On June 18th + 19th, 2010, “Calling Occupants of Interplanetary Craft”, Tim Lagasse and Martin P. Robinson’s puppet film that I worked on, screened at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center as part of the National Puppetry Conference.
The music was a rendition of the Carpenter’s “Calling Occupants of Interplanetary Craft” from The Langley School’s “Innocence & Despair”.
Also puppeteering with me were David Karle, Johnathan Little, Spencer Lott, Paul McGinnis, Marta Mozelle MacRostie, Liz Hara, Artie Poore, Amanda Maddock, Alex Griffin, Broderick Jones, April Warren, Mandy Weiss, Brendan Yu Fu Tay, Aaron Cromie, Morgan Lane-Tanner, Laurie Berenhaus with technical help from Natalie George, Rachel Roccoberton, David Regan and Bart Roccoberton.
From the program:
The mission of the O’Neill’s National Puppetry Conference is to encourage puppet artists to create and communicate through the visual and kinetic form of the puppet, to push beyond their personal boundaries, and develop new works for puppet theater. Participants collaborate with renowned guest directors, puppet artists, and playwrights to develop innovative productions conceived by guest artists, as well as presentations initiated by the conference participants.
For eight days each summer, puppet artists have the opportunity to explore various performance styles through rehearsals and workshops on writing, music, marionettes, and more. Puppet artists also have the option to gather before the main conference for three days of intensive workshops. The main conference culminates with two public performances, featuring new works which explore the extraordinary range and power of the puppet.