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.
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.
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.
On December 2nd, 2005, I presented Birthday Trauma, a segment from Growing Up Linda at Coolidge Corner Theatre in Brookline, Massachusetts.Continue reading “Growing Up Linda, Brookline”
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
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.
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.
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.