Far From The Tree

I wasn’t able to see it when it was performed a few weeks ago, but Retta sent me a video of her Puppet  Lab performance at St. Ann’s Warehouse in New York. Check it out in the video below.

Retta says of the Puppet Lab workshops, “It was incredible to spend nine months working on the development of an idea, with no pressure and all sorts of feedback and encouragement and amazing mentors.”

Previously she’s studied with Dan Hurlin, one of the artists who sat on the excellent panel I saw last January where he warned against people building puppets and “wiggling them around.”

When I mentioned that to Retta she said, “That’s funny. The other puppet builders we talk to all say “everyone does it their own way—just build a mock up and start playing, learn what it can do, and then adjust it.”


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  1. Retta,

    Thanks for posting this, Kev–so sorry I missed you in MT!

    Looking back, I’m sure Dan is warning against the tendency to short yourself on rehearsal time with the puppet, which would mean you would only be able to “wiggle” it around in performance. He always placed a lot of emphasis on building early and then devoting the majority of time to rehearsal.