For the first time, The Walls Behind the Curtain presents a collection of works from East European novelists, poets, playwrights, and essayists who wrote during or after their captivity under communism. Harold B. Segel paints a backdrop of the political culture and prison and labor camp systems of each country, detailing the onerous conditions that writers faced. Segel then offers biographical information on each writer and presents excerpts of their writing. Notable literary figures included are Václav Havel, Eva Kanturková, Milan Simecka, Adam Michnik, Milovan Djilas, Paul Goma, Tibor Déry, and Visar Zhiti, as well as many other writers.
This anthology recovers many of the most important yet overlooked literary voices from the era of Communist occupation. Although translated from numerous languages, and across varied cultures, there is a distinct commonality in the experiences documented by these works. The Walls Behind the Curtain serves as a testament to the perseverance of the human spirit and a quest for individual liberty that many writers forfeited their lives for.
In the first section, full details are given on making puppet and marionette heads — creating them, molding them, casting them, making them out of plastic wood and pâpier-maché, painting them, and adding character details such as noses and wigs. The second section tells, in equal detail, how to make hands, feet, legs, arms, and bodies with a variety of methods for joining the parts together, taping, painting, finishing, and placing screw-eyes for mechanical perfection. The third section shows how to construct marionette controls, how to string your marionettes, and how to manipulate your controls for the movements, postures, gestures, and tricks. Costume and character details are also covered. By the end of this section both you and your characters should be ready to perform. The final section covers the details of marionette show production — building a stage, lighting, scenery, sound effects, curtain-drops, and presentation. One complete play, with full details on stage props, marionettes, and background, is included. More than 400 helpful illustrations show every step of marionette craft from conception and construction to performance.
Beginners will find this book to contain everything they need to know to construct marionettes and present their own shows. Puppeteers will find the chapter on head-making equally suited to their craft. Those who have some experience with marionettes will find the sections on tricks, alternate procedures, and professional methods to greatly increase their abilities to build marionettes and create a variety of new effects and successful marionette performances.
The furry red monster known as Elmo has charmed his way into hearts and homes throughout the world with his unmistakable laugh, over-the-top enthusiasm, and boundless love. Elmo’s appeal is nothing short of magical. Kids adore him, and parents find him irresistible. What is it about this little monster?
Meet Kevin Clash, the man behind the Muppet and the unassuming heart and soul of Elmo. At last, the puppeteer who has performed Elmo for nearly twenty years comes out from behind the stage to share his story. Weaving together his memories of growing up with the life lessons gained from his furry red alter ego, Kevin reveals himself to be as caring, and as eager to grow and learn and love, as the very special character he brings to life.
You will discover how young Kevin honed his talent entertaining the kids in his mother’s home day care with puppets he made from slippers and coat liners; how, as a struggling young artist, he realized his dream to meet and then work for his idol, Muppet creator Jim Henson; and how each and every day of performing Elmo reinforces for him what is most important in life.
As Kevin has been inspired by Elmo, now we can all learn from his furry red ways. Kevin’s (and Elmo’s) thoughts on love, creativity, friendship, and optimism remind us of life’s simple truths and ultimately encourage us all to be a little bit more like Elmo—to live with joy, to love more easily, and to laugh more often.
In "Life Like a Fairytale" a child and an actor find out why the characters from The World of Fairytales are disappearing and how they can save them. The text came first in The "Camil Petrescu" Contest, section "Theatre for children and youngsters" organized by The Ministry of Culture and Cults in 1996. The play had its premiere on the stage of Targu-Mures National Theatre in 1997, directed by Kincses Elemer. The script was also produced and broadcasted by The National Radio Theatre in 1999, directed by Mihai Lungeanu.
In "Slipping into a Plum" a little boy learns from a plum’s core how to befriend his older brother. "Slipping into a Plum" was awarded the first prize at The National Radio Script Writing Contest, Theatre for Children Section, organized by The Romanian Radio Broadcasting Company in 1999. The comedy was produced and broadcasted by The National Theatre Radio in 2000, directed by Mircea Albulescu.
In "Mr. Chocolate Man" a gluttonous little girl discovers on her own what happens with the kids who are taking sweets from strangers. The play was awarded the Grand Prize at the Playwriting Contest of the International Festival of Puppets and Marionettes –"Gulliver", Galati 2006. The radio version was produced and broadcasted by The National Radio Theatre in 2002, directed by Mihai Lungeanu. "Mr. Chocolate Man" was produced at "I.D.Sarbu" Theatre from Petrosani, directed by Rodica Baitan, in 2010, and at the Municipal Theatre of Baia Mare, directed by Oana Leahu, in 2013.
In "When the Toys Say Bye" the toys of a spoiled boy take their fate into their own small paws, wings or hands and run away in the world. This play was awarded the Grand Prize at the Drama Contest of the International Theatre Festival – "100, 1,000, 1,000,000 Stories", organized by the "Ion Creanga" Theatre in 2007. The musical comedy "When the Toys Say Bye" had the premiere at the "Ion Creanga" Theatre in 2008, directed by Attila Vizauer, music by George Marcu.
In Puppet Planet, John Kennedy offers you the insight, tips and trade secrets that only a professional puppeteer can. Learn how to make 12 brand new puppets, then learn how to perform with them! Discover professional staging techniques, as well as ways to make the puppets come alive for your audience.
Look inside to: Create the muscle laden, but amazingly soft, Stuffed Strongman Craft the delightfully sweet Pillow Buddy Build Professor Foaman, the smartest puppet on Puppet Planet Make the Shoe Box Monster, a fellow with a surprise hidden inside Plus so much more! With variations for every puppet, tips, new techniques, complete material lists and easy to use patterns, you'll be ready to perform in no time! Peer behind the curtain with Puppet Planet and discover a world waiting to delight, amaze and thrill.
The poetry of the puppet is central here, whether in its blunt grotesquery or symbolic simplicity, and always in its talent for metamorphosis. On a meditative journey to seek the idiosyncratic shapes of puppets on stage, Gross looks at the anarchic Punch and Judy show, the sacred shadow theater of Bali, and experimental theaters in Europe and the United States, where puppets enact everything from Baroque opera and Shakespearean tragedy to Beckettian farce. Throughout, he interweaves accounts of the myriad faces of the puppet in literature—Collodi’s cruel, wooden Pinocchio, puppetlike characters in Kafka and Dickens, Rilke’s puppet-angels, the dark puppeteering of Philip Roth’s Micky Sabbath—as well as in the work of artists Joseph Cornell and Paul Klee. The puppet emerges here as a hungry creature, seducer and destroyer, demon and clown. It is a test of our experience of things, of the human and inhuman. A book about reseeing what we know, or what we think we know, Puppet evokes the startling power of puppets as mirrors of the uncanny in life and art.
perspective on how scholars and artists are currently re-evaluating the theoretical, historical,
and theatrical significance of performance that embraces the agency of inanimate objects.
This book proposes a collaborative, responsive model for broader artistic engagement in and
with the material world. Its 28 chapters aim to advance the study of the puppet not only as a
theatrical object but also as a vibrant artistic and scholarly discipline.
This Companion looks at puppetry and material performance from six perspectives: theoretical
approaches to the puppet, perspectives from practitioners, revisiting history, negotiating tradition,
material performances in contemporary theatre, and hybrid forms. Its wide range of topics, which
span 15 countries over five continents, encompasses:
• visual dramaturgy
• theatrical juxtapositions of robots and humans
• contemporary transformations of Indonesian wayang kulit
• Japanese ritual body substitutes
• recent European productions featuring toys, clay, and food.
The book features newly commissioned essays by leading scholars such as Matthew Isaac
Cohen, Kathy Foley, Jane Marie Law, Eleanor Margolies, Cody Poulton, and Jane Taylor.
It also celebrates the vital link between puppetry as a discipline and as a creative practice
with chapters by active practitioners, including Handspring Puppet Company’s Basil Jones,
Redmoon’s Jim Lasko, and Bread and Puppet’s Peter Schumann. Fully illustrated with more
than 60 images, this volume comprises the most expansive English-language collection of
international puppetry scholarship to date.
“One of the most absorbing evenings of theatre to come along in some time.”—Variety
Past and present collide on a snowy Christmas Eve for a troubled family of five. Humorous and heart-wrenching, this beautifully written play proves that magic can be found in the simplest breaths of life. Combining the elements of No theatre and Bunraku with contemporary Western sensibilities, Vogel’s Ride is a mesmerizing homage to the works of Thornton Wilder, including Our Town. A moving and memorable study of the American family careening near the edge of oblivion.
Paula Vogel’s plays include The Baltimore Waltz, Mineola Twins, Hot ‘n’ Throbbing, Desdemona, And Baby Makes Seven, among others. Ms. Vogel will be the resident playwright during the Signature Theatre’s 2004–05 season dedicated to her works. She has taught at Brown University in the MFA playwriting program since 1985.
This second edition of The Horse’s Mouth follows the production of War Horse, a play adaptation of Michael Morpurgo’s novel, from early concept workshops to one of the most beguiling and original plays ever staged by the National Theatre, the actors working with magnificent,life-sized puppets to take the audience on a gripping journey through history. The Horse’s Mouth is a fascinating, behind-the-scenes story of how this acclaimed and highly technical piece of theatre was achieved. In his new Introduction, Mervyn Millar describes how ‘the journey from improbable idea to long-running show has seen our production change.’
This lucid, easy-to-follow book was specifically conceived to teach beginners how to bring a hand puppet to life and how, with practice, to develop the skills needed to mount an amateur puppet show — complete with staging, costumes, and special effects. Award-winning puppeteers Larry Engler and Carol Fijan provide ingenious finger, wrist, and arm exercises that are crucial for creating a full working range of puppet motions and emotions. They also cover the elements of good puppet theatrical technique: speech, voice use, and synchronization; stage deportment and interactions; improvisation, dramatic conflict, role characterization, and more.
Every detail is clearly explained and beautifully illustrated with photographs, specific chapters being devoted to the use of props, puppet voices and movements, the construction of simple stages and lighting effects, and much more. A splendid addition to the literature on this subject, Making Puppets Come Alive is "the best book on hand puppetry we've seen." — The Whole Kids Catalog.
Originally published in 1987.
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