When a Puppet Goes Bad

Friday, April 17, 2015

After the success of Avenue Q, puppets are back on Broadway in "Hand to God."



Basil Twist Rethinks Rite of Spring for Puppet Theater

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

"Puppetry is just the essence of bringing something to life," says Basil Twist. "It's animating the inanimate."
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PRI's The World

American artists practice a little shadow puppet diplomacy in Iran

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

A group of Chicago-based artists put on a puppet show and got a standing ovation last week. In Iran. The 10 American puppeteers were invited to the Tehran Mobarak Puppet Festival. It was the first performance by American artists at the festival event in nearly 17 years.



Salzburg Marionette Theater Pulls Strings, Delivers Opera

Thursday, November 21, 2013

In this year of composer anniversaries and in this month’s immersion in Mozart here at WQXR, there is another artistic event worth noting and taking pleasure in, writes Fred Plotkin.

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Dutch Marionette Artist has the Opera World on a String

Friday, February 15, 2013

Puppets and dolls have, since antiquity, served as surrogates for humans in religious and secular celebrations. Fred Plotkin considers the work of Hendrik Bonneur, who uses puppets in opera.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Bread and Puppet Theater Digs Deep

Monday, December 03, 2012

Peter Schumann, founder and artistic director of Bread and Puppet Theater talks about the history of the political puppetry group and the inspiration for their latest NYC production: the 17th-century Diggers movement.


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The Takeaway

Separating the Man from the Muppet

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Yesterday, it came to light that Kevin Clash, the Sesame Street muppet captain who’s played Elmo for nearly thirty years, was accused of having a relationship with a sixteen-year-old. Clash admits to a prior relationship with the accuser, but insists it was consensual, and when the accuser was of age. He is taking a brief leave of absence from Sesame Street to deal with the accusations. Mark Sussman, a puppeteer and professor at Concordia University in Montreal, explains the impact of the accusations.

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Talk to Me

Behind 'War Horse': The Puppeteers at The New School

Friday, April 29, 2011

One of the most powerful aspects of “War Horse,” which opened at Lincoln Center on April 14, is, of course, the astonishing puppets. At The New School’s Tishman Auditorium, the puppeteers pulled back the curtain during a lively panel discussion and demonstration.


Studio 360

Toy Theater

Saturday, August 30, 2003

Before television and radio, many families used to gather around a 14-inch box set up on a table in their living room. They’d watch melodramas and action epics without electricity in the house. The box was a toy theater, made of cardboard, and it was an immensely popular item ...


Studio 360

Now Playing: Puppet Theater

Saturday, March 17, 2001

Members of Philadelphia's best-known puppet theater talk about what puppets can reveal that actors can't.