ENTRY 2: Ok that's hilarious. I started writing the above as my flight to LA was finishing. It's three weeks later now and I'm back in the airport. Oh it was NUTS. Training with the talented artists at the Jim Henson Company was truly a dream. But I'm not gonna talk about it yet! No! I really, really want this blog to represent a rough timeline of my career, and I always get too busy doing my career to update the blog. There's been some very exciting developments lately (did I mention the Jim Henson Company?), and before I get to them, I want to finish covering the projects of the last few years, at least in a perfunctory fashion. Luckily for me, the plane I thought I was getting on doesn't exist, and I'm trapped in the airport with nothing to do. Did I say "luckily?" I'm sticking with it. So first, old stuff, and THEN new stuff. No dessert till I finish my dinner!
The Amazing Story Machine
We received a Family Grant from the Jim Henson Foundation to create The Amazing Story Machine (click that link for more show info.) As if that wasn't exciting enough, we were also invited to do a week-long workshop culminating in a showing as part of PATCH (Puppetry at the Carriage House), which meant getting to spend a week creating at the Jim Henson Carriage House on the Upper East Side.
We then went on to a month-long run at The Tank, in Midtown Manhattan. THEN we went to the wonderful Puppet Showplace Theatre in Brookline, MA. THEN we performed at Symphony Space back in Manhattan. THEN we did something crazy like 10 shows in 4 days over the New Year's holiday back at Puppet Showplace. THEN we ended up back at The Carriage House for an APAP showcase. So the Machine got around! Now it sits, waiting, in my parents' garage. It did recently come out of its slumber for the shadow puppets we did for A Midsummer Night's Dream. But I get ahead of myself. More on Dream at the end of this post.
Turn of the Screw
Then, when Noah was completing his own trilogy two years later, he asked me to come back as his co-director. Noah was performing in his own show for the first time, so he needed an outside eye. I was flattered to be chosen. Noah set all the choreo and then handed his baby over to me. It was my first time directing a project that I hadn't written. I don't have access to photos from it here in this airport, and it's my blog, so here's a photo of good ol' Upside Down Scheer:
The Creatures of Yes
A Midsummer Night's Dream
So, somehow, I made a 51 minute film adaptation of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream. The film crew and puppeteer cast was just my beloved partner Kate, and aforementioned/beloved Creatures of Yes creator Jacob Graham. It was produced by my old dear friend Eric Love through Northern Stage with funding from the Helen Gurley Brown Foundation. Kate and I made something like 36 or 38 puppets for it. You'd think I would remember the exact number, but we weren't sleeping a lot at the time, and I'm in an airport right now and I'm not re-counting. Watch it!