Rango Tango, Lowell, MA (performance)

Strings Attached, Chicago, 2001
Rango Tango, 2006

On  July 1st, 2006, I performed my short marionette dance piece, Rango Tango, at the Revolving Museum in Lowell, MA. The performance was part of a special edition of Blood from a Turnip I hosted with Vanessa Gilbert as part of the Revolving Museum’s Pulling Strings: Traditional and Contemporary Puppetry Exhibit. Rango Tango was choreographed with Philip Huber at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center as part of the 2006 National Puppetry Conference with funding the Kevin Clash Minority Scholarship.

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PuppetSlam.com – soft launch

Jen Lynn, photo: Doug Wong

On March 9th, 2006 I launched Puppetslam.com, a website that cataloged, connected, supported, and generated awareness for adult evenings of short-form puppetry and what would evolve into the Puppet Slam Network over the next decade.

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Puppets at Night, Brookline (curatorial)

Slamtastic Puppet Mini-Tour, 2006
Slamtastic Puppet Mini-Tour, 2006

On February 18th, I curated Puppets at Night, an evening of short-form puppetry for adults at the Puppet Showplace Theater in Brookline. The evening – part of a two city (Providence + Brookline) weekend tour included puppet and object theatre from Jonny Clockworks, Ceili Clemens, Emmy Bean, Dramaton Theatre, Kristen McClean, Sara Frechette, and Jim Sedgwick. The program was co-curated with Vanessa Gilbert and hosted with Matt Kandarian.

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Blood from a Turnip – 2/17/06, Providence (Curatorial)

Blood from a Turnip, February 17, 2006, poster design: Marsian De Lellis
Blood from a Turnip, February 17, 2006, poster design: Marsian De Lellis

On February 17th, I curated and hosted Blood from a Turnip, an evening of short-form puppetry for adults with Vanessa Gilbert at Perishable Theater in downtown Providence. Blood from a Turnip was Rhode Island’s only late night puppetry salon.

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Green Insect Bunny Hybrid, Boston (auction)

Green Insect-Bunny Hybrid, ©2000 Marsian De Lellis
Green Insect-Bunny Hybrid, ©2000 Marsian De Lellis

On September 26th, 2004, I donated Green Insect-Bunny Hybrid a framed photograph of one of my early puppets to the Sunny Side Up Brunch and Silent Auction at the Fairmont Copley Plaza in Boston. Proceeds went to support the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Commission on Gay and Lesbian Youth

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InNewsweekly, Boston (press)

On April 14th, 2004, InNewsweely reviewed Ryan Landry’s Pussy on the House at Machine (The Ramrod Center for the Performing Arts), in Boston in This is really good ‘Pussy’ – With Pussy on the House, Ryan Landry creates a warped take on Cat on a Hot Tin Roof  by James A. Lopata. Adapted from Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, in Pussy on the House follows fading children’s show star, Brick, who returns to the family polyester plantation so he can reconcile with his dying parent, Big Mama. In Pussy on the House, I created puppets from repurposed taxidermy (Skipper, Brick’s secret raccoon lover and children’s show co-star) and performed in a number of roles, including as Aphrodite’s understudy.  There were 20 performances between March 25th and April 24th, 2004.

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Pussy on the House, Boston (actor, puppet design)

Pussy On The House, 2004, Photo: Joel Benjamin
Pussy On The House, 2004, Photo: Joel Benjamin

On March 25th, 2004, Ryan Landry’s Pussy on the House opened at Machine (The Ramrod Center for the Performing Arts), in Boston.  Adapted from Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, in Pussy on the House follows Brick, a fading children’s show star, who returns to the family’s polyester plantation so he can reconcile with his dying parent, Big Mama. In Pussy on the House, I repurposed taxidermy into puppets to create Skipper (Brick’s children’s show co-star and secret lover who happens to be a raccoon), and squirrels who torment, Sukie (big Mama’s lover). I also performed in a number of ancillary roles, including as Aphrodite’s understudy.  Pussy on the House was the recipient of the Elliot Norton Award. There were 20 performances between March 25th and April 24th, 2004.

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The Weekly Dig, Boston (press)

In December 17th, 2003, The Weekly Dig (a free alternative weekly from Boston), said of my puppetry work in Who’s Afraid of the Virgin Mary that it was “making the ridiculous insane in the best sense.” and that “The Barbie Doll nativity scene alone is worth the ticket price.”  Who’s Afraid of the Virgin Mary,  was Ryan Landry’s holiday adaptation of Albee’s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? at Machine in Boston in which I designed, created and activated puppets.