Woolly Sets FAMOUS PUPPET DEATH SCENES Companion Events

Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company will be inviting audiences to attend pre- and post-show events coinciding with the second production of Woolly's Season 35, the Old Trout Puppet Workshop's Famous Puppet Death Scenes.

On Saturday, December 13 and Saturday, December 20, Woolly will host "Puppets After Dark: A Post-Show Discussion with the Old Trout Puppet Workshop." Attendees will join the puppet company behind Famous Puppet Death Scenes for a behind-the-scenes glimpse into the world of the play. The event will feature both the human and puppet stars of the show, as they discuss their Alberta-based company and their process of bringing this theatrical fear-of-death cure to life.

On Sunday, December 21, Woolly will host "Puppets in Your 'Hood: A Homegrown Puppetry Panel," an evening celebrating the puppet theatre companies and puppetry culture of the greater D.C. area. "Puppets in Your 'Hood" will feature local puppeteers and puppet builders showcasing the diversity of their art form with a series of multimedia presentations about the stories they tell, and why they tell them through puppetry.

"Puppets After Dark" will take place immediately following the 8pm performances on December 13 and December 20, and will be held in Woolly's theatre. "Puppets in Your Hood" will take place at 5:30pm on December 21, preceding the 7pm performance of Famous Puppet Death Scenes. It will be held in the Rehearsal Hall.

Reservations for "Puppets in Your 'Hood" can be made by visiting Woolly's website or by calling the Box Office at 202-393-3939. Reservations for "Puppets After Dark" are not required for ticketholders, but tickets to all performances (including those on December 13 and December 20) can be purchased through Woolly's online ticket service or by calling the Box Office.

"PUPPETS IN YOUR HOOD" SPECIAL GUESTS

Blue Sky Puppet Theatre

Since 1974, we have been one of the finest touring children's theatres on the East Coast. Each of our 1,000 shows a year are dedicated to excellence in theatre, art, education and fun.

Pointless Theatre Co.

Pointless Theatre Co. is dedicated to creating bold, visceral, and affordable spectacles that gleefully smash the traditional boundaries between puppetry, theatre, dance, music, and the visual arts. Through our work we excite a passion for adventurous art in the nation's capital and nurture a diverse, active, and inspired audience.

Valeska Populoh

Valeska Populoh is a performer, cultural organizer and educator living in Baltimore, MD. Valeska coordinates the puppetry series Puppet Slamwich! at Black Cherry Puppet Theater, and has performed at the International Toy Theater Festival in New York, Puppet Underground in Philadelphia, and the National Puppeteers of America Festival. She has worked with and learned from Black Cherry Puppet Theater, Bread and Puppet Theater, Great Small Works, Nanaprojects, the O'Neill Puppetry Conference and Sandglass Theatre. Valeska currently serves as the chair of the Fibers Department at the Maryland Institute College of Art, where she also teaches in the Fiber and Foundation programs.

The Puppet Co.

The Puppet Co. is a non-profit organization that creates puppet theater especially for children, as an art form synthesizing the visual and performing arts. Hand puppets, rod puppets, marionettes, and shadow puppets are used in the fully staged productions of the stories, traditional and original, which comprise our ever-growing repertory.

Colette Searls

Colette Searls is Associate Professor of Theatre at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) where she has taught acting and created award-winning original puppet plays. She has received grants from the Jim Henson Foundation and Puppeteers of America for her original work in found-object puppetry aimed at adult audiences. She has provided puppetry coaching for professional theatre companies, and given numerous lectures and presentations on puppetry in American theatre and its intersection with new technologies. Her directing credits include Noah Haidle's Vigils at Woolly (four Helen Hayes Award nominations).

Wit's End Puppets

Wit's End Puppets is an experimental theater company based in Washington DC, producing original work, collaborating with other artists and educating both children and adults about the craft of puppetry. Their show The Amazing and Marvelous Cabinets of Kismet was presented at the Mead Theater Lab at Flashpoint in 2013 and Coyote Places the Stars and Anansi's Appetite were both seen at the Smithsonian American Art Museum. Wit's End has created puppets for multiple shows at GALA Hispanic Theatre, as well as Arts on the Horizon. Upcoming projects include the shadow puppet play Saudade at the 2015 Atlas INTERSECTIONS Festival. Wit's End's team of collaborators includes Cecilia Cackley, Genna Davidson, Patricia Germann and Amy Kellett.



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