubbed Thumb.

The Brutal Made Beautiful
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The Brutal Made Beautiful

Demolishing Everything with Amazing Speed

25 August 2016

David Bruin on the world premiere of Demolishing Everything with Amazing Speed, futurist puppet plays by Fortunato Depero, translated, designed, and directed by Dan Hurlin at Bard SummerScape.

The Language of Objects
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The Language of Objects

A Puppeteer in Five Acts

25 July 2016

In this installment of La Esquinita, puppeteer Stephanie Diaz shares her journey to puppetry and discusses her creative process.

Shared Vocabulary and Puppetry in Ramesh Meyyappan’s Butterfly
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Shared Vocabulary and Puppetry in Ramesh Meyyappan’s Butterfly

21 June 2016

Ramesh Meyyappan and Gavin Glover discuss their wordless adaptation of Madame Butterfly, replete with kites and puppets, and their hopes for hyphenate theatremakers.

A New Hope for Wayang Kulit
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A New Hope for Wayang Kulit

Peperangan Bintang Re-Awakens Tradition

9 May 2016

Jenna Gerdsen on a reinvention of wayang kulit—the ancient Southeast Asian puppet theatre form.

Staging The Glass Menagerie with Puppets
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Staging The Glass Menagerie with Puppets

15 March 2016

Eric Bass discusses the dramaturgy of puppetry in a production of Tennessee Williams’s The Glass Menagerie in Germany.

Puppets and Politics in South Africa
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Puppets and Politics in South Africa

29 January 2016

Josh Williams discusses the Barrydale Reconciliation Day Puppet Parade and its socio-political impact in contemporary South Africa.

How to Tour Theatre Like a Punk Band
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How to Tour Theatre Like a Punk Band

28 September 2015

Eli Keel discusses Rough House Theater and their strategies for touring their work like a punk band.

One Thirty-Second of an Inch to the Left
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One Thirty-Second of an Inch to the Left

A Measured Look at Puppet Building

3 September 2015

Puppet builder Matthew Laird discusses the joys and challenges of crafting puppets for live performance.

Puppetry
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Puppetry

Theatre or Television

2 September 2015

Pam Arciero, Oscar the Grouch's girlfriend Grundgetta Grouch, considers the differences between being a puppeteer on television and on stage.

Puppetry for the Modern Shaman
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Puppetry for the Modern Shaman

1 September 2015

Puppeteer James Godwin explores the philosophical and spiritual implications of puppetry.

Why Puppetry? Musings of a Solo Puppet Artist
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Why Puppetry? Musings of a Solo Puppet Artist

31 August 2015

Solo puppet artist Marsian De Lellis discusses his inspiration and process for creating object/puppet theatre.

Puppetry, the Insular Art That Takes a Village
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Puppetry, the Insular Art That Takes a Village

30 August 2015

Puppeteer Jean Marie Keevins reports on 2015 National Puppetry Conference and the Puppeteers of America National Puppetry Festival.