THEATREdART is killing all the puppets 

click to enlarge Help! Murder! Puppets!, Nov. 30 to Dec. 1, 9 p.m., Zodiac Venue and Bar, 230 Pueblo Ave., facebook.com/THEATREdART. - DANTÉ J. FINLEY REBEL IDIOT PHOTOGRAPHY
  • Danté J. Finley Rebel Idiot Photography
  • Help! Murder! Puppets!, Nov. 30 to Dec. 1, 9 p.m., Zodiac Venue and Bar, 230 Pueblo Ave., facebook.com/THEATREdART.
‘Sorry to be so direct about it,” says playwright and actor Sallie Walker, “but we kill the puppets. We kill all the puppets. It’s a comedy, obviously, and it’s got puppets. For real.” Describing this two-night-only original performance by THEATREdART, Walker calls Help! Murder! Puppets! a Frankenstein’s-monster-like mashup of ideas that took on a life of its own, including bits and pieces of a film noir-esque script she had written previously, and director Cyndi Parr’s enthusiastic suggestion that TdA create the show with puppetry in mind. “We [the play committee] said ‘calm down, okay, we’ll have some puppets,’” Walker says, “and then, oh my god.”

Since the TdA crew decided on the direction of the piece (and the puppetry, of course) the show has “outgrown its original parameters,” Walker says. Relying heavily on immersion and audience interaction, Help! Murder! Puppets! will include audience participation in the form of a raucous drinking game, plus full-frontal 
puppet burlesque and the brutal murder of at least eight puppets. “What can I say?” Walker says. “Stuffing.”
Equally exciting: In the dark, gritty world of Walker’s weird imagination, local band The Elegant Steamroller will become the No Strings Attached Meat Puppet Band, and play live music to accompany the show. They’ve created an entirely original score, plus dramatic underscoring to really set the mood.

Though the show can only run two nights, due to the rampant destruction of the puppets TdA spent so much time creating and customizing, Walker says a great deal of work has gone into this production, and they might give it a go again someday. 
“If it goes well, why not? You make a little cult following out of it, and say ‘this month at this bar’ or something.”

Currently without a venue of its own, THEATREdART has been stretching itself to, in Walker’s words, “stay present in the community.” Bar-hopping with a cast and crew of doomed-to-death puppets should certainly get some jaws wagging.


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